When Kliff Kingsbury addressed Texas Tech fans, and the media at his formal announcement press conference a few weeks ago, he promised one thing that has been resonating through West Texas since, and that was to bring “swagger” to Lubbock.
Anyone who follows Texas Tech Football closely knows that since Kingsbury returned to coach his alma mater, fans have been reveling, but mainly due to the fact that Kingsbury was the 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel’s right hand man as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M.
This generated a strong buzz on the potential shape of this upcoming recruiting class, which I believe might have hit a star-studded pique when New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and his son, DB/WR Seth Ryan visited Lubbock a few days ago.
Seth Ryan is a senior this year at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey, where the Hilltoppers went undefeated this season, capturing their second state sectional championship under head coach John Liberato.
Despite several appeals – including an argument that transferring schools as a freshmen due to Rex accepting the head coaching position with the Jets – Ryan was ruled ineligible his senior season by the NJSIAA, who determined that Ryan was held back as a freshmen to mature athletically.
Coming off an impressive junior season, last year, Rex made it pretty clear to several media outlets that his son would be a walk on for the Alabama Crimson Tide, however, this trip seemed as though the Ryan’s might be leaning towards Tech.
Rex was in town to visit his former linebackers coach – currently with Texas Tech – Mike Smith, and the visit just happened to occur during an official visit weekend, where Tech commit Caleb Woodward tweeted a photo of him and Rex at the recruiting dinner.
Ryan hopes his son will be able to walk on at Texas Tech.
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