Christmas came early for Texas Tech football yesterday during the JUCO early signing period. Five players signed letters of intent to play ball for the Red Raiders beginning in January.
S Josh Keys (Seminary, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)
6-1/192 | 4.45-40 | three years to play two
The most heavily recruited player in this group of JUCO guys, Keys has a very good chance to come in during the spring and lock down a starting job in the secondary. He can play either corner or safety, has all the measurables, and held a list of offers as long as your arm.
WR Devin Lauderdale (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College)
5-11/170 | 4.3-40 | four years to play three
A four star prospect coming out of high school, Lauderdale originally signed with Tech last February, but grades kept him from making it to campus after the summer. He reportedly runs a 4.3 40-yard dash, was heavily recruited out of high school, and could be a deadly weapon in the return game.
OT Dontae Levingston (Harbor City, Calif./Santa Monica College)
6-5/285 | three years to play two
Even though he’s a last minute replacement for another offensive lineman who flipped his commitment to Florida yesterday, Levingston is a very serviceable prospect who should, at the very least, add depth in the spring.
DT Keland McElrath (Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma Community College)
6-5/290 | three years to play two
At this point, we’ll take anything we can get on the defensive line, but McElrath is one of the best JUCO DTs available. At 6-5/290, physically he’s ready to replace Kerry Hyder on the line and should contend for a starting job in the spring.
DT Marcus Smith (Highland, Kan./Highland Community College
6-3/302 | three years to play two
Tech was the only BCS AQ school to offer Smith, but again, we’ll take any and all bodies we can get along the d-line. Especially if they can enroll early.