Texas Tech Adds 25 on National Signing Day

With the addition of three junior college early enrollees, Tech’s class tops out at 25
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury announced his 2014 football signing class on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
The Red Raiders signed 22 student-athletes today pushing the entire class to 25, with the addition of the three junior college early enrollees in January. 
In all, Texas Tech signed eight defensive backs, five wide receivers, four defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, one linebacker and one quarterback.  The class covered nine states overall with 15 student-athletes coming from Texas.
The following is a breakdown of the 2014 signing class:

Dakota Allen/Linebacker/6-2/228
Summer Creek High School/Humble, Texas
Recruited by Mike Jinks

6-2/228 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … as a senior he logged 112 tackles and three interceptions … ranked as the No. 23 inside linebacker according to ESPN … District 19-4A Defensive MVP … Chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State and Iowa State.

“Explosive. He is a guy that loves football and plays with a high motor. He is just a great overall kid.”  - Mike Jinks


Cameron Batson/Wide Receiver/5-8/175
Millwood High School/Oklahoma City, Okla.
Recruited by Eric Morris

5-8/175 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN … as a senior he accounted for 55 touchdowns, passed for over 2,000 yards, rushed for over 1,200 yards and returned four punts for touchdowns … defensively he compiled 10 interceptions, including three returns for touchdowns … named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year … The Oklahoman’s First Team All-State selection … helped guide his high school basketball team to a state championship his junior year … ranks first in his class with a 4.0 GPA … cousin to former Texas Tech wide receiver Tramain Swindall …. Chose Texas Tech over Arizona State, Kansas, Tulsa and Washington State.

“Smart intelligent kid that will be a positive influence for our program on and off the field.”  - Eric Morris


Nigel Bethel II/Defensive Back/5-8/168
Booker T. Washington High School/Miami, Fla.
Recruited by Kevin Curtis

5-8/168 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by Rivals and ESPN … three-star prospect by Scout and 24/7 Sports … recorded 29 tackles last season along with three interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one fumble recovery … was the 2013 state runner up in the 200M with a time of 21.13 … ranked as the No. 24 cornerback in the 2014 class by Rivals and the No. 48 overall prospect in the state of Florida … member of the ESPN 300 … ranked as the No. 17 cornerback in the 2014 class by ESPN … Member of the Miami Herald Top 25 … Chose Texas Tech over Miami, Florida State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Central Florida and Washington State.

“Very fast, explosive player that has won a state championship two years in a row, and a national championship this year. He has played some really good competition coming from Miami.” – Kevin Curtis


Robert Castaneda/Offensive Line/6-5/318
Round Rock High School/Round Rock, Texas
Recruited by Lee Hays

6-5/318 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … graded out at 93 percent his senior season with 49 pancakes and 68 knockdowns … Chose Texas Tech over Kansas State, TCU, Houston and Purdue.

“Robert is one of our first O-Line commits. I love his attitude. He is a kid that we expect to come in and compete early.” – Lee Hays


Michael Coley/Defensive Back/6-3/185
Irving High School/Irving, Texas
Recruited by Kevin Curtis

6-3/185 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Scout … as a wide receiver last season at Irving High he caught 43 passes for 611 yards … averaged 14.2 yards-per-catch and caught four touchdown passes … defensively he recorded 24 solo tackles, nine assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, one interception and one defensive score …. Dallas Morning News Top 100 … First Team All-District … Chose Texas Tech over Louisiana Tech and Vanderbilt.

“Tall, smooth athlete that has played on both sides of the ball. He has a lot of potential to be a very good player at this level.” – Kevin Curtis


Byron Daniels/Wide Receiver/6-0/180
Madison High School/San Antonio, Texas
Recruited by Eric Morris

6-0/180 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by ESPN … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he compiled 1,128 receiving yards on 72 receptions … averaged 16 yards-per-catch and caught 12 touchdown passes … Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

“He has the natural instincts to develop into a premier receiver in the Big 12.” – Eric Morris


Shaquille Davis/Offensive Line/6-4/320
Mt. San Antonio College/Claremont High School/Pomona, Calif.
Recruited by Lee Hays

6-4/320 – Signed Financial Aid Agreement … graded out at 95 percent last season with 48 pancakes and 52 knockdowns … First Team All-American by the California Community College Football Coaches Association … Chose Texas Tech over Fresno State, San Diego State and Colorado State.

