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Recruiting on the South Plains | WR Dylan Cantrell

Position: WR
Ht: 6'2" | Wt: 202 lbs | Forty: 4.55
High School: Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX)
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1
Rivals 5.6 | Scout
ESPN 79 | 24/7 Sports 84
Cumulative Ranking: INC
Texas Tech, Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi St., Navy, Rice, Wake Forest, Washington St., West Virginia

Aside from Lauderdale, Whitehouse WR Dylan Cantrell already has a boat load of offers and has the most offers of any of the Texas Tech commits. Sterns committed after the Red-Black Scrimmage and I actually ran into Cantrell was walking around the field after the scrimmage. Cantrell is all of 6'3" and 200 or so pounds. This is not one of those fake height and weight scenarios, plus I used to judge heights and weights at Six Flags one summer (this is totally fabricated).

And I can't imagine that there is a better receiver in the state that can go up and get that jump-ball that Lyle Leong used to do with such frequency that Cantrell. Pretty amazing to see how good Cantrell is at this with a senior year to play.


Pretty amazing stats for his only year on offense, per the YouTube video, Cantrell had 86 catches for 1,402 yards which is 16 yards per catch and 21 touchdowns his junior year. As mentioned above, this was Cantrell's first year playing receiver and as a sophomore, Cantrell had 47 tackles and 4 interceptions as a sophomore.

The Player Speaks

LAJ's Don Williams writes about Cantrell's commitment and talked with Cantrell:

"At that time, I got to see the campus and meet the coaches and everything," Cantrell said. "I was real impressed with them. They’ve been at the top of my list ever since then. They were the first ones to really start recruiting me hard at the beginning of last season. I went and visited other schools. I never got the same feeling I did when I visited Tech that first time. I knew this is where I needed to be."

And Cantrell talks a bit about where the coaches envision him, which is interesting:

"They said they’re looking for a bigger, more athletic inside guy so we could one-on-one with a linebacker and be able to beat them," Cantrell said.

Film and scouting report are after the jump.

Scouting Report

Again, pretty amazing to watch Cantrell go up and get passes and it's because he's just more physically dominant than his peers. Still, going up to get a pass is something that is a talent, just ask Leong. The interesting thing is that the coaches have told Cantrell that he might be more useful inside, which would mean that the staff sees Cantrell lining up inside and I think either way is fine, Cantrell can still catch the ball and is adept at breaking tackles and creating space when he receives teh ball on a tunnel screen or receiver screen. I also want to comment on Cantrell's hands, which are really terrific, the way he receives the ball with his hands out and and immediately tucks the ball, it's so fast.

There is also this video from ESPN last year, where Cantrell said he had a 38" vertical, wanted to go to TCU.

Cantrell is not ranked as one of the top 10 receivers in the state, but is LSR's #68 player in the state (there are a lot of receivers on the LSR top #100 list).

Dylan, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2013 Class

Not enough information to compile grades, but there are five commits, so it's time to roll with the table.

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Cumulative Ranking
QB - - - -
RB - - - -
WR DEVIN LAUDERDALE 5-11/170 Bellaire (Houston, TX) INC
WR DYLAN CANTRELL 6-3/202 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) INC
TE - - - -
OL - - - -
DL - - - -
LB - - - -
DB TAVARES GARNER 6-0/170 Manvel (Manvel, TX) INC
DB WILL BARROW 5-10/160 Skyline (Dallas, TX) INC
DB JORDAN STERNS 5-11/185 Steele (Cibolo, TX) INC
ATH - - - -
Averages -