Instant Impact: Devin Lauderdale

The three-star rated wide receiver prospect is a versatile player, who gives Texas Tech another big-play athlete to utilize in coach Kliff Kingsbury's version of the Air Raid offense.

Devin Lauderdale signed with
Texas Tech for a second time in December after spending a season at Navarro Junior College.

The 5-foot-11 (generous), 175-pound receiver originally signed with Texas Tech last February, but was forced to go the junior college route this fall. He is now enrolled at Tech and should make an immediate impact on the offense.

The first topic which always comes up with Lauderdale is his blazing speed, which is legit, but there is a lot of speed in the Big 12 and Lauderdale brings so much more to the table.

The three-star prospect is a savvy player who can do a lot with the ball in his hands. His coaches at Houston Bellaire did a good job of utilizing his diverse abilities, which is one of the reasons he was offered by the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State out of high school.

The film below shows a glimpse of this as Lauderdale is equally adept at taking handoffs on jet sweeps for big plays as he is at turning a tunnel screen into a quick score or at stretching a defense as a deep threat.

Lauderdale's excellent vision, soft hands, agility and awareness makes him a threat to score at any moment. He is a lot like Jakeem Grant in that Red Raiders fans will find themselves holding their breath when he touches the ball.

Though he would seem a perfect fit at inside receiver, Lauderdale has said he will be, at least initially, getting looks at outside receiver. This makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons, and should add a lot of versatility to the position.

His performance at Navarro in 2013 has only enhanced the idea that Lauderdale is a perfect fit in Tech's scheme.

"He can move outside and play some receiver for Tech, I mean he was Navarro's big-play guy last year at outside receiver," writer Scott Eklund said. "He only had 33 receptions but almost 700 yards and six touchdowns. So he put up some big numbers and Navarro runs the same kind of offense Texas Tech does with the four-wide with a quarterback in the shotgun. He is probably at his best with the ball in his hands."

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