Athletic 3-star defensive back commits to Texas Tech football program

After a busy weekend with some high-profile additions, Joey McGuire and the Texas Tech football program have signed an intriguing defensive back for the class of 2025. Swayde Griffin, a 3-star defensive back from Lago Vista, Texas, announced his commitment to the Red Raiders on Monday via social media.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound player is ranked as the No. 101 cornerback in the nation and the No. 180 player in Texas by In addition to Texas Tech, he has offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Minnesota.

The Red Raiders, however, were Griffin's first offer and that early connection appears to have paid off. The two-sport athlete, who won the UIL 4-A state title in the 110-meter hurdles, was in Lubbock last weekend and will now become a Red Raider.

“I had no idea they were coming,” Griffin told Greg Powers of Dave Campbell's Texas Football the day Texas Tech offered him a scholarship nearly a year ago. “They just showed up one day. Honestly, I thought they were recruiting me for track and field, but then they made me the offer, and that was awesome.”

Fans may be more familiar with Griffin's father, Cedric, who was a defensive back for the Texas Longhorns from 2002 to 2005 and played seven years in the NFL, six for the Minnesota Vikings and one for the Washington franchise. The elder Griffin collected eight picks and 412 tackles in his NFL career.

Griffin is the Red Raiders' 13th recruit in the class of 2025, a recruiting achievement that ranks 23rd nationally according to 247Sports. Interestingly, he is also the fourth defensive back in the class.

On Sunday, Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire posted a GIF of former professional wrestler Rick Flair twice on social media, which Texas Tech fans are taking as a sign that McGuire has received a commitment from a prospect. Even if one of those was for Griffin, there should be more good news on the recruiting front.

This is a busy time of year for football recruiting and that will likely continue in the days and weeks to come as Texas Tech hosts another group of high-priority prospects next weekend. So keep checking back with Wreck 'em Red for all the latest news as McGuire and Co. continue to put together a strong recruiting tour of the South Plains.

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