Texas Tech has been Dylan Cantrell’s favorite school for several months. On Saturday, Cantrell took another step toward firming up his future with the Red Raiders.
The 6-foot-3, 202-pound receiver from Whitehouse made an oral commitment at the annual Red-Black Game. Cantrell is coming off a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,414 yards and 21 touchdowns.
He came to Tech’s first junior day in late January.
“At that time, I got to see the campus and meet the coaches and everything,” Cantrell said. “I was real impressed with them. They’ve been at the top of my list ever since then. They were the first ones to really start recruiting me hard at the beginning of last season.
“I went and visited other schools. I never got the same feeling I did when I visited Tech that first time. I knew this is where I needed to be.”
Cantrell said he also has received scholarship offers from Rice, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Navy, Minnesota, Washington State, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He said he attended junior-day events at Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
“I feel that at Tech I’m going to get the best opportunity and be the most successful,” he said. “I like everything about the campus, the people in the town and the fan base. There’s not thing I found that I didn’t like.”
Cantrell was named Class 4A first-team all-state on the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors team and was a unanimous all-District 14-4A selection. Whitehouse finished 5-6.
Cantrell was a varsity starter at safety as a sophomore. He switched back to receiver, a position he’s played since junior high, last season.
Whitehouse coaches use Cantrell as an outside receiver in a spread offense, but Cantrell said Tech coaches want to convert him to inside receiver.
“They said they’re looking for a bigger, more athletic inside guy so we could one-on-one with a linebacker and be able to beat them,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell is Tech’s fifth pledge for the 2013 class. The national signing period begins Feb. 6. The Red Raiders have to hold on to him for nearly a year, but Cantrell said that won’t be a problem.
“I’ve always known that when I made my decision, I’m going to stick with it,” he said. “I’m not going to be one of those guys that jumps around to different places. My mind’s pretty made up at this point.”
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