RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT: DEFENSIVE BACKS

Texas Tech defensive back Douglas Coleman reaches out to tackle a Lamar ball carrier in the Red Raiders' victory over the Cardinals earlier this season.Elise Bressler photo

Red Raiders currently have 1 safety, 3 corners committed.

The Red Raiders are set to bolster their secondary in this recruiting cycle with commitments from four three-star defensive backs.

Safety Brandon Joseph headlines the pack of talented prospects. A native of College Station, Texas, Joseph is the 76th-ranked safety in the nation according to the 247Sports. Joseph is widely viewed as a complete safety by many scouts. As a junior, he eclipsed more than 100 tackles and came away with seven interceptions. He’s a physical safety and has a natural knack for finding the football. Joseph’s style of play is reminiscent of former Texas Tech Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Dwayne Slay.

Alex Hogan, from Houston Lamar, is the highest rated cornerback the Red Raiders have signed thus far. The multidimensional corner is the 68th ranked cornerback in the state of Texas according to Rivals. With elite return ability, Hogan has the skills to be a Swiss Army knife for the Red Raiders.

Markel Reed is a three-star product out of Temple, Texas. According to 247Sports, Reed is the 109th-ranked cornerback in the nation. At 6-foot-1, Reed resembles the new age cornerback. He has excellent height and length, and he utilizes those assets to disrupt wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

The first defensive back to join the Red Raiders in the 2019 class was Keeyon Stewart from Galena Park North Shore. Stewart is the 135th-ranked cornerback in the nation. At 6-0, 170, he is the prototypical cornerback for David Gibbs’s defensive system.

The Red Raiders hope the four signees will add depth to a position group full of inconsistencies. In the pass-happy Big 12, elite secondary play is hard to come by. Through five games into the 2018 season, five teams in the Big 12 currently rank top 25 in the nation in passing yards per game. It’s unrealistic for the Red Raiders to shut down the conference’s high octane offenses, but containment is well within reason. Don’t expect a lockdown cornerback out of this group, but expect a committee of talented players to make plays for the Red Raiders in the near future.

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