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Texas Tech Announces Signing of 15 Football Players

Dykes signs small class on first day of signing period.

Feb. 4, 1998

Meet the 1998 Texas Tech Signees

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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