RECRUITING ON THE SOUTH PLAINS
Ht: 5'11" | Wt: 170 lbs | Forty: N/A
High School: Bellaire (Houston, TX)
Video: Clip 1 | Clip 2
Rivals 5.8 | Scout N/R
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 91
Cumulative Ranking: INC
OffersAlabama, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas St., Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Thus far, Lauderdale is the most highly rated player committed to Texas Tech. Lauderdale has more offers and more programs after his services than any other player right now. And it's easy to see why, as he's incredibly electric with the ball in his hands. I haven't been able to find an accurate 40-yard dash time for Lauderdale, but he's got speed and quickness and regularly out-runs opponents to the sideline and turns the corner. It's really quite amazing.
The other nice thing about Lauderdale is that he has some decent size, at 5'11" and 170, he's not slight in the sense that he's the size of a Javares McRoy or Jakeem Grant (not that there is anything wrong with that), but Lauderdale has room to go and could offer something a bit different if he were to play inside or outside.
According to MaxPreps, Lauderdale carried the ball 62 times for 708 yards and 5 touchdowns, an average of 11.42 yards per carry. Lauderdale also caught 25 passes for 759 yards and 10 touchdowns for an astounding 30.36 yards per catch. That's pretty ridiculous. Another ridiculous statistic is that Lauderdale averaged over 20 yards per punt return last year, and almost 30 yards per kickoff return.
The Player Speaks
When DB Tavares Garner committed, Lauderdale committed a day later (they're cousins) and LAJ's Don Williams spoke with Lauderdale:
"I feel like 85 percent I’m going to Texas Tech," Lauderdale said, "but I still feel like I should give other schools a chance."
Lauderdale committed to Tech without having been to campus, but he said he’s found the Red Raiders appealing for some time.
"Number one, I’m a receiver, and they throw the ball," he said. "I just like it. It seemed like a good, strong program to be in, and the coaches are cool and all that."
Film and scouting report are after the jump.
If you are a fan of guys like Javares McRoy or Jakeem Grant or Sadale Foster, but about four or five inches taller then Lauderdale is your guy. He's slight, but he also just finished his junior year and he's incredibly fast. It's almost a bit ridiculous how quick he is and it's easy to see why Lauderdale is thought to be one of the top players in the state of Texas. Lauderdale gets to the corner so fast and his Bellaire team routinely runs receiver sweeps to the outside and I'm sure that his coaches are just telling the linemen not to worry about anything, Lauderdale will outrun the defense. Lauderdale is just incredibly fast and he's the caliber of athlete that Dominique Wheeler and Reginald Davis were in last year's class.
And when a player is fast, it's tough to give much more of a description. Lauderdale does make people miss and he seems to have a pretty good sense of where to run and I think that means he has good vision. I could throw out some other catch-phrases, like he has good hips, great vision and straight-line speed. Sure, Lauderdale has all of that in spades. This is as good of a commitment that Texas Tech has had this early in the process.
Devin, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!