Momentum has been building for this Red Raider recruiting class since last November. On Wednesday, head coach Joey McGuire’s longest-standing verbal commitment made it official. Isaiah Crawford committed to Texas Tech and headlines Texas Tech’s highest-rated recruiting class in the last decade.
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Crawford is a 6-4 linebacker/edge player from Post, Texas. He is a top 300 player nationally and a top 50 recruit from the state of Texas. He is going to add great depth to a defensive front that lost an All-American and future first-round draft pick in Tyree Wilson. But Crawford isn’t going to be expected to lead this defensive attack. Texas Tech recently got welcome news from Tony Bradford Jr. and Jaylon Hutchings that they both would be returning for one more season in 2023. Crawford was also offered by Baylor, Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Utah.
Isaiah Crawford Committed To Texas Tech Before Proof Of Pitch
When McGuire took over as the Texas Tech head coach, Crawford had already been offered by Baylor. But when Crawford committed to Texas Tech just one week after the Red Raiders had a new head coach, it turned some heads. There was still a level of skepticism that Crawford would remain committed. After all, Texas Tech hadn’t had a recruiting class that ranked in the top four nationally in the last five seasons. McGuire also had yet to coach a single game as a college head coach.
But it was clear that McGuire’s relationship with Crawford was a strong one. Over the last year and some change, Crawford never waivered in his verbal commitment. Certainly, Texas Tech’s results this year add only help to the credibility of Mcguire. But it speaks volumes that Crawford felt strongly enough to follow McGuire from Baylor to Texas Tech and never backed off his verbal commitment.