Feb. 6, 1997
Texas Tech Announces Signing of 25 Football Players
Dykes confident team needs have been filled, cites recent success
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head football coach Spike Dykes announced the signing of 25 players to national letters of intent during the first day of college football's annual NCAA signing period today.
"We always look forward to this day with a great deal of anxiety," Dykes said. "This is what it's all about really. How you recruit determines a great deal how you play. There's no doubt about it, better players make better coaches out of everybody. So naturally this is an interesting day for us. We start off with some basic needs early in the recruiting process. We felt like we needed to address those. A lot of people don't understand I guess about football. I hear a lot of people questioning about why you take safeties. We happen to play a defense that has got five safeties in it to start with. So its pretty obvious that we need some safeties if we're going to play defense. So we had a run on safeties because those are usually the best athletes on thedefensive side of the football. Most high school coaches that I've been around like for the best player to be in the middle of the defense which is the safety position.
"We turn right around to the offensive lineman. We lost five seniors on the offensive line this year so we really had a lot of needs in that area too. So I think that is what we approach to start out. From there it looked like we wanted to have a year where we generally took a tight end, a quarterback, a fullback, a tailback, a wide receiver, right on down the row. That's what you would like to do as far as the mix is concerned. Basically that's what we did.
"This class is better academically than any class we've had in a long time, maybe ever. I think it is probably the most talented class we've had. I was asked earlier today what we base that on and I think probably where it all starts is with the positive reinforcement that our administration has given us this whole year. I think that bleeds over into everything that has happened.
"I think the next thing has got to be the fan base. We've had great fans this year. They've been extremely enthusiastic. Most of these guys that we've signed came to football games and when they come to home football games and they see the kind of crowds that we have it has a big impact. There was a lot of electricity in the air, a great cross section of the student body. I think these things all perpetuate positive reinforcement and what you are trying to get done. And then the people that showed them around did an excellent job. We have a lot of people that give up valuable time. We have professors on our campus that every week come out and spend Saturday with our prospects and answer academic questions. These professors don't get paid much for this. They get a hot lunch somedays, somedays it's a cold lunch. That's about all they get and yet they give up the one day they have off and that's where it all starts. The Red Raider Recruiters, these girls that we have that show these guys around, they give up there weekends when their friends are off skiing and having a good time and they're showing around recruits. That's a thankless job and a tireless job. Then the Saddle Tramps do the same thing. Then our football players. They all have a recruit to host and they show somebody around. These people really have to be unselfish for you to function. It sounds like it's one of those mutual admiration societies where your just thanking everybody but honest to goodness if you recruit good you have to have all these things. You can't do it without them. It's really a team deal and takes everybody pulling the same direction.
The class has got some outstanding football players in it. Probably the most interesting class we've had. Probably the best by prognosticators. Whether you do good or not depends a lot on how good your selection process was when you started. We worked a long time last spring on trying to get these guys ranked. That is the hardest thing to do from our standpoint. How do you take a guy from Port Arthur and rank him against a guy from Denison, a guy from El Paso and a guy from Corpus Christi that all play the same position. That is the hardest part of all. the level of competition is different. You can't go time 'em. You can't go do the things pro's do. So that gets to be the big process that matters and we worked awful hard last year to try to develope a formula and try to get some consistency in what we were doing. You're dealing with twenty-five to twenty-eight guys and that is a lot different than maybe a basketball squad where you're dealing with three or four recruits. The whole process to being successful is to make sure that your selection process is good.
"We've got more players in West Texas. If our calculations are correct we have more players this year that we recruited in this part of the country than probably in the last ten years. So that's always good. We got all of those guys or we got most of those guys and most of those guys came to games this year. So what I mentioned earlier is involved and that is the positive reinforcement that they saw when they were on this campus.
"I think the Big 12 has been a big factor and I can't speak for Baylor and A&M and Texas but I can speak for us and I think we had fewer guys leave this state to go to other conferences. There was a time here when we lost a lot of blue-chip football players because they wanted to play in a conference that had a bit more luster than the Southwest Conference. The perception of the SWC had gotten to the point that it wasn't highly regarded throughout the nation.. When you are in that kind of situation, you lose a lot of players that just leave to get out of the conference. Our perception as far as the Big 12, is excellent. I think the Big 12 brought a lot of excitement to the table and, certainly, it gave a lot of guys a lot of things to look forward to in playing in thae Big 12. Then, it was just a matter of trying to put the square pegs in the square holes. We did a pretty good job of doing that. We've had just three days off since August. That is something that people tend to forget.
