[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Folks will see Texas Tech recruiting ranking 2nd on the current 247sports composite rankings. Laugh, say "hey it's only May" and go about their business. Recruiting classes sign in December and February teams slide down all the time. It's Texas Tech. Point taken! But, this surge is no mere fluke or coincidence. The Red Raiders will recruit at a much higher level than they have ever done now because they hired Joey McGuire to be their head coach. Of course, they won't finish top 3, but they could finish top 10, and certainly will finish top 15.
Joey McGuire is a legend in the state of Texas and is one of the most well-respected coaches among Texas high school coaches. Texas recruiting is the good ol' boys club, if they like and trust you then you will have access. If they don't do well the kids you are recruiting will hear why that is. No single person may have more rapport and influence in Texas than McGuire. When Joey McGuire took over at Cedar Hills high school in 2003 the program was a mess, they had never won a playoff game in their history. They had not even had a winning season in many years. But, McGuire coached them to 4 state championships and turned the program into a power in 6A Texas football. Truly a miracle of sorts.
When Matt Rhule was hired at Baylor, he needed someone to help him acclimate to Texas high school ball, and with the rebuild Rhule was tasked with, there was no man more fitting than McGuire. Rhule hired him as a TE coach, and eventually made him the assistant head coach. Baylor was making some strides in recruiting, and were having on-field success. Both Texas and Oklahoma tried more than once to poach McGuire away from Waco, but he stayed loyal to the Bears and rebuffed the opportunities despite being overlooked by Baylor in their head coaching search. Dave Aranda got there and knew keeping Joey McGuire was mandatory and he did.
Texas Tech offered McGuire a head coaching job, and he could not turn that opportunity down. His impact in recruiting is being felt immediately, with 5 blue-chip prospects already committed to the Red Raiders. Texas Tech scored an absolute home run this time around, and true change is coming down the line. Things will surely get interesting in that new look Big 12, don't count out Joey McGuire and the Red Raiders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]