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Texas Tech recruiting capsule

2/6/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders' signing class can be found here.

Recruits: 25

Breakdown: 24 high school, one junior college.

Positions: 6 DL, 5 DB, 4 OL, 4 WR, 3 LB, 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 ATH.

Where they came from: Texas 21, Louisiana 1, Oklahoma 1, Oregon 1, Tennessee 1.

The stud: DT Myles Wade of Portland, Ore., (Central Catholic) and Arizona Western Community College. The mammoth 310-pound run-stuffer is exactly what the Red Raiders need inside. But it will be interesting to see how quickly he regains his competitive edge after playing at community college last season after failing to qualify for Oregon.

Recruiting-class sleeper: DB Jarvis Phillips of Dallas (Carter). The Red Raiders had a lot of success converting the last Carter quarterback they had -- Biletnikoff Award winning receiver Michael Crabtree -- to another position. They'll also try it with Phillips, a recent Carter quarterback who is projected as either a cornerback or safety because of his athleticism.

The one who got away: WR Emory Blake of Austin (Stephen F. Austin). Even the promise of competing at Michael Crabtree's old "Z" position as a receiver couldn't attract Blake, the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake. He decommitted from Texas Tech late in the recruiting process and ended up as one of Gene Chizik's two Texas recruits for Auburn.

Needs addressed: Defensive line, secondary.

Not as pressing: Linebacker.

Scouts Inc. grade: B- (Fourth in the Big 12, fourth in South Division).

My take: The Red Raiders closed quickly with seven late commitments, including three from former Oklahoma recruits. It's the most accomplished and impressive defensive class that coach Mike Leach has ever recruited, keyed by Wade, linebacker Brandon Mahoney and defensive tackle Pearlie Graves. And there's enough offensive talent arriving to keep the scoreboards at Jones AT&T Stadium whirring as well.