Here are some quotes and comments from Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury on this latest recruiting class.
Kingsbury on quarterback signee Patrick Mahomes, what he likes about him, what he brings to the table, and concerns about the MLB draft:
Dynamic athlete, three-sport star there at Whitehouse, big-time Major League Prospect in baseball and he’s a winner. You watch him play and he willed his teams [to win] over and over. Six-foot-three, 220, very athletic, great at extending plays, big-time arm and I really think he is just scratching the surface.
We told him to get ready to come in…get ready to come in and compete play right away.
With his dad having that history of being a professional [baseball] player it does [concern me], but we’ll see how it shakes out. He wants to come to college, but you never know how the money is going to be.
On reloading at receiver, what each recruit brings to that position and who they remind him of:
Jakari Dillard is a guy that has more size than we’ve had on the outside. You have Ian Sadler who is in the Wes Welker mode. Very impressive guy that dominated at the high school level. Cameron Batson is valedictorian of his class in Oklahoma City, very quick, very shifty, Jakeem Grant-type mold. Then Byron Daniels is a guy that’s been productive down in San Antonio and has a chance to be a really good player.
Does he expect Ian Sadler to play right away?
I do. I hate to say the Wes Welker mode, but he has the same elite level soccer background that Wes had, and very similar in persona and does some things that look a lot like him. So we expect him to come in and contribute right away.
On what Devin Lauderdale brings to the outside receiver spot:
Yeah, had great reports from Davis [Webb]. They’ve been out there throwing and said that he can fly. He’s what we needed as far as somebody that can take the top off of it, so we’re excited to get him in the mix.
Talking about defensive line signee Rika Levi:
He’s going to be a different mold than we’ve had at that position. He’s a run-stopper who is agile enough to rush the passer, 350 pounds. When he was on his visit here, he was ripping phone books in front of us, so kind of intimidating for other players. But he’s a special player and a big get for us and a leader on and off the field. I think Texas Tech fans will love his personality and the energy he brings. A huge get for us.
The thinking behind taking eight defensive backs in this year’s class:
We wanted to build depth. A big part of that was improving our special teams play as well. We need bodies on special teams to cover kicks. We didn’t think we did that very well.
We brought a bunch of bodies in to play special teams and defense. So even if they’re not starting on defense, I expect them to play a lot of special teams.
On the three high school safeties coming in:
Dixon is just a ball hawk. Caused, I think, ten fumbles his junior year or something like that, always around the football. Payton is a long safety. Big time guy that had a bunch of offers. He’ll come downhill and hit you. Then Jah’Shawn Johnson is a little undersized for most people, but dominated the games he was in.
Finally, here’s an interesting segment from CBS Sports: