Trio of O-linemen verbally commit to Texas Tech

The Texas Tech football team added a trio of offensive linemen Sunday.

 

Mansfield Legacy’s Clayton Franks, New Braunfels’ Weston Wright and Mineral Wells’ Troy Bradshaw verbally committed to play for the Red Raiders.

All three Class of 2018 prospects announced their respective decisions on Twitter.

“It probably took me about a good month from when I got offered on May 12 to come to this decision,” Franks said. “It’s just really, a big weight off my shoulders. The recruiting process is over for me, and now I can focus on the football season and helping my team win a state title.”

Franks visited Texas Tech back in the beginning of June. He’s rated a two-star athlete and holds four total offers — including New Mexico, New Mexico State and North Texas — per 247Sports.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle said he enjoyed his visit to Lubbock and was sold about the Red Raiders fan base after speaking with assistants Emmett Jones (outside wide receivers) and Eric Morris (offensive coordinator/inside wide receivers).

“They both played there and had nothing but good things to say about the great crowds,” Franks said. “I’ve always dreamed of being a big-time student athlete and Texas Tech was my biggest offer. I’ve been watching Big 12 football all my life and to join that is incredible.

“The past week had been weighing heavy on my conscience, and I prayed a lot. I just felt like God was calling me and telling me to go to Tech, that it was the place for me to go. I just felt something special about it, and it stood out to me. I’m happy with my decision.”

Wright, who was offered May 5 by Texas Tech, held six total offers, including Air Force, Army, New Mexico, Rice, and UT-San Antonio.

New Braunfels High School is the alma mater of Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders also held a satellite camp in New Braunfels in previous years.

“After much prayer and deliberation, I’m proud to announce that I am committing to Texas Tech University!” said Wright, a three-star, 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle according to 247Sports.

Wright is one of three Class of 2018 offensive linemen, along with Franks and Bradshaw, to pledge to the Red Raiders on Sunday.

Bradshaw, a 6-6.5, 272-pound offensive tackle, is rated a two-star athlete by 247Sports. He holds six total offers.

“Lastly I would like to thanks all of the school who believed in me and gave me an opportunity to play for their program,” Bradshaw wrote toward the end of a note he posted to Twitter. “but this is something I’ve spent my whole life dreaming for and growing up here in the fall it felt like a second home. With that being said I’m proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic career, as well as my football career, at the TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY.”

Bradshaw, Franks and Wright put the cap on what turned out to be a busy Sunday — that included four commitments — and week on the recruiting trail for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech earned committments from Grapevine quarterback Alan Bowman, Lancaster defensive lineman John Graves, Fort Bend Marshall athlete Jabari James, Richmond Foster defensive lineman Cameron Valentine, Forney defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings and Hitchcock defensive tackle/tight end John Scott.

In total, the Red Raiders’ 13 total pledges rank 37th nationally and seventh in the Big 12 per 247Sports Composite Rankings.

 

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