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2014 Texas Tech Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 7, 2014


2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders ... Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury


Texas Tech Red Raiders

2013 Record: 8-5
8/31 at SMU W 41-23
9/7 Stephen F. Austin W 61-13
9/12 TCU W 20-10
9/21 Texas State W 33-7
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Kansas W 54-16
10/12 Iowa State W 42-35
10/19 at West Virginia W 37-27
10/26 at Oklahoma L 38-30
11/2 Oklahoma St L 52-34
11/9 Kansas State L 49-26
11/16 Baylor L 63-14
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/28 at Texas L 41-16
National University Holiday Bowl
12/30 Arizona State W 37-23


Texas Tech | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: Turnover margin. The Red Raiders had problems with the better offenses over the second half of the season, but overall, the team struggled way too much being on the wrong side of the turnover margin. The mistakes continued with a slew of penalties, getting nailed eight times for 75 yards per game – among the worst in the country in both categories. Field position doesn’t mean too much to a team like this, but an improved punting game wouldn’t hurt after averaging 34.7 yards per try.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO. Patrick Mahomes was picked up as Kliff Kingsbury’s quarterback of the near future, and the receiving corps is loaded with Ian Sadler and a slew of diverse targets, but the JUCO transfers rule the class. Kingsbury showed last year that he’s not afraid to play true freshmen, but it helps to have a few more mature options with JUCO transfers, hoping Dominque Robertson can push for the open right tackle job, and for massive 6-3, 350-pound Rika Liva to take over for Dennell Wesley at nose tackle. With four starters gone in the secondary, S Josh Keys and CB Jamarcus Howard are needed.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Kliff Kingsbury needs receivers for his high-powered offense to work with, and he got them led by Dylan Cantrell, a big, fast playmaker. Devin Lauderdale and tight end Gary Moore are just a few of the good pass catchers with a high ceiling. is quarterback Davis Webb the right guy to run the attack in a few years? He has the tools and the talent to be a statistical star. The secondary got the biggest boost for the defense with corners Maurice Chandler and Dee Paul leading the way.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was Heavy On ... Instant help for the defense. Will Texas Tech be patient enough to let last year’s terrific recruiting class mature? Tommy Tuberville is on the hot seat after the 2011 collapse, but he came up with a whopper of a recruiting season and is doing another good job this year. However, he needs the defense to improve in a big hurry, and that means the 2009 and 2010 classes of good defenders have to start producing, and this year’s group of prospects must fill in the gaps. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 15. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running backs. This class might be the one that allows Tommy Tuberville to balance out the attack a bit more, but the running backs have to be as good as advertised. This is a huge, HUGE class with plenty of options for just about every position. The defensive line got a major influx of talent with JUCO transfers Dennell Wesley and Leon Mackey brought in to play aright away, and linebacker Branden Jackson was a big-time Signing Day pickup. Most importantly, though, this might be the best class of running backs in decades with Kenny Williams, Bradley Marquez, Deandre Washington and Ronnie Daniels all more than just pass catchers; they can run the rock.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 41. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. Tommy Tuberville's first class made the most noise keeping QB Scotty Young, but he loaded up the defense with eight linemen including 288-pound JUCO transfer Donald Langley at one tackle spot and fellow JUCOers Lawrence Rumph and Scott Smith on the ends. Overshadowed but still important were key offensive tackles Aleon Calhoun and Beau Carpenter, two big bodies who fit the system. Tuberville also beefed up the secondary with eight recruits including safety Russell Polk and corner Tre'Vante Porter.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 30. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Tech can’t beat Texas or Oklahoma without being able to slow down the pass, and it made sure the defense got plenty of attention to try to upgrade the secondary. D.J. Johnson and Yahshua Williams are very big corners who’ll get time to develop. Adding more size are safeties Will Ford and Terrence Bullitt, while Daniel Cobb will be in the starting mix in a few years.

