Big 12 Football Teams Leading the Way Early in 2013 College Football Recruiting
In less than two weeks, National Signing Day will spark some college football fans to finally buy season tickets for their favorite team while others will attempt to find solace after a coveted commit flips to a rival team.
It can be a cruel yet exhilarating day for college football fans, but the final two weeks leading up to National Signing Day can also be ulcer-inducing.
Big 12 football fans are probably worried about the conference's current overall performance in landing the country's top recruits. Right now, Alabama and USC have 19 percent of the Top 100 prospects committed to their two schools. Two teams have almost one-fifth of the cream of the crop.
That's simply mind-boggling.
So where does the Big 12 stand in terms of its recruiting classes of 2013 so far?
Texas is ranked No. 14 by Scout and has the highest rated class of any Big 12 school. That slightly disappointing ranking is due to several reasons, the biggest probably being that Texas A&M's success in the SEC has shifted some recruits' interest that may have not been there a few years ago. Texas also doesn't have a lot of room for a large class.
According to HornsNation reporter Max Olson, head coach Mack Brown anticipates a small class. Olson also notes that "the Longhorns entered fall camp with only 10 scholarship seniors, so room remains fairly limited."
So while Texas' ranking appears to be a little underwhelming, the quality of athletes it has committed is very impressive. The No. 1 defensive tackle in the country, A'Shawn Robinson, gave his soft verbal to Texas on Friday afternoon. The Longhorns needed a defensive tackle (or two or three) and landing Robinson was a huge boost.
Oklahoma's class of 2013 is an interesting one. The Sooners started out strong getting their first commit last March from 5-star running back Keith Ford. They received four more commits (all 4-stars) within the next two months including quarterback Cody Thomas out of Colleyville, Texas.
But since last November, the Sooners have had 11 commits with all but one (4-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins) rated 3-stars or lower—five of those commits are linemen. Concerning? Yes, especially since Oklahoma only has one 5-star commit in Ford.
No. 19 Oklahoma State is the other Big 12 team that is among the leaders of the pack. If you have to compare the recruiting classes of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma—and of course we will because they're rivals—then Oklahoma State is right with Oklahoma.
The Cowboys landed five 4-star prospects, including two very important defensive players in safety Jordan Sterns and defensive end Naim Mustafaa. Mustafaa was offered by seven SEC schools and was originally committed to Georgia since last summer, but earlier this month Mustafaa flipped to Oklahoma State and has enrolled early.
Head coach Mike Gundy is a master at recognizing and developing talent from junior colleges and this class is no different. 6'8", 285-pound offensive tackle Brandon Garrett is a sleeper, but he'll have to put on some weight. Local restaurants in Stillwater should be on high alert.
Right now, Texas is the big recruiting leader of the Big 12 and despite its small class size, the talent-laden commit list is just ridiculous.
The rich keep getting richer.
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