“Shaquille is a young man that was found late. I love his personality and his flexibility. He can play tackle or guard, and we expect him to be an immediate impact.” – Lee Hays


Jakari Dillard/Wide Receiver/6-4/180
Princeton High School/Princeton, Texas
Recruited by Eric Morris

6-4/180 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Scout, ESPN, Rivals, and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he hauled in 702 receiving yards on 44 receptions while scoring 11 touchdowns … averaged 16 yards-per-catch …. Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Arizona State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Illinois.

“He is a goal line and vertical threat that has the length to create mismatches.” – Eric Morris


Derrick Dixon/Defensive Back/5-10/195
Skyline High School/Dallas, Texas
Recruited by Eric Morris

5-10/195 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … as a senior at Skyline in 2013, he recorded 76 tackles and four interceptions … picked up second team All-State honors … Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over TCU, Washington State, West Virginia and Utah.

“Tough and instinctual player, that we see developing into a leader on this defense.” – Eric Morris

Demarcus Felton/Running Back/5-7/179
Dekaney High School/Houston, Texas
Recruited by Mike Jinks

5-7/179 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Scout, ESPN, Rivals and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he rushed for 1,783 yards on 227 carries and scored 11 touchdowns … averaged 16 yards-per-carry … Chose Texas Tech over Houston, Rice and SMU.

“He is a football junkie. He loves football and is a solid player. He is a physical runner downfield and has great toughness.” – Mike Jinks


Payton Hendrix/Defensive Back/6-3/191
Bishop Dunne High School/Dallas, Texas
Recruited by Trey Haverty

6-3/191 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by Scout … three-star prospect by Rivals, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100  … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Arkansas, Notre Dame, Baylor and Missouri.

“Physical player. We love the kid. He has the passion to be great.” – Trey Haverty


Jah’Shawn Johnson/Defensive Back/5-10/170
Ennis High School/Ennis, Texas
Recruited by Trey Haverty

5-10/170 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … as a senior at Ennis he compiled 114 tackles, seven interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU.

“He comes from a great pedigree. He can really do it all – man cover and be physical – he is a great kid.” – Trey Haverty


Josh Keys/Defensive Back/6-2/180
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/Seminary High School/Seminary, Miss.
Recruited by Trey Haverty

6-2/180 - Signed Financial Aid Agreement ... three-star prospect by 24/7 Sports and Rivals ... played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ... No. 53 overall JUCO prospect by 24/7 Sports ... tabbed No. 5 cornerback in the country (JUCO) and No. 11 prospect in the state of Mississippi by 24/7 Sports ... made 16 tackles, two interceptions and broke up three passes as a sophomore in 2013 ... helped lead team to an 8-2 record in 2013 ... made 41 tackles and one interception during debut collegiate season in 2012 ... was also the kick and punt returner for the Bulldogs ... as a senior in high school rushed 131 times for 1,052 yards with 13 touchdowns ... also made 71 tackles with five interceptions with two fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball … Chose Texas Tech over Nebraska, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Tennessee.

“He is a really athletic kid that we brought in to fix some immediate needs. He is already on campus and working his tail off.” – Trey Haverty


Devin Lauderdale/Wide Receiver/5-11/170
Navarro JC /Bellaire High School/Houston, TX
Recruited by Eric Morris 

5-11/170 -  Signed Financial Aid Agreement... played one season at Navarro College playing 12 games with 33 receptions for 669 receiving yards and six touchdowns averaging 55.8 yards per game ... ranked 33rd in the country in receiving touchdowns ... four-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 24/7 Sports ... member of the Rivals250 ... ranked by Rivals as the No. 26 wide receiver in the 2013 class ... Rivals Texas Postseason Top 100 ... Lone Star Recruiting Rankings Top 100 ... No. 54 on the ESPN Top 100 Midlands ... No. 42 overall prospect in the state by 24/7 Sports ... named the Offensive Most Valuable Player for District 20-5A ... explosive receiver that compiled 27 catches for 583 yards along with nine touchdowns ... rushed for 127 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as a senior … Chose Texas Tech over Kentucky.

“Fast. Fast. Fast. Has big play potential any time the ball in his hands.”  - Eric Morris


Rika Levi/Defensive Line/6-2/350
College of San Mateo/S. San Francisco High School/South San Francisco, Calif.
Recruited by John Scott Jr.