National University Holiday Bowl
Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23
Basically … Texas Tech jumped out to a 13-0 lead on two of Davis Webb’s four first half touchdown passes, and took a 27-6 lead on his other two helped by pass plays of 18 and 21 yards out to Jakeem Grant and a 23-yard play to Bradley Marquez. A flat Arizona State spent the game chasing, and came back with a 20-yard D.J. Foster touchdown run midway through the second quarter and starting out the second half hot with a 44-yard Taylor Kelly run to pull the Sun Devils within seven. But just when the momentum started to shift, Texas Tech took it right back as Reginald Davis returned the ensuing kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. Down 37-23 ASU still had several chances to get back in the game in the fourth, but Richard Davis couldn’t control a perfectly thrown bomb for a score that would’ve made it a seven-point game, and the Red Raiders held firm.

- Passing yards: Texas Tech 403 – Arizona State 125
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 28-of-41 passes for 403 yards and four scores.
- Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro caught eight passes for 112 yards.
- Texas Tech WR Reginald Davis returned three kicks for 113 yards and a score, and caught one pass for 38 yards.
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 16-of-29 passes for 125 yards with a pick, and he ran 25 times for 135 yards and a score.
- Arizona State RB D.J. Foster ran 20 times for 132 yards and a score, and caught five passes for 23 yards.
- Texas Tech LB Will Smith made 14 tackles with two tackles for loss.

at Texas 41, Texas Tech 16
Basically … Texas got two touchdown catches from Mike Davis from 47 and seen yards out, and Case McCoy and Joe Bergeron ran for scores on the way to a decisive win to stay alive in the Big 12 chase. Texas Tech got up early on a 51-yard touchdown run from Ryan Erxleben, but the Longhorns took control with a 20-point first half scoring dash and were up 34-10 in the fourth helped by a strong performance from the D.
- Texas RB Malcolm Brown ran 27 times for 128 yards and Joe Bergeron ran 17 times for 102 yards and a score.
- Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield completed 24-of-44 passes for 237 yards with a pick, and Michael Brewer completed 7-of-8 passes for 65 yards with a score.
- The red Raiders turned it over three times and committed 11 penalties for 102 yards. Texas lost two fumbles and committed six penalties.
- Texas WR Mike Davis caught four passes for 112 yards and two scores.

Baylor 63, Texas Tech 34 in Arlington
Basically … Texas Tech held an early 20-7 lead as Jace Amaro caught touchdown passes from six and 20 yards away and Eric Ward caught a 58-yard scoring pass. Baylor’s Levi Norwood gave Baylor its first score on a 40-yard catch, and then sparked the team with a 58-yard punt return for a score and later caught a 58-yard touchdown pass. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two short scores. Texas Tech only managed a 19-yard Reginald Davis scoring catch.
- Petty completed 17-of-31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns.
- Baylor committed 12 penalties for 124 yards and Texas Tech committed eight for 93.
- Baylor RB Shock Linwood ran 29 times for 187 yards and one score. Levi Norwood caught seven passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield completed 28-of-51 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns with a pick.

Kansas State 49, at Texas Tech 26
Basically … Kansas State got a 63-yard touchdown dash from John Hubert in the first and two touchdown runs from both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams in a stunning blowout. The Wildcats were up 35-10 at halftime helped by a Tramaine Thompson 20-yard touchdown catch from Waters, but Texas Tech made it interesting in the third on a four-yard Baker Mayfield touchdown run along with a 31-yard Ryan Bustin field goal. Sams’ one-yard touchdown run and a pick six from Ty Zimmerman ended the threat.
- Texas Tech was -3 in turnover margin and committed ten penalties for 80 yards.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 6-of-9 passes for 65 yards and a score, and he ran eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow quarterback Daniel Sams completed one of his two throws for 11 yards and ran 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield completed 34-of-44 passes for 276 yards and two scores, and Daniel Webb completed 13-of-20 passes for 78 yards and a score.
- Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller made five tackles with three sacks and a forced fumble.

