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Friday, January 10, 2014
Scout's Take: Bethel huge get for Red Raiders

By Tom Luginbill

ESPN 300 cornerback Nigel Bethel II (Miami/Booker T. Washington) flipped his commitment Thursday from Miami (Fla.) to Texas Tech. Our scouts feel he has the ability to make an immediate impact for the Red Raiders. What he brings: On a team loaded with stars, Bethel might have fallen under the radar some at Booker T. Washington. He lacks great size but has top-level speed and quickness. The guy is a gamer and a very good cover corner when the lights go on. He has quick movements, transitional skills and fluid hips required to succeed as a college corner along with a savvy understanding of how to play the position with polished technique in man-to-man coverage. However, his lack of height and overall size is a concern when projecting for the next level and his future matchups with Big 12 receivers.

How he fits: Texas Tech played with shorter corners this year out on the perimeter, and Bethel should fit well into their current scheme that deploys a good amount of blitzing and requires their corners to lock down frequently in one-on-one situations.

Prediction for performance: Tech needed to land a cover corner in this class that could step in and play early and they have one in Bethel, a top-20 rated positional talent. He is ahead of the learning curve in terms of understanding the nuances of the position and has great overall awareness skills. He has already been on many big stages and tested versus some of the better receivers nationally, making the transition to Lubbock a likely smooth one.

How the class is shaping up: The commitment of Bethel should help the Red Raiders solidify their current spot in the top 40 leading up to national signing day. The top-rated prospect in their current class and fourth overall four-star was a major need at a key position as was receiver, which has been solidly filled.