Kadron Boone was set to join Mike Leach’s program at Texas Tech. The 6-foot-2 receiver from Ocala (Fla.) had visions of being the program’s next Michael Crabtree and chose the Red Raiders over offers from several in-state and regional programs.

On Dec. 30, Boone’s plans changed. Leach was fired from Texas Tech and eventually replaced by former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville.

“I was completely stunned,” Boone said. “I had to take a step back and decide what I was going to do.”