Oklahoma State 52, at Texas Tech 34
Basically … Oklahoma State started out hot with a 21-0 lead on two Desmond Roland one-yard touchdown runs and a Clint Chelf scoring pass to Tracy Moore, but Texas Tech fought back. Davis Webb found Eric Ward for a 38-yard touchdown and Pete Robertson returned a pick 21 yards for a score as the Red Raiders pulled within four before halftime. The Cowboys bounced back with a three-yard Roland touchdown run and a 67-yard scoring dash from Chelf. Chelf answered a one-yard Jace Amaro touchdown catch with a good drive and an eight-yard touchdown late in the third.
- Oklahoma State committed ten penalties and turned it over twice, and Texas Tech committed eight penalties and gave up three turnovers.
- OSU QB Clint Chelf completed 18-of-34 passes for 211 yards and two touchdown with two picks, but he ran six times for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 45-of-71 passes for 425 yards and two scores with two picks, and Jace Amaro caught 15 passes for 174 yards and a score.
- OSU RB Desmond Roland ran 31 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns.

at Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 30
Basically … The Sooners controlled the game late and held on as Texas Tech kept pressing and had a late chance, but couldn’t move the ball after Michael Hunnicutt hit a 37-yard field goal to put the game away. Blake Bell threw two second quarter touchdown passes to Jalen Saunders from 15 and 76 yards out, Damien Williams ran for two three-yard touchdown runs, and Lacoltan Bester came up with a brilliant, weaving 35-yard touchdown on an end-around. But Texas Tech wouldn’t go away Davis Webb threw two third quarter touchdowns and Kenny Williams ran for a one-yard score and threw a two-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option.
- Texas Tech played well against a motivated team in its own park. Davis Webb handled the pressure, even though he threw two picks, completing 33-of-53 passes for 385 yards and two scores. The running game powered when it had to, and the passing game pushed hard late to make it a fight, but the defense couldn’t come up with the key stop, allowing 526 yards of Sooner offense.
- This was a disappointment but with Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas still on the slate, there’s plenty of time to rally back and come up with the big season the team looks like it has the ability to crank out. As long as the offense keeps on pressing with the passing game like it did against the Sooners, and if the defensive pressure can get a little bit better, getting by the punchless Cowboys next week at home might not be a problem.

Texas Tech 37 … at West Virginia 27
Basically … Texas Tech overcame a 27-16 deficit with 21 unanswered points on two one-yard runs from Kenny Williams and a ten-yard Jace Amaro’s second touchdown catch of the game. West Virginia got two Dreamius Smith touchdown runs and a four-yard Charles Smith touchdown catch, but the offense stalled in the final quarter and the Texas Tech offense took over.
- Davis Webb became the first Texas Tech quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in his first two starts. He was more than fine with Baker Mayfield out hurting hitting 36-of-50 passes for 462 yards and two scores, relying on tight end Jace Amaro time and again connecting with him nine times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
- The West Virginia offense worked against a good Texas Tech defense. It might have stalled late, but Clint Trickett came up with 254 yards, spreading the ball around well, and Dreamius Smith and Charles Sims combined for 166 yards on 31 carries. It wasn’t a bad performance, but the Red Raider offense was more productive when it had to be.
- Zero sacks. It’s hard to get to the Texas Tech quarterbacks because they get the ball out of their hands too quickly, but West Virginia failed to get into the backfield and didn’t generate enough pressure to throw Davis Webb off his game. The defense couldn’t come up with a big stop when it really needed one.
- 7-0, and who’s left on the schedule that Texas Tech can’t beat? Oklahoma has been rocky, Oklahoma State appears beatable, and the offense should be able to keep up with Baylor and Texas. There might be a perfect storm happening of a confident team dealing with a light conference at just the right time.

at Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35
Basically … Davis Webb threw three touchdown passes and Sadale Foster ran for a 38-yard touchdown to hold off a game Iowa State team. The Cyclones kept pace, helped by a 95-yard kickoff return for a score from Jarvis West and short scoring runs from Aaron Wimberly, Jeff Woody and Shontrelle Johnson, and they pulled within seven on a 16-yard E.J. Bibbs touchdown catch in the final minutes. The Red Raiders got the onside kick and held on.
- Davis Webb showed he could handle himself just fine as the Red Raider starting quarterback, completing 35-of-56 passes for 415 yards and three scores with an interception. Texas Tech turned the ball over three times, but the offense always answered the Iowa State scores by taking back the momentum, doing a good job of slowing things down defensively in the second half.
- Sam Richardson couldn’t keep up the pace with the passing game, and the ground attack didn’t help out. Special teams and takeaways from the defense helped keep Iowa State in the game, but Richardson’s 15-of-38, 168-yard, one score performance wasn’t enough. The ground game averaged just 3.7 yards per carry.
- Give Iowa State credit for hanging around and making it close late. The Cyclones were outplayed and outgained 666 yards to 311, but they still kept the game within seven in the final moments.
- Kliff Kingsbury is the first coach in Texas Tech history to start his career 6-0, and why? It seems like every week the focus is on the Texas Tech offense, but the biggest key might be a defense that’s swarming around the ball and isn’t giving up a thing on the ground.

Texas Tech 54, at Kansas 16
Basically … Kansas got up 10-0 in the first quarter after a 25-yard Jake Heaps touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine, and then the roof fell in. Texas Tech scored 54 straight points with turnovers turning into scores. DeAndre Washington ran for two third quarter scores, Ryan Bustin nailed four field goals and Davis Webb, in for an injured Baker Mayfield, threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes.
- The Texas Tech offense got a few breaks, and it didn’t miss on them. The loss of Baker Mayfield to a leg injury could be a big problem going forward, but he threw for 368 yards before getting knocked out. Davis Webb has proven he can play, and he helped put the game well out of reach with two fourth quarter touchdown passes.
- Kansas had the momentum and it had the energy, and then came the mistakes. Between the 12 penalties and the four turnovers, the Jayhawks didn’t do themselves any favors. This was going to be a shootout from the start, and once Texas Tech got rolling, the KU offense kept shooting itself in the foot.
- The running game was supposed to be the steadying factor at times for the Jayhawks, especially with a solid quarterback in Jake Heaps under center, but James Sims had a bad game and the running game finished with just 53 yards. Sacks and had something to do with that, but the ground game didn’t stop the bleeding.
- After a rocky first quarter, the Red Raider defense tightened up in a big way, especially against the midrange passes. Recovering three fumbles and coming up with a pick helped turn the game into a blowout, but mostly it did a great job at getting off the field. The pressure came from several spots.

at Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7
Basically … The Red Raider offense struggled, but the defense made up for it by coming up with three Texas State turnovers and allowing just a 49-yard Robert Lowe touchdown run in the third. The Tech offense only managed two first goals in the first half – the D helped the cause with a nine-yard fumble return for a score from will Smith. Davis Webb threw two second half touchdown passes as part of a run of 20 unanswered points, while Bustin added two more field goals for four in all.
- The Red Raiders have hit a snag. Baker Mayfield might have a lot of the tools, but he’s banged up. While he completed 14-of-20 passes for 124 yards with a pick, the offense didn’t move well enough when he was under center. Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes, but he only completed 19-of-43 throws for 310 yards.
- Texas State couldn’t seem to get its offense going. The running game kept getting stalled because of Texas Tech plays in the backfield, and the passing attack misfired time and again. There was one big pass play for a score, and one long run. Those two plays accounted for 84 of the team’s 240 yards.
- The bobcats stayed alive by picking off passes, taking away three. There wasn’t any pressure on the Red Raider quarterbacks that got the ball out of their hands in a hurry, generating just one sack.
- Despite the issues with the Tech offensive consistency, Jace Amaro continues to play like one of the nation’s top tight ends. More than a safety valve, he’s often the first option. He led the team with nine catches for 86 yards.

