1998 Texas Tech Football Recruiting Class
15 players ink letters of intent with the Red Raiders.
Feb. 4, 1998
DB * 5-10 * 160 * Freshman
Abilene, Texas / Cooper
Led District 4-5A with eight interceptions as a senior with 108 yards and one TD
in returns ... credited with 49 tackles, one sack and one caused fumble ... also
served as team's kicker, making 12 field goals and 34 extra points ...
second-team Class 5A all-state selection by the TSWA as placekicker ... team
advanced to regional finals ... connected on game-winning field final-minute
field goals against Midland High and Odessa Permian ... started 30 games in
final two seasons ... regional qualifier in track and field as a sophomore and
junior in the 400-meters and 400-meter relay ... has bests of 48.3 in the 400
and 21.5 in the 200-meters ... coached by Randy Allen.
QB * 6-0 * 175 * Freshman
Grand Prairie, Texas / South
Area Top-100 selection by the Dallas Morning News ... passed for 1,406 yards and
16 TDs as a senior ... led team to the third round of Class 5A Division II
playoffs ... listed as one of the top 90 players in the state by Heartland
Recruiting Service and National Recruiting Advisor ... named a state Top-100
selection by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... coached by David Thompson.
LB * 6-1 * 225 * Freshman
Katy, Texas / Katy
Leading tackler for prep team that finished the season with a 14-1 record, the
Class 5A Division I state championship and number seven final national ranking
... named state Class 5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the TSWA ...
recorded 148 solo tackles and 58 assists as a senior ... also registered eight
sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception, eight quarterback pressures and two
pass breakups ... team gave-up just 193 yards per game during regular season ...
credited with 405 tackles and 18 sacks during three seasons as a starter ...
notched 143 tackles and six sacks as a junior ... state Top-100 selection by the
Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... Houston
Chronicle's Player of the Year ... honorable mention all-USA by USA Today ...
first-team all-state selection by TSWA three-time all-district selection ...
listed as the 57th-best prospect in the Southwest by Superprep ... three-time
member of the all-greater Houston all-star team ... coached by Mike Johnston.
RB/DB * 5-11 * 180 * Junior
Sweetwater, Texas / Navarro J.C.
Recorded 29 tackles and three interceptions on the season played predominantly
cornerback at Navarro J.C. ... originally signed with Texas Tech as a high
school senior ... first-team all-state by the Associated Press and second-team
by the TSWA ... Class 4-5A all-South Plains Player of the Year by the Lubbock
Avalanche-Journal ... named to A-J's All-South Plains team ... one of three 4A
running backs in the state to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark during the
regular season ... rushed for 2,279 yards on 296 carries (7.7 avg.) and 28 TDs
for 11-1 team ... caught two passes, turning both into TDs ... three-year
starter ... started in secondary as a sophomore and at running back the last two
seasons ... rushed for 1,579 yards on 259 carries (6.1 avg.) and 24 TDs for 10-2
team as a junior ... outstanding track athlete ... registered best 100-meter
time of 10.37 ... coached in high school by Tom Ritchey.
DB/QB * 6-2 * 190 * Freshman
Lubbock, Texas / Coronado H.S.
Completed 69 of 136 passes for 1,018 yards and five TDs ... also rushed for 339
yards and five TDs ... was named District 3-5A MVP and a first-team all-district
selection ... led team to 7-4 record as a senior ... an All-South Plains
selection by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... played defense on third down
situations ... coached by Butch Henderson.
LB * 6-3 * 220 * Freshman
Klein, Texas / Klein H.S.
Recorded 123 tackles as a senior, including 63 solos, five tackles for loss and
three sacks ... also registered two fumble recoveries and blocked a field goal
attempt ... a first-team all-district selection ... team captain ... coached by
LB * 6-3 * 215 * Freshman
Denison, Texas / Denison H.S.
Credited with 82 solo tackles, 40 assists, 13 for losses, three sacks and one
fumble recovery as a senior ... suffered a broken foot as a junior and missed
eight games ... played tailback and rushed 18 times for 85 yards and two TDs as
a senior ... caught five passes for 70 yards ... all-district 7-4A selection ...
played weak inside linebacker in team's 4-4 defense ... played on three
consecutive class 4A state finalists ... team went 44-4 during that time ...
coached by Bob Brown.
DE/TE * 6-3 * 210 * Freshman
Denison, Texas / Denison H.S.
