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Texas Tech Football Brings in Much Needed JUCO Help

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.

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