Michael Starts, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman/defensive end from Waco La Vega High in Texas had schools from all over the country trying to get his signature, but narrowed his focus to programs like TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech before selecting the Red Raiders this morning during an announcement ceremony he had at his high school.
Many thought the decision would come down to Texas, the school Starts grew up dreaming of playing for, OR Baylor, the home-town program. But the the Tech coaching staff was able to come in and make a strong relationship behind the recruiting talents of Robert Prunty and the guarantee that Starts would starts his career off in Lubbock on the defensive side of the ball.
Texas Tech has been on a roll in recruiting as they have started to acquire some heavy hitters nationally and locally. It ended the 2011 recruiting season with players like Delvon Simmons and and Javares McRoy. Starts is the first known player (in the Tuberville recruiting era) that Tech has went head-to-head with Texas on and walked away snagging a commitment from, establishing a new benchmark going forward.
Scout.com was on hand for the announcement and will follow with video and other news and notes from the ceremony throughout the day.