A Group of Stars

John Baucum writes about the group of 4-star recruits that came in Tommy Tuberville's 2012 signing class on Wednesday.

Recruiting under Tommy Tuberville has always been excellent. Tuberville and his staff seem to have the ability to get into a recruit's ear no matter what obstacles Texas Tech faces in vying for the young man's pledge - 2012 was no different. 

The Red Raiders inked five 4-star players in this class; leading off the group of 4-star pledges is JUCO WR Javon Bell from Mississippi Gulf Coast JC.

Bell chose the Red Raiders over offers from Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He was named first team All NJCAA after hauling in 46 catches for 1,313 yards and 17 TDs. He averaged 28 yards per catch and a TD for every 2.7 catches. Paired with what Tech already has on campus, Bell is helping Neal Brown stockpile talented receivers.

 JUCO Linebacker Will Smith is next.

The standout prospect apparently didn't catch the eye of many other big name FBS schools, but his listed recruiter is Robert Prunty. If Robert wants the kid, that ought to be good enough for anyone else. Smith lists offers from Gardner-Webb, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and San Jose State.   Coach Tuberville had this to say about Smith:

 "Another big-time talent.  A phenomenal linebacker, a big linebacker (6-3/230), that can run under a 4.5.  He has great range and is long and tall," Tuberville said.  "He is the kind of player that can make an immediate impact and make our defense better instantly."

Wide Reciever Dominique Wheeler is the next 4-star signee for the Red Raiders.

Wheeler had 1,622 total yards as a senior in 2011. The speedster from Crockett amassed 753 receiving yards and 770 rushing yards while averaging 13.5 yards per touch and 15 TDs. He chose the Red Raiders over a litany of schools, including Texas, Baylor, A&M Clemson, Michigan, and Missouri. Wheeler was a 2011 US Army All-American.

DL Michael Starts signed with Texas Tech out of Waco La Vega High School.

He was a 3- time first team all district selection and another US Army All American participant. Starts chose the Red Raiders over Auburn, Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame, A&M, Stanford, TCU, and Baylor.  Tuberville had this to say about the young man:  "A very powerful player.  He is a strong side defensive end and a big-time run stopper."

WR Reginald Davis rounds out this year's haul of 4-star players.

The QB from Tenaha is probably one of the most versatile signees in the 2012 class based on his speed and athleticism.  As a QB, Davis led his team to the 1A Division II State Championship. In the final game, Davis rushed for 226 yards and three TDs while going 10-21 throwing the ball for 242 yards and two TDs and returning a punt 80 yards for a score. He chose the Red Raiders over Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, A&M, Oklahoma, and TCU. Coach Tuberville had some nice words for Mr. Davis:

"Had a great senior year and won a state championship," Tuberville said. "He is a strong player and is really good with the ball in his hands.  I thought he was the best player in any classification at Cowboys Stadium for the state championship games."


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