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Texas Tech 2023 OL Commit Tyler Johnson Flips Pledge to Auburn

Texas Tech 2023 offensive line commit Tyler Johnson announced that he'd be changing his college decision and will now attend Auburn.

While Texas Tech is still riding high after finishing the season bowl eligible at 7-5, the Red Raiders have had a bit of the wind taken out of their sails by some recent recruiting news. One of Tech's 2023 commits, offensive lineman Tyler Johnson, announced via Twitter that he'd be decomitting from the Red Raiders and instead intends to take his talents to Auburn. It's a tough blow for Tech, especially considering how much of a question mark the offensive line was this year.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle out of Natchitoches, Louisiana had been committed to Texas Tech since mid-September, but took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and received an offer from the Tigers. He's one of the top 60 offensive tackles in the class and having him on board would have been a big plus for Texas Tech. Now that Johnson's out of the fold for Tech, the Red Raiders are down to just four offensive line commits in the 2023 class. After a mediocre season up front, head coach Joey McGuire may decide to hit the transfer portal hard in order to shore up that unit quicker rather than later. 

At the moment, Tech still has the No. 21 class in the country, but the loss of Johnson following the November decommitment of receiver Kaleb Smith certainly doesn't bode well. The Red Raider still have a boatload of talented recruits coming in, and if there's one man who knows his way around the state of Texas, it's McGuire, so he may have a few tricks up his sleeve yet.

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