As if the Texas Tech football staff desired extra depth at the managing back again place, previous Illinois running back Kyron Cumbie joined the plan as a walk-on this previous weekend according to a Tweet from Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. But make no mistake, this is not your standard stroll-on.
Instead, this is a participant who was remarkably recruited out of higher faculty. In truth, in the course of 2019, he was rated the No. 121 participant in Texas and the No. 10 all-goal RB in the country. In addition to Texas Tech, the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder from Plano, Texas held provides from the likes of BYU, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, San Diego Condition, SMU, Washington Condition, and some others.
For his profession, the previous 3-star prospect has amassed just modest stats. He’s carried the ball twice for 11 yards, caught five passes for 47 yards, and returned a pair of punts for a blended 11 yards.
Cumby will be immediately suitable to engage in this yr and it is in the kick return recreation where he could see the most action. That’s since the Purple Raiders are by now loaded at the operating back situation.
Of system, SaRodorick Thompson will be the chief of that position team. Past calendar year, he ran for 610 yards and 8 TDs in only 10 game titles played.
He will be backed up by previous wander-on inside of receiver Xavier White. The Lubbock prospect was next on the workforce in speeding with 436 yards and a pair of scores.
A freshman in 2020, Tahj Brooks was also spectacular last tumble. Racking up 255 yards and four TDs on just 69 rushes, Brooks is primed for an elevated role this season right after having his toes damp final year.
What is a lot more, Tech included 3-star RB Cam’Ron Valdez to the blend this offseason. A speedster in the backfield, the Rockdale, Texas native had an remarkable provide list that included Arizona, Arizona Condition, Arkansas, Houston, Iowa Condition, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Skip, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Utah, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia.
Also, we mustn’t neglect Chadarius Townsend who is maybe the most dynamic functioning back again on the staff. Although he acquired only 18 carries, on which he racked up 99 yards and a TD, last period, he is likely to be showcased far more prominently in new offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s scheme this 12 months.
In other words, Cumby is signing up for a crowded operating back again home and that may possibly make it challenging for him to get a ton of carries this tumble. But thanks to a redshirt in 2019 and the fact that very last time did not depend to any player’s eligibility status, he retains all 4 several years of eligibility that means that he could be a prospective extensive-term piece of the puzzle for Tech.
This is however a different instance of head mentor Matt Wells dipping into the transfer portal to replenish his roster’s depth. And 1 has to hope that Cumby functions out as perfectly as some of the other transfers Wells has brought on board.