Last week’s news of Beau Carpenter being dismissed from the football program made it even more important for Texas Tech to add another junior college offensive lineman to its 2014 recruiting class, and this weekend the Red Raiders did just that.
Riverside (Calif.) City College’s Dominique Robertson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle, pledged to the Red Raiders just one week after committing to Kansas State.
“I just like the people there,” Robertson said Monday. “I liked the coaching staff and the style of offense. I just liked everything about the weekend, and I felt like it would fit me better. I like the system better.”
Also working in the Red Raiders’ favor was the recent hire of special teams coordinator Darrin Chiaverini, who was formerly the associate head coach at Riverside.
“It wasn’t really a big factor like that,” Robertson said. “(Chiaverini) just said to come down and just check it out, but he said he would want me to do what’s best for me. I just liked it more, though.
“I think the program is definitely on the rise. We’re going to be somebody to be reckoned with in the Big 12.”
Robertson, who went to Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School, is a three-star recruit with an 85 grade from 247Sports. In addition to Tech and Kansas State, he also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Texas A&M, Washington State and West Virginia. He is expected to move to Lubbock in June.
He helped Riverside go 10-2 during the 2013 season.
With Carpenter’s departure, Tech will have at least one offensive line position up for grabs next season and maybe more. Tech also is awaiting a ruling on whether starting right tackle Rashad Fortenberry will receive a medical hardship waiver that would enable him to return in 2014.
Robertson said he was told by offensive line coach Lee Hays that he could come in and contribute.
“He told me I’ll be able to come in and compete, which I have no problem with,” Robertson said.
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The following players have signed with Texas Tech at mid-term or made oral commitments to the Red Raiders for the class of 2014. The national signing period for spring-semester graduates begins Feb. 5. Oral commitments are non-binding.
Signed at mid-term: Devin Lauderdale, 5-10, 175, WR, Navarro College/Houston Bellaire HS; Dontae Levingston, 6-5, 280, OG, Santa Monica (Calif.) College/Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne HS; Keland McElrath, 6-4, 290, DT, Coahoma (Miss.) Community College/Ripley (Tenn.) HS; Marcus Smith, 6-3, 315, DT, Highland (Kan.) Community College/Wadesboro (N.C.) HS; Josh Keys, 6-2, 191, DB, Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College/Seminary (Miss.) HS.
Oral commitments: Patrick Mahomes, 6-3, 180, QB, Whitehouse; Demarcus Felton, 5-7, 175, RB, Spring Dekaney; Justin Stockton, 5-9, 165, RB, Cibolo Steele; Cameron Batson, 5-8, 165, WR, Oklahoma City Millwood; Byron Daniels, 6-1, 168, WR, San Antonio Madison; Jakari Dillard, 6-4, 190, WR, Princeton; Ian Sadler, 5-11, 190, IR, Argyle; Justin Murphy, 6-6, 275, OT, Belton; Dominique Robertson, 6-5, 300, OT, Riverside (Calif.) City College/Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS; Robert Castaneda, 6-4, 315, OG, Round Rock; Deionte Noel, 6-3, 280, OG, Cibolo Steele; Brandon Thorpe, 6-5, 270, DE, Highland (Kan.) Community College/Tucker (Ga.) HS; Rika Levi, 6-2, 350, DT, College of San Mateo (Calif.)/South San Francisco HS; LaDarrius Kidd, 6-4, 315, DT, Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison; Dakota Allen, 6-0, 220, LB, Humble Summer Creek; Nigel Bethel, 5-9, 173, CB, Miami (Fla.) Washington; Jamarcus Howard, 5-11, 190, CB, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College/Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge HS; Tevin Madison, 5-11, 165, CB, Fayette County, Ala.; Joseph Clark, 5-9, 180, S, Tyler Chapel Hill; Derrick Dixon, 5-8, 186, S, Dallas Skyline; Jah’Shawn Johnson, 5-10, 172, S, Ennis; Payton Hendrix, 6-3, 190, S, Dallas Bishop Dunne; Connor Wilson, 6-1, 200, S, Argyle.