Breaking Down the Class

RaiderPower breaks down the second half of the 2008 signing class as the defensive players are up in "Breaking Down the Class: Defense". Come inside for Football Analyst Mitchell Fish's take on these talented recruits and just what their signing will mean to the Texas Tech football team in 2008 and beyond.

Brandon Reid- (Running Back) Athlete, Canutillo High, Canutillo, Tx.

The 6 foot 1 inch 205 pound athlete is listed by Scout and RaiderPower as a running back, though the consensus is that he will play somewhere on defense, either as a small linebacker or as a safety. Reid has been clocked at 4.5 in the forty and has tremendous moves in the open field which translate well to playing in the defensive secondary.

Brandon Sesay- Defensive End, College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Cal. The 6 foot 6 inch tall Sesay is heralded as the best defensive recruit to sing with Mike Leach during his tenure as head football coach. Sesay is an absolute beast off the edge and has the capability to take over a game with his incredible pass-rushing ability. Offered by a plethora of Division 1 programs, Sesay picked Tech and stayed true.

While not participating in Spring drills, look for Sesay to compete come fall camp and push for serious playing time along the defensive line.

McKnner Dixon - Defensive End, Cisco Junior College, Cisco, Tx.

Dixon is a name that should inspire sheer joy in the hearts of Tech fans and terror in opposing quarterbacks in the Big XII. After garnering Freshman All-American status following the Red Raiders 2005 Cotton Bowl campaign, Dixon was ruled academically ineligible and went on a three year journey through Junior College.

Dixon's return has been over-shadowed by that of fellow 4 star JuCo transfer Brandon Sesay but Dixon will be in the more immediate position to compete for a starting spot by his presence in Spring Practice. Dixon is in better shape than he was as a freshman in 2005 and his maturity is different by leaps and bounds. Look for Dixon to come on with a vengeance after realizing just what it was that he lost. Dixon could easily be the first Tech defensive end to record double-digit sacks since Adell Duckett's 2003 season.

Broderick Marshall- Defensive Tackle, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Tx.

Marshall was originally a Tech commit following the 2005 season but failed to qualify out of high school. He then went off to Junior College and came back as a much larger player than he was originally. 6 feet 5 inches tall and greater than 260 pounds, Marshall is built similar to former Red Raider interior lineman Donald "Dek" Bake.

Cody Davis- Safety, Stephenville High, Stephenville, Tx.

Cody Davis is an intriguing prospect at safety for the Red Raiders. Standing 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing in at around 200 pounds, he has good size and height to play in the defensive secondary. Davis has a nose for the football, most likely helped by playing wide receiver as well as safety in high school, and is a terrific tackler.

Davis has the size and speed combination that the Red Raiders like to use in the secondary and could see the field in 2008 if he is prepared, physically, coming in from high school.

Jarrell Routt - Defensive Athlete, Coffeyville College, Coffeyville, Kan.

The 6 foot tall 205 pound defensive back can play either corner or safety and is an absolute burner, having run track during his two year stint in Junior College. While Routt did not play football during that time, Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill called him a "baler" and said that he was likely to be an immediate force on special teams as well as with the defensive unit.

Ryan Haliburton- Defensive End, Frenship High, Wolfforth, Tx.

Haliburton is an intriguing prospect at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 235 pounds, he doesn't have the size currently to be a hand down defensive lineman but could grow into that role or end up as a stand-up linebacker.

Joey Fowler- Defensive End, Westmoore HS, Oklahoma City, Ok.

The final defensive lineman recruit within a class that addressed a serious need in the front four, Fowler is another player that could conceivably play inside as a defensive tackle our outside as a defensive end. He has the frame to do either at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 260 pounds, he along with the other freshman defensive linemen could see the field in the 2008 campaign to provide much needed depth off of the bench.

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