Kingsbury Signs Five JUCO Players to 2014 Class

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech has announced the signing of five football student-athletes to financial aid agreements for the upcoming 2014 season.

LUBBOCK, Texas Texas Tech has announced the signing of five football student-athletes to financial aid agreements for the upcoming 2014 season.  These student-athletes will transfer to Texas Tech from the junior college ranks and will be eligible to join the program as early as January or as late as next fall.

JOSH KEYS

DEFENSIVE BACK

 6’2 / 180 Signed National Letter of Intent … 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.

 

DEVIN LAUDERDALE

WIDE RECEIVER

 5'11 / 170 Signed National Letter of Intent ... 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.

 

KELAND McELRATH

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

 6’6 / 290 Signed National Letter of Intent ... 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.

 

MARCUS SMITH

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

 6’3 / 305 Signed National Letter of Intent … 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 as a freshman.

 

DONTAE LEVINGSTON

OFFENSIVE LINE

 6’5 / 285 Signed National Letter of Intent … three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 24/7 Sports … played two seasons at Santa Monica College … ranked No. 9 JUCO offensive line prospect according to 24/7 Sports … tabbed No. 51 overall JUCO prospect in the state of California according to 24/7 Sports … helped team to an 8-2 record in 2013 … anchored offensive line that helped lead to 144.7 rushing yards per game during his sophomore season.

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