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Rashad Fortenberry, Offensive Line, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Signed a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 21, 2011 and enrolled at Texas Tech in January 2012 … will have two years of eligibility and the ability to redshirt … played two different positions during his career at MGCCC … lined up at guard during his freshman season before switching over to tackle as a sophomore … prepped at Tylertown High School in Tylertown, Miss. … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Louisiana-Lafayette and South Florida. “Rashad is a long offensive tackle that can come in be able to compete right away. Has good size. Had a tremendous sophomore season at Mississippi Gulf Coast and is very well coached. His head coach, Steven Campbell, is also the offensive line coach and they have a good history there of turning out Division I ready offensive linemen.” – Tommy Tuberville

“Was productive a Riverside Community College last fall and only lost one game in two years there. A versatile player that can line up at running back or play slot receiver. His best attributes are probably in the return game.” – Tommy Tuberville Bruce Jones, Defensive Back, Riverside Community College (Calif.) Signed National Letter of Intent … a three-star prospect by Rivals and a two-star prospect by Scout … registered 31 total tackles last season at Riverside, including 17 solo and two tackles for loss … notched four interceptions for 158 yards … 12 pass breakups … one forced fumble … prepped at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Calif. … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: New Mexico State. “Very athletic with a 41-inch vertical and runs a 4.3-40. Great man-to-man coverage. He is the type of defensive back that can play in any scheme.” – Tommy Tuberville Jared Kaster, Offensive Line, Altair Rice High School, Altair, Texas Signed a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 21, 2011 and enrolled at Texas Tech in January 2012 … will graduate from high school one semester early and will enroll at Texas Tech in January … will have four years of eligibility plus a redshirt year … a three-star prospect by both Rivals …. Rivals lists him as the No. 5 center prospect in the nation … ESPN.com ranks him as the No. 8 center prospect … a 2010 Class AA All-State Selection … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Rice. “Smart player and a natural center. A physical player that played on both sides of the ball in high school. The fact that he enrolled early will really help him in his development.” – Tommy Tuberville Trey Keenan, Offensive Line, Argyle High School, Argyle, Texas Signed a National Letter of Intent … a four-star prospect by MaxPreps … a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com … SUPERPREP All-Southwest team … athletic lineman with low pad level and the frame to weigh over 300 pounds … shown ability to cut off speed rushers and can dominate the point of attack as a run blocker … helped lead his team to the Class 3A Division II State Championship game against Wimberly … 2011 Class AAA First-Team All-State selection by OldCoach.com … Class 3A First-Team AllState by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Tennessee. “Trey is a strong, physical and very smart football player. He played at a very good high school program at Argyle and made it to the state championship game this past year.” – Tommy Tuberville

J.J. Lollar, Defensive Line, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas Signed a National Letter of Intent … a consensus three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com … one of the earliest commitments in the 2012 signing class … led his team to the first round of the state playoffs in 2011 .. First-Team District 12-5A … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Texas State, Houston, Navy, Rice and Wyoming. “J.J. is extremely strong. He just squatted 755 pounds this past weekend and is going to go for the all-time state record of 800 pounds and he thinks he can get that record. So the one great characteristic is strength. He is weighing in around 285 pounds so we expect him to be able to come in and get on the field early because he can do some things to help us.” – Tommy Tuberville La’Darius Newbold, Defensive Back, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Texas Signed a National Letter of Intent … a consensus three-start prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com … member of the Rivals Texas Postseason Top 100 … ranked as the No. 28 cornerback in the country according to Rivals … Second-Team District 15-4A selection in 2011 … SUPERPREP All-Southwest team … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. “Big-time player. Has the potential to be that big corner that we need to go one-on-one with the tall receivers that we face in the Big 12.” – Tommy Tuberville Thierry Nguema, Defensive Back, Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. Signed a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 21, 2011 and enrolled at Texas Tech in January 2012 … will have four years of eligibility and the ability to redshirt...elected to sit out for the 2011 fall semester….will enroll at midyear as a freshman…recorded 47 tackles and four interceptions during his senior campaign at Santiago (CA.) High School…also made an impact on special teams returning two kickoffs for touchdowns … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Villanova. “A great cover corner. Has great hips and runs a 4.4-40. For his size, he is very physical.” – Tommy Tuberville Clayton Nicholas, Quarterback, Cooper High School, Abilene, Texas Signed a National Letter of Intent … a four-star prospect by both ESPN.com and MaxPreps … a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout … SUPERPREP All-Southwest team … the only quarterback in the 2012 class and one of Tech’s earliest commitments … threw for 2,956 yards (227.4 per-game) and 26 touchdowns during his senior season … helped lead the Cougars to the Class 5A Region I Semifinals against Mansfield Timberview … led the Cougars on a last-minute scoring drive in the area round of the playoffs that sealed a win over Arlington Lamar … connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass as time expired to send the Cougars to the third round of the playoffs for the fourth-straight season … First-Team All-West Texas by OldCoach.com … Second-Team All-Big Country by the Abilene ReporterNews … team offensive MVP. “Clayton is a big and strong player with excellent arm strength. He played in a good high school program at Abilene Cooper and won a lot of games during his career. Most importantly, he is a West Texas guy so we are glad to be able to keep him at home.” – Tommy Tuberville Chris Payne, Linebacker, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Signed a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 21, 2011 and enrolled at Texas Tech in January 2012 …will have three years of eligibility…signed with South Carolina before enrolling at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC…will enroll at mid-year as a redshirt sophomore…helped Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College to a 10-2 record…compiled 78 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss…recorded three total sacks last season…also recorded four pass breakups … prepped at Columbia High School in Columbia, S.C. … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Kentucky, Michigan State and South Florida. “Plays very well in space and will be an outside linebacker/safety for us. He can play either position and he is a guy that can spy the quarterback in a spread offense and chase him down.” – Tommy Tuberville

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SaDale Foster, Athlete, Riverside Community College (Calif.) Signed a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 21, 2011 and enrolled at Texas Tech in January 2012 … will have two years of eligibility and the ability to redshirt … unanimous First-Team All-National Division East Conference selection as a punt returner in 2011 … SUPERPREP JUCO team … helped lead his team to a perfect 11-0 season and a win over Saddleback in the Golden State Bowl … ended his career at Riverside with a 21-1 record in two seasons … as a punt returner, he compiled 24 returns for a 13.4 average and scored one touchdown … also added 22 kick returns for a 28.5 return average … as a wide receiver he caught 56 passes for 750 yards and scored 12 touchdowns … prepped at J.W. North High School in Riverside, Calif. … CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Sacramento State and Texas-San Antonio.

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2012 Texas Tech Football Media Supplement  

Get an inside look at the 2012 Texas Tech Red Raider Football Team. Team History, Player Biographies, 2011 Season Stats and All-Time Record...

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Get an inside look at the 2012 Texas Tech Red Raider Football Team. Team History, Player Biographies, 2011 Season Stats and All-Time Record...