LUBBOCK, Texas – Tommy Tuberville locked down his first recruiting class as head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raider football program Wednesday, making the official announcement in an afternoon press conference at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Among the group of 25 signees are 17 defensive players, six offensive and two athletes. Three are heralded junior college transfers, all defensive linemen.
The first-year coaching staff turned its immediate focus to defense, specifically the defensive line with eight players. Three defensive players are linebackers, both outside and inside, while six were added in the secondary. Offensively, Tech nailed down three tackles, a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver.
Here's a breakdown of the class, followed by biographical sketches on each:
CLASS BY STATE
CLASS BY POSITION
Defensive End................. 4
Defensive Tackle............. 4
Offensive Tackle.............. 3
Inside Linebacker............ 1
Outside Linebacker......... 2
Running Back................... 1
Wide Receiver.................. 1
2010 TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
Name Pos Ht Wt Cl-Ex Hometown / School
Dartwan Bush DE 6-1 255 Fr-HS Clute, Texas / Brazoswood
Aleon Calhoun OT 6-7 315 Fr-HS Navasota, Texas / Navasota
Joe Carmical ILB 6-2 231 Fr-HS Monticello, Ark. / Monticello
Beau Carpenter OT 6-7 275 Fr-HS Sulphur Springs, Texas / Sulphur Springs
Lawrence Cayou DE 6-3 230 Fr-HS New Orleans, La. / McDonogh 35
Coby Coleman DT 6-3 283 Fr-HS Frankston, Texas / Frankston
Shawn Corker WR 6-1 180 Fr-HS Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons
Delans Griffin RB 6-0 180 Fr-HS Clinton, Okla. / Clinton
Cqulin Hubert OLB 6-1 215 Fr-HS Houston, Texas / Eisenhower
Urell Johnson CB 6-0 176 Fr-HS New Orleans, La. / O. Perry Walker
Mike Jones DT 6-3 267 Fr-HS Sugar Land, Texas / Kempner
Donald Langley DT 6-2 295 Jr-TR Germantown, Md. / Copiah-Lincoln CC / Seneca Valley
Desmond Martin S 6-0 178 Fr-HS Stony Point, Texas / Stony Point
Benjamin McRoy ATH 5-10 163 Fr-HS Lakeland, Fla. / Lakeland
James Polk OT 6-7 290 Fr-HS Houston, Texas / Alief Elsik
Russell Polk S 5-11 200 Fr-HS Dallas, Texas / Carter
Tre'Vante Porter CB 6-0 176 Fr-HS Midwest City, Okla. / Carl Albert
Jackson Richards DE 6-4 240 Fr-HS Southlake, Texas / Carroll
Lawrence Rumph DT 6-4 275 Jr-TR Keller, Texas / Navarro JC / Fossil Ridge
Brandon Smith CB 6-1 175 Fr-HS Raceland, La. / Central LaFourche
Scott Smith DE 6-7 275 Jr-TR Kailua, Hawaii / Butler County CC / St. Louis
Philip Warren CB 5-9 175 Fr-HS Miami, Fla. / Southridge
LaVaughn Whigham ATH 6-1 180 Fr-HS Miami, Fla. / Southridge
Zach Winbush OLB 6-2 205 Fr-HS Schertz, Texas / Clemens
Scotty Young QB 6-3 190 Fr-HS Denton, Texas / Ryan
DE, 6-1, 255
Clute, Texas (Brazoswood)
High School Coach: Dean DeAtley
High School: All-District 24-5A performer and unanimous district MVP … 2009 Brazoria County MVP … Associated Press Second Team All-State … BHS Team MVP … one of Texas Football's Top 300 players … No. 10-rated defensive end in the state (Texas Football) … credited with 81 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 15 sacks as a senior … helped lead Brazoswood to a 10-4 mark and the Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals … led the team in sacks the last three seasons … No. 49 nationally among strongside defensive ends (Rivals).
