As camps took place throughout the state in the month of June, Texas Tech raised its commitment total to 16 for the 2014 signing class. And as Coach Kliff Kingsbury increases his brand throughout the state of Texas and mobilizes into Oklahoma and other parts of the state, the number could get as high as 20 before the season starts.
New commitments for the Red Raiders centered mostly in the trenches. 3 new offensive linemen committed to the Red Raiders in the month of June, which is always a position of need. Mildren Montgomery of Oklahoma City committed in early June. Montgomery is listed at 6'4'' and 245 lbs, which means there is plenty of room for Montgomery to add weight. The state of Oklahoma has been good to Texas Tech over the years sending players such as Tre Porter, LaRon Moore and some kid named Welker.
Justin Murphy was the next lineman to pledge to the Red Raiders in June. Murphy, from Belton, stands 6'8'', which is a solid physical foundation for an offensive tackle. Murphy is listed as a 2* player by scout, but Texas Tech has a history of taking gems from small schools and turning them into starters on the offensive line.
Also on the offensive line, Texas Tech won the commitment of Robert Castaneda from Round Rock. Castaneda originally committed to Kansas St, but the drive from his hometown to Manhattan made him think twice about heading to college in Kansas. Texas Tech never stopped recruiting the 6'4'' 300lb projected guard. Round Rock is one of the most respected programs in the state and plays in one of the toughest districts in the 5A ranks. Castaneda will fit right in.
A key commitment after Texas Tech camp concluded in Lubbock was that of safety Derrick Dixon from Dallas Skyline. Not only is Dixon a ball hawk, but committing to the Red Raiders early puts Texas Tech back in the good graces of one of the premier programs in the state, and hopefully sets this new coaching staff up for a good relationship with Skyline moving forward.
Another Oklahoma commitment rounded out the month of June for Texas Tech as Ivan Thomas from Lawton gave a nod to Texas Tech coaches. Thomas is the perfect size for a nose tackle in the Matt Wallerstedt defense. Thomas plays with a good motor and for some reason has been overlooked by the Sooners and Cowboys.
By position, the Red Raiders 16 commitments breakdown to: 5 (WR), (4) OL, (2) DB, (2) RB, (2) DL and (1) QB. While one of the WR could play DB in the future, that's the way the numbers sit right now.
A couple of players to watch for heading into August:
1) Devin Lauderdale. The 2013 signee is still not academically eligible to play this season. Arguably the most talented of the 2013 WR signees, he may have to attend a junior college.
2) Kd Cannon. The 2014 receiver recruit is expected to choose between Texas Tech and Baylor. Even with the high number of recruits at receiver already, Tech would gladly accept a commitment from the Mount Pleasant standout.
3) Tony Brown. DB Beaumont Ozen. He's a longshot at best, but the Red Raiders hope to have a chance. The son of two former Texas Tech athletes, Brown is a bona-fide 5* blue chip prospect. He'd start in the secondary from day one. He's got offers from everyone, and if a school hasn't offered, it's not because they wouldn't take him.