LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury staff got a late start recruiting but says he and his young staff signed players who will fit Texas Tech's immediate needs on the offensive line.
Kingsbury said Wednesday that some of the five offensive linemen could play right away. He also stressed speed on defense and offense and believes his staff, some of whom played with him at Texas Tech, accomplished that.
Kingsbury, a former Red Raiders standout quarterback who last year coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, was hired in December after Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati.
Rivals.com ranked the Red Raiders signing class 50th, a significant drop from Tuberville's last two years when the website ranked them 26th in 2012 and 20th in 2011.
Texas Tech's 2013 football signees announced Wednesday:
Demetrius Alston, dl, 6-4, 261, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC
Jalen Barnes, s, 5-11, 175, Memorial HS, Port Arthur, Texas
Zach Barnes, de/lb, 6-4, 230, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.
Aaron Bennett, ol, 6-7, 285, Riverside (Calif.) CC
D.J. Polite-Bray, wr, 6-1, 175, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.
Baylen Brown, ol, 6-4, 280, O'Connor HS, San Antonio
Dylan Cantrell, wr, 6-2, 202, Whitehouse (Texas) HS
Dorian Crawford, db, 6-2, 200, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College
Cody Hayes, ol, 6-6, 260, Eastern Hills HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Martin Hill, s, 6-0, 190, Pierce (Calif.) College
Malik Jenkins, lb, 6-3, 225, Ennis (Texas) HS
Devin Lauderdale, wr, 5-11, 170, Bellaire HS, Houston
Jacarthy Mack, lb, 6-3, 205, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.
Tyler Middleton, rb, 6-0, 180, Navarro (Texas) College
Gary Moore, ath, 6-5, 220, Clarksville (Texas) HS
Justis Nelson, ath, 6-2, 168, Dallas Christian HS
Josh Outlaw, ol, 6-4, 290, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.
Dee Paul, db, 5-11, 160, Munday (Texas) HS
Poet Thomas, ol, 6-6, 295, Country Day HS, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Carlos Thompson, wr, 5-9, 173, Manvel (Texas) HS
Davis Webb, qb, 6-4, 195, Prosper (Texas) HS
Kahlee Woods, lb, 6-1, 235, Sherman (Texas) HS
Caleb Woodward, ath, 6-1, 190, Leander (Texas) HS