6-2/350 – Signed Financial Aid Agreement … four-star prospect by 24/7 Sports … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN … recorded 39 tackles last season at the College of San Mateo along with three sacks, 12 tackles for loss and one forced fumble … Defensive Player of the Year for the California Community College Football Coaches Association … First Team All-American … Chose Texas Tech over Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky and Washington.

“Very, very, very athletic big-man. He has great feet, and is extremely strong and very disruptive.” – John Scott Jr.


Tevin Madison/Defensive Back/5-10/160
Fayette County High School/Fayette, Ala.
Recruited by Kevin Curtis

5-10/160 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … as a receiver at Fayette County High School last season, he hauled in 1,053 receiving yards on 49 receptions … averaged 21.5 yards-per-catch … defensively he snagged five interceptions, including one return for touchdown … Chose Texas Tech over Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Miss.

“Fast, quick athlete that has spent most of his time on the offensive side of the ball, but will flip over for us, and has the chance to become a very good corner.” – Kevin Curtis


Patrick Mahomes/Quarterback/6-3/215
Whitehouse High School/Whitehouse, Texas
Recruited by Kliff Kingsbury

6-3/215 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by Scout … three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he threw for 4,619 yards (287-of-495) and 50 touchdowns … rushed for 948 yards and 15 touchdowns …. Named the 2013 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors High School Football Player of the Year … Associated Press Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year …. Associated Press Class 4A First Team All-State … District 16-4A MVP … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Blue-Grey All-American … Chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma State and Rice.

“I am excited about getting Pat here on campus. He is an incredibly talented young man that has not yet scratched the surface of his potential.” – Kliff Kingsbury


Keland McElrath/Defensive Line/6-6/290
Coahoma CC/Ripley High School/Ripley, Tenn. R
Recruited by John Scott Jr.

6-6/290 -  Signed Financial Aid Agreement ... three-star prospect by Rivals ... played two seasons at Coahoma Community College in 2013 ... No. 25 ranked defensive tackle (JUCO) in the country according to 24/7 Sports ... had 42 tackles and one sack during the 2013 season ... competed in football and track and Ripley High School ... claims titles in the discus and shot put at 2010 Tennessee A-AA West Sectional Track Meet … Chose Texas Tech over Kentucky and West Virginia.

“He is a big, athletic kid that moves well and plays with a high motor.” – John Scott Jr.


Justin Murphy/Offensive Line/6-6/290
Belton High School/Belton, Texas
Recruited by Lee Hays

6-6/290 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … graded out at 94 percent his senior season with 54 pancakes and 68 knockdowns …  Chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma State, Houston, Rice and SMU.

“Justin is a kid that has all of the natural ability in the world. I really love his attitude when it comes to playing.” – Lee Hays


Dominique Robertson/Offensive Line/6-5/300
Riverside C.C./Redlands East Valley High School/Redlands, Calif.
Recruited by Lee Hays

6-5/300 – Signed Financial Aid Agreement … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … graded out at 96 percent in 2013 with 42 pancakes and 54 knockdowns … National Central All-Conference selection in 2013 … Chose Texas Tech over Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State.

“He is a highly-rated junior college transfer. He is a prototype tackle who is very athletic.” – Lee Hays


Ian Sadler/Wide Receiver/5-10/194
Argyle High School/Argyle, Texas
Recruited by Eric Morris

5-10/194 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN … three-star prospect by Rivals and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he rushed for 1,001 yards on 133 carries and 23 touchdowns …. caught 38 passes for 665 yards and 12 touchdowns … helped lead his team to the Class 3A State Championship in 2013 … in the state championship game he accounted for four of Argyle’s five touchdowns … ran back four punt returns for touchdowns over the course of the season, including one in the state championship game … named the offensive MVP of the state championship game … Second Team All-State …. Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Iowa State and Minnesota.

“Jack of all trades. Has as good of football savvy and awareness of space as anyone in the nation.”  - Eric Morris


Marcus Smith/Defensive Line/6-3/305
Highland CC/Wadesboro High School/Wadesboro, N.C.
Recruited by John Scott Jr.

6-3/305 -  Signed Financial Aid Agreement ... three-star prospect by 24/7 Sports ... No. 24 defensive tackle (JUCO) in the nation according to 24/7 Sports ... ranked No. 29 JUCO prospect in the state of Kansas according to 24/7 Sports ... played two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas ... helped team to a 6-4 record in 2013 ... among team leaders with 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss with one pass breakup as a sophomore ... made 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss during freshman season in 2012 … Chose Texas Tech over Memphis and New Mexico.

