Nine sign early with Red Raiders

According to a release from the school's official site, Texas Tech received nine letters of intent or financial aid agreements on Wednesday.

"This is a great group and we are glad they made the decision to become Red Raiders," coach Tommy Tuberville said. "All of these guys are going to be afforded the opportunity for immediate playing time and we look forward to getting them on the practice field in February."

Rice High School (Altair, Texas) offensive center Jared Kaster has signed a financial aid agreement, will graduate from high school early and enroll in January. ESPNU ranks Kaster as the nation's eight best center. Defensive back Thierry Nguema (Corona, Calif./Santiago), originally a 2011 prospect, has also signed a financial aid agreement.

Defensive end Lee Adams, linebacker Will Smith, and receiver SaDale Foster, all from Riverside (Calif.) Community College, are set to enroll early at Texas Tech. Adams originally signed with Arizona State as a three-star in 2010 out of Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.). Smith, who posted 13 tackles for loss this fall, attended Div. II Northwood University (Mich.) prior to Riverside CC. Foster, an accomplished return man, is a Riverside, Calif. native. All three players have three years to play two.

Texas Tech also landed a trio from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.). Safety / linebacker Chris Payne (Columbia, S.C.) is a former ESPNU 150 prospect and South Carolina signee with three years of eligibility remaining. Wide receiver Javon Bell (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault), who also signed with South Carolina out of high school, caught 27 touchdown passes in two juco seasons. Offensive lineman Rashad Fortenberry, a Tylertown, Miss. native, played guard and tackle at MGCCC. Bell and Fortenberry have three years to play two.

Pierce College (Woodland Hills, Calif.) product Austin Stewart, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, also signed. The Matthews, N.C. native has three years to play two.