6-3, 215, QB, Whitehouse
Member of Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 list of the state’s top prospects. ... Named player of the year in Texas by The Associated Press. ... Threw for 4,597 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior with six interceptions. ... Threw for 3,839 yards and 46 TDs as a junior with nine interceptions. ... Also rushed for 1,201 yards and 21 TDs over the last two seasons. ... As a sophomore on varsity, intercepted five passes and recovered two fumbles. ... Is considered a potential pro baseball draft pick in June. ... Son of former Major League pitcher Pat Mahomes. ... Committed to Tech over offers from Oklahoma State, Houston and Rice.
Kliff Kingsbury says, “He’s a dynamic athlete. A three-sport star. A big-time Major League prospect in baseball. He’s a winner. You watch him play, and he willed his team to victories over and over. Very athletic. Great at extending plays.”
5-7, 179, RB, Spring Dekaney
Carried 252 times for 1,916 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior and carried 237 times for 1,708 yards and nine TDs as a senior. ... Named Class 5A second-team all-state after his junior season by the Associated Press Sports Editors. ... First-team all-District 13-5A as a senior. ... Committed to Tech in April.
Running backs coach Mike Jinks says, “Demarcus doesn’t have the same top-end speed as Justin (Stockton), but he is a great runner in between the tackles. He’s also very versatile. He really had to carry the load for Dekaney. He replaced a great back in (Texas A&M’s) Trey Williams at Dekaney and put up similar numbers.”
5-9, 180, RB, Cibolo Steele
Member of A-J Fabulous 44. ... Carried 160 times for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. Carried 200 times for 2,044 yards and 30 TDs as a junior. Carried 182 times for 2,169 yards and 38 TDs as a senior. ... District 28-5A most valuable player as a senior. ... Qualified for Class 5A state track meet as a junior and finished eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.83 seconds. ... Committed to Tech in January 2013. Also offered scholarships by Baylor, Boise State, Oklahoma and UCLA.
Cameron Batson, 5-9, 173, WR, Oklahoma City Millwood
Named Gatorade high school player of the year in Oklahoma. ... Played quarterback and cornerback on a team that went 14-1, losing in Class 2A state championship game. Passed for 2,137 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 1,338 yards and 19 TDs. ... Defensively, made nine interceptions as a junior and 10 as a senior, returning three for touchdowns. ... During junior year, caught 26 passes for 598 yards and six TDs and rushed for 347 yards and four TDs. ... Carries 4.0 grade-point average, ranks No. 1 in graduating class and is senior class president. ... Also offered scholarships by Arizona State, Kansas, Washington State and Tulsa.
Kliff Kingsbury says, “He’s just very elusive. He plays corner, plays quarterback, can play receiver, can do a little bit of everything. He’s a great athlete and, mentally, one of the more mature high school kids I’ve ever been around.”
Byron Daniels, 6-0, 180, WR,
San Antonio Madison
Member of A-J state Top 100 recruiting list. ... Made 47 receptions for 1,008 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, 47 receptions for 737 yards and 13 TDs as a junior and 72 catches for 1,128 yards and 12 TDs as a senior. ... First-team all-District 26-5A as a senior. Helped team go 11-4 and reached Class 5A Division I semifinals. ... Also offered scholarships by Houston, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
Running backs coach MIke Jinks says, “The thing that’s interesting about Byron is he could play all four (receiver positions). He’s big enough to play the Y (inside receiver). He’s fast enough to play outside. He’s elusive enough to play the H (slot) where Jakeem (Grant) plays. That’s the thing that’s very intriguing about him.”
6-4, 190, WR, Princeton
Member of A-J state Top 100 recruiting list. ... Made 31 catches for 461 yards and four TDs as a sophomore, 45 receptions for 557 yards and 12 TDs as a junior and 44 catches for 702 yards and 11 TDs as a senior. ... Three-time all-district first-team receiver for Class 3A school and twice an all-district punter. ... Committed to Tech in August 2012. ... Also offered scholarships by Arizona State, Illinois, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Texas and Syracuse. ... Son of former Oklahoma and NFL defensive lineman Stacey Dillard.
Co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris says, “He is a goal-line and vertical threat that has the length to create mismatches.”
5-10, 170, WR, Navarro College
Signed with Texas Tech last year and again in December after spending the fall semester at Navarro College and playing his freshman season. ... Caught 33 passes for 669 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. Named second-team all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference. ... Member of the Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 last year when he was a highly sought recruit out of Houston Bellaire High School. Received more than two dozen scholarship offers out of high school, including ones from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCLA
Co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris says, “Fast. Fast. Fast. Has big-play potential any time the ball is in his hands.”