"This class is something to get excited about. I have never heard a coach get up in a particular situation like this and say 'boy we had a horrible day.' Everybody is fired-up abouta who they go, I understand that. I really am excited. I will take a paralyzed oath about that"
1997 Texas Tech Football Signee BiosAntwan Alexander
5-11, 180, Fr, DB, Midland, Texas / Lee H.S.
A first-team all-state selection as a senior ... an all-district selection as a junior and senior and was selected to the all-West Texas super team as a senior ... recorded 64 tackles, eight interceptions, two caused fumbles and five special teams tackles as a senior ... also split time at quarterback as a junior ... listed as one of the top 55 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... listed as one of the top 100 players in the state by the Dallas Morning News ... a member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 and listed by the A-J as the second-best prospect in the South Plains region ... a top 50 selection by the Waco Tribune-Herald and a member of the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55 ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... coached in high school by John Parchman ... says Parchman - "Antwan has great quickness, size and height for a corner. He can play man-to-man coverage on the corner and is big enough to come up to the line and help stop the run."Jason Coffey
5-11, 215, RB, Fr, Mesquite, Texas / North H.S.
Suffered a late season-ending internal injury and did not play in the playoffs ... a member of the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44, Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100, Dallas Morning News Top 100 ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... ... rushed for 1,483 yards and 16 TDs as a senior before suffering an internal injury against South Garland in the state playoffs ... named the District 9-5A MVP and was a third-team all-state selection as a senior ... District player of the year and second-team all-state as a junior ... rushed for 2,250 yards and 31 TDs as a junior ... coached in high school by Mark Elam ... says Elam - "Jason is a tough, hard-nosed, all-purpose back. I really think his personality will make him a perfect fit at Texas Tech."Jamaal Crisp
6-1, 195, QB, Fr, Dallas, Texas / Carter H.S.
Injured in the second quarter of Carter's season-opener last season and did not participate in the remainder of his senior season ... underwent reconstructive surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament ... a top 100 prospect by the Dallas Morning News, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Waco Tribune-Herald ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... Listed as one of the top 65 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... completed eight of 11 passes with two TDs prior to the injury ... was an all-district 11-5A selection as a junior ... rushed for 465 yards and 10 TDs on 49 attempts as a junior ... completed 74 of 93 passes for 2,117 yards and 18 TDs with only four interceptions as a junior ... coached in high school by Bruce Chambers ... says Chambers - "Looking at Jamaal Crisp is like looking at Robert Hall plus about 20 to 25 pounds. He is a little bit faster and he throws the same kind of pass Robert throws. He fits in with Texas Tech's offense very well. He is a fine passer who reads defenses well."Derek Dorris
6-2, 185, DB, Fr, Azle, Texas / Azle H.S.
An all-state selection and district MVP as a junior and senior ... named first-team all-district at both wide receiver and defensive back last two seasons ... a Fab 55 selection by the Austin American-Statesman and one of the top 50 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... listed as a Top 100 selection by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald ... Listed as one of the top 44 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... moved from wide receiver to running back midway though the season ... has 12 career interceptions ... as a senior, rushed for 950 yards and 10 TDs, caught 37 passes for 700 yards and seven TDs and returned two punts for TDs ... also competes in track in the high hurdles, long jump, triple jump and high jump ... coached in high school by Buddy Brock ... says Brock - "Derek has really good football instincts. He is a striker. He's always looking to hit somebody."Paul Erickson
6-5, 255, OL, Fr, Arlington, Texas / Martin H.S.
A first-team all-district 8-5A selection and was honored as a first-team all-area selection by the Arlington Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News ... one of the Top 100 recruits in the state, according to the Dallas Morning News ... coached in high school by I.C. Little ... says Little - "Paul is a great young man. He made a 1300 on his SAT so he brings an intelligent factor to the football field. He runs a legitimate 4.7 in the 40 so he can lineup and run with the backs and receivers and he has an awful lot of talent."Rick Fielder
6-4, 290, OT, JC-Tr, Powhatan, Va. / Mt. San Jacinto JC
Enrolled at Texas Tech for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... an honorable mention junior college All-America selection ... blocked for the leading rusher in the California junior college system ... was a junior college all-state and all-league selection ... spent four years in the marines prior to attending Mt. San Jacinto Junior College ... coached in junior college by Bob Stangel ... says Stangel - "Rick is an outstanding young man. He carries a 3.3 grade point average, so he exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about. It will be our loss and Texas Tech's gain."Stoney Garland
6-6, 285, DT, JC-Tr, Plains, Texas / Navarro JC
Listed as one of the top 100 junior college players in the nation by Superprep ... a two-time all-conference selection ... a 1994 graduate of Plains High School ... an all-state selection and two-time all-district honoree ... also participated in basketball and track ... coached in junior college by Keith Thomas ... says Thomas - "Matt Heider
6-4, 256, OL, Fr, Roswell, NM. / Goddard H.S.
