Posted by Bryan Fischer
Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville received an early Valentine on Monday night as Texas Tech's class of 2013 received its first two commitments in Manvel (Texas) defensive back Tavares Garner and Houston (Texas) wide receiver Devin Lauderdale.
"Texas Tech is always been where I wanted to go," Lauderdale told RedRaiderSports.com. "That's what I would play on video games and stuff like that. I knew I was going to make my decision today because I told my friend -- he's like a cousin to me -- Tavares Gardner. We've known each other since second grade, he told me, 'Whatever college you go to, I'm going to go to.' And I told him the same thing.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide out also held offers from Baylor, Notre Dame and TCU among others. His close friend Gardner only had an offer from Tech but the 5-foot-11 corner enjoyed his unofficial visit so much he quickly committed.
"The reason I committed is because I like the campus and the coaching staff was great, especially coach Chad Scott," Garner said. "Coach Scott made me like I was at home. It was just a great trip. All the coaches showed a lot of love and made it feel like home so that's why I committed."
Texas Tech signed 26 players in their class of 2012, including six defensive backs and four wide receivers. Garner had three interceptions and nearly 50 tackles last season as a junior.