Ian Sadler, 5-10, 194, IR, Argyle
A-J state Top 100 prospect. ... Two-time unanimous District 10-3A MVP. ... All-purpose player for Class 3A Division II state champions who finished 16-0 in 2013. Named Class 3A second-team all-state by the Associated Press Sports Editors. ... Rushed 133 times for 1,001 yards and 23 touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 665 yards and 12 TDs. ... As a junior, rushed 51 times for 382 yards and 15 TDs and caught 49 passes for 1,004 yards and 12 TDs. Team went 11-2. ... Caught 53 passes for 1,115 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore and 11 passes for 145 yards as a freshman. ... Also offered scholarships by Iowa State, Minnesota and North Texas.
Co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris says, “Jack of all trades. Has as good of football savvy and awareness of space as anyone in the nation.”
Shaquille Davis, 6-4, 320, OT, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College
Named first-team all-American on the JC Athletic Bureau/California Community College Football Coaches Association team. ... Graded out at 95 percent with 48 pancake blocks and 52 knockdowns. ... Also offered scholarships by California, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, Cincinnati, Fresno State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Florida Atlantic. ... Played offensive and defensive line at Pomona (Calif.) Claremont HS. Was credited with 67 tackles in three-year varsity career, including four sacks for a 7-4 team as a senior.
Offensive line coach Lee Hays says, “I love his personality and his flexibility. He can play tackle or guard, and we expect him to be an immediate impact.”
Robert Castaneda, 6-5, 318, OG, Round Rock
District 16-5A lineman MVP as a senior. Credited with 93 percent blocking grade with 49 pancake blocks and 68 knockdowns. ... First-team all-District 16-5A as a junior. ... Played tackle in high school, but projected as a guard by Tech line coach Lee Hays. ... Originally committed to Kansas State. Also offered scholarships by Houston, Purdue and TCU.
6-6, 276, OT, Belton
First-team all-District 8-5A as a senior. ... Ranked as top recruit in Central Texas by Waco Tribune-Herald. ... Also offered scholarships by Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU and Texas State.
Offensive line coach Lee Hays says, “Both (Murphy and Castaneda) have a little nastiness that I really like. They don’t just finish. They’re trying to finish with violence.”
Dominique Robertson, 6-5, 300, OT, Riverside (Calif.) City College
Top blocker on team that finished 10-2. Named all-California Region IV by the JC Athletic Bureau/California Community College Coaches Association. ... Graded out 96 percent last season, getting credit for 42 pancake blocks and 54 knockdowns. ... Originally committed to Kansas State. Also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Texas A&M, Washington State and West Virginia. ... Attended Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS. Named second-team all-Inland Area as a senior in 2011.
Rika Levi, 6-2, 379, DT,
College of San Mateo (Calif.)
Named defensive player of the year and first-team all-American on the JC Athletic Bureau/California Community College Football Coaches Association all-America team. ... Had a hand in 25 tackles during freshman year with seven tackles for loss and three sacks. Was in on 39 tackles as a sophomore, including 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. ... Chose Tech over Washington, Oregon, Missouri and Kentucky. ... Attended San Francisco South City High School, where he had six sacks for a 9-3 team as a senior.
Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. says, “He’s a very, very, very athletic big man. He has great feet and is extremely strong and very disruptive.”
Keland McElrath, 6-5, 290, DT, Coahoma (Miss.) CC
Was third on his team last season with 42 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. ... Also had scholarship offers from Kansas, Kentucky and West Virginia. ... Attended Ripley (Tenn.) High School.
Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. says, “He is a big, athletic kid that moves well and plays with a high motor.”
Marcus Smith, 6-3, 305, DT, Highland (Kan.) CC
Signed a financial aid agreement with Texas Tech in December, but is still attending spring-semester classes at his community college. ... Has two years to play two seasons. Received honorable mention all-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in 2013. Was credited with 49 tackles and 41/2 sacks. ... Also offered scholarships by Alabama-Birmingham, Western Kentucky and Temple. ... Attended Wadesboro (N.C.) High School.
Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. says, “He is very quick off the ball and has really good size and strength. He pursues the football from sideline to sideline.”
Brandon Thorpe, 6-5, 290, DT, Highland (Kan.) CC
Credited last season with 31 tackles, five caused fumbles and three sacks. ... Projected as a defensive tackle in Tech’s scheme. Has three years to play two seasons. ... Chose Tech over South Florida, Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas. ... Attended Tucker (Ga.) High School.
Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. says, “Brandon is long, athletic, quick off the ball and plays aggressive.”
Dakota Allen, 6-0, 220, ILB, Humble Summer Creek
Member of A-J state Top 100 recruits. ... Chosen by coaches as defensive MVP of District 19-4A as a senior. ... As a junior, was credited with 102 tackles with 10 tackles for loss. ... Had a dozen scholarship offers, most notably from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU.
Co-defensive coordinator MIke Smith says, “My favorite kid out of the whole class. He’s a smart, tough kid. Even when he wrestles, he’s intimidating.”
Connor Wilson, 6-1, 200, OLB, Argyle
Played safety in high school, but will play raider outside linebacker for Tech. ... Received Class 3A honorable mention all-state from the Associated Press Sports Editors after his senior season. ... As a junior, was credited with 126 tackles. Made eight interceptions, five pass breakups and four fumbles recoveries. ... Originally committed to Kansas State. Also offered scholarships by Houston, Minnesota, North Texas and SMU.
Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smth says, “A lot like Terrance Bullitt was when he came in. He’s a big, long, rangy kid. You watch his highlights, and he’s the kid that’s going to hit the heck out of you. He’s tough.”
Nigel Bethel II, 5-9, 173, CB,
Miami (Fla.) Washington
Ranked a national top 300 recruit by ESPN. ... Helped high school team to back-to-back state championships. Made 32 tackles as a senior with 13 pass breakups and two interceptions. ... Credited with 26 tackles and four interceptions his junior year. ... Committed to Miami before switching to Tech. ... Received scholarship offers from at least 19 programs, most notably Florida State, Tennessee, UCF, Duke, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Washington State, West Virginia and Utah. ... Also a top track athlete whose time of 21.13 seconds last spring ranked tied for 25th in the nation among wind-legal times.
Cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis says, “NIgel is one of the fastest players in the country. He plays with confidence, and I really think he can come in and play early.”
Michael Coley, 6-2, 192, CB, Irving
During senior year, was in on 33 tackles with three tackles behind line and an interception. ... Caught 43 passes for 611 yards. ... Had scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Louisiana Tech and Texas San Antonio.
Cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis says, “We loved the guy he was, the guy he is: the character, discipline, what the coaches said about him, the maturity. ... He does remind me of Justis (Nelson), but a little bit thicker right now.”
Tevin Madison, 5-10, 160, CB, Fayette County, Ala.
Intercepted five passes as a senior, returning one for a touchdown. Also caught 49 passes for 1,053 yards. ... First-team all-District 6-5A at wide receiver and cornerback. Projected by Tech coaches to play cornerback. ... Also had scholarship offers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Mississippi.
Cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis says, “He played all year with a torn tricep and gutted it out. He played with a big brace and still was very productive and made all-state.”
Derrick Dixon, 5-8, 195, S,
Member of A-J state Top 100 recruits. ... Named Class 5A second-team all-state after his junior season by the Associated Press Sports Editors. ... First-team all-District 9-5A as a senior. Made four interceptions and was credited with 76 tackles. ... Also offered scholarships by Rice, SMU, TCU, Utah, Washington State and West Virginia.
Co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris says, “Tough, instinctual player that we see developing into a leader on this defense.”
Jah’Shawn Johnson, 5-10, 172, S, Ennis
Member of A-J state Top 100 recruits. ... As a senior, compiled 114 tackles, seven interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. ... First-team all-District 15-4A as a junior. ... Also had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Washington and Washington State. ... Son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Keith Davis.
Safeties coach Trey Haverty says, “He comes from a great pedigree. He can really do it all — man cover and be physical.”
Payton Hendrix, 6-3, 190, S,
Dallas Bishop Dunne
Member of A-J state Top 100. ... Received scholarship offers from more than 20 schools. Among the most notable were Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Purdue and Washington.
Safeties coach Trey Haverty says, “Physical player. We love the kid. He has the passion to be great.”
Josh Keys, 6-2, 188, S,
Mississippi Gulf Coast College
Had 16 takles, two interceptions and three pass breakups in 2013 for an 8-2 team. ... Made 41 tackles and one interception in 2012. ... Has three years to play two seasons. ... As a senior at Seminary (Miss.) High School, carried 131 times for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Safeties coach Trey Haverty says, “He is a really athletic kid that we brought in to fix some immediate needs.”
Compiled by Don Williams