Kliff Kingsbury and his staff had to hit the recruiting trail as soon as they got to Lubbock to address several needs in the 2013 class. After all was said and done, 22 scholarship newcomers joined the team this summer. Several have a chance to play right away in some capacity.
QB Baker Mayfield: Mayfield wanted to play for the Red Raiders bad enough that he chose to walk on at Texas Tech over scholarship offers from Washington State, Rice, New Mexico and Florida Atlantic. In a whirlwind development, he spent training camp competing for the starting job.
In two seasons at Lake Travis, Mayfield completed 427 of 658 passes for 6,197 yards and 69 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also rushed 214 times for 920 yards and 11 more scores. He was rated 84 overall and three-star by 247Sports.
QB Davis Webb: His senior year at Prosper, Webb completed 210 of 359 passes for 2,658 yards and 23 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also rushed 120 times for 589 yards and 12 more scores. Webb graduated high school a semester early to enroll at Texas Tech in January and battled Michael Brewer for the starting job in the spring. Webb is another option to be the opening-night starter.
Rated 87 overall and three-star by 247Sports, Webb chose Texas Tech over offers from TCU, Iowa, Indiana and others.
OLB Andre Ross: The standout from small-town Calvert was a late addition to Texas Tech’s 2013 class after discovering he had completed enough hours at Navarro College to transfer. He started camp second team behind Pete Robertson at the bandit outside linebacker position.
Rated a four-star recruit by the 247Composite ratings, Ross chose the Red Raiders over offers from TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, West Virginia and others.
RB-WR Tyler Middleton: The Red Raiders seem to have really hit on the recruits from Navarro College. Tech coaches think Middleton could help them as a backup running back, deep-threat wide receiver and on special teams.
In 2012 at Navarro, Middleton rushed 71 times for 898 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns. As a Midland High senior in 2010, Middleton rushed 214 times for 1,748 yards and 31 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 278 yards and two more scores.
Rated 81 overall by 247Sports, Middleton chose Tech over Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State.
WR D.J. Polite-Bray: Polite-Bray was the lowest-ranked of Texas Tech’s wide receiver signees by 247Sports, at 78 overall and two stars, but he’s the freshman receiver coaches mentioned the most during preseason camp. In addition to breakaway speed, Polite-Bray shows route-running ability. He’s competing for a backup spot behind wide receivers Eric Ward and Bradley Marquez.
Polite-Bray and two high school teammates, offensive lineman Josh Outlaw and linebacker Jacarthy Mack, all signed with Texas Tech out of MLK High School in Lithonia, Ga.
CB Dee Paul: The two-sport standout from Munday is in the mix to back up Bruce Jones or Ola Falemi at cornerback. Paul led Munday to a Class 1A state championship in 2012 and lost the title game in 2011.
As a senior quarterback, Paul threw for 1,579 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions, rushed 129 times for 1,959 yards and 32 more touchdowns, returned three kickoffss and two punts for touchdowns and on defense registered 57 tackles, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and eight interceptions. He also won 11 gold medals at the state track and field meet during his high school career.
Rated 86 overall by 247Sports, Paul chose Tech over Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Baylor and SMU.
Also watch for: Dorian Crawford, safety; Baylen Brown, center; Josh Outlaw, offensive tackle.