Replenishing the Ranks: Cameron Batson

Texas Tech ended the 2013 season triumphantly with a 37-23 Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State. Now the Red Raiders must replace some important outgoing pieces. The following is one in a series of updates on Tech 2014 recruits in the month leading up to National Signing Day. Oklahoma City Millwood athlete Cameron Batson talks about who is trying to flip him and about Sonny Cumbie's departure.

Oklahoma City Millwood athlete Cameron Batson has zero doubt in his mind about where he will fax his letter of intent on National Signing Day.

"Arizona State is trying to flip me," Batson said. "But I'm 100 percent to Texas Tech. That's the only place I'm taking my official to."

The official visit will take place Jan. 24. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris is in constant touch with Batson and has been before Sonny Cumbie, who also recruited Batson, left for TCU.

"Coach Cumbie actually did call me," Batson said. "He called me and told me he accepted a job offer at TCU to coach quarterbacks and co-offensive coordinator, so he definitely let me know like a man and so I really respect Coach Cumbie for that."

Batson was named Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year after a monster season. Millwood took full advantage of his talents, which includes 4.4 speed. Batson threw for 1,946 yards, 27 touchdowns, rushed for 1,039 yards, 16 scores and picked off nine passes, returning three for touchdowns on defense.

The three-star prospect, rated as one of the top 200 receivers in the nation, is following the trail of another Oklahoma Player of the Year to play inside receiver at Texas Tech. Batson mentioned Wes Welker's name several times. Welker, who plays for the Denver Broncos, made a name for himself as an inside receiver under former head coach Mike Leach. The quarterback, Kliff Kingsbury, who tossed touchdowns to Welker is the current head man at Texas Tech.

Batson is impressed with the amount of NFL experience former players of Mike Leach's air raid attack have received. Some of the players including Kingsbury are on the current staff.

"They know the things that need to be done to get to the next level which is such a plus about Texas Tech, so I'm willing to get there and let them help me get to the next level."

Batson tuned in to the Red Raiders Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona State.

"I loved it," Batson stated with enthusiasm. "Texas Tech did real well, but of course they got the win. They threw the ball a lot, something that I love with Texas Tech wanting me to play slot receiver."

Batson is not the biggest guy on Earth, but the 5-foot-8 standout may bring in numbers similar to the likes of Danny Amendola, Eric Morris and Wes Welker. All of those receivers were under six feet tall and made a name for themselves at the inside receiver position under Leach.

Batson already seems like a Red Raider at heart and if he has yet to throw his guns up, he will be soon.

"Still staying firm with Texas Tech. That's the place where I want to be. I love Lubbock and I love coach Kingsbury and everybody and I love his system."

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