Red Raider recruiting efforts pay dividends

As signing day nears, the Texas Tech coaches are working overtime to wrap up the recruiting class of 2008. The past few days have been eventful and rewarding, as the Red Raiders have received commitments from three talented prospects.

After taking their official visits over the past weekend, K Donnie Carona, WR Cornelius Douglas, and OT Joe King all committed to Texas Tech. The three commits bring the Red Raiders' commitment list to 14 and should round out a solid recruiting class.

King and Douglas are both from Oklahoma and join RB Harrison Jeffers and DE Joey Fowler as Tech commits who hail from the Sooner State. With former OU standout Seth Littrell recruiting Oklahoma hard, the Red Raiders have been able to woo some of the top talent from the state.

Cornelius Douglas felt at home in Lubbock and should be a nice addition to the receiving corps. He will join a growing list of receivers who played QB in high school, including All-American WR Michael Crabtree. His coach concurs, "He's extremely versatile, and he will excel in Texas Tech's offense."

Joe King, who tips the scales at 315 and is 6'7", will fit right in with the current starting offensive line, which averages 336 lbs. and 6'6". Right now, his strength is pass blocking, but his coach explains, "Obviously with Joe's size, he can be a great run blocker as well. Once he starts on the strength and conditioning program at Texas Tech, he will improve his run blocking tremendously." King, who chose the Red Raiders over Iowa State and Michigan State, will undoubtedly be an asset to the line in the coming years.

Donnie Carona, out of Beaumont, TX, will have some big shoes to fill as he replaces Alex Trlica, who holds the NCAA record for PAT. Carona started receiving attention from major college programs after winning the 2007 National Kicking Combine championship and chose the Red Raiders after his visit.

The three talented players are a welcome addition to the Texas Tech family.

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