As we head into 2020, the Red Raiders desperately need a tight end.
The presumed starter for 2020 is Travis Koontz. Koontz joined the red raiders as a 2019 JUCO signee. He was the no. 1 TE in 247 Sports JUCO composite rankings. In his first year, Koontz was the second string TE behind Donta Thompson, and recorded 10 passed for 152 yards. While these stats aren’t eye-popping, Koontz should have the experience (and size) to be a solid 1st stringer in 2020. The issue is that Koontz is currently the Red Raiders only TE that;s “game ready”.
Texas Tech does have another TE on the roster, Simon Gonzales, but at the moment he is not able to suit up. Unfortunately, the 3-star redshirt freshman is suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The Red Raiders did signed 1 TE to their 2020 class (John Holcomb), but the lack of experience is a concern. Especially with how weird this season is going. This obviously puts Texas Tech in a precarious position with TEs.
The good news is Matt Wells is trying to dip into the transfer portal. Wells and the gang recently extended an offer to TE Jason Lloyd. Lloyd played at The College of San Mateo last season. He caught 13 passes for 200 yards and a TD while earning first-team all-conference recognition. He also has 3 years of eligibility left.
Lloyd may not be a flashy prospect, but he has experience and should be immediately eligible. and have another 2020 commit.
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UPDATE: JASON LLOYD HAS COMMITTED TO TEXAS TECH