Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders mascot Raider Red carries a flag after a touchdown against the Baylor Bears at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Recruiting Update

With the 2013 regular season officially over, let’s look ahead to next year and the newcomers pledged to join the Red and Black.

Texas Tech’s 2014 recruiting class got a much needed boost yesterday with the addition of two junior college defensive recruits. Both are projected to enroll in the spring and contribute immediately on that side of the ball.

Here’s the full list of Tech commits:

Name Pos Ht/Wt Stars
Dakota Allen LB 6-2/228
Cameron Batson WR 5-8/164
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/318
Joseph Clark DB 5-8/178
L.J. Collier DE 6-2/227
Byron Daniels WR 6-1/170
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/180
Derrick Dixon DB 5-10/195
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179
Jamarcus Howard DB 5-11/180 JC
Jah’Shawn Johnson ATH 5-10/170
Josh Keys DB 6-2/180 JC
Tevin Madison WR 5-10/160
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198
Keland McElrath DT 6-5/290 JC
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/276
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300
Ian Sadler WR 5-10/194  
Drew Sarvary OL 6-7/310 JC
Marcus Smith DT 6-3/305 JC
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/180  
Connor Wilson DB 6-2/205
Via Rivals

Moving forward, adding two or even three more defensive linemen and a linebacker or two should round out a decent class in year two for coach Kingsbury and staff. Here’s how we rate things with just 12 short weeks till signing day:

1. Receiver

Another year, another gift basket full of receivers at Texas Tech. No surprise this remains the easiest position to attract at #ReceiverU. The star of this particular group is slot receiver/running back/returner Ian Sadler.

2. Running back

There’s only two running back commits in this class, but they take the number two spot in our power ranking based on sheer talent and production. Justin Stockton and Demarcus Felton  put up insane numbers this year against quality competition.

3. Quarterback

Tech only needs one quarterback in this class, and he’s a good one. Patrick Mahomes dominated 4A competition with over 4,615 yards passing, 940 rushing and 65 total touchdowns.

4. Defensive back

This class of DBs was solid to begin with, but got a huge boost this weekend by snagging Josh Keys, one of the best JC safeties in country with a massive offer list.

5. Offensive line

No real studs in this group, but they all have solid measurables and the sheer number of bodies (5) should add much needed depth.

6. Defensive line

It’s always been hard to attract defensive linemen to Tech, and this year is no exception. Kingsbury’s staff have two commitments from JC defensive tackles and are looking to add one or two more.

7. Linebacker

Dakota Allen is a standout player with several big offers, but he’s the lone linebacker commit in a class that needs defensive talent.  Again, it looks like the staff are in the hunt for a couple more.

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