All-American Texas Tech pitcher Gabriel Oladipo joins the soccer team

Texas Tech Soccer added a 12-year-old senior champion and an all-American first team to the defensive line Saturday, the second day of prep practice.

There’s a catch: The much-decorated Gabriel Oladipo made those distinctions with the Red Raiders track and field team. But when he exhausted his eligibility in his primary sport in June, Oldibo decided to try football.

It doesn’t look like Tech is hurting someone to play a defensive role with Jaylon Hutchings, Tony Bradford and Philip Blidi as the main returnees. But Oladipo is 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, bench press 440 pounds and squat 875. He spent five college seasons honing his foot and blasting.

“You’re talking about a really strong, really athletic, huge human being,” said tech coach Joey McGuire. “This just adds another person, regardless of (their role). Whether it’s a goal block, field goal or the number of shots he gets in the game, at any time you can add big people who can really run. …”

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