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Texas Tech 2014 recruiting class breakdown: Receivers

Lauderdale, Sadler lead impressive group

Posted: January 19, 2014 - 8:27pm  |  Updated: January 20, 2014 - 1:13am
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From now until signing day in February, the Avalanche-Journal and Wreckem247.com will take a look at what Texas Tech has committed at each position and how those players might work into the mix next season.

Today’s analysis is on the receiving corps.




Height: 5-10

Weight: 175

2013 season: Lauderdale caught 33 passes for 669 yards and six touchdowns.


■ Re-signed with Texas Tech Dec. 18; mid-term enrollee

■ Originally signed with Texas Tech out of Houston Bellaire High School with the 2013 recruiting class

■ Rated 87 overall, 12th best junior-college receiver by 247Composite, seventh best juco prospect in Texas

■ Named second-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference

■ First-Team all-District 20-5A in 2012

■ District 20-5A offensive most valuable player in 2012

■ Chose Texas Tech over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Nebraska and many others out of high school.

■ Committed to Texas Tech on Feb. 14, 2012, under the old coaching staff.

■ De-committed because of the coaching change, re-committed to inside receivers coach Eric Morris on Jan. 27, 2013.

Chose Texas Tech because ...

“I feel like it was in God’s plan for me to go to JUCO, but I feel great that I’m going to be there now,” Lauderdale recently told WreckEm247. “It’s not a feeling that I can explain but I’m very excited to be there with my new family. I’m very excited to finally get to play.”

Red Raider impact

Despite losing top receivers Jace Amaro — who declared for the NFL draft — and Eric Ward, the Red Raiders always seem to successfully reload at receiver, plugging in players in who step up to the occasion and produce results. Lauderdale’s speed and play-making abilities alone will make him a contender to fill the outside receiver spot vacated by Ward. Lauderdale compares his speed and running ability to that of inside receiver Jakeem Grant and plays with a chip on his shoulder because of his size.

During last year’s Recruiting Review, the coaches told a story of inside receivers coach Eric Morris displaying his dance skills during an in-home visit with Lauderdale, in an almost-last-minute effort to keep him headed to Texas Tech. Whatever Morris did, it worked.





Height: 5-11

Weight: 190

2013 season: Sadler rushed 133 times for 1,001 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught 38 passes for 665 yards and 12 touchdowns and completed 10 of 18 passes for 144 yards. He also returned four punts for touchdowns, including one in the state championship game.

■ Rated 85 overall; 94th best receiver by 247Composite, 76th best prospect in Texas

■ Associated Press Class 3A second-team All-State

■ Class 3A Division II state championship most valuable player

■ Unanimously chosen as District 10-3A’s most valuable player

■ Ranked No. 38 in Dallas Morning News’ Dallas-area Top 100 prospects

■ Scored four of Argyle’s five touchdowns in the state championship.

■ Had more than 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore and again as a junior.

■ Chose Texas Tech over Iowa State, Minnesota and North Texas.

■ Committed to Texas Tech on April 20, the day of the spring game

■ Teammate to Tech safety commitment Connor Wilson

■ Former teammate to Tech offensive lineman Trey Keenan

Chose Texas Tech because ...

“Ever since the junior day I came to, I’ve wanted to go to school here,” Sadler told WreckEm247 the day he committed. “I’ve visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, North Texas, SMU, and Tulsa, and I’ve talked to some other schools, but nothing compared to how coaches treated me from Tech.”

Red Raider impact

Sadler has drawn comparisons to former Tech inside receivers Wes Welker and Danny Amendola because of the way he plays. He’s competitive, tough and loves football. Also like those two, he’s a major threat as punt returner. The Red Raiders looked at several options at punt returner in 2013 and never seemed to find a sure fit. Don’t be surprised to see Sadler compete for the punt returner position immediately. Texas Tech isn’t exactly hurting for receiver depth, but don’t be surprised to see Sadler make a case for early playing time at inside receiver, either.






Height: 5-9

Weight: 165

2013 season: Batson accounted for more than 55 touchdowns. At quarterback, he passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,200 yards. He’s returned four punts for touchdowns, intercepted 10 passes as a defensive back and returned three of those for touchdowns.


■ Rated 86 overall; 124th best receiver by 247Composite, 11th best prospect in Oklahoma

■ Oklahoma Gatorade player of the year

■ The Oklahoman’s first-team all-state

■ Chose Texas Tech over offers from Arizona State, Kansas and Washington State

■ Ranked No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA

■ Led Millwood to a 14-0 start before losing the state championship in the final minutes.

■ Committed to Texas Tech on April 21, following the spring game

■ Cousin of former Texas Tech wide receiver Tramain Swindall

Chose Texas Tech because ...

“I love how much they throw the ball and how much I would be utilized in their offense,” Batson told WreckEm247 in April. “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.”

