Top dual-threat QB Stidham decommits from Texas Tech

Texas Tech lost a commitment from the jewel of its strong 2015 recruiting class, as quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced his decommitment via Twitter on Saturday night.

The Rivals.com four-star prospect, who is one of the best dual-threat signal-callers in the country, had been committed to the Red Raiders since early March.

Stidham, who's a 6-3, 185-pounder from Stephenville High School (Stephenville, TX), was thought of by some recruiting analysts to be the key cog in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's rebuilding operation in Lubbock because he would have been the biggest standout recruit the program has seen in recent history. Perhaps the ascent of freshman quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave Stidham second thoughts. Mahomes threw 16 touchdowns against just four interceptions this season for the Red Raiders.

Now the Big 12 program will look to find a replacement quarterback in this class while not losing any more talent that may have been excited by the pledge of Stidham.

The question now centers on where Stidham may end up. He received offers from major programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas, but Baylor, Oregon and TCU may make the most sense. The Horned Frogs' strong Air Raid offense may be appealing, the Bears have been quarterback-friendly under Art Briles and the Ducks just saw quarterback Marcus Mariota win the Heisman Trophy.

Certainly this move by Stidham has come as a surprise as we creep closer to National Signing Day.

Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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