The 2019 football class had been off to a slow start so far, with just Cameron Cantrell and Steven Parker committed. But the recruiting class doubled over the past couple days, with ILB Bryce Robinson committing and now WR La’Vontae Shenault.
I have not written about Shenault (or really anybody lately), but here’s his ratings and measurables:
La’Vontae Shenault – Wide Receiver (DeSoto HS, Desoto, TX)
Height Weight 6’1″ 185 lbs
Interest: Arizona State, Colorado, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia
A lot of recruiting analysis and writers were calling Shernault one of the most underrated wide receivers prospects in the nation, and from looking at his tape, you can see why.
He’s a lankly wide receiver with decent height, but can fly down the field. There are several deep route were he leaves his corner off him and is able to run past the safety for the touchdown, like in the first and third plays. He runs his routes well and makes some ridiculous catches.
The second play of the tape he dives for a ball high in the air and comes down with it. The fourth play and fifth play, he reached back for a ball in the corner of the endzone with a corner on him and brings it down.
Shernault is one of the more versatile wide receivers I have seen, as he can play as a red zone threat and an open field threat. He also has some kickoffs and blocking plays that show even more versatility. I think Tech got a real good one here. KeKe Coutee was around his rating when he arrived in Lubbock and he had a pretty good career here.
Links: Here are some early recruiting stories posted by 247sports and Rivals. Since most insiders knew about this commitment before it was announced, they already had stories ready. I’m not going to post quotes (you can click on the link for view the story), but I’ll say what each details.
- Zach Tanner of InsideTheRedRaiders has an overall assessment of his recruitment and how he came to Texas Tech. One interesting point is how Colorado was recruiting him and his brother currently plays there. He also highlights who else Tech will be looking at wide receiver wise in the 2019 class.
- Matt Clare of RedRaiderSports has quotes from Shenault about the offense, the coaching staff, wanting DeLeon’s younger brother to commit and visiting Texas Tech and their facilities. Lots of good quotes in this story
This commitment puts Texas Tech at the 63rd ranked class in the nation. Previously, they were in the 78th ranked team heading into the week, and around 70th before the Shenault commitment.
The average composite rating of the recruits is an 85.11, which is higher than most teams ranked around them and is probably around 40-50 as far as average recruits are. They have one four star, and higher three star and a couple low three stars.
It’s still a very small class, but it’s slowly starting to grow. I would expect more commits throughout the summer.