Editor’s note: This originally ran May 22.
The Texas Tech Red Raider recruiting class from last year included top JUCO offensive transfers as well as some defenders with a chance to make an impact.
One Texas Tech defender was the hidden gem from last year’s class. Here is a review of the class of 2016 after its first year of Texas Tech football.
Number of signees: 25
This recruiting class is made up of 13 offensive players with 12 on defense. It was balanced, but there was a standout swap in Douglas Coleman, who has transitioned into a defensive back after signing on as a wide receiver.
Players still on team: 22
This number is favoring well with the Red Raiders. One player, Ivory Jackson, has departed, and is the only player legitimately not on the team. QB Jett Duffey, who has off-the-field issues, and Clarence Henderson, are not listed on the spring roster, but have not yet been dismissed from the team. Duffey is expected to make his return in the fall and could serve as backup after some time back with the team.
Star of the class: Jordyn Brooks, linebacker
Brooks’ inaugural season was impressive. He led the Red Raiders in tackles with 86 on the year, which was big for a defense that had lost Dakota Allen (for what would turn out to be just one season). He was the first Red Raider freshman to lead the team in tackles in the Big 12 era. The combination of Allen and Brooks makes for a tough middle of the defense.
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Surprise of the class: Travis Bruffy, offensive lineman
Bruffy was listed as the No. 263 offensive tackle in the state during his recruitment. He was rated a three-star recruit with a 0.7980 rating to go along with that. However, he has transformed into a starting offensive lineman for Texas Tech after a stellar first year on the team.
Disappointment of the class: Jett Duffey, quarterback
Duffy’s off-the-field issues land him here. Duffey had the potential to learn behind now-NFL QB Patrick Mahomes, and had a chance at possibly being the starting QB this fall. However, he was suspended by the university before spring practices began, meaning Nic Shimonek was in the driver’s seat for the job. Duffey is expected to return, however.
Player poised to have breakout year: Mychealon Thomas, defensive lineman
Thomas transferred to Texas Tech from Butler Community College and played high school ball at Dallas Skyline. Thomas, in his senior year, will likely be the starter at defensive tackle with Breiden Fehoko now headed to LSU. Thomas has played in 10 games and recorded eight tackles since becoming a Red Raider. He now has the starting job to increase those numbers by being a big body in the middle to help out the run defense.