Texas Tech announces signing of Drae McCray

Texas Tech announces signing of Drae McCray

Drae McCray

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The Atlantic Sun’s leading receiver signed with Texas Tech with two years of eligibility remaining

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LUBBOCK, Texas – After already signing the fastest class in college football just over a week ago, Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire added more elite speed through the transfer portal Thursday night in wide receiver Drae McCray, who has signed an athletic scholarship agreement with the Red Raiders.

McCray, the Atlantic Sun Conference leader in both receptions and receiving yards last year, will have two seasons of eligibility with the Red Raiders where he will be reunited with offensive analyst Kirk Bryant and close trainer Josh Cochranwho both coached him in 2021 at Austin Peay.

“We are fortunate to be signing easily one of the fastest players in college football,” McGuire said. “We believe Drae will thrive in this offense under the development of coach (Emmett) Jones and coach (Zach) Kitley. He will make us more dynamic with his speed and provide valuable matchup problems that will allow that our offense continues to be one of the most explosive in the country.”

McCray caught 129 passes for 1,888 yards and 17 touchdowns combined over the past two seasons, earning first-team All-ASUN honors this fall in the process. McCray is a two-time All-Conference honoree after making the first team in 2021 when Austin Peay was still a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. He was also an all-freshman team honoree as a true freshman in 2021.

McCray, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, led the Governors in receiving, receiving yards, all-purpose yards and receiving touchdowns in each of his two seasons. He recorded 53 receptions for 882 yards and eight touchdowns as a true freshman, finishing with 1,030 all-purpose yards in 11 games.

McCray followed with a strong sophomore campaign, totaling 76 catches for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns to help Austin Peay to a 7-4 record. He also added 12 carries for 54 yards and three touchdowns for 54 yards as a sophomore, capped by a season-high 12 catches for 92 yards in a loss at Alabama to end the season. A dynamic returner, McCray hauled his only career punt return into the end zone as a true freshman.

McCray signed with Austin Peay out of North Florida Christian School in Florida State, where he totaled 4,385 all-purpose yards during his prep career. In addition to his success on the gridiron, McCray is similar to many other Texas Tech participants with top-level verified times in the 100 meters, reaching as high as 10.3 seconds.

McCray joins a Texas Tech signing class that is already ranked in the top 25 in college football. For a complete list of Texas Tech’s signing class, please visit here.

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