Four Questions: This is your time to shine. I want to hear from you about what you think about the 2014 Recruiting class. The full class is listed below as well as the preferred walk-ons.
1. Who is your favorite player (not necessarily the best) on offense and defense from this class and why?
2. Who is the MVP of the class?
3. Who is the one player that will surprise Texas Tech fans in 2014?
4. How would you grade this class?
There was a bit of news yesterday as some of the coaches spoke about the recruiting class, so I'll just link them in this paragraph and any miscellaneous links, I'll put below. The official site has all of the official signing, with all sorts of terrific information (via TexasTech). OLB coach Mike Smith said that he was offered a position coach with the Cleveland Browns (via LAJ). Speaking of Mike Smith, he said that he thinks that Argyle S Connor Wilson is projected to be at the Raider OLB spot:
"That’s something I wanted this class," said Smith, who coaches the outside linebackers. "We usually don’t take raiders. We usually find safeties that maybe over-grow, get too big and come to my room. I wanted a kid this year that can play it all four years he’s here. I had one kid to get in the state ofTexasor in the country and that’s who I wanted was ConnorWilson."
The only surprise yesterday was the commitment of Michael Coley, from Irving, who is going to play defensive back rather than receiver (via LAJ). OL coach Lee Hays said that he's talked to Le'Raven Clark about moving inside as Dominique Robertson has played mainly at left tackle (via LAJ). I think this would be a dangerous proposition.
Batson Follows Receivers: Receiver commit Cameron Batson followed a long line of receivers to Texas Tech (via NewsOK).
All of the Walk-On Quarterbacks: Texas Tech will give QB Payne Sullins (6-3/175) a preferred walk-on spot. Sullins played at Reicher Catholic HS in Waco and had some pretty good numbers, 3,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns (via YouTube).
Madison Talks Signing: In the story, he's listed as JaTevin Madison, but we've always known him as Tevin Madison and he talks about signing day for him (via TuscaloosaNews).
Bouma Excited: Preferred walk-on Grant Bouma talks about signing his letter of intent (with video via 23ABCNews).
The 2014 Class
CB Darius Jones (5-11/170) Gulf Coast C.C. (Gulf Coast, MS)
OT Hayden Vinson (6-6/290) Cisco J.C. (Cisco, TX)
QB Tanner Tausch (6-2/190) Kilgore J.C. (Kligore, TX)
QB Mike Richardson (6-1/195) Marble Falls (Marble Falls, TX)
K Clayton Hatfield 5-10/155) Champion (Boerne, TX)
QB Mason McClendon (5-11/180) Midland Christian (Midland, TX)
LB Grant Bouma (6-3/220) Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield, CA)
RB/LB Mason Reed (6-2/205) Cisco (Cisco, TX)
QB Payne Sullins (6-3/175) Reicher Catholic (Waco, TX)
|Patrick Mahomes||QB||6-3/198||Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX)||April 24, 2013|
|Justin Stockton||RB||5-9/175||Steele (Cibolo, TX)||January 21, 2013|
|Demarcus Felton||RB||5-7/179||Dekaney (Spring, TX)||April 18, 2013|
|Jakari Dillard||WR||6-4/185||Princeton (Princeton, TX)||August 13, 2012|
|Cameron Batson||IR||5-9/165||Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK)||April 23, 2013|
|Ian Sadler||WR||5-11/192||Argyle (Argyle, TX)||April 25, 2013|
|Byron Daniels||WR||6-0/170||Madison (San Antonio, TX)||May 8, 2013|
|Devin Lauderdale||WR||5-11/170||Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)||December 28, 2013|
|Justin Murphy||OL||6-8/275||Belton (Belton, TX)||June 10, 2013|
|Robert Castaneda||OL||6-5/315||Round Rock (Round Rock, TX)||June 10, 2013|
|Dominique Robertson||OL||6-5/300||Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)||January 27, 2014|
|Shaquille Davis||OL||6-4/320||Mt. San Antonio C.C. (Walnut, CA)||February 3, 2014|
|Keland McElrath||DT||6-5/290||Coahoma C.C. (Clarksdale, MS)||September 25, 2013|
|Marcus Smith||DT||6-3/305||Highland C.C. (Highland, KS)||December 15, 2013|
|Rika Levi||DT||6-2/350||College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA)||January 16, 2014|
|Brandon Thorpe||DT/DE||6-5/275||Highland C.C. (Highland, KS)||January 19, 2014|
|Dakota Allen||LB||6-2/225||Summer Creek (Humble, TX)||August 17, 2013|
|Tevin Madison||CB||5-10/160||Fayette County (Fayette, AL)||April 26, 2013|
|Derrick Dixon||S||5-9/187||Skyline (Dallas, TX)||June 19, 2013|
|Joseph Clark||DB||5-9/180||Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX)||July 28, 2013|
|Jah’Shawn Johnson||DB||5-10/172||Ennis (Ennis, TX)||August 13, 2013|
|Connor Wilson||S||6-2/205||Argyle (Argyle, TX)||September 18, 2013|
|Josh Keys||DB||6-2/190||Miss. Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MS)||December 15, 2013|
|Payton Hendrix||S||6-3/190||Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX)||December 27, 2013|
|Nigel Bethel||CB||5-9/170||Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)||January 9, 2014|
|Michael Coley||DB||6-2/185||Irving (Irving, TX)||Soon|