Kingsbury unveils his 1st TX Tech recruiting class

First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff got a late start in

recruiting, yet they came away encouraged Wednesday after signing

players who will fit Texas Tech’s immediate needs on the offensive

line.

Kingsbury said Wednesday that some of the five offensive linemen

could play right away.

”We think it’s one of the best classes that we’ve had around

here probably in quite some time, just based on size and stature,”

said Kingsbury, one of the youngest coaches in Division I at 33.

”Guys that we expect to come in and play right away. That was a

big need going into it.”

He also stressed speed on defense and offense and believes his

staff, some of whom played with him at Texas Tech, accomplished

that.

”Speed is one thing you can’t coach,” he said. ”We’re trying

to be the fastest team in the Big 12. That’s our goal, the way we

want to play on offense and defense.”

Kingsbury, a former Red Raiders standout quarterback who last

year coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M,

was hired in December after Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati.

Rivals.com ranked the Red Raiders signing class 50th, a significant

drop from Tuberville’s last two years when the website ranked them

26th in 2012 and 20th in 2011.

Devin Lauderdale from Houston Bellaire, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound

receiver, is the program’s lone Rivals.com four-star recruit.

Lauderdale had offers from five other Big 12 schools as well as

Alabama and Ohio State.

He’d withdrawn his commitment to Tech after Tuberville left. But

co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Eric Morris succeeded

in landing him, Kingsbury said.

Morris, a former Red Raiders receiver, ”made (Lauderdale) feel

like this was the best situation for him,” Kingsbury said. ”With

his speed it’s at a national level. That’s something that we really

need here. We’re excited to get him on the field and see what he

can do.”

The new regime also made inroads in Georgia, at the opposite

side of the state from where former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach

used to recruit at Valdosta State.

Trey Haverty, a former Red Raiders receiver who now coaches

safeties, knew a player from Martin Luther King High and used his

connections to get three players to come to Lubbock – receiver D.J.

Polite-Bray, offensive lineman Josh Outlaw and linebacker Jacarthy

Mack.

”They’re three great players, guys that really fit our systems,

so it just worked out,” Kingsbury said.

The Red Raiders also got a quarterback, Davis Webb of Prosper.

The 6-foot-4 Webb, who threw for 23 touchdowns and 2,722 yards his

senior season, probably will redshirt.

Expected starter and redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer, last

year’s backup to Seth Doege, could be more of a threat on the

ground than his predecessor even as the Red Raiders are expected to

return to the Air Raid offense Leach made famous.

The ages and experience of Texas Tech’s coaching staff – five of

Kingsbury’s staff are former Red Raiders – helped in the recruiting

effort, Kingsbury said.

”A lot of them aren’t too far removed from being real

successful players on the college level, and I think when you speak

on that level to a high school kid there’s a little more street

cred involved when you can talk about your experience as a player

at college in the Big 12, and even in the NFL in some cases,” he

said. ”It’s been well received by everybody we’ve been in contact

with.”