Red Raiders get two junior college DBs


The football website for College of the Sequoias (Visalia, Calif.) brags about having 162 of the 182 players since 2005 earn four-year scholarships. Defensive backs Stormy Butler and Darren Doston will continue the trend.

Butler and Doston both announced their verbal commitments to Texas Tech on Wednesday. The junior college standouts, both originally from Florida, became the sixth and seventh commitments of the Red Raiders’ 2013 recruiting class. Butler and Doston, who were recruited by Texas Tech cornerbacks coach John Lovett, also are the Red Raiders’ first out-of-state commitments in the class.

Butler, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, is a versatile defender who can line up as either a safety or outside linebacker. A product of Coral Springs Charter in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Butler is the younger brother of Darius Butler, a cornerback for the Carolina Panthers.

Doston, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, is product of Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. He chose Texas Tech from multiple offers, including Washington State, Houston, Iowa State, Hawaii and Texas State.

“Darren’s got four different press techniques, and he’s a very good cover corner,” COS defensive backs coach Fred Zepeda told the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. “He’s a 4.5 runner, so he’s got some solid speed. Stormy’s a physical safety. I can put him in the box and also can put him on a No. 2 receiver, an inside receiver, because he can cover very well for a safety.”

College of the Sequoias, a member of the Valley Conference of Northern California Football Association, finished 4-6 last season. Butler and Doston were a part of a secondary that allowed only 48 percent of passes completed (156 of 324), and they were on an active defense that recorded 19 interceptions during the 2011 season. Twelve players had at least one pick for the Giants.