"Dartwan has a unique body type. He's a dominant pass rusher and has the potential to play with his hand on the ground or standing up." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
OT, 6-7, 315
Navasota, Texas (Navasota)
High School Coach: Lee Fedora
High School: One of Texas Football's Top 300 players … named to the Texas Football Reebok Super Team … No. 17 offensive tackle nationally (Tom Lemming) … helped lead an offense that produced 30.4 points per game and over 330 yards per game of total offense … member of the Navasota basketball team and participates in track and field … posted 14 tackles defensively last season.
"Aleon is a versatile athlete and an overwhelming tackle. He can pull quickly on running plays and has the ability to get downfield on screens. Aleon is quick for his size. His footwork is solid and he works well in space." – Offensive Line Coach Matt Moore
ILB, 6-2, 231
Monticello, Ark. (Monticello)
High School Coach: Van Paschal
High School: Rushed for 20 touchdowns and passed for 19, while leading Monticello to a 14-0 record and Arkansas state championship … passed for 1,193 yards and rushed for 1,237 … recruited as a linebacker, a position he played only in his senior season … all-state performer and finalist for state offensive player of the year … Arkansas state shot put champion for all classifications with a toss of 54 feet, three inches … outstanding in the classroom with a 4.0 grade point average and valedictorian of his class … scored a 30 on the ACT.
"Joe is an intelligent football player. He was the team captain at Monticello and played both quarterback and linebacker for a very successful program. Joe excels in the classroom and already has 18 college credit hours." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
OT, 6-7, 275
Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs)
High School Coach: Greg Owens
Enrolled at Tech in January.
High School: District 13-4A first team selection … rated the No. 74 offensive tackle in the country (Rivals) … member of the Class 4A All-State honorable mention team … helped pave way for offense that averaged 406.2 total offensive yards per game and 27.4 points per game … three-year starter at right tackle … Sulphur Springs won Class 4A State Championship in 2008.
"Beau was 235 pounds when we offered him and is now at 270. He's been on campus for a month now and is working hard in the weight room. Beau plays fast and aggressive with great technique and pad level. He comes from a strong high school program in Sulphur Springs. Beau is a character person, who we are very happy to have as a part of our family." – Offensive Line Coach Matt Moore
DE, 6-3, 230
New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35)
High School Coach: Wayne Reese
High School: Exploded off the end for 17 sacks during senior season … also returned a fumble for a touchdown in the state playoffs … Class 4A All-State honorable mention pick last year.
"Lawrence is a steal, a diamond in the rough for this class. He possesses a combination of speed and size that is very rare and hard to find." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DT, 6-3, 283
Frankston, Texas (Frankston)
High School Coach: Sam Wells
High School: No. 57 defensive tackle nationally (Rivals) … No. 98 among Rivals' Postseason Texas Top 100 … had 52 tackles and 10 tackles for loss as a junior … also played tight end at Frankston, earning all-district honors … first team all-state selection and first team all-area defensive tackle.
"Coby is a dominant player inside. He has good size and athleticism that will transition well into what we do. He also played some tight end. Coby is a hard worker from a hard-working town and background." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
WR, 6-1, 180
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)
High School Coach: Michael Morrill
High School: Among the SuperPrep Florida 115 … ranked No. 58 nationally among wide receivers (Rivals) … caught 58 passes for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns during senior season … No. 54 ranked overall player in Florida … had 33 catches for 720 yards and nine scores as a junior.
"Shawn fills an immediate need for us. He is a big, physical receiver that is capable of making plays on the outside. He's got tremendous potential. Shawn comes from a strong high school program, where he's been well coached. He's the total package – a great kid, good student and a big-time football player." – Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown
RB, 6-0, 180
Clinton, Okla. (Clinton)
High School Coach: Mike Lee
High School: SuperPrep All-American … one of the top 25 running backs in the country (SuperPrep) … ranked the No. 27 overall player in the SuperPrep Midlands region, covering nine states … rated No. 6 on the Oklahoma Postseason Top 35 list (Rivals) … also No. 23 nationally among running backs (Rivals) … Oklahoma All-State selection … rushed for 939 yards on 109 carries with 15 touchdowns as a senior, despite battling injuries … was an all-state selection as a punter in 2008 after averaging nearly 41.0 yards per punt … finished junior campaign with 1,962 rushing yards and 33 scores, which also brought in all-state honors … added three receiving scores and four kick returns for touchdowns during junior season … totaled 3,712 rushing yards on 404 carries and accounted for 57 touchdowns on the ground and 70 overall in his career … standout in basketball and a state champion in the 100M.