Red Raider Impact

Scoring multiple touchdowns on all three sides of the football in 2013, Batson is a threat to score anytime he has the ball in his hands. He’s quick and dangerous in space. As an inside receiver, Batson will get looks on reverses, screens and short passes to give him an opportunity to create a play. While the Red Raiders aren’t hurting for depth at receiver, if Batson shows up polished and can make the adjustment from Oklahoma 2A football to the Big 12, he could see the field early. He could also factor in to the return game.





Height: 6-4

Weight: 190

2013 season: Dillard caught 44 passes for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.


■ Rated 87 overall; 88th best receiver by 247Sports, 81st best prospect in Texas.

■ Rated No. 50 in Dallas Morning News’ area Top 100 propsects

■ Named first-team all-District 12-3A in 2012.

■ Chose Texas Tech over offers from Arizona State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Illinois and others.

■ Committed to Tech on Aug. 9, 2012, making him the first commitment for the 2014 class

■ Son of former Oklahoma and NFL defensive lineman Stacey Dillard

Chose Texas Tech because ...

“I chose them because I thought I had a better chance to play and go to the next level after that,” Dillard told WreckEm247 in 2012. “I like how they throw the ball a lot. Their receivers get a lot of catches. Michael Crabtree, he was very explosive and had good speed and made good plays. He was a big game-changer.”

Red Raider Impact

At 6-foot-4, Dillard has a size advantage against nearly all defensive backs in the Big 12. His height also makes him a prime target across the middle and in the red zone. He lacks top-end breakaway speed, but several past Red Raiders have succeeded despite that. In high school, Dillard played in a run-first offense, but still accounted for more than 700 receiving yards. It could take Dillard time to adjust to the Red Raiders’ up-tempo style of play, and analysts at 247Sports believe it’s unlikely he’ll see the field in 2014.





Height: 6-1

Weight: 168 pounds

2013 season: Daniels caught 72 passes for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns.

■ Rated 85 overall; 98th best receiver by 247Composite, 78th best prospect in Texas

■ Caught 94 passes for 1,745 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 combined.

■ Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State honorable mention

■ First-team all-District 26-5A

■ Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state honorable mention in 2012.

■ Chose Texas Tech over offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Minnesota and others.

■ Committed to Texas Tech on May 7.

Chose Texas Tech because ...

“Just how much they’ve been coming at me, and just how much I love their coaching staff,” Daniels told WreckEm247 in May. “They took me in as if I was family. (Running backs coach Mike Jinks) was telling me I would play outside. He was telling me how I would be able to catch 100 or more balls at that position. I would come out and help the team right away.”

Red Raider Impact

Daniels runs crisp routes and is pretty sure-handed for an incoming freshman. Daniels will begin his career at outside receiver and his ability to create separation could help him make a push for playing time.

With a solid, well-rounded receiving class coming in to add to what the Red Raiders already have on campus, there simply isn’t enough immediate playing time to go around. The top two or three players from this group who separate themselves in the fall could see the field early, while the others will likely be saved for the future.

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good stuff

Excellent piece, Landon. Thank you.


This is the problem with recruiting for the ...

'air-raid'. The teams that win big consistently can run the ball (o-line) and play defense. We have not had adequate depth on the o-line for years, and the overall talent has declined every year since 2008.

And our defense cannot stop the run or put consistent pressure on opposing QB's. Recruiting 3 extra guys to redshirt, at a position of strength, is pure folly that will lead to a lot of 7-5.


We should be recruiting the best receivers in the country

It's what we do and one of those kids could be a fantastic punt returner for us next year which we need. As far as the OL, we have 4 coming in with 1 more on the fence so we could be looking at 5 OL. We also have 4 DL coming in as well. I don't think that is too bad. Looks to be a pretty well rounded class.


I agree 100%, we SHOULD be!!

And none of these guys are rated any higher than the 88th best receiver prospect in the country. 2 or 3 COULD play some IF they separate themselves. Otherwise, none of them are good enough to contribute next year. That doesn't sound like the best to me. We just had 2 former Red Raider RECEIVERS on national tv in championship games, and we can attract only the 88th best receiver prospect? With the amount of times we throw? And with another current TTU receiver projected to be a high draft choice? (Amaro


Uh, Pete.....

The thing Leach teams did first was play offensive line. Guess you missed it.


Hey Pete

Remember, Wes Welker wasn't considered a highly rated prospect either!!


@ opinions

2008 would be a Leach team. Guess I did not miss that after all. I never said he did not recruit OL. I said "run the ball ..." , which we did not do well THIS year. I did not bring up former coaches. That is you two continually living in the past.


hey sraider

The post said "We should be recruiting the best wide receivers in the country" , and I said "I agree 100%". That is not negative.

I notice you did not provide a fact. Would you please name the 4-star receiver. The above article (which is what we, but not you, are talking about) only mentions the 88th best receiver propect (not 88th best prospect, but REC prospect). Again, for those of you who are slow and both got your 'facts' wrong, we are not talking about guys who played or coached 10 years ago.

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