Sometime in the summer of 2015, the Texas Tech football team could have quite a competition for fastest man on the team.
Two of the nation’s fastest sprinters this year — Nigel Bethel II from Miami (Fla.) Washington and Corey Dauphine from Port Arthur Memorial — plan to be Tech football players. Bethel II, a cornerback, signed in February, and Dauphine, a running back, is committed to sign next February.
Dauphine won the Class 5A state title in the 200 meters Saturday in Austin in 20.76 seconds. Bethel, the Florida 2A state champion, posted a season best of 21.01.
Neither were wind-legal times, meaning recorded with no more than a 2.0 meters per second tailwind. Dauphine had a 2.8 mps helping him along at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Track calculators say a 20.76 with 2.8 mps wind equates to a 20.93 with zero wind.
Irrespective of wind, Dauphine’s raw time was second fastest in the nation this year. The fastest was a 20.68 that Texarkana Texas High’s Kevin Harris ran with a 6.5 mps tailwind April 26 at the Region II-4A meet.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Paul Lucas, also a top running back recruit, has the fastest wind-legal time this season at 20.84.
The Tech recruits’ best wind-legal times this season — a 21.10 for Bethel II, a 21.14 for Dauphine — have them ranked No. 11 and No. 14 in the nation, respectively, in the dyestat.com rankings.
Clearly, the speed is part of the package that makes both attractive football recruits.
Fastest man on campus, though, probably is beyond their reach. Trevor Mackey broke the Tech school record in the 200 on May 3, running a wind-legal 20.47. Mackey competed for his native Bahamas at the 2012 London Olympics.
Ravens drop Bullitt
Terrance Bullitt’s opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens was short-lived. After saying Saturday after the NFL draft he had agreed to terms with Baltimore, Bullitt tweeted Monday that the Ravens had reconsidered based on his injury history.
Bullitt wrote, “Although I passed my physical with the Baltimore Ravens I was told after further evaluations on my shoulder I was too high of a risk.”
He also wrote, “I appreciate all the support (and) I will wait patient(ly) to see what the next page in life is for me. My head is up and spirit is up. All I want is a shot to show that I’m fine and ready to play.”
Bullitt dealt with shoulder injuries each of his last three seasons with the Red Raiders, although he missed only four games in that time and was lauded by coaches for his toughness.
Former Tech cornerback Bruce Jones knows he’s not the biggest guy in the world at 5-foot-7 and 183 pounds, but figures his productivity on the field last year merits a look from pro teams.
As of Tuesday, he still hadn’t received it.
“I thought I would have gotten a call for sure, free agent,” Jones said. “Maybe getting drafted was a reach, but I feel like I’m deserving of a tryout, at least.”
Jones had 10 pass breakups last season and played a tenacious style, making some of his 50 tackles on run plays around the line of scrimmage. He had 31/2 tackles for loss.
But no invitations yet.
“I’m trying to see if, when this next wave gets invited, hopefully I’ll be amongst those,” he said. “So we’ll see.”
Ryan Erxleben is among those in the same boat. The former Tech punter said he heard from a few teams before the draft, but nothing since.
“It’s kind of a hard window of opportunity for specialists. That’s for sure,” Erxleben said. “If nothing happens, then I don’t have any regrets about anything, because I gave it my all, so it’s all good.”
Erxleben was the Red Raiders’ punter in 2009 and again from 2011-13. He posted a career average of 41.9 yards, including 43.0 last year.
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