Texas Tech Earns Verbal Commit from 2014 QB D.J. Gillins; Sign of Shifting Philosophy

By Kris Hughes
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Prior to the arrival of Kliff Kingsbury as the new head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, we were all accustomed to seeing a litany of traditional pocket passing quarterbacks under center, Kingsbury included. This appears to be changing with a solid verbal commitment from class of 2014 dual-threat quarterback D.J. Gillins from Jacksonville, Fla.

Guys like B.J. Symons, Cody Hodges, Graham Harrell and, most recently, Seth Doege all fit that mold. Even the guy assumed to be the starter going into spring practice–redshirt freshman Michael Brewer--will always be looking to throw first instead of run during his starts in 2013.

For the 2013 season, Kingsbury will most likely start to inject some of the principles that made the Texas A&M Aggies offense he directed in 2012 so successful: designed quarterback runs, lob throws allowing receivers to make plays along the sidelines and quick hits over the middle to possession receivers.

While all of this isn’t necessarily a huge departure from what Tommy Tuberville‘s offense ran in 2012, its overall success is predicated on a quarterback that can make plays with his feet and gain yardage when opportunities are presented for him to do so. This hasn’t ever been Brewer’s reputation and given this, its little surprise that a guy like Gillins was pursued by Kingsbury to come in and shake things up when the time is right.

I won’t necessarily say that Gillins will compete for a starting job when he arrives on campus in 2014, but Brewer can ensure this isn’t the case by having a productive season in 2013 both on the ground and through the air, showing the type of versatility that will be absolutely essential for a signal called in the Red Raiders’ scheme going forward.

Kliff Kingsbury isn’t about three yards in a cloud of dust.

It’s all flash built on substance and whoever best fits that mold will be the starting quarterback in Lubbock for years to come.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

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