The end of the unprecedented 15-month dead period has been a blessing for the Texas Tech football program. With recruits being able to take visits to campus since the first day of June, head coach Matt Wells and his staff have been busty hosting dozens of prospects and their efforts on the recruiting front are yielding some serious results.
Tuesday, Wells and Co. picked up two commits to double the size of the 2022 class. The second of those players to give his verbal pledge to Tech was wide receiver Tyler King from Alief, Texas.
A 5-foot-10, 160-pounder, King is rated by 247sports as a 3-star prospect and the No. 148 wide receiver in the nation. In addition to Tech, he holds offers from such schools as Houston, Memphis, Colorado State, North Texas, and UTSA among others.
Speed is the name of the game for King. A track standout who ran a 20.74-second 200 meters according to 247Sports, he could be the next in a long line of Texas Tech deep threats.
Given his size, it wouldn’t be a stretch to envision King playing in the slot for the Red Raiders. There, he could find an opportunity for immediate playing time given the situation Tech is in at that important position.
Though Miles Price, the team’s second-leading receiver in 2020, is only set to be a second-year freshman this fall, the rest of Tech’s slot receivers are much longer in the tooth. Dalton Rigdon, the former walk-on from Perryton, will be a senior this fall but will have two years left to play given that 2020 didn’t count towards a player’s eligibility.
Last year, was a bit of a disappointment for the speedster who also ran track for the Red Raiders at one point in his career. He caught just 13 balls for 133 yards and no scores a season after catching 34 passes for 486 yards and five TDs.
Speaking of players coming off of a disappointing season, McLane Mannix is back for one final season as a Red Raider. The former transfer from Nevada caught no passes a season ago and was limited to just three games due to injury. The season prior, he caught 26 passes for 248 yards and three TDs.
Price, Rigdon, and Mannix figure to be Tech’s primary options as the slot receiver position this fall. And Rigdon and Mannix may be asked to play a larger role this season given that new OC Sonny Cumbie will deploy two slot receivers at a time quite often whereas last season’s OC, David Yost, went exclusively with a one slot receiver, one tight end set thus limiting opportunities for players like Rigdon and Mannix.
King is a year away from arriving but when he does, he could challenge for a spot in the two-deep right away given that the program has not really brought in a bevy of slot receivers in recent years. Thus, remember Tyler King’s name because he could be in line for some early playing time once he steps on campus.