"Delans has great quickness and great hands. He catches the ball well in the flat and has the ability turn upfield quickly. Delans has the speed to get around the end when he carries the ball. We are excited to have him in this offense." – Running Backs Coach Chad Scott
OLB, 6-1, 215
Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
High School Coach: Ray Evans
High School: Ranked No. 33 nationally among inside linebackers (Rivals) … Houston Chronicle Top 100 … Texas Football Top 300 … had six sacks from his linebacking position … EHS defense ranked among the top 10 in the state among Class 5A schools with 19.0 points allowed per game … all-district performer … helped lead Eisenhower to state playoffs appearance.
"Cqulin is a linebacker with great versatility. He can defend the run and pressure the quarterback from many different positions." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
CB, 6-0, 176
New Orleans, La. (O. Perry Walker)
High School Coach: Emanuel Powell
High School: Rated the No. 55 defensive back nationally (ESPN), despite being sidelined with an injury last season … listed No. 30 on the Louisiana Postseason Top 50 (Rivals) … SuperPrep ranks him the No. 38 overall player in Louisiana … won both indoor and outdoor state championships in the long jump as a junior.
"Urell is a very explosive athlete. He is unique in that he has a bigger body type, but excels in coverage. He is an outstanding football player and tremendous track athlete." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DT, 6-3, 267
Sugar Land, Texas (Kempner)
High School Coach: James Brown
High School: Unanimous District 23-5A first team selection … made 52 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks during senior season … also recovered two fumbles … one of 10 finalists for defensive player of the year honors by The Touchdown Club of Houston … had 68 tackles and five sacks as a junior.
"Mike plays well with his hands. He's extremely quick, which allows him to play well inside and rush the passer." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DT, 6-2, 295
Germantown, Md. (Copiah-Lincoln CC/Seneca Valley)
Junior College Coach: Glenn Davis
High School Coach: Fred Kim
Enrolled at Tech in January.
Junior College: Enrolled at Tech in January … posted 36 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception last season … ranked No. 15 on the SuperPrep JUCO 100.
High School: Graduated from high school and enrolled at Tennessee in January 2007 ... consensus All-State defensive lineman in 2006 ... finished senior season with 63 tackles, one interception ... totaled 48 tackles, 32 unassisted, with six tackles for loss and four sacks as junior.
"Donald is an outstanding talent and well-rounded athlete. He is explosive off the ball and plays with tremendous power." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
S, 6-0, 178
Stony Point, Texas (Stony Point)
High School Coach: Craig Chessher
High School: Posted 43 tackles during senior season and grabbed an interception … also defended six passes … one of Texas Football's Top 300 players … District 16-5A first team selection … No. 59 safety prospect nationally (Rivals) … had 70 tackles and 15 pass breakups as a junior.
"Desmond is a long, rangy athlete and makes big plays in space. He will come in here well-prepared to play at this level after having played at a great program." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
ATH, 5-10, 163
Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland)
High School Coach: Bill Castle
High School: Helped lead Lakeland High to the Class 5A state semifinals … played running back, receiver, cornerback and returned kicks during high school career … rushed 99 times for 872 yards and five touchdowns … also caught three passes for 101 yards and three score and average 52.3 yards on three kickoff returns … returned one kick for a TD.
