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January 9, 2014

Bethel II makes a change

Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington cornerback Nigel Bethel II switched his commitment from Miami to Texas Tech on Thursday.

"I chose Texas Tech because it's a great opportunity for me to start early and play early," he said. "It's a great league. They throw the ball a lot.

"Coach (Kevin) Curtis never gave up and he believed in me even though I was committed to Miami. We messaged and Facebooked with each other, we have a real relationship."

Bethel visited the South Plains in September for the Red Raiders' win over Texas State.

"I don't know anyone there, but when I went on the visit it just felt like a family. Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury is a cool guy, very young. They will get better and the sky is the limit for that program."

The 5-foot-9 181-pound prospect also visited Utah and West Virginia during the season. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 24 cornerback in the 2014 class and No. 48 overall prospect in the state of Florida.

Texas Tech track and field coach Wes Kittley also played a role in Bethel's recruitment, as the Sunshine State standout plans to run track for the Red Raiders.

"I run the 100, 200 and 400 but my main event is the 200," Bethel said. "My best time (in the 200) as a junior was 21.10. I run a 4.47 40."

Bethel chose Texas Tech over offers from Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Washington State, West Virginia and others.


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