LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Texas Tech shored up its thin roster at quarterback by signing one of the state’s best high school players in 2013.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury added 25 players Wednesday, including three junior college players who enrolled last month.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of a former pro baseball player, threw for 3,587 yards with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions last season. In December he was named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors football player of the year.
Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer and Clayton Nicholas have left the program. Mayfield and Davis Webb, who looks to be the top quarterback going into spring, split starts last season.
Texas Tech was also looking to bolster its defense after giving up more than 200 yards rushing per game in 2013.
Texas Tech’s 2014 football signees announced Wednesday:
Dakota Allen, lb, 6-2, 228, Summer Creek HS, Humble, Texas
Cameron Batson, wr, 5-8, 175, Millwood HS, Oklahoma City
Nigel Bethel II, db, 5-8, 168, Booker T Washington HS, Miami
Robert Castaneda, ol, 6-5, 318, Round Rock (Texas) HS
Michael Coley, db, 6-3, 185, Irving (Texas) HS
Byron Daniels, wr, 6-0, 180, Madison HS, San Antonio
Shaquille Davis, ol, 6-4, 320, Mt. San Antonio College (Calif.)
Jakari Dillard, wr, 6-4, 180, Princeton (Texas) HS
Derrick Dixon, db, 5-10, 195, Skyline HS, Dallas
Demarcus Felton, rb, 5-7, 179, DeKaney HS, Houston
Payton Hendrix, db, 6-3, 191, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas
Jah’Shawn Johnson, db, 5-10, 170, Ennis (HS) Texas
Josh Keys, db, 6-2, 180, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Devin Lauderdale, wr, 5-11, 170, Navarro College (Texas)
Rika Levi, dl, 6-2, 350, College of San Mateo (Calif.)
Tevin Madison, db, 5-10, 160, Fayette County (Ala.) HS
Patrick Mahomes, qb, 6-3, 215, Whitehouse (Texas) HS
Keland McElrath, dl, 6-6, 290, Coahoma CC (Miss.)
Justin Murphy, ol, 6-6, 290, Belton (Texas) HS
Dominique Robertson, ol, 6-5, 300, Riverside CC (Calif.)
Ian Sadler, wr, 5-10, 194, Argyle (Texas) HS
Marcus Smith, dl, 6-3, 305, Highland CC (Kan.)
Justin Stockton, rb, 5-9, 180, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas
Brandon Thorpe, dl, 6-5, 275, Highland CC (Kan.)
Connor Wilson, db, 6-2, 205, Argyle (Texas) HS
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