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The past week-plus has been crazy for Texas Tech recruiting. Between now-signee Behren Morton re-thinking his commitment and the other 9 signees from the Early Signing Period, the week has been packed full of recruiting news. I would be remiss if I did not include the Transfer Portal as a large part of the recruiting cycle now.
With the NCAA allowing everyone to get one free transfer without losing a year of eligibility, there is more movement among the college ranks than ever. There have been three distinct moves this week that affect the Red Raiders, two departures, and one arrival. Here they are:
Nick McCann Enters the Transfer Portal
This was reported via Twitter by the Rivals Transfer Portal page. McCann battled injuries the past year as he only participated in two games, recording his season-high of 4 tackles against Texas.
This isn’t being reported very much and I don’t know why. The Red Raiders struggled with depth along the defensive line and McCann would have been a welcome addition going into the 2021 season. He was picked up by Kliff Kingsbury’s staff in the 2016 recruiting class. At the time, McCann was a three-star prospect.
McCann often battled injuries during his time at Texas Tech but he did play in four different seasons for the Red Raiders. His best statistical season was in 2018 when he recorded 24 tackles and one sack.
Malik Dunlap Commits to Texas Tech
Dunlap is a defensive back out of North Carolina State. He announced his intentions to transfer on December 18th via his Twitter page. Dunlap is a very physical cornerback that uses his size and athleticism to break up passes and make tackles.
The Red Raiders are trying to go all-in on improving a secondary that was often torched this past season. Dunlap appears to be a potential starter going into next season. He is a very welcome addition to the secondary.
Alex Hogan Enters the Transfer Portal
The day after Malik Dunlap announced his transfer to Texas Tech, Alex Hogan announced his intentions to leave Texas Tech. This announcement was made via Hogan’s Twitter page.
Hogan had played a good amount over the last couple of seasons. He was originally intended to have a redshirt season in 2019 but was thrust into action out of necessity when the Red Raiders upset Oklahoma State in Lubbock. Hogan played in all ten of the Red Raiders’ games this season.
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