Every Wednesday, we'll take a trip around the Big 12 to see how recruiting is panning out. Whose class is shaping up nicely and who has a lot of work left to do? Your weekly recruiting roundup will help answer just that.
It has been two weeks since the last Big 12 weekly recruiting roundup (due to the 4th of July), but the conference has continued to remain relatively quiet.
Oklahoma State had the biggest two weeks on the recruiting trail, picking up a pair of 3-stars and a pair of 4-stars. Those commits are 3-star DB Darius Curry, 4-star WR Ra'Shaad Samples, 4-star ATH Jerel Morrow and 3-star DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.
The Cowboys have moved significantly on the recruiting front, passing TCU for total commits with 10 (versus the Horned Frogs' nine). Samples was a potential get for Texas, but Oklahoma State ultimately snagged the commit (per the Dallas Morning News).
On the heels of losing Ricky Seals-Jones, the Longhorns could have used the wideout. It's imperative now more than ever that Texas convinces Seals-Jones to recommit.
With the additions of RB Tyler Brown and DB Nigel Tribune, Iowa State is officially at seven commits (per Rivals.com). June was a big month for the Cyclones, as they added six of those commits in that month alone. Neither Brown nor Tribune have any stars, but Tribune does boast a 4.5-second 40.
Head coach Charlie Weis gained another commit for Kansas with CB Taylor Lewis. The DeSote, Texas, native has no stars, but ESPN.com calls the cornerback a sleeper. He is also the sixth commitment of the 2013 class for the Jayhawks (per Rivals.com).
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Oklahoma and West Virginia picked up 3-stars in the last couple of weeks. The Sooners got a commit from 3-star OL Matt Beyer, while the Mountaineers got a commit from 3-star RB Zaire Williams. Both are nice additions to each recruiting class.
RB Jalen Rhodes and 3-star OL Maurice Porter committed to Texas Tech recently. Porter is the star of the two recruits, having at least nine offers. The Missouri City, Texas, native will be a good addition to the Red Raiders' growing commitment list. He is 6'5" and 285 pounds.
Texas lost commit Daeshon Hall at the end of June. The day after he decommitted, the 6'6", 230-pound DE committed to Washington. Hall is originally from Washington, so the move will keep him closer to home.
Rumors that Clemson may be eyeing the Big 12 have been shut down due to travel expenses and their recruiting footprint, according The Post and Courier.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told The Post and Courier that the rumors tying Clemson to the Big 12 are “irresponsible” and “distracting” and said the majority of Clemson recruiting targets would prefer to play in the ACC.
Most of Clemson’s recruits are from the Southeast.