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Red Raider Gridiron | Four Questions & Linking Up Texas Tech's National Signing Day

We want you to help answer some questions about Texas Tech's 2014 football signing class and we round up links from yesterday's National Signing Day.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

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).

Newcomers to Contribute Now: HC Kliff Kingsbury said that he expects the newcomers to contribute now (via FSSW) and Ubben tells you what you need to know for each Big 12 team (via FSSW).

Kingsbury on the TV: Kingsbury joined CBS Sports (via CBSSports) and Campus Insiders to discuss the recruiting class (CampusInsiders).

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

Preferred Walk-Ons

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)


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
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