Gerry Hamilton thinks Whitehouse wide receiver Dylan Cantrell is the most Big 12 ready among Tech's offensive recruits.
247Sports' National Director of Scouting Gerry Hamilton answers some questions on Texas Tech's 2013 recruiting class so far.
1. Tell us about quarterback commit Davis Webb.
Hamilton: "Webb is a quarterback prospect that impressed us at Elite 11, and has continued to this season. While he has put up some rushing numbers for Prosper this season, he’s a pro-style QB prospect with play extending ability on the next level. He possesses good feet, above average reactive quickness to pass rushers closing around him, and a quality arm and release. He has shown opposite hash out throw ability as a senior."
2. Who are the key players in this recruiting class?
Hamilton: "I think it’s another well-evaluated class by Coach Tuberville and staff. I believe Maurice Porter and Cody Hayes as tackles are key, Webb at quarterback and junior college defensive end Terrell Hartsfield – with the understanding the staff will still add to the class. Porter and Hayes, who we likely have underrated at this point, give Texas Tech two key offensive tackle prospects to develop for future seasons."
3. Who do you feel has the best chance to play right away on offense? Defense?
Hamilton: " I like wide receiver Dylan Cantrell’s chances to make an immediate impact. He’s advanced as a route runner in a good scheme at Whitehouse, and he’s physically farther along than a lot of wide receivers coming out of high school. While that also means he’s closer to be being a finished product; that does give him the ability to get on the field quicker. Defensively, hard to not go with a junior college defensive end in Hartsfield. Two years farther along in his physical development, and he plays in a really fast junior college conference/league. The speed of the game will not be as big of an adjustment for Hartsfield."
4. Tech has several defensive backs committed in this class, which of them do you like the most?"
Hamilton: "We like Chandler as a big corner with versatility. Physically, he is coming from a good spot entering the college level. While Devin Lauderdale is a receiver first, we’re not sure he doesn’t project better as a corner long term. He possesses elite quickness, and excellent change of direction and is a physical player for his size. One thing he’s doesn’t possess is natural pass catching/quality hands – or that is what I have seen over the last two years. If he doesn’t show the ability to catch the ball to the level need as a wide receiver, a move to corner is likely. Junior college corner Darren Doston, and Bastrop’s Aneas Henricks are also talented corner prospects with size and quickness."
5. Who would you consider a "sleeper" in this class - someone who's been overlooked?"
Hamilton: "As far as sleepers in the class, I like running back Jalen Rhodes. He has really good feet, plays low to high, has burst and the body type to stack muscle mass and become a compact 5-foot-10, 195-200-pound all-purpose back in time. Cody Hayes at offensive tackle and Aneas Henricks at corner are two others we have our eye on."
6. Offensive line is a big position of need for Tech, tell us about these O-Line commits.
Hamilton: "On the offensive line, Porter has a very high ceiling. We are obviously high on him having him in the Top247. His initial punch is pretty powerful and impressive considering he’s working essentially off of natural strength at this point. He has good feet and balance with near ideal knee bend. His frame can carry 310-ish pounds proportioned very well in time. Hayes is a late bloomer physically that has the frame to stack quality weight. The feet and body quickness is there to develop into a quality prospect in time."