WHITEHOUSE — The recent head coaching change at Texas Tech didn’t faze Whitehouse’s Dylan Cantrell.
In fact, things have lined up rather well for the star receiver.
And on Wednesday morning, the senior signed a national letter of intent with the Kliff Kingsbury-led Red Raiders after orally pledging to former Tech coach Tommy Tuberville.
“I just waited it out to see what would happen,” Cantrell said. “Coach Kingsbury I was hoping would get the job because he’s been successful everywhere. He seems like a really great coach and I know he likes to throw the ball.”
Although the only NCAA Division I BCS signee, Cantrell was one of eight Wildcats to take part in National Signing Day and officially commit to play college football. One of the best seasons in program history, Whitehouse finished 2012 with a 10-2 record and claimed its seventh straight playoff appearance.
Contributing to that were fellow signees Brannon Beaten (Lamar), Hunter Conn (Lamar), Colby Campbell (Lamar), McKenlee Smith (Texas A&M-Commerce), Keagan Smith (Kilgore College), Will Thomas (Hardin-Simmons) and Matt Gipson (Howard Payne).
The marquee signature was no doubt made by Cantrell, who committed to the Red Raiders last March and joins former teammate Trey Metoyer (Oklahoma) in the Big 12 receiver ranks. He maintained his pledge after Tuberville surprisingly left Lubbock for the University of Cincinnati, thanks in large part to former Texas A&M and University of Houston star offensive coordinator Kingsbury.
“It’s all working out for me,” Cantrell said. “The coaches he hired recruited me from where they were at. Coach (Sonny) Cumbie, our relationship has grown over the time. He was there when coach Tuberville was there and he stayed on. He was one of the only ones who stayed on. The future is looking good.”
Cantrell finished the season as the program’s second all-time leading receiver behind Metoyer, having caught 66 passes for 1,396 yards and 15 TDs as a senior and 86 passes for 1,402 yards and 21 scores as a junior.
The 6-2 speedster is ranked No. 83 on the Rivals.com Postseason Top 100.
“The offense we ran showed my talents and what I could do,” Cantrell said. “It just got me ready for route running and what I’m going to do at the next level.”
Having committed to Tech last spring, Cantrell had been waiting almost a year for signing day.
“It’s exciting; I’ve been looking forward to this day,” he said. “I can finally put it behind me and I’m officially a Red Raider. So I’m just going to start getting ready to leave in the summer.”