"Benjamin is a pure athlete. In addition to excelling on the football field, he also is an outstanding track athlete. He runs the 100 and 200. Benjamin played several positions in high school due to his athleticism and was exceptional at each." – Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown
OT, 6-7, 290
Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik)
High School Coach: Bill Barron
High School: Three-star offensive tackle (Rivals) … No. 78 offensive tackle nationally (Rivals) … All-District 18-5A … one of Texas Football's Top 300 players … graded above 90 percent in eight games as a senior … didn't allow a sack last season in 245 team pass attempts … 25 pancake blocks … paved way for an offense that averaged 318.0 yards per game and 24.3 points per game.
"James is the perfect size for an offensive tackle for us. He is a great run blocker and wants to improve on his pass blocking. James is a good student-athlete. He could have chosen many places to receive his education and play football. We are thrilled he chose Texas Tech and are happy to have him as part of our family." – Offensive Line Coach Matt Moore
S, 5-11, 200
Dallas, Texas (Carter)
High School Coach: Allen Wilson
High School: One of Texas Football's Top 300 players … rated No. 61 among the nation's safeties (Scout) … the No. 75 overall player in Texas (Rivals) … Dallas Morning News All-Area Top 100 … All-District 11-4A … credited with 78 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.
"Russell is a fierce tackler and has great cover ability. Russell was the field general for Carter High School and a leader in the secondary." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
CB, 6-0, 176
Midwest City, Okla. (Carl Albert)
High School Coach: Gary Rose
High School: Helped lead Carl Albert to the Class 5A State Championship after posting 115 tackles and two interceptions during senior season … also produced offensively with 652 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on the ground and 665 yards and 11 scores receiving … four-star defensive back and rated the No. 21 corner in the country (Rivals) … ranked No. 8 in the SuperPrep Midlands region, covering nine states, and No. 8 on the Oklahoma Postseason Top 35 list (Rivals) … logged 96 tackles, a sack and four picks as a junior … standout on the track in springs and relays.
"Tre'Vante is an outstanding football player. He has great ball skills, and when combined with his size and explosiveness, makes him a dangerous player. Tre'Vante is the prototypical corner that will do well at the college level." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DE, 6-4, 240
Southlake, Texas (Carroll)
High School Coach: Hal Wasson
High School: All-District 6-5A selection … four-star defensive end (Rivals) … third-rated defensive end in the state (Texas Football) … No. 23 defensive ends nationally and No. 45 overall player in Texas (Rivals) … No. 34 player in Texas (Superprep) … named to the Texas Football Reebok Super Team … one of Texas Football's Top 300 players … Under Armour All-American game participant … helped lead Southlake Carroll to an 11-2 record during senior season … posted nine sacks on the season and 53 total tackles … also forced five fumbles … had 40 tackles and 14 sacks during junior season.
"Jackson is a fierce competitor and a great leader on and off the field. He is the future of Texas Tech football. Jackson has amazing athleticism combined with good size. He excels in the classroom as well and will graduate among the top in his class." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DT, 6-4, 275
Keller, Texas (Navarro JC/Fossil Ridge)
Junior College Coach: Nick Bobeck
High School Coach: Tony Baccarini
Junior College: Four-star defensive end (Rivals) … ranked No. 19 on the SuperPrep JUCO 100 … 35 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks during freshman season … sister, Alana, played basketball for the Lady Raiders.
High School: Credited with 70 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior at Fossil Ridge … teammate of current Red Raider Chris Perry.
"Lawrence has a big body and is very quick. He's a skilled pass rusher and has the versatility to play multiple positions on our defensive line." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
CB, 6-1, 175
Raceland, La. (Central LaFourche)
High School Coach: Chad Callais
High School: Finished his senior season with 27 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups … District 8-5A first team selection … rated the No. 31 overall player on the Louisiana Postseason Top 100 list (Rivals) … also listed No. 60 nationally at cornerback (Rivals) … Class 5A All-State honorable mention … standout on the basketball court for CLHS.
"Brandon is a world class athlete, who excels in three sports – basketball, track and football. He has great speed and coverage ability. Brandon is a natural athlete." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
DE, 6-7, 275
Kailua, Hawaii (Butler County CC/St. Louis)
Junior College Coach: Troy Morrell
High School Coach: Delbert Tengen
Signed with Texas Tech in December.
