On Thursday, the Texas Tech football team garnered a verbal pledge from RB Cam’Ron Valdez, one of the state of Texas top offensive weapons.
While it might seem hard to believe, the early 2020 signing window for high school football rookies is only two months away. Fortunately for the Texas Tech football program, business has picked up on this front over the past week.
In fact, on Thursday, head coach Matt Wells won one of his biggest recruiting battles as a college head coach when he secured a verbal engagement from running back Cam’Ron Valdez. The Rockdale native made his announcement on Twitter, where he ended a hotly contested court battle between nearly 20 Power 5 programs and a host of others.
Ranked No.18 RB in the nation and No.53 in Texas by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the Rockdale native is one of the best running back rookies to sign with Texas Tech in the past 20 years. In fact, he’s the 41st best rookie to engage in tech since 247Sports began ranking rookies almost two decades ago.
Additionally, only two running backs to sign with the Red Raiders in that span have earned a higher rating as rookies. They were Corey Dauphine in the class of 2015 and Eric Stephens in the class of 2009.
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Valdez is one of the most productive RBs in the state. So far in his high school career, he has amassed 3,636 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns averaging 8.3 yards per carry.
“Has a suitable version for an FBS running back prospect,” writes Gabe Brooks of 247Sports. “Limited space to add mass. Productive return with big numbers at Texas 3A level. Shows above average foot speed in the hole. Works with good vision and cushion level. Strong runner who runs hard and finishes chances. Best downhill as soon as possible and running north-south or in single cut situations. He sometimes becomes overzealous in trying to make too many unnecessary movements. Bounce-happy and won’t find as much success doing it against the Power Five competition versus the Texas 3A. Speed in free field above average, but can still be faster at top. Limited reps to capture passes. High level running back with proven volume and production capabilities that projects to the P5 level. “
The current recruiting class of the Red Raiders now has 11 members and has risen to 69th in the country after being ranked at No. 91 just two weeks ago. And Valdez is the second impact rookie Wells added in the span of seven days.
Last week, massive 3-star OT Jacoby Jackson gave his verbal pledge to Tech. His engagement ended a drought lasting more than two months with no engagement for the Wells program.
Valdez gives Tech fans reason to be excited about the future of RB’s job at Lubbock. With SaRodorick Thompson just a sophomore in a red shirt, Xavier White being a junior and Tahj Brooks being a true freshman, the Red Raiders now appear to have finally put behind them the day their depth at this place on the roster. was one of the weaknesses of the program. And many believe Valdez has the highest cap of any RB currently in Tech’s pipeline.