at Texas Tech 20, TCU 10, Sept. 12
Basically … Stepping in for an injured Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb broke open a 10-10 tie with less than four minutes to play on a 19-yard pass to Bradley Marquez. Mayfield hit Kenny Williams for a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game, and Ryan Bustin hit the first of two field goals, but TCU fought its way back with a 17-yard B.J. Catalon touchdown run late in the third to tie it up, but Tech scored ten unanswered points late in the fourth.
- Yuck. TCU kept shooting itself in the foot with 13 penalties and two picks, while Texas Tech wasn’t much better with three interceptions and ten penalties.
- Davis Webb could turn into a terrific starting quarterback someday and he’ll never, ever throw a prettier ball than the 19-yard game-winner to Bradley Marquez. He lofted it in perfectly.
- With the starting job all to himself, Trevone Boykin threw two interceptions, but he also threw for 194 yards and led the team with 101 rushing yards on 20 carries. The TCU coaching staff has to get more out of the running backs, and fast.
- Baker Mayfield was under real pressure for the first time all season long, and it showed, getting sacked four times and leaving the game with a leg injury. The TCU pass rush was coming from all sides.

at Texas Tech 61, Stephen F. Austin 13, Sept. 7
Basically … Baker Mayfield needed a half to get his work in, throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns, finding Jakeem Grant for a 42-yarder to start things off in the first minute and hitting Jace Amaro for a 25-yarder and Bradley Marques for a 60-yard score. SFA had a few home runs of its own with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Mike Brooks and a 36-yard touchdown catch from Destin Mosley in the fourth.
- The offense looks nice and tuned up. Baker Mayfield can run, but his passing is deadly accurate for just his second game. He’s hitting his targets in stride and in places where they can do something with the ball, completing 21-of-30 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. His backup, Davis Webb, threw two picks.
- There are things to work on. The Red Raiders committed ten penalties and turned it over four times, but with 731 yards of total offense and 45 first half points, it’s a good start under Kliff Kingsbury. - Tight end Jace Amaro is quickly becoming Mayfield’s best friend, leading the team with eight catches for 142 yards and a score.

Texas Tech 41, at SMU 23, Aug. 30
Basically … After a sluggish start between the two high-powered offenses, Texas Tech kicked it into high gear with Baker Mayfield throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns passes and running for another. However, the Red Raiders didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter with 21 straight points. SMU hung around with two touchdown runs and three Chase Hover field goals, but the defense couldn’t hold up to the pressure.
- It’s so Texas Tech to find a walk-on true freshman who can step onto the field and complete 43-of-60 passes for 413 yards and four scores. Baker Mayfield is on his way to a potentially phenomenal career.
- Garrett Gilbert had a nice day, but he couldn’t hit on enough big plays. The former Texas starter completed 41-of-62 passes for 388 yards for the Mustangs, and he led the team with 53 rushing yards and a score.
- Eric Ward was next to unstoppable for the Red Raiders. The veteran receiver caught 13 passes for 150 yards, but SMU had some big receiving days, too, with Jeremy Johnson and Darius Joseph combining for 23 catches for 234 yards.
- The two teams combined to throw the ball 122 times, but they also combined for 17 penalties.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited Kliff. The Red Raider faithful never took to Tommy Tuberville and many are still ticked off that Mike Leach is doing his thing in Washington State. Now the program has one of its guys at the helm and ready to show what he can do. Kliff Kingsbury knows Red Raider football, and while the passing game was just fine last year finishing second in the nation, it wasn’t the devastating attack that made defenses quake. Kingsbury will get a grace period, but the hope is there that the astronomical numbers and the fun will all return. However, with eight starters back on defense, the league’s second best defense in yards allowed will likely shine early on. However …

Why To Be Grouchy The Spinal Tap drummer situation at defensive coordinator continues with Matt Wallerstedt the fifth coach to give the gig a shot in the last five years. The front seven might return intact, but all-star safety Cody Davis is gone along with fellow safety D.J. Johnson and corner Eugene Neboh. There might be an adjustment period for an offense that loses three starters including LaAdrian Waddle and Terry McDaniel on the outside and Deveric Gallington in the middle. While several of the top targets are back, leading receiver Darrin Moore is gone along with Tyson Williams and quarterback Seth Doege. Michael Brewer has a little bit of experience, but he’s only 6-1 and around 185 pounds; he’s not quite the big bomber the Red Raider offense is used to.

