Though the Texas Tech Red Raiders signed four-star receiver J.F. Thomas, chances are he won’t be suiting up for the team in 2015.
Per a report from Daniel Pauling of 247 Sports, the Dallas native is likely headed to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, 72 miles southeast of Dallas.
A representative of Trinity Valley said that the odds of Thomas coming to the school were “more than a coin flip” and that the reasons for him heading there were academic. Per that source, Thomas needs to pass a certain portion of the Texas state standardized test, STAAR, and then get a high enough SAT score to bring his GPA to an acceptable level.
It’s potentially a big blow for Texas Tech, who lost receiver Bradley Marquez to the NFL and only have one year of leading receiver Jakeem Grant left. Since Grant weighs in at 5’7″, 169 pounds and Thomas brings size at 6’3″, 171 pounds, one can see why the receiving game may be a concern for the Red Raiders despite the fact that the team ranked fifth in the nation in passing yards in 2014.
Nothing is definite for Thomas yet, but Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
Texas Tech went 4-8 (2-7 Big 12) last season, its second under head coach and alum Kliff Kingsbury, and opens the 2015 season against Sam Houston in Lubbock on September 5.
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