On Tuesday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders recruiting class of 2014 added its 11th commit when wide receiver Byron Daniels gave his pledge to first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Daniels (San Antonio, TX) is now the (get this …) sixth receiver prospect currently committed to the Raiders. He is joining Cameron Batson (Oklahoma City, OK), Jakari Dillard (Princeton, TX), Tevin Madison (Fayette, AL), Derrick Neal (Dallas, TX) and Ian Sadler (Argyle, TX) as receivers planning on playing in Lubbock next fall.
Daniels, an electric 6-foot, 170-pounder, will be an excellent addition to Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. The Air Raid offense is based on spreading the defense out and getting the ball to quick playmakers on the outside, ideally with a lot of space to maneuver (hence the spread aspect). Daniels fits the slot receiver role exceptionally well for this offense, and he can take advantage of potential coverage mismatches due to his elite speed.
While the first full class being assembled by Kingsbury is high on numbers, one must keep in mind those numbers are very skewed. Only one of the eleven commitments is on the defensive side of the ball, defensive end L.J. Collier (Munday, TX).
Yes, the Raiders are returning eight defensive starters from last year’s squad, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Raiders gave up 4,775 total yards in 2012, and only managed a meager 18 sacks (good for 100th nationally). To make things even worse, most of the key players on defense this fall will be seniors, meaning the defense in 2014 could be downright dreadful.
Kingsbury should be happy with the offensive skill talent he’s acquiring right now, including the recently-committed Daniels. Unfortunately, an elite offense will never win a National Championship alone. If we’ve learned anything from the boys in the SEC, it’s that a dominant defense will take an elite offense to the woodshed every time.