“He is very quick off the ball and has really good size and strength. He pursues the football from sideline to sideline.” – John Scott Jr.


Justin Stockton/Running Back/5-9/180
Steele High School/Cibolo, Texas
Recruited by Mike Jinks

5-9/180 – Signed National Letter of Intent … four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN … three-star prospect by Rivals and 24/7 Sports … as a senior he ran for 2,159 yards on 180 carries and 38 touchdowns … averaged 12 yards-per-carry … ended his career at Steele with over 6,000 rushing yards and averaged 11 yards-per-carry … Associated Press Class 5A First Team All-State …. San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year … scored five touchdowns in the San Antonio Area All-Star Game, including kick return touchdowns of 98, 95 and 85 yards … Member of the Rivals Texas Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Boise State.

“Justin is very explosive. We are excited about him. He has tremendous speed and vision and great lateral quickness. He has a chance to really come out and make an instant impact.” – Mike Jinks


Brandon Thorpe/Defensive Line/6-5/275
Highland C.C./Tucker High School/Tucker, Ga.
Recruited by John Scott Jr.

6-5/275 – Signed Financial Aid Agreement … three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … last season at Highland Community College he registered 31 tackles, three sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery …. Chose Texas Tech over West Virginia, South Florida and Central Florida.

“Brandon is long, athletic, quick off the ball and plays aggressive. He is a tough-nosed football player.” – John Scott Jr.


Connor Wilson/Defensive Back/6-2/205
Argyle High School/Argyle, Texas
Recruited by Mike Smith

6-2/205 – Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Scout, 24/7 Sports and ESPN … helped guide Argyle to a state championship in 2013 … coming to Texas Tech with teammate Ian Sadler … Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 … Chose Texas Tech over Kansas State, Houston and Minnesota.

“Long, rangy, violent and physical. He loves the game of football and is a smart kid.” – Mike Smith


2014 SIGNING DAY ROSTER
Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Previous School/High School/Hometown
Dakota Allen    LB    6-2    228    Summer Creek/Humble, Texas
Cameron Batson    WR    5-8    175    Millwood/Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nigel Bethel II    DB    5-8    168    Booker T. Washington/Miami, Fla.
Robert Castaneda    OL    6-5    318    Round Rock/Round Rock, Texas
Michael Coley    DB    6-3    185    Irving/Irving, Texas
Byron Daniels    WR    6-0    180    Madison/San Antonio, Texas
Shaquille Davis    OL    6-4    320    Mt. San Antonio College/Claremont/Pomona, Calif.
Jakari Dillard    WR    6-4    180    Princeton/Princeton, Texas
Derrick Dixon    DB    5-10    195    Skyline/Dallas, Texas
Demarcus Felton    RB    5-7    179    Dekaney/Houston, Texas
Payton Hendrix    DB    6-3    191    Bishop Dunne/Dallas, Texas
Jah’Shawn Johnson    DB    5-10    170    Ennis/Ennis, Texas
Josh Keys    DB    6-2    180    Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C./Seminary/Seminary, Miss.
Devin Lauderdale    WR    5-11    170    Navarro J.C./Bellaire/Houston, Texas
Rika Levi    DL    6-2    350    College of San Mateo/S. San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Tevin Madison    DB    5-10    160    Fayette County/Fayette, Ala.
Patrick Mahomes    QB    6-3    215    Whitehouse/Whitehouse, Texas
Keland McElrath    DL    6-6    290    Coahoma C.C./Ripley/Ripley, Tenn.
Justin Murphy    OL    6-6    290    Belton/Belton, Texas
Dominique Robertson    OL    6-5    300    Riverside C.C./Redlands East Valley/Redlands, Calif.
Ian Sadler    WR    5-10    194    Argyle/Argyle, Texas
Marcus Smith    DL    6-3    305    Highland C.C./Wadesboro/Wadesboro, N.C.
Justin Stockton    RB    5-9    180    Steele/Cibolo, Texas
Brandon Thorpe    DL    6-5    275    Highland C.C./Tucker/Tucker, Ga.
Connor Wilson    DB    6-2    205    Argyle/Argyle, Texas

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