LUBBOCK - Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells capped his first signing class with the Red Raiders Wednesday evening as four-star athlete Alante Brown inked a National Letter of Intent with the university during a ceremony in his hometown of Chicago.
Brown, who had offers from the likes of Michigan State, Florida State, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State, becomes the seventh signee to commit to the Red Raiders on National Signing Day, completing an impressive first class under Wells and his staff.
“I’m really excited to add Alante to our Red Raider football family,” Wells said. “I have a lot of respect for Alante, his mom and his coaches for how he handled the recruiting process. He was very honest and communicative and that is what you want as a coach. He’s explosive with the ball in his hands, and we can’t wait to get him to Lubbock.”
One of the most explosive players in the country this past season, Brown threw for 41 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more en route to leading Simeon High School to the prestigious city of Chicago championship title. He earned All-State honors as an athlete and All-Area accolades as a quarterback.
Brown, a three-year starter at Simeon, was listed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, which ranked him as the No. 4 recruit in the entire state of Illinois. He was also a three-star signee by both Rivals and ESPN.
Matt Wells also added five high school prospects and one junior college transfer to his first signing class on Wednesday, signifying an impressive haul in his first two months as Texas Tech’s head coach.
Wells and his staff currently boast 17 signees to their initial class after 11 future Red Raiders signed their intentions with the university this past December. The February additions include defensive end Tony Bradford Jr. (Houston, Texas), punter Austin McNamara (Gilbert, Ariz.), place kicker Jonathan Garibay (Rubidoux, Calif.), defensive back Dadrion Taylor (Oklahoma City, Okla.), offensive lineman Cole Thomas (Seattle, Wash.) and defensive end Quinton Williams (Houston, Texas).
“It’s always an exciting day when you add guys to your program that will help us take another step forward as well as what it means to each and every family,” Wells said. “All these kids want to be in Lubbock and help us take this program from good to great. We’re excited to coach the ones who want to be here.”
Of the 17 signees, two are already on campus in offensive lineman Trevor Roberson (Wellington, Texas) and tight end Simon Gonzalez (Magnolia, Texas). Both inked with Tech during the early signing period and enrolled on campus in January. The remainder of the class will enroll at Tech this June.
2019 TEXAS TECH SIGNING CLASS
Name POS HT WT Hometown (Previous School)
Tony Bradford Jr. DE 6-1 245 Houston, Texas (North Shore H.S.)
Cameron Cantrell* WR 6-1 180 Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse H.S.)
Trey Cleveland* WR 6-4 180 Arlington, Texas (Arlington H.S.)
Jonathan Garibay PK 6-0 200 Rubidoux, Calif. (Rubidoux H.S./Riverside City College)
Simon Gonzalez*^ TE 6-4 220 Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia West H.S.)
Alex Hogan* DB 5-11 170 Houston, Texas (Lamar H.S.)
Gilbert Ibeneme* DE 6-3 255 Pearland, Texas (Pearland H.S.)
Travis Koontz* TE 6-5 260 Austintown, Ohio (Boardman H.S./Ventura C.C.)
Tyrique Matthews* LB 5-11 205 Houston, Texas (Eisenhower H.S.)
Maverick McIvor* QB 6-3 195 San Angelo, Texas (Central H.S.)
Austin McNamara P 6-4 165 Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland H.S.)
Landon Peterson* OL 6-6 265 Odessa, Texas (Permian H.S.)
Trevor Roberson*^ OL 6-11 345 Wellington, Texas (Wellington H.S.)
Bryce Robinson* LB 6-0 235 Sachse, Texas (Sachse H.S.)
Dadrion Taylor DB 5-11 170 Oklahoma City, Okla. (Carl Albert H.S.)
Cole Thomas OL 6-7 290 Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet H.S.)
Quinton Williams DE 6-5 230 Houston, Texas (Clear Lake H.S.)
* indicates December signees
^ indicates January enrollees
TONY BRADFORD JR.
DE | Houston, Texas | North Shore H.S.
Attended North Shore High School in Houston, Texas … helped lead North Shore to the Class 6A Division-I state championship as a senior … team was also named the national champions by MaxPreps … state championship win came via a hail mary touchdown pass at the end of regulation … North Shore also advanced to the Class 6A Division I regional championship his junior season … named the Defensive Player of the Year at the Touchdown Club of Houston’s area high school awards banquet his senior year … only the second North Shore player in school history to receive the award … selected as the District 21-6A Defensive Player of the Year as well … was a first team All-District 21-6A honoree as a junior … three-star prospect according to 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals … No. 54 ranked weakside defensive end in the 2019 class according to Rivals … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Arizona, Colorado State, East Carolina, Memphis, Purdue, Rice, Syracuse, Washington State
PK | Rubidoux, Calif. | Rubidoux H.S./Riverside City College
Will enroll at Texas Tech with two years of eligibility remaining after spending first two seasons at Riverside City College in California … helped lead the Tigers to an 11-1 record as a sophomore in 2018 with the lone loss coming in the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) regional championship game … named to the All-SCFA first team each of his two seasons … was 9-of-12 on field goal attempts as a sophomore and 46-of-50 on PATs … longest field goal came on a 47-yarder against Southwestern … also handled punting duties, averaging 40.1 yards per attempt … downed 26 of his 51 punts on the year inside the 20 and had 11 others fair caught … Riverside finished 10-2 his freshman season … finished 6-of-8 on field goal attempts in 2017 with his longest coming from 46 yards … was also 60-of-62 on PATs for 78 points … averaged 39.3 yards per punt over 48 attempts, 11 of which were downed inside the 20 … signed with Riverside City College after a successful prep career at Rubidoux High School … garnered All-CIF Division 10 honors as senior … was also the league’s Special Teams MVP as a senior in 2016 … earned All-League accolades his junior year in 2015 … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Texas State and Utah State.
P | Gilbert, Ariz. | Highland H.S.
Attended Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona … netted a 42.6 yard punting average during his senior year … also drilled 12 field goals, including a 45-yarder … was a perfect 63-of-63 on extra point attempts in 2018 … earned first team All-State honors following his senior campaign … three-star prospect according to 247Sports and ESPN … rated as the top punter in the 2019 class by 247Sports … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Arizona, Arizona State, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah State
DB | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Carl Albert H.S.
Attended Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. … was a standout running back for the Titans but will move to the secondary at the collegiate level … named the Oklahoma 5A Player of the Year following his senior season … also an All-State selection at running back … named the Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year by The Oklahoman … compiled 1,365 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns over the 2018 season … strong season helped push Carl Albert to its third-straight Class 5A state championship … produced a solid junior campaign as well with 1,977 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 215 carries … earned All-City and All-Conference honors … finished his high school career with 4,611 rushing yards on the ground … a three star prospect by 247Sports … listed as the No. 28 recruit in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Air Force, Army, Utah State
OL | Seattle, Wash. | Bishop Blanchet H.S.
Attended Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, Wash. … played on both the offensive and defensive line during his prep career … named to the All-Metro League Mountain Division second team as an offensive tackle his senior year … was an honorable mention pick as a defensive tackle that year as well … earned first team All-Metro League honors as a junior … three-star prospect according to 247Sports and ESPN … listed among the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times … ranked as the No. 33 player in the state of Washington by 247Sports … father was a football student-athlete at the University of Washington … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Utah State, Washington
DE | Houston, Texas | Clear Lake H.S.
Attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas … two-way player as a defensive end/linebacker on defense and a wide receiver on offense … recorded 58 total tackles and seven tackles for loss during the 2018 season … named to the District 24-6A second team as a senior after helping lead Clear Lake to the Class 6A Division II area round ... also recorded two receiving touchdowns and 160 yards on offense … rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports … three sport athlete as a member of the school’s basketball and track and field programs … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Arkansas State, Massachusetts