Texas Tech scored heavily on the recruiting track on Thursday with an engagement from four-star Mansfield (Texas) defender Timberview Jordan Sanford.
For Sanford, it was his faith in a newly hired head coach Joey McGuire which led him to decide to go west to Lubbock for the next 3-4 years.
“Probably just the relationships I built there and I think it’s really family oriented,” Sanford said. “Definitely hearing about coach McGuire and the opportunities after football.”
Like most Texas high school football players and coaches, Sanford was aware that the person Joey McGuire was going to in his day was being recruited by Texas Tech, but seeing him in person made it all feel right in the end. .
“Everything I’ve heard about him has been good,” he said. “When he first arrived, I was worried because he was a new manager who had never coached a college team as a head coach before. But just by hearing all the good things about him, I just think that everything off the pitch will bring him onto the pitch for him. “
During his official visit to Lubbock, Sanford noticed the team’s push and was able to see the vision under the new regime.
“They are really goal oriented, they know what they want,” he said. “They wake up every day with a vision of how to get it and I think I fit that perfectly.”
In addition to Texas Tech, Sanford’s official swing of visits in June saw him travel to Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, and Washington. Despite some outside rumors, Sanford believed technology was the right place for him.
“It was a tough decision,” Sanford said. “That’s probably why I played my recruiting the way it was. I’m just trying to make the best decision for me and what I think will help me after football too. “
The resume of the secondary coach and coordinator of the Red Raiders passing game Marcel Yates he also stood out for Sanford, as he sees the opportunity to see the field early and develop rapidly under his leadership.
“Development-wise, he was a DC so I’d say he’s too qualified to be a secondary manager,” Sanford said. “I trust him to mold me into who I want to be. I checked the depth chart a lot. I think I can definitely play there soon. “
At 5 feet-11, 185 pounds, Sanford is the No. 18 classified as security in the country and n. 48 recruited by the state of Texas for the class of 2023, according to Rivals. She joins the Texas Tech top 20 as a fourth four-star prospect.