Texas Tech continues to attract transfers who are defensive players. That’s probably not surprising considering the Red Raiders were a historically bad defense last season. Translation: Playing time will be available.
Kaleb Hill, a transfer from Boise State, has been added to Texas Tech’s 105-man preseason roster. The Red Raiders also have added defensive back Willie Sykes, a transfer from Arkansas. Both Hill and Sykes will sit out this season to comply with NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible in 2017. Whatever contributions they make this season will be as practice players.
Hill is a 6-1, 227-pound sophomore from Schertz Clemens so, like Sykes, he’s returning to his home state. He redshirted at Boise State in 2014 and got into one game in 2015. He was credited with 13 sacks among 75 tackles in 2013 as an all-district honoree during his senior year in high school.
Hill will be joining his brother, Kolin Hill, a former Notre Dame defensive lineman who transferred to Tech last year.
“He just wanted to get back to Texas and have an opportunity to earn a scholarship,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Good player. We really have enjoyed working with his brother. I think they wanted to be together. The family wanted them both here, so it worked out for us.”