Texas Tech Announces Signing of 15 Football Players
Dykes signs small class on first day of signing period.
Feb. 4, 1998
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Spike Dykes Real Audio
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Head Football Coach Spike Dykes announced the
signing of 15 players to a national letter of intent during the first day of
college football's annual NCAA signing period today.
"We signed a small but outstanding class of football players this year," said
Dykes, who is entering his school-record-setting 12th season as Texas Tech's
head football coach. "We still have the philosophy in recruiting that we try hard
to sign the outstanding players in this state. So, consequently, we can't worry
about the ones we don't get. We do try to make sure the ones we do get will fit
in our program as productive student-athletes.
"With our scholarship limitations, we felt like we had to address our team needs
with players that will make an immediate impact. I think this class will have as
much impact as any we have had here in quite some time. We signed 15 players,
almost all of whom will have a great chance to play and play well. Team speed
has become a trademark of our football program and, I think, over the last two
years we have added some of the best athletes Texas Tech has seen. Every year I
talk about how excited I am about our signing class. I am just as excited about
this class as any other because these 15 players will all have the chance to
make their mark on the future of Texas Tech football."
Texas Tech originally had a total of 22 scholarships to allocate for the
upcoming season. The Texas Tech athletic program self-sanctioned a maximum
allocation of 17 football grants-in-aid this season as part of its response to
the NCAA's official inquiry into its athletic program. Texas Tech has two
additional scholarships to award.
Of the 27 players Texas Tech signed to its incoming class last year, including
late signees Dee Jackson and Darrel Jones, 14 saw game action and five players
started at least one contest. Tailback Ricky Williams earned second-team
Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and surpassed Byron
Hanspard's freshman rushing record.
1998 Texas Tech Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / Last School
Peter Abrigg DB 5-10 160 Abilene, Texas / Cooper
Shannon Bennett QB 6-0 175 Grand Prairie, Texas / South
Rusty Bucy LB 6-1 225 Katy, Texas / Katy
Shaun Carr RB/DB 5-11 180 Sweetwater, Texas / Navarro, J.C.
Kevin Curtis QB/DB 6-2 190 Lubbock, Texas / Coronado
Lawrence Flugence LB 6-3 220 Klein, Texas / Klein
Paul Howard LB 6-3 215 Denison, Texas / Denison
Aaron Hunt DE/TE 6-3 210 Denison, Texas / Denison
Anthony Johnson WR/DB 6-3 200 Lubbock, Texas / Navarro J.C.
Kliff Kingsbury QB 6-4 180 New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels
Josh Page OL/DL 6-4 270 Waxahachie, Texas / Waxahachie
Toby Shain RB 6-0 205 Seminole, Texas / Seminole
Mike Wilborn LB 6-0 230 Olton, Texas / Navarro J.C.
Robert Wyatt DL 6-1 270 Duncanville, Texas / Duncanville
J.J. Williams OL 6-6 290 Sulphur Springs, Texas / Sulphur Springs
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