Denton Ryan QB signs with Texas Tech

Denton Ryan quarterback Scotty Young learned firsthand what can go wrong in the recruiting process.

Considered a perfect fit for Texas Tech after he committed last spring, Young wavered when the school abruptly fired head coach Mike Leach.

But Young, a three-star prospect according to ESPNU, heard enough from new head coach Tommy Tuberville to convince him to stay with the Red Raiders, and he signed with Tech on Wednesday.

"It got a little crazy at the end with everything happening," Young said. "Since I committed to Tech I've wanted to go there. Even with the changes, I felt like it was still the best fit."

Ryan tailored its offense to match Tech's and suit its record-setting quarterback, and Young put up numbers that would make any former Red Raider quarterback blush.

He threw for 8,962 yards and 129 touchdowns in two years as Ryan's starter. Behind Young, Ryan regained elite status in Class 4A after losing in the first round of the playoffs three years in a row from 2005-07.

As a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher in baseball, it's possible Young could get drafted by MLB in April, but he said he's committed to playing football and won't play baseball at Tech either.

"I definitely want to go to college," Young said. "It would be pretty tough for me to change my mind now. I just want to play one sport. Two sports would be a lot on me."

Two players instrumental to Young's success also signed Wednesday. Receiver Bud Sasser signed with Missouri after two stellar seasons as Young's favorite target. He amassed 2,407 yards and 47 touchdowns in two years as a starter.

Tackle Garrett Gramling signed with Texas A&M. He was a first team all-state selection after grading out at 94 percent and not giving up a sack in 14 games.