The month of May has seen a couple of verbal commitments secured for the Red Raiders' 2014 recruiting class. The focus has been on speed and acquiring as much of it as possible. Some of the recent commits will play receiver, and others will find homes on the other side of the ball, but speed has been a factor in all of the WR/DB commitments thus far.
Three-star wide receiver Byron Daniels (6'1'' 168lbs), of San Antonio Madison committed to the Red Raiders in early May. Daniels has great hands, as both he and his coaches say they are his number one attribute. I look for Daniels to play about 185-190lbs and if his hands are as consistent as they have been to this point, I look for him to stay at receiver.
Derrick Neal is also rated a 3 star, and plays cornerback at Dallas Lincoln. Neal's size (5'9'' 160lbs) indicate he'll probably stay at corner, and his tape show good closing speed, something that is a must in the Big 12.
These two commits are important not because they fill a need position as well as improve overall team speed, but because they further solidify the inroads that this coaching staff has made in Dallas and San Antonio. While Tech has always taken its share of players from Dallas, the dynamics in DFW have shifted a little bit. Dallas Skyline has sent its share of players to the next level over the last several years, and Tech hasn't been able to capitalize on that as much as they wanted to. An early commit from a player in the same area can only help that. The more important area Tech is gaining a foothold right now is San Antonio. Coach Kingsbury being from New Braunfels helps that, but it's Mike Jinks that is making the inroads. Along with Daniels and two other commits from Jinks' former school Cibolo Steele, the Red Raiders are gaining in San Antonio.
Also on the radar as summer begins: Transfers. Rumors of several transfers heading to Lubbock to begin summer school and workouts this summer have been rampant. Most recently Houston RB Charles Sims announced his intent to transfer from the Cougars. Sims is a senior, but has graduated, which would make him immediately eligible.
There have also been rumors for a longer time about Alabama WR Marvin Shinn. Shinn is 6'4'' and listed at 180 on Bama's 2012 roster. A guy with a ring or two certainly can't hurt, but he'd have to sit a year, under almost any circumstance.
The best news of the month of May has to be the signing of OLB Andre Ross. A four star player out of Navarro college, Ross earned his immediate eligibility at the end of the spring semester and signed with the Red Raiders over TCU and Oklahoma. Listed at 6'4'' 235, he will learn the bandit linebacker position. If he earns a spot in the 2 deep, I could see Pete Robertson moving over to the raider position due to the uncertainty of the health of Terrence Bullitt and the fact that both Bullitt and Chris Payne 1 and 2 on the depth chart there are seniors.
June is also a big month for camps. Scout.com will have personnel at all camps, both Tech and the regional camps to watch these players workout against the best in the state.