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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Four-star OL Outlaw signs with Texas Tech

By Bob Przybylo

Four-star offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) surprised many by signing with Texas Tech on Wednesday morning.

Outlaw, who is 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, is ranked No. 25 at offensive guard in the nation and is Tech’s second big-time four-star pickup during this week.

He chose the Red Raiders over offers from Oklahoma, TCU and Missouri. He made official visits to all four schools in the last three weeks. Tech was the last, saving the best for last.

What is the impact of Josh Outlaw’s decision?”

What it means for Texas Tech: This is huge, especially days removed from the decommitment of three-star tackle Maurice Porter (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall). Outlaw gives Tech its only four-star offensive lineman signee and its third four-star pickup in the last two weeks.

What it means for the teams that lost out: Missouri being in the SEC didn’t mean much in this battle and Outlaw would have been its top-ranked offensive lineman signee. The Sooners searched far and wide for a third offensive tackle for their 2013 class. Thought they had found it in Outlaw but now must look toward 2014. Outlaw would have easily been one of the biggest gets for TCU but going there first kind of made the Horned Frogs get lost in the shuffle.

Turning point: Outlaw going to Texas Tech last. He had seen TCU, OU and Missouri and knew what those programs had to offer. He could fully compare those three trips to what he had in Lubbock, Texas. All his cards were out on the table, and he knew he wanted Tech to be his home.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 4. Even though Outlaw never really let anyone in on knowing where he might go, it just felt like the Red Raiders were the longest of long shots. He is definitely a huge addition to Tech’s class.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 3. His versatility is the only thing hindering him right now. He can play both guard and tackle, but Tech and Outlaw will have to make that decision and stay committed to it. If they’re set on his future, Outlaw has the talent to be on the field in 2013.