PLAYER: Devin Lauderdale
HIGH SCHOOL: Bellaire (Bellaire, TX)
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RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.8 | Scout | ESPN 81 | 24/7 Sports 90
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 81.10
VTM PROFILE DATE: January 28, 2013
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STATS | The statistics are not all that impressive. Lauderdale had 71 rushes for 708 yards and 5 touchdowns as a junior and he had 25 catches for 759 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. As a senior, he was perhaps actually less productive, as he had only 12 rushes, 127 yards and 3 touchdowns with 27 receptions for 583 yards and 9 touchdowns.
THE PLAYER SPEAKS | RRS.com's Mike Graham had this from Lauderdale:
"The staff is just young and energetic and that won me over. I just thought about it and realized it was the best fit for me."
"I'm done with visits," he said. "I'm done with recruiting. I'm signing on National Signing Day."
SCOUTING REPORT | When Lauderdale committed his appeal was largely based on potential. There are few players as fast as Lauderdale. There are few players that can stop and start on a dime like Lauderdale. And there are few players with both the lateral quickness and flat out speed that Lauderdale has. It's really something to behold to see how quickly he can stop and start. Bellaire must have had a really bad team for Lauderdale to have such lackluster statistics. On a per touch basis, these stats are really spectacular, but compared to a guy like new Texas Tech commit Carlos Thompson, who had 70 catches as a senior, it's easy to see how players can get lost in the mix or they can find the mix early and never have colleges lose any interest.
In fact, Bellaire and Manvel played each other this year. Manvel won 42-27. Lauderdale had 3 carries for 10 yards and 3 catches for 23 yards. Bellaire had 2 quarterbacks play that game and they were both terrible, going only 5 of 10 for 97 total yards. Meanwhile, Manvel and Carlos Thompson was pretty good as Thompson had 1 carry for 51 yards and 6 catches for 82 yards. Thompson out-produced all of his higher rated teammate receivers too. I think that sometimes, looking at high school stats, you have to look at the quality of the team in terms of production. Bellaire had an average to bad team that couldn't pass. Manvel had a terrific offensive team. I'm happy to have both Thompson and Lauderdale and Lauderdale is really icing on the cake. Never expected him to re-committ, but I am really glad he did.
I don't know if Lauderdale projects as an inside receiver at the Y position or as a wide receiver. I think if I had to choose right now, I'd say inside receiver.
Devin, welcome to Texas Tech, again, and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2013 Class | In due time.