Five Recruits to be Excited About

Justin Laney takes a look at this year's recruiting class and writes about which five recruits are the ones to be really excited about.


First off, the new Texas Tech staff has done an absolutely outstanding job of piecing together a very good recruiting class in just over a month's time.


Kingsbury and his staff have built some relationships across the country with some top athletes and together, they convinced these kids that Texas Tech is the right place for them to play college ball.


Here is the breakdown of six recruits to watch for in the coming years.


OT Joshua Outlaw

Lithonia, GA (MLK HS)    6-4/285 

Offer List: TCU, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Utah, Washington 


It appears that Josh Outlaw led the ‘Georgia Three' to a common decision on Wednesday morning. Many felt that Outlaw would end up at Oklahoma, but during a ceremony at Lithonia High School, he donned the Red Raider hat with some much added flare.


Outlaw chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, TCU and Florida. This is a huge get for Kingsbury and Co. as the Offensive Line position is an absolute need position for the Red Raiders.


WR DeMarquis Polite-Bray

Lithonia, GA (MLK HS)    6-1/180

Offer List: TCU, Louisville, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Utah, Wake Forest 


Polite-Bray is another guy who was highly sought aft5er across the country. TCU was under the impression that they had both him and Outlaw, but Trey Haverty worked his Red Raider magic and sealed the deal on this WR out Atlanta, GA.


In his Senior season at Martin Luther King HS, Polite-Bray accumulated 1,063 yards on 53 catches and also reeled in 17 Touchdowns.


OLB Jacarthy Mack

Lithonia, GA (MLK HS) 6-3/205

Offer List: Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest


And the final piece of the ‘Georgia Three' is this solid OLB out of, you guessed it, Lithonia, GA. The Linebacker position was an absolute need for Texas Tech in 2013. Mack brings speed on the outside and also some coverage skills. He can also chase down RB's in the flat for minimal gains. This was great sign by the Red Raiders.



WR Devin Lauderdale

Bellaire, TX (Bellaire HS)    5-10/170 

Offer List: Texas Tech, Alabama, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, West Virginia


Lauderdale is arguably the Red Raiders' most prized recruit. The 4 star recruit had originally committed to Texas Tech when Coach Tommy Tuberville was here, but then de-committed after Tuberville departed for Cincinnati. However, Kingsbury and crew jumped right back into the mix and landed the highly sought after shifty wideout.


In his Senior season at Bellaire HS, Lauderdale accumulated 759 yards on 25 catches and 10 Touchdowns. 


OT Poet Thomas 6-6/295

Detroit, MI (Country Day School)

Offer List: Texas Tech, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Kansas, Toledo, SMU


Thomas was a highly sought after Offensive Linemen out of Detroit, MI who had a kind of a different approach to the recruiting game. The Poet was offered by a few very prestigious programs but ultimately, it came down to two final schools. Those schools were Texas Tech, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Oddly enough, he just wanted to be somewhere he thought he would enjoy, and Texas Tech fit that bill.


Look for Poet Thomas to be in the mix for a starting position this Fall and contribute immediately for the Red Raiders.



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