What Needs Working On Wallerstedt’s first job is to generate a pass rush and to get his defense to come up with more big plays. There weren’t enough hits on the quarterback, and it proved costly time and again in key spots. Overall the pass defense was fantastic, allowing a mere 192 yards per game, but the better passing teams other than West Virginia had few problems moving the ball. In the eight wins, Tech generated 15 sacks. In the five losses it came up with a grand total of three. That went hand-in-hand with the turnover issue, recovering a mere three fumbles with none over the final six games of the year. The secondary picked off just eight passes, and overall the D came up with just one takeaway – a key interception against Minnesota – in the last six games.

Non-Conference Games: at SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, TCU, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Kansas, at West Virginia, at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, at Texas

Schedule Analysis: Kliff Kingsbury’s first season should start off with a big of a bang going to Dallas to face a good-looking SMU, but it has to be a good warm-up game along with the home opener against Stephen F. Austin before dealing with TCU at home. If all goes well and according to plan, the Red Raiders should be 4-0 with Texas State up next and a bye week to prepare for a road trip to Kansas. With Iowa State to follow, if Tech can beat TCU, a 6-0 start isn’t out of the question before the fun really begins.

The Kansas game kicks off a run of three road games in four weeks with West Virginia and Oklahoma coming after the home date against ISU. On the plus side, Tech goes almost all of November without playing a true road game, hosing Oklahoma State and Kansas State before playing Baylor in Jerry World in Arlington. The regular season closes out with a week off before going to Texas.

Team Concerns For 2013: Kliff Kingsbury has to get his defense to start coming up with more big plays. There were big improvements after some rocky years, but the Red Raiders still came up with a pathetic three recovered fumbles - with none in the last six games - while finishing last in the league in turnover margin. It'll start with the pass rush that wasn't effective enough on a regular basis. The offense is always going to bomb away, and it'll be a stunner if it doesn't lead the league in passing, but getting more from the Big 12-worst ground attack would make things easier.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. Kliff Kingsbury needs receivers for his high-powered offense to work with, and he got them led by Dylan Cantrell, a big, fast playmaker. Devin Lauderdale and tight end Gary Moore are just a few of the good pass catchers with a high ceiling. is quarterback Davis Webb the right guy to run the attack in a few years? He has the tools and the talent to be a statistical star. The secondary got the biggest boost for the defense with corners Maurice Chandler and Dee Paul leading the way.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was Heavy On ... Instant help for the defense. Will Texas Tech be patient enough to let last year’s terrific recruiting class mature? Tommy Tuberville is on the hot seat after the 2011 collapse, but he came up with a whopper of a recruiting season and is doing another good job this year. However, he needs the defense to improve in a big hurry, and that means the 2009 and 2010 classes of good defenders have to start producing, and this year’s group of prospects must fill in the gaps. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 15. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running backs. This class might be the one that allows Tommy Tuberville to balance out the attack a bit more, but the running backs have to be as good as advertised. This is a huge, HUGE class with plenty of options for just about every position. The defensive line got a major influx of talent with JUCO transfers Dennell Wesley and Leon Mackey brought in to play aright away, and linebacker Branden Jackson was a big-time Signing Day pickup. Most importantly, though, this might be the best class of running backs in decades with Kenny Williams, Bradley Marquez, Deandre Washington and Ronnie Daniels all more than just pass catchers; they can run the rock.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 41. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. Tommy Tuberville's first class made the most noise keeping QB Scotty Young, but he loaded up the defense with eight linemen including 288-pound JUCO transfer Donald Langley at one tackle spot and fellow JUCOers Lawrence Rumph and Scott Smith on the ends. Overshadowed but still important were key offensive tackles Aleon Calhoun and Beau Carpenter, two big bodies who fit the system. Tuberville also beefed up the secondary with eight recruits including safety Russell Polk and corner Tre'Vante Porter.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 30. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Tech can’t beat Texas or Oklahoma without being able to slow down the pass, and it made sure the defense got plenty of attention to try to upgrade the secondary. D.J. Johnson and Yahshua Williams are very big corners who’ll get time to develop. Adding more size are safeties Will Ford and Terrence Bullitt, while Daniel Cobb will be in the starting mix in a few years.



 

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