After what we saw Saturday against Houston Baptist, the Texas Tech football team needs all the reinforcements in can get on defense. That’s why Wednesday’s news that Texas A&M transfer DE Tyree Wilson has been granted a waiver by the NCAA is rather significant.
The sophomore from New London, Texas joined the Red Raider program in August and had been awaiting a waiver to play in 2020. Now, he’s cleared and ready to join a defensive line rotation that clearly needs help. In week one, the Red Raiders managed just eight QB pressures against the Huskies, who threw for 587 yards.
Coming out of high school, he was a 4-star signee. Rated the No. 16 weakside defensive end in the nation and the No. 32 player in Texas by 247Sports, he had offers from the likes of Florida, Arkansas, Baylor, Washington State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, and many other programs.
Now 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Wilson has the size to play defensive end or defensive tackle depending on the situation. That could give defensive coordinator Keith Patterson more options along a defensive front that was a bit underwhelming when rushing the passer in week one.