A first-team all-state and all-district selection ... selected to participate in the New Mexico North-South all-star game ... listed by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as one of the top 15 prospects in the South Plains region ... helped high school team to a 9-4 record and Class 4A state quarterfinal apperance ... played left tackle ... coached in high school by Sam Jernigan ... father, Bob, is Goddard's offensive coordinator ... says Jernigan - "Having talked to the Tech coaches, I think Matt is a perfect fit for what they are looking for. He has the intelligence and is very coachable. He is the kind of player who does it as you teach it. He has worked hard and that is why he is in the position he is in."Sam Hooks
6-4, 220, LB, Fr, Cameron, Texas / Yoe H.S.
A first-team all-state selection and district 18-3A MVP as a senior ... earned all-district honors at tight end, linebacker and defensive back ... listed as one of the top 70 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... a member of the Top 100 by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Waco Tribune-Herald ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... led team in tackles with 84 solo and 134 total ... has 12 tackles for loss ... recorded 236 tackles in two seasons ... district newcomer of the year as a freshman at Eastland and a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore at Merkel ... coached in high school by Randy Sapp ... says Sapp - "Sam is a very dedicated worker. He is a quality person as well as a great athlete. His dad is a coach so he has been around football all his life and would be a great addition to any program."J.P. Jansen
6-3, 210, TE, Fr, Buda, Texas / Hays Consolidated
A two-time all-district 28-4A selection and an honorable-mention all-state honoree ... recorded 10 catches for 143 yards and one TD, in addition to two two-point conversions ... caught one pass for 15 yards in state championship game ... hauled-in crucial 21-yard pass in state semifinal game ... an academic all-district selection as a junior and senior ... coached in high school by Bob Shelton ... says Shelton - "J.P. is a great blocker. I don't think there is a better blocking tight end in the state. He will continue to get bigger and better. J.P. is a hard worker who takes a lot of pride in what he does."Kris Kocurek
6-5, 240, OL/DL, Fr, Caldwell, Texas / Caldwell H.S.
A Class 3A all-state selection and the district 19-3A most valuable player ... first-team all-district on both offense and defense as a junior and senior ... listed as one of the top 100 players in the state as an offensive lineman by the Dallas Morning News ... A member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 as a defensive lineman and listed by the Waco Tribune-Herald as a top 100 pick ... coached in high school by Norman Cobb.Devin Lemons
6-3, 220, LB, Fr, Pampa, Texas / Pampa H.S.
A first-team Class 4A all-state selection as a senior and a three-time defensive all-district honoree ... also earned offensive all-district honors twice ... listed as one of the top 60 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... a top 100 selection by the Dallas Morning News, Texas Football, Waco Tribune-Herald and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... a Fab 55 selection by the Austin American-Statesman and a registered 68 tackles, three sacks and a 70-yard fumble return for a TD ... missed the first three games of the regular season with a broken jaw ... also caught 25 passes for 431 yards and five TDs at tight end ... led school to 22-5-1 record with him in the lineup ... led a defense that allowed just 7.3 points and 131.4 yards per game ... coached in high school by Dennis Cavalier ... says Cavalier - "Devin is a consummate team player as well as a great athlete. He will be a great addition to the team chemistry."Jason May
6-4, 276, OL/DL, Fr, Odessa, Texas / Permian H.S.
An honorable mention all-state selection and two-time district 4-5A honoree ... a second-team all-district selection on defense as a senior ... recorded 29 tackles, caused one fumble and had two sacks and 14 quarterback hurries in limited action on defense ... holds Odessa Permian school records in bench press (365), power clean (34), incline press (340) and total weight (1,545) ... listed as one of the top 100 players in the state by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... fourth on the A-J's top 15 prospects in the South Plains listings ... coached in high school by Randy Mayes ... says Mayes - "Jason is the strongest man in the history of Odessa Permian football. He has great work habits. He is very loyal and is a great team player."Dan Martin
6-1, 300, OL, JC-Tr, Las Vegas, Nev. / College of the Desert
A two-time all-Foothills Conference selection ... played in the junior college All-American all-star game in Minnesota ... a 1995 graduate of Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... coached in junior college by Steve Dostal ... says Dostal - "Dan is a physical player and he is very conciensious. Winning is very important to him and he has the physical tools to play for Texas Tech or just about anybody in the country, for that matter. He is shorter than most people would like, but he is very strong and has good lower body flexibility. He can get low and into a nice leverage position. He also works hard in the classroom."John Norman
6-2, 180, DB, Fr, Midland, Texas / Lee H.S.
A Parade All-America selection as a senior and a two-time first-team all-state honoree .. named the state defensive MVP by the Associated Press ... listed as the fourth-best defensive back in the nation and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Texas by Superprep ... listed as one of the top 100 players in the state by the Dallas Morning News and a top 30 pick by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... named the top prospect in the South Plains region by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and a member of the A-J Fabulous 44 and the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55 ... listed by The Sporting News as one of the top 15 defensive backs in the nation ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... a Student Sports Magazine All-America selection ... two-time district 4-5A defensive MVP and all-West Texas super team member ... recorded 80 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... also recorded 15 special teams tackles ... led Lee H.S. with 16 catches for 562 yards and six TDs, including one rushing TD, as a senior ... registered 21 career interceptions ... coached in high school by John Parchman ... says Parchman - "John is certainly a blue-chipper. I believe he will contribute quickly to Texas Tech's program."Anthony Patricio
6-4, 310, OG, JC-Tr, Van Nuys, Calif. / LA Valley JC
Enrolled at Texas Tech for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... a first-team all-West State selection at offensive tackle ... received the LA Valley JC Monarch Award given for academics, athletics and citizenship ... weight lift total, combining bench press, clean lift and squad, is 1,140 pounds ... coached in junior college by Jim Fenwick ... says Fenwick - "Anthony has got a couple of key ingredients that make him a very attractive prospect. He is a big guy who can carry his weight well and perform at a high athletic level. He has been exposed to all facets of offensive line play in our offense."Dorian Pitts
6-2, 185, DB, Fr, Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
Listed as one of the top 10 players in the South Plains by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... a member of the second-team all-state squad as a senior ... an all-district 3-5A selection as a junior and senior and was all-South Plains as a senior ... recorded 71 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior ... blocked two punts, both returned for TDs, in a playoff game against Midland Lee ... coached in high school by Buster Leaf ... says Leaf - "I think Dorian has a great chance to be an impact player. He is very physical and very football smart."Robert Richardson
6-2, 230, DE/LB, Fr, Dallas, Texas / Carter H.S.
A first-team all-district 11-5A selection as a senior and a second-team honoree as a junior ... played defensive end in high school ... listed as one of the top 100 prospects in the state by the Dallas Morning News ... coached in high school by Bruce Chambers ... says Chambers - "Robert is a kid that can run. He has the ability to be all over the field and he is really aggressive. He is going to fit in with Texas Tech's tradition of great linebackers."Dominic Rhodes
5-9, 190, RB, Fr, Abilene, Texas / Cooper H.S.
Led Cooper High School to the Class 5A Division II state championship game as a senior ... rushed for 2,193 total yards on 323 carries and compiled 3,577 all-purpose yards as a senior with 25 total TDs ... listed as one of the top 100 prospects in the state as the Dallas Morning News and a top 30 pick by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... also a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... a member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 and the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55 ... listed as one of the top 50 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 TDs in six post-season games as a senior ... rushed for over 200 yards and a TD in the championship contest ... returned 47 kicks for 1,006 yards and four TDs ... coached in high school by Randy Allen ... says Allen - "I believe Dominic is the best running back in the state. He has great speed and size and he still has room for improvement."Cole Roberts
6-5, 235, TE, Fr, Shallowater, Texas / Shallowater H.S.
Honored as the district 5-2A offensive MVP and first-team all-district selection as a defensive end as a senior ... named all-South Plains ... three-time first-team all-district as tight end ... recorded 50 receptions for 834 yards and 11 TDs as a senior ... also registered 121 total tackles, 14 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and one interception ... a member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Fabulous 44, as well as the Dallas Morning News top 100 and the Waco Tribune-Herald's top 50 ... also listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 and a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... called the "best pure receiving tight end in Texas" and is rated the 31st-best player in the Southwest and the 12th-best tight end in the nation by Superprep ... named a Superprep All-America selection ... listed as the third-best prospect in the South Plains region by the A-J ... father, Donald, played on the 1976 Red Raider team that won 10 games and lettered from 1974-76 ... coached in high school by Keith Kitchens ... says Kitchens - "Cole has a lot of potential to be a big time receiver. He has great speed and great hands."Shane Roberts
6-5, 285, OT, JC-Tr, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Scottsdale CC
Enrolled at Texas Tech for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... a two-time first-team all-Arizona Conference and all-southwest region selection ... state powerlifting champion in the heavyweight division in 1996 ... a 1995 graduate of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... a first-team all-city selection ... also played basketball as a prep ... high school coach was Gary Mauldin ... coached in junior college by Ken Giovando.David Simmonds
5-10, 175, WR, New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels H.S.
A multi-talented player that was an all-district 26-5A selection at wide receiver and running back ... caught 28 passes for 315 yards and 3 TDs as a senior ... recorded 637 yards rushing and six TDs on 134 attempts ... averaged 35.9 yards as a punter ... played some quarterback as a junior and completed 26 of 56 attempts ... recorded 1,127 all-purpose yards as a junior ... competed in four events in track and field and was a regional qualifier in the long jump and 400-meter relay ... a three-time academic all-district selection ... attended Texas Tech's football camp last summer ... coached in high school by Tim Kingsbury ... says Kingsbury - "David has a lot of integrity and character so he will keep that tradition going at Texas Tech. He is a solid individual and is a very knowledgeable football player."Anthony Terrell
5-10, 171, DB/LB, Houston, Texas / Madison H.S.
An all-Greater Houston and all-district 17-5A selection as a senior ... named the district defensive player of the year ... earned team's defensive player of the year, MVP, most valuable defensive back and big hitter awards ... registered 118 total tackles, six interceptions, six caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries as a senior .. listed by Superprep as one of the top 35 prospects in the Southwest ... Listed as one of the top 100 prep players in the state by the Dallas Morning News ... a member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 and a top 50 pick by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... a member of the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55 and a member of the Texas Football Top 75 ... recorded seven interceptions as a junior to go with 124 total tackles ... also earned team's big hitter award as a junior ... first-team all-district as a junior ... coached in high school by Ray E. Seals ... says Seals - "Anthony will bring enthusiasm and a hitting, aggressive attitude to the Texas Tech program. He is a winner and is a smart kid who is going to stay eligible and graduate. Anthony is one of the best kids we've put out in a long time as a total package."Detwill Williams
6-2, 217, Fr, LB, Lubbock, Texas / Estacado H.S.
An all-district 2-4A offense and defensive selection as a senior ... named district defensive player of the year and all-South Plains ... named one of the top 10 prospects in the South Plains region by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ... second-team all-district as a defensive back as a sophomore ... recorded 128 total tackles, 13 qb pressures, five sacks as a senior ... coached in high school by Louis Kelley ... says Kelley - "Detwill works really hard. He is not really vocal, but he shows leadership by the way he works. I think he will contribute greatly to Texas Tech. He is a lot like (former Estacado LB) Robert Johnson in the way he plays. I think he will fit in will with Texas Tech's speed defensive scheme."Lance Williams
6-2, 270, OL, Arlington, Texas / Bowie H.S.
An all-district 8-5A and all-Arlington Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram selection ... one of the top 100 prospects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the Dallas Morning News ... coached in high school by Mike Stovall ... says Stovall - "Someday Lance will compete for a starting job at Texas Tech. He has tremendous potential. I believe he will get bigger and stronger. He wants to learn the little things that will make him a better player. The bottom line is that he is determined to be a good college football player."Ricky Williams
5-9, 175, RB, Duncanville, Texas / Duncanville
Listed as one of the top running backs in the state as a senior ... Named to Top 100 lists by Dallas Morning News, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Waco Tribune-Herald and Austin American-Statesman ... listed as one of the top 75 players in the Southwest by Superprep ... gained 1,669 yards on 200 carries as a senior for an 8.3 yards per carry average ... scored 20 TDs and had a long run of 80 yards ... also caught 29 passes for 267 yards ... first-team all-district 6-5A as a junior and senior ... team went 10-0 during regular-season ... coached in high school by Bob Alpert ... says Alpert - "Ricky has great vision. He's a very tough runner. Ricky is one of the best leaders I've been around in 29 years of coaching. He is willing to run extra after practice. He is a workaholic."