When you're talking about 2012 recruiting in July of 2010, then something might be going right. Although reports are tentative, head coach Tommy Tuberville secured the commitment of the David Bros., Derek and Logan. LB Derek David is only a sophomore and projected to be the #1 linebacker in the 2012 class and the top-rated defender in the state of Texas. DL Logan David will be attending Blinn College for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and then (hopefully) commit with David in the 2012 class with Derek. Let's get to it.
So much more after the jump.
The Player Speaks: I've been waiting on this article for two weeks (it's published in the paper, but not available online for two weeks), from the Rockdale Reporter where Rockdale HS Athletic Director Jeff Miller talked about why they, and OL LaRaven Clark chose Texas Tech:
All three had different reasons for choosing Texas Tech.
“LeRaven really enjoyed the town,” said Rockdale Athletic Director Jeff Miller, who accompanied Clark and Derek David to Lubbock. “And he liked the spread out campus that didn’t seem closed in like some others.
“I know all three enjoyed the new coaching staff and the direction the program is going in and especially (head coach) Tommy Tuberville.”
All three were enthralled with their recruiter James Willis, who was the linebacker coach for national champion Alabama and is now the Red Raider defensive coordinator.
“I know they felt real comfortable with him and I know Logan really liked him. They all want that comfort zone. They are not caught up in the big time.
“It’s a great fit for all of them.”
A couple of things here, first, it appears that Miller is really looking after these guys, which I would think is a good thing. Second, their recruiter was defensive coordinator James Willis, and they were "enthralled" with him and they were comfortable with him. That sort of thing bodes well for the future. Finally, UT defensive coordinator Will Muschamp called Miller the morning after Derek committed:
Miller received a call from Muschamp about David t he morning after he committed to Texas Tech.
I wonder how that conversation went?
There are a handful of other articles mentioning Derek. During the first part of last year, the Temple Daily News profiled the David brothers and their impact prior to last year:
Football runs deep in the David blood. In addition to the current standouts, Skyler was a defensive lineman who graduated last season and James is an eighth grader who scored five touchdowns last week in a game against Giddings. Two other brothers and the lone girl, Brianna, aren't yet middle-school age.
"They are all good kids," Rockdale coach Jeff Miller said of the family. "The parents and grandmother are great supporters of our program. They are good people and we are glad they live in Rockdale."
The bickering between siblings is usually light-hearted in nature.
"They are at each other all the time, but it's all in good fun," Miller said. "Logan had 17 tackles in one game. The next week, Derek had one more and Logan has been mad about it ever since. Derek is often telling Logan, 'If you'd just let another guy go through, I could get more tackles.'"
That's not likely to happen. This entire defense hates to see anybody get past it.
"We just do that to push each other," Derek said. "We like to see who gets more tackles. We try to get there before the other person does. I think that's why we've been successful."
There was also this Rockdale Reporter article about now that Derek has been named as one of the top players in the state (Derek is the #2 player in the state of Texas for the 2012 recruiting class) his life has changed as a result of his notoriety.
Last but not least, I found some track results and it appears that fellow Texas Tech commit WR Derek Edwards (high jump: 6'2"; and triple jump: 44'8.25") and Derek compete in the same district and Derek jumped 19'10" in the long jump and 40' 3.5" in the triple jump.
Video: You're going to have to get a bit creative to find video of both Logan and Derek. You can find Logan's video on his ESPN profile. I'm pretty sure that Derek is the middle linebacker in that film, but you can definitely find Derek in the defensive highlights from LeRaven Clark's video. I believe Derek is #6.
Seth C Update: Video. Wow.
Scouting Report: There appears to be a bit of difference in Logan's weight. If he truly is close to 300 pounds rather than the 255 listed on a couple of the recruiting sites, then you've got a really nice player that can absolutely move. There's been a handful of questions about Logan and the fact that he doesn't have much of a recruiting profile or even appear to have a real offer. For a bit of a history, go to this DTN DD where we learn that Logan stated that he didn't want to attend college. I surmised that this may have been a grade situation and then we find out that Logan committed to play at Blinn College. Logan is talented in his own right, being named to The Old Coach's Class 3A All-State First Team and just by watching his video, he does appear to be a pretty nice player. Quick off the ball, a nice push and seems to create havoc along the line.
Derek is another story and you can see his natural talent especially in Clark's highlight film where Derek appears to be making tackles all over the place. For a guy his size and being as fast as he is, he looks to be the type of player that could be transcendent. That's a bold claim for a guy that probably just got his drivers license, but he looks pretty good.
Derek and Logan, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2012 Class: I'm thinking that we wait until some of the 2012 rankings come out until giving some averages. Derek doesn't even have an ESPN profile.
|Position||Commitment||Ht/Wt||High School/State||Rivals||Rivals Rating||Scout||ESPN||ESPN Grade|
|DL||Logan David||6-4/295||Rockdale (Rockdale, TX)||N/A||N/A||N/A||2||74|
|LB||Derek David||6-3/225||Rockdale (Rockdale, TX)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|