Kliff Kingsbury and co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris' stop by Argyle High School on Friday has already paid off. On Tuesday, Argyle safety Connor Wilson switched his commitment from Kansas State to Texas Tech and is the second player to do so since Round Rock offensive tackle Robert Castaneda flipped from the Wildcats to the Red Raiders in June.
Connor Wilson joins Argyle teammate Ian Sadler on Texas Tech's commit list.
“It was good to see them and confirm on my decision,” Wilson said. “Kingsbury and I had a private conversation for a little bit about some things, but we mostly just talked about the Tech-TCU game and our game against Paris. We got to talk, just me, (Texas Tech wide receiver commit) Ian (Sadler), Kingsbury and Morris for about an hour though.”
And the trend continues. The young coaching staff and the energy it carries continues to be a major sell for Texas Tech on the recruiting front. Upsetting a ranked team on national television the night before meeting with recruits helps too.
“The atmosphere at Tech really fits my personality, talking about the team specifically. I'm best at leading when I can be vocal on the field and the Tech coaches seem to like the energy in practice and I can tell they stress having fun, while at the same time focus on winning. You can’t have fun if you’re not winning.”
Winning is something the Argyle Eagles (3-0) are growing accustomed to. The No. 1 team in the state of Texas among all class 3A schools, ranked by the Associated Press, has beat its first three opponents by a combined score of 135-28. Aiding Wilson in this success are fellow Division I prospects, Sadler and Kansas State linebacker commit Sam Sizelove.
Sadler, who has been committed to the Red Raiders since April, told WreckEm247 this weekend that he’s “trying to help as much as I can, especially with Connor. He’s one of my best friends. I keep talking Tech up to him.”
Their friendship, combined with the early success and excitement surrounding Kingsbury’s coaching staff, made Wilson commitment No. 19 for Texas Tech. Wilson joins Dallas Skyline’s Derrick Dixon and Ennis’ Jah’Shawn Johnson as the safeties committed for the 2014 class.
“Me and Ian are good friends and we’re a lot alike so I think we look for the same things in a school,” Wilson said. “As far as the decision itself, it came down to me and what I felt was best for me and my future.”
With two teammates now committed to the Red Raiders, what does this mean for 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker, Sizelove?
“It kind of sucks just because I was looking forward to playing with him for another four years, but it doesn’t effect me,” Sizelove said at first.
“I’ll try to make it down for a game with Connor and Ian and give it a second look! It would be cool if we could all play at the same place.”
Sadler agreed with Wilson that “it’d be cool if (Sizelove) went to Tech with (them).”