Junior College: Four-star defensive end (Rivals) … top-rated JUCO defensive end nationally and fourth-rated overall player (Rivals) … ranked No. 15 on the SuperPrep JUCO 100 … posted 74 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks last season … also had 11 quarterback pressures, four fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.
High School: No. 31 ranked defensive end nationally and No. 7 overall player in Hawaii (Rivals) … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine ... selected first-team all-state at defensive end by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... earned league defensive player of the year accolades as a senior ... recorded 14 sacks and had an interception return for a touchdown ... all-conference honoree ... helped lead St. Louis to an 11-1 record (7-0 in league play) in 2006 with the lone loss coming in the state championship game ... also a high school basketball standout for the Crusaders.
"Scott is the tallest kid in our class. He will be a contributor in the future of our defense. Scott shows the ability to rush the passer, stop the run and play in coverage. He is the complete package." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
CB, 5-9, 175
Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
High School Coach: Patrick Burrows
High School: Helped lead Southridge to a 10-1 mark during senior season … credited with 64 tackles and 10 sacks as senior … also punted and lined up on the line of scrimmage at times … scored six touchdowns on offense and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns … averaged 40 yards per punt … outstanding speed having been clocked at 4.38.
"Philip has tremendous speed and quickness, combine with toughness. He will be a great nickel back. Philip has every tool to defend Big 12 offenses. He can cover slot receivers, pressure the quarterback and play in space." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
ATH, 6-1, 180
Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
High School Coach: Patrick Burrows
High School: Ranked the No. 20 overall player in Dade County … posted 33 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown … also was a potent weapon as a receiver for Southridge during senior season … helped lead team to 10-1 mark … named to the Dade County Top 50.
"LaVaughn is one of the best athletes in our class. He can play offense or defense and knows and loves the game of football. LaVaughn is quick and has a nose for the ball." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
OLB, 6-2, 205
Schertz, Texas (Clemens)
High School Coach: Greg Ferrara
High School: Posted 116 total tackles and averaged 10.5 tackles per game for Clemens during senior season … had double-digit tackle totals in eight of 11 games … also rushed for eight scores on 18 carries and averaged 13.8 yards per rush … All-District 27-4A … rated the No. 59 outside linebacker prospect nationally (Scout).
"Zach is your prototypical outside linebacker. He's instinctive, physical and has a nose for the football. Zach also competed in hurdles in high school, which will translate into a great pass defender in the Big 12 Conference." – Defensive Coordinator James Willis
QB, 6-3, 190
Denton, Texas (Ryan)
High School Coach: Joey Florence
High School: EA Sports All-America second team … Maxpreps All-America second team … Texas Gatorade Player of the Year … Associated Press Texas Player of the Year … top-rated quarterback in the state by Texas Football … named to the Texas Football Reebok Super Team … one of Texas Football's Top 300 players … led all Dallas-area quarterbacks with 4,467 yards passing during senior season … completed 64 touchdown passes – 15 more than the next quarterback – and finished the season 286-of-452 … four-star quarterback (Rivals) … listed among Rivals250 and Texas Postseason Top 100 (Rivals) … No. 10 nationally among pro-style quarterbacks (Rivals) … Class 4A All-State, Class 4A DFW All-Area … threw for 4,495 yards and 65 TDs as a junior … 129 TD career TD passes ranks fourth in state history … Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44 … Superprep All-American and No. 19 overall player in Texas ... Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Year … Parade All-American … completed eight touchdown passes in win over McKinney and seven in a win against El Paso Chapin.
"I feel like Scotty was the best passing quarterback in the state of Texas last season and one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country. He has great size, a strong arm, and is extremely intelligent both in the classroom and on the field. Scotty has all the intangibles – he's tough, a fierce competitor, and he is a winner. There is no doubt that Scotty will continue the tradition of prolific passers here at Texas Tech." – Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown