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Feb. 4, 2009




LUBBOCK, Texas - The effects of the most successful single season in Texas Tech Football history spilled over to national signing day as 25 players committed their signatures to paper and became Red Raiders on Wednesday. The group includes 24 high school student-athletes and one from the junior college ranks in a class that boasts eight four-star players.

Texas Tech, fresh off of an 11-2 campaign and third post-New Year's Day game in the last four years, reloaded the defensive line and secondary with the addition of three defensive ends, three defensive tackles and six defensive backs. The secondary class includes two safeties that will need to contribute immediately as last season's starters and the two backups at the position graduated. The defense also added three linebackers.

Offensively, the staff bolstered the offensive line and receiving corps with four players each. Other additions include a quarterback and running back. The Red Raider lost three players along the offensive line to graduation and two wide receivers.

"Each year we keep improving with the classes we bring in," Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach said. "I am excited about this group and getting them in here. Our coaching staff deserves the credit for staying with these guys and remaining committed to them through the process. We were able to address some areas of need with some of the top high school and junior college talent.

"Some specific needs include the defensive line and secondary, two areas I feel we did an outstanding job in landing some tremendous talent," Leach added. "We also picked up some of the best offensive linemen in the state of Texas, staying committed to bringing in some of the best talent in the state."

Freshman wide receiver Eric Ward (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) enrolled at Texas Tech in January and is currently going through strength and conditioning drills with the squad. He is the only player of the class to enroll early.

Texas Tech begins spring drills March 25 and will wrap up April 20. The annual Red-Black Spring Game is scheduled for April 18 at Jones AT&T Stadium.

2009 CLASS BREAKDOWN

By Position: By State: By Previous Level:
Offensive Linemen: 4 Texas: 21 High School: 24
Quarterbacks: 1 Louisiana: 1 Junior College: 1
Running Backs: 1 Oklahoma: 1  
Wide Receivers: 4 Oregon: 1  
Athletes: 1 Tennessee: 1  
Defensive Linemen: 6    
Linebackers: 3    
Defensive Backs: 5    

2009 CLASS ROSTER

NamePos.Ht./Wt.Hometown/Previous SchoolCoach
Aundrey BarrDE6-3/230Carrollton, Texas (Newman-Smith)Paul Ressa
Terrance Bullitt***DB6-3/178Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest)Bill Patterson
Romario Cathey***DT6-3/275Nashville, Tenn. (Maplewood)Ralph Thompson
E.J. Celestie***WR5-11/173Lake Charles, La. (Barbe)Jimmy Shaver
Dion Chidozie***LB6-1/190Dallas, Texas (Bishop Lynch)Bill Persingon
Kyle Clark****OL6-5/280Denton, Texas (Guyer)John Walsh
Daniel Cobb***S6-1/195Killeen, Texas (Ellison)Buddy McBryde
Aaron Fisher***WR6-3/175Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)Tony Baccarini
Will Ford***S6-1/190Abilene, Texas (Cooper)Mike Spradlin
Matt Goetz***OL6-4/270Cibolo, Texas (Steele)Mike Jinks
Pearlie Graves****DT6-3/260Tulsa, Okla. (East Central)Travis Hill
Joel Gray****OL6-6/288Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)Brian Brazil
Kerry Hyder***DE6-3/262Austin, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson)Demo Odems
D.J. Johnson***DB6-0/171Austin, Texas (St. Stephen's Episcopal)Brian Moreland
Jacob Karam****QB6-1/197Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood)Steve Van Meter
Chris KnightonDE6-3/235Longview, Texas (Longview)John King
Brandon Mahoney****LB6-2/210Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)Tony Baccarini
Derrick MaysWR6-0/170Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker)Ken Gray
Jarvis Phillips***DB6-0/185Dallas, Texas (Carter)Allen Wilson
James Scott***LB6-3/220Coldspring, Texas (Coldspring)Bryan Barbay
Eric Stephens****RB5-8/180Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)Terry Cron
LaAdrian Waddle***OL6-6/315Columbus, Texas (Columbus)Brent Mascheck
Myles Wade****DT6-2/311Portland, Ore. (Arizona Western C.C.)Tom Minnick
Eric Ward****WR5-11/190Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider)Scott Ponder
Yahshua Williams***DB6-3/185Denton, Texas (Ryan)Joey Florence
(*) - Indicates number of stars

2009 CLASS BIOS

Aundrey Barr
Defensive End
6-3, 230
Carrollton, Texas (Newman-Smith)
Defensive end from Newman-Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas ... talented player with tremendous upside ... has only played football for one season ... starter on basketball team ... posted 28 tackles and three sacks during senior season ... also recruited by Air Force, Iowa State and New Mexico ... High School Coach: Paul Ressa.


Terrance Bullitt
Defensive Back
6-3, 178
Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) defensive back from Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 43 safety in the country, per Rivals.com, and No. 88 overall player in Texas ... No. 51 safety nationally, according to Scout.com ... No. 78 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... received All-District 10-5A first team honors after totaling 121 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries during senior season ... athletic and aggressive safety ... impressive against the run and attacks the line ... registered 95 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries as a junior and 50 tackles and a fumble recovery during sophomore season ... also received offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State ... clocked at 4.58 in the 40 ... brother, Melvin, played at Texas A&M and is currently with the Indianapolis Colts ... High School Coach: Bill Patterson.


Romario Cathey
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 275
Nashville, Tenn. (Maplewood)
Three-star (Rivals.com) defensive tackle from Maplewood High School in Nashville, Tenn. ... No. 21 ranked player in Tennessee ... Mr. Tennessee Football finalist after registering 16 sacks, 70 tackles and 20 tackles for loss ... solid tackler and pass rusher ... tremendous wingspan ... great screen reader ... also named All-City first team and region defensive line most valuable player ... also received offers from Louisville, Memphis and Middle Tennessee ... High School Coach: Ralph Thompson.


E.J. Celestie
Wide Receiver
5-11, 173
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe)
Three-star (Rivals.com) wide receiver from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La. ... No. 86 wide receiver in the country and No. 24 on the Rivals.com Louisiana Postseason Top 75 list ... No. 23 player on the Superprep Louisiana 40 ... versatile and dynamic in production ... good overall speed, agility and quickness ... helped team advance to state semifinals during senior season and post 12-1 record ... caught a school-record 72 passes for 855 yards, and added 880 rushing yards ... also accounted for 24 touchdowns during the 2008 season ... caught 43 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007 and 10 passes for 196 yards and two scores as a sophomore ... also a proficient return man after averaging 24.4 yards per kickoff return as a sophomore ... also received offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa ... High School Coach: Jimmy Shaver.


Dion Chidozie
Linebacker
6-1, 190
Dallas, Texas (Bishop Lynch)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) linebacker from Bishop Lynch Academy in Dallas, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 42 outside linebacker nationally, per Scout.com, and No. 53 according to Rivals.com ... No. 104 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... disruptive player off of the edge ... ability to read the snap ... outstanding pursuit speed ... closes hard and is a strong tackler ... totaled 64 total tackles, including 42 solo, during senior season ... also received offers from Army, Louisiana Tech, Air Force, Iowa State and Northwestern ... posted 64 solo tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior ... second-team all-district in TAPPS 1-6A ... named Bishop Lynch's most outstanding mid-skill player in 2007 ... clocked at 4.45 in the 40 ... 3.5 grade point average ... High School Coach: Bill Persingon.


Kyle Clark
Offensive Line
6-5, 280
Denton, Texas (Guyer)
Four-star (Rivals.com) offensive tackle from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas ... three-star (Scout.com) offensive tackle ... PrepStar Top 250 All-American ... No. 21 offensive tackle in the country, per Rivals.com ... also listed as the No. 46 overall player on Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 ... No. 39 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... versatile player with experience at tackle and guard ... helped team advance to state championship game in 2008 ... team finished 12-3 and amassed 280.9 rushing yards per game and 55 touchdowns behind Clark and the offensive line ... District 5-4A second team ... clocked at 4.9 in the 40 ... also offered by LSU, Tulsa, Arizona, Louisville and Nebraska ... High School Coach: John Walsh.


Daniel Cobb
Safety
6-1, 195
Killeen, Texas (Ellison)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) safety from Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 24 safety in the nation, per the Tom Lemming Recruiting Report ... No. 35 safety in the nation, according to Rivals.com ... also listed No. 82 overall on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... No. 85 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... clocked at 4.6 in the 40 ... equally talented at either safety position ... tremendous blitzer from the edge ... shows great ability to read blocks and make cuts as a running back ... rushed for 1,277 yards on 181 carries and scored 17 touchdowns as a running back during senior season ... District 13-5A first team in 2008 and 2007 ... also offered by Georgia Tech, Houston and Nebraska ... High School Coach: Buddy McBryde.


Aaron Fisher
Wide Receiver
6-3, 175
Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) wide receiver from Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas ... PrepStar Top 250 All-American ... No. 28 wide receiver nationally, according to the Tom Lemming Recruiting Report ... No. 53 wide receiver in the country, per Rivals.com ... No. 58 overall player on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... No. 65 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... tough player with great hands and outstanding route running abilities ... big target with very reliable hands ... caught 36 passes for 936 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 26.0 yards per catch ... totaled 1,031 yards and 15 touchdowns on 61 receptions in 2007 ... nominated for Jerry Rice Award, presented to the nation's top high school receiver ... District 6-4A first team ... also received offers from Vanderbilt, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern and Purdue ... High School Coach: Tony Baccarini.


Will Ford
Safety
6-1, 190
Abilene, Texas (Cooper)
Three-star (Rivals.com) safety from Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 33 safety in the country, according to Rivals.com ... also the No. 73 overall player on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 ... No. 55 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... grabbed two interceptions for 61 return yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... district defensive most valuable player ... tall, rangy defensive back with authoritative presence in the secondary ... solid against the run and breaks well on the pass ... Class 4A All-State honorable mention ... also received offers from TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma ... High School Coach: Mike Spradlin.


Matt Goetz
Offensive Line
6-4, 270
Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
Three-star (Scout.com) offensive guard from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas ... No. 55 offensive guard nationally, according to Scout.com ... No. 97 offensive guard nationally, per ESPN.com ... solid run blocker and quick off the ball ... helped lead CHS to 10-2 mark during senior season ... paved way for running game that averaged 225.8 yards per game and scored 28 touchdowns ... also offered by Buffalo, New Mexico State, Texas State and New Mexico ... played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... High School Coach: Mike Jinks.


Pearlie Graves
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 260
Tulsa, Okla. (East Central)
Four-star (Rivals.com) defensive tackle from East Central High School in Tulsa, Okla. ... No. 32 defensive tackle nationally, according to Rivals.com ... No. 6 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Oklahoma Postseason 35 ... No. 71 on the SuperPrep Midlands 111 ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Michigan ... clocked at 4.9 in the 40 ... explosive off the ball and physical ... 81 tackles, four sacks, four fumbles recoveries, including one for a touchdown ... High School Coach: Travis Hill.


Joel Gray
Offensive Line
6-6, 288
Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)
Four-star (Scout.com) offensive tackle from Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas ... three-star (Rivals.com) offensive tackle ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 17 offensive tackle nationally, according to Scout.com ... No. 29 offensive tackle nationally, per Rivals.com ... No. 52 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 ... No. 44 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... gets off the ball quickly and plays with tremendous effort ... Class 5A All-State second team ... Class 5A Academic All-State honorable mention ... District 6-5A first team in 2008 and 2007 ... received all-state honors as a junior ... also garnered several offers, including UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, SMU, Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon and Stanford ... High School Coach: Brian Brazil.


Kerry Hyder
Defensive End
6-3, 262
Austin, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) defensive end from LBJ High School in Austin, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 40 defensive end nationally, per Scout.com ... No. 52 defensive end nationally, according to Rivals.com ... tough, imposing presence ... good short area quickness and explodes to the ball ... Class 4A All-State second team ... possesses good size, athleticism and plays aggressive ... senior season was first at defensive end ... totaled over 100 tackles for the second-straight season ... had 153 tackles and five sacks as a junior and showed his athleticism with two interceptions ... clocked at 4.6 in the 40 ... also received offers from Utah, Toledo, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota and New Mexico ... High School Coach: Demo Odems.


D.J. Johnson
Cornerback
6-0, 171
Austin, Texas (St. Stephens Episcopal)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) athlete from St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas ... No. 69 cornerback nationall, per Scout.com ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... clocked at 4.4 in the 40 ... rushed for 1,445 yards and 18 touchdowns on 174 carries as a senior and also threw for 1,053 yards and eight touchdowns ... multi-talented player also rushed for 20 touchdowns as a junior and threw for 10 more ... finished high school career with more than 4,000 rushing yards and 46 scores, while passing for more than 2,100 yards and 25 touchdowns ... averaged over 9.0 yards per carry in high school ... also offered by Marshall ... will likely be a cornerback at Tech ... High School Coach: Brian Moreland.


Jacob Karam
Quarterback
6-1, 197
Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood)
Four-star (Scout.com) quarterback from Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas ... three-star (Rivals.com) quarterback ... No. 18 dual-threat quarterback in the country, per Rivals.com ... No 9 dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to the Tom Lemming Recruiting Report ... No. 24 overall quarterback nationally, per Scout.com ... No. 102 on the PrepStar Top 105 Dream Team ... No. 64 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... also the No. 85 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... quick delivery and great footwork ... solid athleticism ... solid runner and is comfortable outside the pocket, and in either direction ... threw for 3,291 yards and 38 touchdowns during senior season ... District 24-4A Most Valuable Player and first-team selection ... calm and patient in the pocket, but has good feet and can take off ... solid clock manager ... three-year starter for the varsity ... threw for more than 4,000 yards and 46 touchdowns during sophomore and junior seasons ... Class 4A Academic All-State honorable mention ... clocked at 4.55 in the 40 ... also received honors from Vanderbilt, Arizona, Houston, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Florida and Stanford ... accomplished piano player ... High School Coach: Steve Van Meter.


Chris Knighton
Defensive End
6-3, 235
Longview, Texas (Longview)
Defensive end from Longview High School in Longview, Texas ... also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, UTEP and North Texas ... helped lead LHS to a 13-3 record in 2008 and a state runner-up finish ... 90 tackles, nine sacks and an interception during senior season ... Class 4A All-State first team by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second team honors by the Associated Press ... High School Coach: John King.


Brandon Mahoney
Linebacker
6-2, 210
Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)
Four-star (Scout.com) linebacker from Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas ... three-star (Rivals.com) linebacker ... No. 13 outside linebacker nationally, according to ESPN.com and Scout.com ... No. 19 outside linebacker nationally, per Rivals.com ... No. 22 linebacker nationally, according to the Tom Lemming Recruiting Report ... No. 59 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... No. 48 on the Superprep Texas 111 list ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... tremendous burst and pursuit ability ... tall and rangy ... registered 77 tackles, three forced fumbles, an interception and two sacks as a senior ... posted 84 tackles, four sacks and grabbed two interceptions during junior season ... offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Arizona and Kansas ... High School Coach: Tony Baccarini.


Derrick Mays
Wide Receiver
6-0, 170
Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker)
Wide receiver from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... clocked at 4.4 in the 40 ... caught 18 passes for 422 yards and four touchdowns in 2007 ... averaged 23.4 yards per catch ... won Region II Class 5A 200M run with a time of 21.09 as a junior ... also received an offer from UTEP ... High School Coach: Ken Gray.


Jarvis Phillips
Athlete
6-0, 185
Dallas, Texas (Carter)
Three-star (Rivals.com) athlete from Carter High School in Dallas, Texas ... same high school as Tech All-American Michael Crabtree ... No. 98 athlete nationally, according to Rivals.com ... good at making first defender miss ... great lateral running skills ... rushed for 884 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... also threw for 904 yards and eight more scores ... totaled 660 rush yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and passed for 373 yards and four scores ... received several offers, including Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulsa, Colorado State, Iowa State and Kansas ... High School Coach: Allen Wilson.


