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Texas Tech '14 Signing Class Roster Attrition

The 2014 class, which was ranked as the No. 37 signing class in the country by Scout at the time, included four four-star prospects, 19 three-star recruits and two two-star guys. This was Kingsbury's first full class and expected to be the foundation of his program. Offensively, that has proven to be the case in many ways. Defensively? Well, see for yourself below.

Never made it to the practice field

  • OL Shaq Davis: Grades
  • WR Byron Daniels: Grades
  • S Joseph Clark: Injuries
  • S Connor Wilson: Injuries (I think)


  • QB Patrick Mahomes: No brainer here. He's probably already cemented his status as the best QB to ever play at Tech, which is no small feat and could go down as one of the best in CFB history if he stays healthy and returns for his senior year.
  • RB Justin Stockton: Immediate contributor who in many ways has lived up to his hype coming in and has played big in key games such as Arkansas, TCU and Kansas State last season. Has produced 1,500 yards, 18 TDs from scrimmage in two-plus seasons.

  • IR/PR Cameron Batson: Has been the primary punt returner for two-plus seasons and has come into his own as a slot receiver. Batson has over 500 receiving yards and four touchdowns for his career, but has emerged as a junior with a scoring grab in each of Tech's first three games this season.
  • IR Ian Sadler: Has been up and down in his career so far largely due to injuries, but has been passed on the depth chart by Jonathan Giles. He is still a key contributor and has been productive (70 catches, 1,045 yards, 5 TDs for his career) when healthy.
  • RB/KR Demarcus Felton: He redshirted as a freshman and has not seen the field much due to quality depth at the position, but is coming off a career night in-which he ran for 123 yards and two scores. The future is bright for Felton.
  • OL Justin Murphy: After redshirting as a freshman, Murphy has played in eight games with seven starts. He was really becoming a force at right guard in 2015 before tearing his ACL. Following surgery and rehab, he has returned and been a stalwart for the Red Raiders in 2016 at guard and some at right tackle. 
  • WR Devin Lauderdale: Another guy who has had an up and down career. He has been spectacular at times and then lethargic enough to be benched on several occasions, plus was even suspended last spring. Despite the baggage, he's been highly productive since arriving on campus with 89 catches for 1,361 yards and 12 scores in two-plus seasons. 
  • WR Michael Coley: Coley has been moved around a bit in his young career, but is having a hard time moving up Tech's loaded receiver depth chart. He has played in a handful of games mostly on special teams. 
  • OL Dominique Robertson: The JUCO signee only appeared in a handful of games in 2014 and struggled both with a concussion on the field and problems off of it before leaving the program. He wound up at Division II West Georgia where he was a productive player, though also made police blotter there for obstruction of justice and felony assault. Robertson went undrafted but signed a free agent contract with the Tamp Bay Bucs before he was non-fatally shot "as an innocent bystander" and eventually cut last July
  • WR Jakari Dillard: Played only a handful of snaps in two years before transferring to Central Arkansas.
  • OL Robert Castaneda: After redshirting, Castaneda played sparingly as an extra lineman in short yardage situations in 2015 before being kicked off the team after being arrested for, according to the affidavit, stealing "a gun safe with at least seven weapons, including shotguns and rifles, as well as a television and a camera during a Dec. 20 burglary". He has since transferred to Ellsworth CC in Kansas.


  • S Jah'Shawn Johnson: Despite a medical redshirt season, Johnson has appeared in 20 games and been a very good player, probably the top defensive player of the class by tallying 107 tackles with 5.5 for loss, seven passes defensed, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. His penchant for making big plays late in games such as his pick-six to seal the win at Kansas and fourth quarter forced fumble/recovery at Arkansas sets him apart. 
  • S Payton Hendrix: Redshirted his freshman season and has since appeared in 14 games, mostly on special teams. Due to injuries and a mass exodus of defensive backs, Hendrix, who was the highest-rated defensive prospect of the 2014 class, will be thrust into a major role as most likely the starting safety opposite Johnson. 
  • DB Tevin Madison: Appeared in 28 games tallying 132 tackles with 5.5 for loss, 21 passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack in two-plus seasons. He is no longer with the team.

  • LB Dakota Allen: After redshirting as a freshman Allen emerged as one of the better players on defense in 2015 by tallying 87 tackles and two interceptions. He also was named first team Academic All-Big 12. Last spring he was kicked off the team and eventually arrested for the same incident as Robert Castaneda (mentioned above). He has since transferred to East Mississippi CC.
  • CB Nigel Bethel: Bethel was considered a major recruiting coup when Tech signed him out of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, but during his career at Tech he was always mired in some controversy which included, but certainly was not limited to, a physical altercation with Lady Raider basketball player Amber Battle. The embattled corner, who also ran track for Tech, made 12 starts on the gridiron before transferring to Eastern Kentucky. 
  • S Derrick Dixon: Transferred to Grambling a couple appearances and finding himself in David Gibbs' doghouse. 
  • DT Rika Levi: Never lived up to the hype after signing as a highly sought after junior college transfer. Showed up out of shape, but lost significant weight before senior season. He still never produced any major impact despite making 23 appearances in two seasons. Used up eligibility.
  • DT Keland McElrath: Injuries and ineffectiveness is the best way to describe McElrath's play in the two seasons at Tech after transferring in from Coahoma CC. He made 53 tackles in 19 appearances before exhausting his eligibility.
  • DT Marcus Smith: Another junior college transfer who just never panned out. He finished his Tech career with 23 tackles in 20 appearances before graduating last May.
  • DE Brandon Thorpe: The junior college transfer made four stops in six appearances before transferring to West Georgia after the 2014 season. 
  • S Josh Keys: The JUCO transfer made 14 tackles in five games before being kicked off the team for a violation of team rules, which was later clarified as failed drug tests. He also transferred to West Georgia.

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