Texas Tech is becoming a family affair for the Cantrells.

Red Raiders fifth-year senior receiver Dylan Cantrell signed with Tech in 2013, and it appears his younger brother will be following in his footsteps.

Whitehouse 2019 receiver Cameron Cantrell announced his commitment to Texas Tech via Twitter on Monday afternoon.

The Wildcats' playmaker is the first member of East Texas' 2019 recruiting class to offer up a commitment.

Texas Tech is currently Cameron Cantrell's only Division I FBS scholarship offer.

Last season, as a sophomore, Cameron Cantrell (6-1, 175) caught 40 passes for 521 yards and scored twice for a Whitehouse program that reached the postseason for the first time since 2013.

Whitehouse closed the year with a 6-5 record after losing in the first round of the Class 5A Division II playoffs.

Texas Tech has yet to offer any other area prospects in the 2019 class, but the Red Raiders do have a commitment from Pleasant Grove 2018 linebacker Xavier Benson.

Texas Tech has been up-and-down through Dylan Cantrell’s first four seasons on campus, but the coaching staff has a certain soft spot for the former Whitehouse receiver. Dylan Cantrell initially committed to Tommy Tuberville’s staff and stayed committed during the transition to Kingsbury.

Dylan Cantrell was Texas Tech’s third-leading receiver last season as the Red Raiders worked to a 5-7 record, and he wasn’t the only former Whitehouse player putting up big numbers in Lubbock. Patrick Mahomes II, selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in this year's NFL draft, was a three-year starter at quarterback.

Texas Tech has been ranked as high as 10th in the country at the midseason point during Kingsbury’s four-year tenure, but none of the teams have ever finished better than 8-5.

Last year’s team went 5-7 with statistically the worst defense of all 128 teams at the NCAA Division I FBS level. Ironically, Mahomes and Dylan Cantrell were key pieces to what was statistically the best offense among all FBS teams.

The Red Raiders program most recently reached a bowl game in 2015. It went to 11 consecutive bowl games between 2000 and 2010 and was bowl eligible each season from 1993 to 2010.

Cameron Cantrell, like all prospects entering their junior year of high school, will first become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in December of 2018.

2019 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Jade Ashalintubbi, Elysian Fields, OL, 6-6, 331 —offers from Tulsa, ULM (2)
  • Chance Billington, John Tyler, OL, 6-3, 201 — offer from SMU (1)
  • Tamauzia Brown, Newton, WR/ATH, 6-1, 170 — offer from Oklahoma State (1)
  • Keontae Burns, Pittsburg, WR, 6-3, 182 — offers from Iowa State, North Texas, SMU, Southern Miss (4)
  • Cameron Cantrell, Whitehouse, WR, 6-1, 175 -- committed to Texas Tech (1)
  • Coltin Clack, Texas High, QB, 6-3, 202 — offers from Florida Atlantic, SMU, Southern Miss (3)
  • Christian Hood, Marshall, OL, 6-2, 290 — offer from Southern Miss (1)
  • T.Q. Jackson, Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 175 — offers from SMU, Southern Miss (2)
  • Keivie Rose, Henderson, DE, 6-4, 220 — offers from Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane (5)
  • Carl Williams, Lufkin, DT, 6-3, 275 — offers from Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Tulsa (4)
  • Marcus Williams, Longview, OL, 6-6, 250 — offers from Baylor, Houston, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State (5)

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