The Texas Tech football program is in the mix for speedy WR Carlton Guidry, who has the Red Raiders in his top-10.
With the hot streak that Texas Tech football head coach Matt Wells has been on when it comes to the recruiting trail, Red Raider fans are keeping a close eye on the continued construction of the 2021 signing class. That’s why the name Carlton Guidry is one to know.
A speedy wide receiver from Pearland, Texas, the 3-star target has Tech in his list of ten potential schools. Also on that list are Arizona, Tennessee, Nebraska, Houston, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulsa, UT-San Antonio, and UNLV.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is also a track star who ran the 100 meters in 10.84 seconds. Rated the No. 108 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 96 overall player in Texas by 247Sports.com, he has put up 53 catches for 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns in the last two years combined.
According to 247Sports, Tech extended an offer to Guidry at the end of March. He also holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Southern Miss, Utah State, and Tulane.
Given his size, Guidry projects as a slot receiver at the Big 12 level. That’s a spot where Tech is in good shape in terms of depth.
This year, senior McLane Mannix and juniors Dalton Rigdon and Xavier White are all back to man that spot. Also, it is expected that junior Kesean Carter will move to the slot after posting career-highs of 11 catches and 150 yards in his final game of last season against Texas, his first-ever start in the slot.
In the 2019 class, Tech also signed Dequan Watts and in 2020, Myles Price was brought on board as a high school recruit and both players are expected to be slot receivers for their careers. Of course, the offense of second-year offensive coordinator David Yost is one that features only one slot receiver because he prefers to have a tight end on the field as well.
Still, the need for quality at the position remains critical. Last season, taught us that a team can’t ever have too many options at any position and that includes in the slot.
After a promising start to his Red Raider career, White was lost for the season following the fourth game of the year. The Monterey H.S. product, who walked on prior to the season, ended up with 10 receptions for 159 yards and a TD.
Meanwhile, Ridgon missed the final two games of the year after a nasty hit he sustained in the TCU game. Prior to that, he had 34 catches for 486 yards, and 5 touchdowns, easily the best year of his career.
As for Mannix, he played all 12 games but his 26 receptions for 248 yards and 3 TDs were nowhere near matching the hype that accompanied his arrival when he transferred in from Nevada in the offseason. He put up career-lows in all three of those categories last fall after being named a freshman All-American in 2017 and catching 50 balls for 875 yards and 7 TDs in 2018.
So despite the fact that there fewer less snaps to be distributed to the slot receivers in today’s Texas Tech offense and the position has plenty of quality depth, it will always remain a staple for the program that made slot receivers trendy and mandatory in the modern game. Keep an eye on Carlton Guidry because he could decide to join the long line of inside receivers to become stars in Lubbock.