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Recruiting on the South Plains | CB Nigel Bethel Commits to Texas Tech

The Texas Tech Red Raiders flipped Miami Hurricane commit, defensive back Nigel Bethel II, who will be part of the 2014 class. This is very much a surprise for me, although Bethel visited Lubbock back in September, he said he was still committed to Miami. CB coach Kevin Curtis continued to keep in contact with Bethel.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

PLAYER: Nigel Bethel

HEIGHT: 5'9"
FORTY: 4.61
HIGH SCHOOL: Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.8 | Scout | ESPN 82| 24/7 Sports 88
VTM PROFILE DATE: January 9, 2014

OFFERS | Cincinnati, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Florida Intl., Florida St., Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi St., South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCF, Utah, Washington St., West Virginia, Western Kentucky.

STATS | According to his 24/7 profile, Bethel only had 26 and 28 tackles the past two years, with 4 interceptions as a junior and 2 as a senior.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Per RRS, Bethel talked about committing to Texas Tech

"I chose Texas Tech because it's a great opportunity for me to start early and play early," he said. "It's a great league. They throw the ball a lot.

"Coach (Kevin) Curtis never gave up and he believed in me even though I was committed to Miami. We messaged and Facebooked with each other, we have a real relationship."

Bethel also talked about how he runs track and that Texas Tech track coach Wes Kittley helped in recruiting.

SCOUTING REPORT | This is a really good commit for Texas Tech. Bethel is a Florida All-State performer and you could find a hanful of articles about how Bethel dominated, despite not really having the statistics to prove it out. I suppose you don't have quarterbacks really throwing at you. That's really an understatement, but it's true nonetheless. Bethel is very fluid, turns incredicly well in coverage and sticks with his man down the field. Bethel is an explosive athlete that just adds to the handful of defensive backs that are true game changers for this team.

This also makes me think that guys like Payton Hendrix and Connor Wilson, could eventually play at different spots other than safety as they have big bodies that could transition to a different spot.

And as you're high-fiving about this commit, just remember not to throw stones when the same thing happens to Texas Tech. These things happen.

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

The 2014 Class | Let's do this.

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
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
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 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
Dontae Levingston OL 6-5/285 Santa Monica C.C. (Santa Monica, CA) December 22, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
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
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
Jamarcus Howard CB 5-11/190 Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS) November 4, 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