A first-team class 4A all-state selection by TSWA and APSE ... two-way starter
as a junior and senior as defensive end and tight end ... credited with 93 solo
tackles, 61 assists, 35 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four blocked punts and one
interception as a senior ... also caught 16 passes for 340 yards and five TDs
... started on three consecutive class 4A state finalists ... team went 44-4
during that time ... brother, Reggie, plays football for Texas Christian
University ... coached by Bob Brown.
DB/WR * 6-3 * 200 * Junior
Lubbock, Texas / Navarro J.C.
Registered 35 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries for TDs as a
sophomore ... selected to Fab-44 by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... state Top-100
selection by the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Fort Worth
Star-Telegram ... second-team all-state by the Associated Press ... district
3-5A Offensive Player of the Year and Player of the year on the all-city team
... all-city and all-district as a defensive back ... caught 36 passes for 656
yards and 12 TDs for 10-1 team ... also scored on a reverse and a blocked PAT
... registered two pass interceptions ... outstanding track athlete ... fifth in
the 100 and 200 at the state meet as a senior despite calf injury ... state
finalist in the 100-meters as a junior ... caught 29 passes for 605 yards and
four TDs as a junior ... coached in high school by Buster Leaf.
QB * 6-4 * 180 * Freshman
New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels
Passed for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns and led his team to the Class 5A
Division II semifinals ... completed 216 of 341 pass attempts with only eight
interceptions ... state Top 100 selection by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ...
led team to six come-from-behind victories and 13-2 record ... third-team
all-state selection by TSWA ... completed scoring passes in the final 30 seconds
in District 26-5A championship game and in the area round of state playoffs ...
academic all-state selection and third academically in class of 450 ... led team
to triple-overtime state quarterfinal win ... high school teammate of current
Red Raider receiver David Simmonds... coached by his father, Tim Kingsbury.
OL/DL * 6-4 * 270 * Freshman
Waxahachie, Texas / Waxahachie H.S.
Credited with 93 tackles and nine sacks as a senior ... involved in 173 tackles
in two seasons, including 21 for losses ... first-team all-district selection
... district champion in the shot put as a junior ... reportedly wears a size 18
shoe ... son of Jack and Shirley Page ... coached by Thomas Brooks.
RB * 6-0 * 205 * Freshman
Seminole, Texas / Seminole H.S.
Listed as a Fab 55 selection by the Austin American-Statesman ... rushed for
2,870 yards as a senior and scored 43 TDs ... carried the ball 250 times for an
11.5 per carry average ... also listed as an all-state defensive back ...
recorded performances of 359, 422 and 300 yards in three playoff games as a
senior ... named one of the top 100 players in the state by the Lubbock
Avalanche-Journal ... honorable mention all-USA by USA Today ... listed by the
A-J as the third-best prospect in the South Plains area ... three-time all-state
selection ... first-team all-state selection as junior and senior by APSE and as
a senior by TSWA ... rushed for 2,001 yards on 198 carries with 27 TDs as a
junior ... career rushing totals include 862 carries for 5,724 yards and 79 TDs
... also caught 19 passes for 317 yards ... coached by Army Salinas.
LB * 6-0 * 230 * Junior
Olton, Texas / Navarro J.C.
Credited with 80 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore ... also recorded two
interceptions and a fumble recovery ... coached by Keith Thomas and played
middle linebacker at Navarro J.C. ... was named to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's
Class 2A All-South Plains team as a junior and senior ... rushed for 1,668 yards
and 31 TDs as a junior and added 1,243 yards in eight games as a senior ...
district champion in the 100, 200 and shot put in high school ... played
sparingly as a junior due to an ankle injury ... coached in high school by Steve
J. J. Williams
OL * 6-6 * 290 * Freshman
Sulphur Springs, Texas / Sulphur Springs H.S.
A first-team all-district 15-4A selection ... led district-leading rushing
offense ... also competes in the shot put in track ... coached by Chuck King.
DL * 6-1 * 270 * Freshman
Duncanville, Texas / Duncanville H.S.
State top-100 selection by the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... a second-team member of Texas Football's preseason
"Super Team" ... listed as 54th-best prospect in the Southwest by Superprep ...
credited with 98 tackles and nine sacks as a senior ... registered 21 tackles
behind the line of scrimmage ... also forced six fumbles and recovered three
including one for a TD ... forced 13 tackles for loss as a junior ... an
all-state selection ... team advanced to Class 5A Division I semifinals ...
former teammate of current Red Raider tailback Ricky Williams and a cousin of
Red Raider offensive lineman Nick Lee ... coached by Bob Alpert.