Never been to Lubbock, Texas. Probably never will go there. But looking at a map, it is in the middle of nowhere. Which is why I can understand how four high school football recruits – one was already committed to the Red Raiders – got lost driving there from Houston.
“(We) didn’t use a GPS, and we didn’t even know we were going the wrong way,” Lauderdale said. “So we were driving (and we ended up) in East Texas.”
The group didn’t realize their mistake until they found themselves in Nacodoches, Texas – which was roughly 100 miles east of I-45, the road they should have been on, and still more than 500 miles from their destination.
The players, in fact, were roughly an hour away from the Louisiana border. Texas Tech, meanwhile, is roughly an hour away from the New Mexico border.
You can look at it from the Texas Tech point of view: “Kids can’t read a map? Probably can’t read a playboook.”
Or you can look at it from the recruits point of view: “Who wants to spend four years in some small town in the middle of nowhere?” [Rivals]