High School: Texas Tech

Pinkston cornerback switches from Tech to UNT

January, 31, 2011
Dallas Pinkston cornerback Freddie Warner has verbally committed to North Texas, changing his pick from Texas Tech.

Warner, a three-star recruit, had committed to Tech in June. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder also had offeres from Colorado State and UTEP.

Wednesday is the first day 2011 recruits can sign national letters of intent.

Nimitz, Rowlett football players pick colleges

January, 9, 2011
One area football player made his college commitment while another switched his over the weekend.

Irving Nimitz athlete J.J. Gaines committed to Texas Tech. Gaines, a three-star prospect with an ESPNU rating of 77, played multiple positions in high school, including quarterback, receiver, running back and cornerback.

Rowlett running back Samuel Oyenuga, who had committed to Minnesota in June, switched his pledge to New Mexico State.
South Grand Prairie defensive end Kindred Evans and Dallas Pinkston cornerback Freddie Warner committed to Texas Tech, according to ESPN's Insider recruiting coverage.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Evans was also considering Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Western Kentucky.

Warner (5-9, 165) also had offers from Colorado State and Utah State.

Texas Tech has 14 commitments from the Class of 2011.

Southlake Carroll provides 8 signees

February, 3, 2010
Southlake Carroll has sent its fair share of athletes to NCAA Bowl Subdivision schools over the years, and 2010 is no different.

Eight Dragons signed letters of intent to play at the next level Wednesday morning.

Quarterback David Piland joins a long line of Carroll quarterbacks who have played college football. He signed with Houston after throwing for 2,935 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2009.

Piland's running back, Tommy Avers, signed with Air Force. He rushed for 1,742 yards and 23 touchdowns. Offensive lineman Mason Hathaway signed with Colorado State.

Kicker Cade Foster signed with defending national champion Alabama a year after setting the state's career mark for extra points. He also played linebacker for Carroll.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Mitchell Osborne signed with Tulsa, and defensive end Ben Perry signed with Minnesota.

The coaching exodus didn't scare defensive end Jackson Richards away from Texas Tech. He honored his long-standing commitment by signing with the Red Raiders.

Defensive back Kacy Rodgers, who missed most of the 2009 season because of injury, signed with Miami.

Denton Ryan QB signs with Texas Tech

February, 3, 2010
Denton Ryan quarterback Scotty Young learned firsthand what can go wrong in the recruiting process.

Considered a perfect fit for Texas Tech after he committed last spring, Young wavered when the school abruptly fired head coach Mike Leach.

But Young, a three-star prospect according to ESPNU, heard enough from new head coach Tommy Tuberville to convince him to stay with the Red Raiders, and he signed with Tech on Wednesday.

"It got a little crazy at the end with everything happening," Young said. "Since I committed to Tech I've wanted to go there. Even with the changes, I felt like it was still the best fit."

Ryan tailored its offense to match Tech's and suit its record-setting quarterback, and Young put up numbers that would make any former Red Raider quarterback blush.

He threw for 8,962 yards and 129 touchdowns in two years as Ryan's starter. Behind Young, Ryan regained elite status in Class 4A after losing in the first round of the playoffs three years in a row from 2005-07.

As a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher in baseball, it's possible Young could get drafted by MLB in April, but he said he's committed to playing football and won't play baseball at Tech either.

"I definitely want to go to college," Young said. "It would be pretty tough for me to change my mind now. I just want to play one sport. Two sports would be a lot on me."

Two players instrumental to Young's success also signed Wednesday. Receiver Bud Sasser signed with Missouri after two stellar seasons as Young's favorite target. He amassed 2,407 yards and 47 touchdowns in two years as a starter.

Tackle Garrett Gramling signed with Texas A&M. He was a first team all-state selection after grading out at 94 percent and not giving up a sack in 14 games.