James Scott
Linebacker
6-3, 220
Coldspring, Texas (Coldspring)
Three-star (Scout.com) linebacker from Coldspring High School in Coldspring, Texas ... No. 43 linebacker nationally, per Scout.com ... impressive athlete for his size ... big back in high school that was tough to bring down ... has good chase speed and can explode on closing in on the tackle ... clocked at 4.58 in the 40 ... District 22-3A Most Valuable Player and first-team selection ... possesses solid combination of size and speed ... High School Coach: Bryan Barbay.


Eric Stephens
Running Back
5-8, 180
Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
Four-star (Rivals.com) all-purpose back from Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas ... PrepStar Top 250 All-American ... ranked among Rivals.com Rivals250 ... No. 4 Best-in-Space running back nationally, per Rivals.com ... No. 6 all-purpose back nationally, according to Rivals.com ... No. 21 on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... No. 50 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... slippery, elusive back ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40 ... 3.9 shuttle time ... rushed for 1,000+ yards each of the last three seasons, including a 1,906-yard effort as a junior ... accounted for 52 rushing scores in four years, including 19 during senior season ... caught 28 passes for 297 yards in 2008 ... Class 4A All-State honorable mention ... District 8-4A first team ... elusive, shifty runner ... possesses tremendous strength with a 355-pound bench and 650-pound squat ... solid hands out of the backfield ... also offered by Vanderbilt, Buffalo, Boise State, Duke, Houston and Minnesota ... High School Coach: Terry Cron.


LaAdrian Waddle
Offensive Line
6-6, 315
Columbus, Texas (Columbus)
Three-star (Rivals.com) offensive guard from Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas ... No. 74 offensive guard nationally, per Rivals.com ... extremely powerful with good leg drive ... team averaged 281.0 yards per game on the ground behind Waddle and offensive line teammates ... team also totaled 26 rushing scores ... clocked at 5.3 in the 40 ... also received offers from Tulane, Rice, Houston, SMU, TCU and Mississippi ... High School Coach: Brent Mascheck.


Myles Wade
Defensive Tackle
6-2, 311
Portland,Ore. (Central Catholic/Arizona Western C.C.)
Four-star (Rivals.com) defensive tackle from Arizona Western C.C. ... has three years of eligibility after playing one season in junior college ... No. 5 junior college prospect by Superprep ... No. 18 junior college prospect, according to Rivals.com ... second-team All-American at AWCC ... recorded 7.5 sacks and 62 tackles last season ... quick off the snap ... solid tackler and good in ball pursuit ... clocked at 5.0 in the 40 ... bench max of 480 and 645 in the squat ... U.S. Army All-American in high school ... also received offers from Nebraska, Washington and Oregon and was recruited by USC, Auburn and Nebraska ... Junior College Coach: Tom Minnick ... High School Coach: Steve Pyne.


Eric Ward
Wide Receiver
5-11, 190
Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider)
Enrolled in January ... four-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) wide receiver from Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 16 wide receiver nationally, per Scout.com ... No. 41 wide receiver nationally, according to Rivals.com ... No. 31 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... good size and excellent feel for the game ... good surge off the snap and is a strong runner in the open field ... elusive in the open field ... grabbed 53 catches for 1,063 yards and 15 touchdowns during junior season ... clocked at 4.4 in the 40 ... Class 4A All-State honorable mention ... district most valuable player ... also received offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State and Tulsa ... High School Coach: Scott Ponder.


Yahshua Williams
Cornerback
6-3, 185
Denton, Texas (Ryan)
Three-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) safety from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 66 safety nationally, per Rivals.com, and No. 80 according to Scout.com ... can play either safety or corner ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40 ... posted 11 tackles and two interceptions as a senior ... had 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, an INT and eight pass breakups during junior season ... District 5-4A first team ... very athletic ... can play corner or safety ... smart in coverage ... also offered by Utah, Wake Forest, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska and Southern Mississippi ... High School Coach: Joey Florence.


 

 

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