Poor Texas Tech University often gets a lot of guff. The truth is, though relatively undiscerning, Texas Tech consistently ranks among national universities in terms of research and enrollment. And, in spite of its notorious smell and isolation, Lubbock is actually a nice place.
If one can just get there — a feat that four Houston-area Red Raider football recruits proved is challenging.
Devin Lauderdale (Bellaire High School), Reggie Chevis (Sharpstown High School), Tavares Garner (Manvel High School) and Arthur Lockett (Yates High School) were hoping to make the 500-plus mile trek in time to watch the Tech football team's Spring Game last Saturday.
In spite of its notorious smell and isolation, Lubbock is actually a nice place.
Instead, two-some-odd hours into their trip, the players found themselves in Nacogdoches.
"[We] didn't use a GPS, and we didn't even know we were going the wrong way," Lauderdale told RedRaiderSports.com. "So we were driving [and we ended up] in East Texas."
The recruits chose to turn around and drive back to Houston, missing the Spring Game.
"We're [still going to] go down there this spring," Lauderdale said.
Still the wrong direction.
We're cutting them a little slack — they are still in high school, after all — but we hope these promising recruits will consult a map before the next road trip.