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Tech's 2014 recruiting class leaps up rankings

QB, WR, DB make Sunday pledges

Posted: April 21, 2013 - 9:41pm  |  Updated: April 22, 2013 - 12:18am
Texas Tech's spring game was a success on both the attendance and recruiting fronts.  Stephen Spillman/A-J Media
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Texas Tech's spring game was a success on both the attendance and recruiting fronts.
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After four commitments during spring game weekend, Texas Tech’s 2014 recruiting class has leaped in the national rankings and tripled in size in the past week.

The Red Raiders are now 15th in 247sports.com rankings, up 26 spots and 17th in rivals.com rankings.

Tech is the second-ranked Big 12 school behind top-ranked Texas.

Other Big 12 schools in 247sports.com top 30 are TCU at 18th, Oklahoma 27th, Kansas State 29th and Baylor 30th.

Tech hosted more than two dozen recruits at Saturday’s spring game — the majority of which hold scholarship offers from several BCS programs.

The four commitments are:

■ Patrick Mahomes, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Whitehouse, a Class 4A school, just south of Tyler.

■ Ian Sadler, a wide receiver from Argyle, a Class 3A school between Denton and Fort Worth.

■ Cameron Batson, a 5-9, 165-pound receiver-return man from Oklahoma City Millwood.

■ Tevin Madison, a 5-11, 165-pound defensive back from Fayette County, Ala.

Mahomes is ranked as the No. 83 prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com and Batson is rated the No. 7 recruit in Oklahoma.

“I just love the coaching staff and how they kind of treat you like you are one of their own,” Mahomes said. “They love being there and will probably be there for a long time. The program is on the rise and the campus life is awesome. It just felt right.”

Last season, Mahomes completed 237 of 418 passes for 3,839 yards with 46 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed 107 times for 258 yards and six TDs. He led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record.

Not even hours after committing to Texas Tech, Mahomes was already trying to get some of the state’s top-talented players on board for the Red Raiders’ 2014 class.

“I want to bring in KD Cannon,” Mahomes said, referring to a Mount Pleasant wide receiver who is ranked among the top 10 recruits in Texas. “He’s from that East Texas area, too. I’ve played a game against him and I know him pretty well. I met several other guys at the game and I’ll be talking to them, too.”

Mahomes had favored the Red Raiders for some time after head coach Kliff Kingsbury told him in February he was Tech’s top quarterback target. Mahomes made his pledge a few hours after Batson chose Tech, and Madison made the call Sunday evening.

“Everything went real good,” Batson said. “I loved it a lot. I loved the atmosphere and the energy with the coaches. I decided to commit. Texas Tech was always high on my radar. They were number one. I just wanted to make sure that was the place I could spend my four years.”

Batson is from the same high school as former Tech wide receiver Tramain Swindall and former Red Raiders track all-American Gil Roberts. Last season, Batson caught 26 passes for 598 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 347 yards and four TDs. Playing defensive back, he made nine interceptions.

Batson hopes to line up at slot receiver for the Red Raiders and factor on kick returns and punt returns, he said.

“I love how much they throw the ball and how much I would be utilized in their offense,” Batson said. “That really stood out, and the energy of the coaching staff and the fans. That was the most fans they ever had at a spring game at Texas Tech.”

The Red Raiders graduated their entire starting 2012 secondary and will lose four more defensive backs after the 2013 season. Madison is the first defensive back commitment for 2014, a position where the Red Raiders will likely add several before signing day.

“I decided I just wanted to play at Tech,” Madison said. “It was mainly between Tennessee and Tech, and I visited Tennessee and just felt like I wanted to be at Texas Tech. I don’t have a date set yet for a visit, but I plan to check it out sometime this summer.”

Last season, Madison was credited with 65 tackles, five caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

“They said I can get some early playing time and help take their defense to the next level,” Madison said. “It will be a good situation for me because they throw the ball a lot in the Big 12 and I can get a lot of interceptions down there.”

The weekend commitments give the Red Raiders nine recruits for their 2014 class.

“We’re putting a good group together,” Batson said. “It will be hard to stop us. Once we put work in, we have a chance to be Big 12 champions and everything.”

The offense Mahomes runs at Whitehouse is similar to what Texas Tech runs, so he feels he will be able to adapt well.

“I actually talked to some of my coaches about adding some more of (Tech’s) stuff into our offense,” Mahomes said. “I can run it easily and then when I go to Tech it will be a good transition.”

Mahomes is a son of Pat Mahomes, a Lindale native who spent 11 years as a Major League baseball pitcher.

There is speculation that the pitcher’s son could be a first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft and never make it to campus, but he was quick to silence that notion.

“I want to go to college for sure and get an education,” Mahomes said. “It’s something my family and I have talked about.”

TEXAS TECH COMMITMENTS

The following players have made oral commitments to sign with Texas Tech. The national signing period begins Feb. 5.

■ Patrick Mahomes, 6-3, 180, QB, Whitehouse

■ Demarcus Felton, 5-7, 175, RB, Spring Dekaney

■ Justin Stockton, 5-9, 165, RB, Cibolo Steele

■ Jakari Dillard, 6-4, 183, WR, Whitehouse

■ Cameron Batson, 5-9, 165, IR, Oklahoma City Millwood

■ Ian Sadler, 5-11, 190, IR, Argyle

■ Deionte Noel, 6-3, 280, OT, Cibolo Steele

■ L.J. Collier, 6-3, 240, DE, Munday

■ Tevin Madison, 5-11, 165, DB, Fayette County, Ala.

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fantastic weekend! wreck em

fantastic weekend! wreck em Red Raiders!!

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It's a bit premature . . .

to get excited about this ranking. Most of the Big12 schools only have about four recruits compared to our nine so our ranking is inflated by numbers, not by quality of recruits. Our recruits are only two or three-star recruits.

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