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July 18, 2011

Roster Countdown: Nos. 99-90

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90 Branden Jackson LB Fr. HS 6-4/225 McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport HS)
  High school teammate of fellow 2011 Tech signee Delvon Simmons. ... Chose Tech over offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Pitt, USC and West Virginia.
91 Kerry Hyder DE So. 1L 6-2/260 Austin, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson HS)
  Played LB at Lyndon B. Johnson HS. ... Redshirted in 2009. ... Played in 11 games in 2010 with three starts; two at DT and one at LDE. ... Registered 13 tackles, two sacks, three TFL and two forced fumbles in 2010. ... Ended the spring listed as Tech's starting DT. ... People inside the program felt that Hyder was one of the most improved players in the spring.
92 Cooper Washington DE Fr. HS 6-3/236 Muleshoe, Texas (Muleshoe HS)
  Originally committed to Oklahoma. ... Switched to Texas Tech the Sunday before National Signing Day. ... Signed his NLI in front of several Oklahoma banners -- his fellow students had no idea that he had switched.
94 Scott Smith DE Sr. 1L 6-6/256 Kailua, Hawaii (Butler CC)
  Signed with Cal out of St. Louis HS in 2007. ... Left the program the following year. ... Earned his associates degree from Butler C.C. ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the top junior college DL in the class of 2010. ... Signed with Tech in December but did not enroll until the next summer. ... Surprised Tech coaches with how quickly he picked up the defense during his fall camp and how well he played with leverage. ... Played in four games in 2010 with one start at LDE. ... Had a standout game against Texas, logging six tackles, two sacks, three TFL and a pick. ... Is just the second Tech defensive lineman since 2000 to have an interception and a sack in the same game. ... Registered 14 tackles, three sacks, four TFL and an interception in 2010. ... Was suspended for a violation of team rules in the days leading up to Tech's game against Baylor. ... Not listed in Tech's post-spring two-deep. ... Will miss the first four games of the 2011 season as part of his 2010 suspension.
95 Pearlie Graves DT So. 1L 6-2/285 Tulsa, Okla. (East Central HS)
  Former four-star prospect. ... Was originally committed to Michigan before switching to Tech on National Signing Day 2009. ... Redshirted in 2009. ... Played in seven games in 2010 with five starts; three at NT, one at RDE and another at LDE. ... Logged two sacks and three TFL in his collegiate debut against Colorado. ... Registered 14 tackles, three TFL and two sacks in 2010. ... Missed much of the spring and the spring game due to a leg injury. ... There is some concern inside the program about whether or not he can stay healthy. ... Ended the spring listed second on the depth chart at NT behind Donald Langley. ... Beloved within the team because of his upbeat and positive presence in the locker room and sideline.
96 Dennell Wesley DT So. TR 6-2/310 St. Augustine, Fla. (Butler CC)
  Junior college teammate of fellow 2011 Tech signee Marcus Kennard. ... Officially visited Kansas State after committing to Tech. ... Expected to contribute right away at nose tackle.
97 Donte Phillips DT Fr. HS 6-2/256 Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
  Originally committed to Indiana, but re-opened his recruitment after the dismissal of that program's coaching staff. ... Officially visited Penn State before deciding on Tech. ... Signed with the Red Raiders the day after National Signing Day without having ever visited the campus.
98 Donald Langley DT Sr. 1L 6-1/266 Germantown, Md. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
  Was born in Liberia. ... Signed with Tennessee out of Seneca Valley HS in 2007. ... Left the program in 2009. ... Transferred to Copiah-Lincoln CC. ... Logged 36 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in 2009. ... Signed with Tech at midterm and went through the team's spring practices. ... Played in all 13 games with six starts; three at LDE, two at DT and another at NT. ... Registered 14 tackles and one quarterback hurry in 2010. ... Ended the spring listed as Tech's starting NT.
99 Chris Perry DL Sr. 3L 6-4/286 Keller, Texas (Miami-FL)
  Signed with Miami (Fla.) out of Fossil Ridge HS in 2007. ... Transferred to Tech before 2008 season. ... Was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. ... Appeared in just 15 games in his first two seasons, notching 11 tackles and two TFL. ... Played in 10 games with one start in 2010. ... Registered three tackles and a pass breakup in 2010. ... Not listed in Tech's post-spring two-deep.
99 Ryan Bustin PK So. TR 5-11/161 Kilgore, Texas (Kilgore C.C.)
  Joined Tech's program as a walk-on. ... Four-year starter at Kilgore HS and earned first-team all-district honors for three straight years.

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