Grab your aspirin and handkerchiefs for National Signing Day on February 6—there are going to be a lot of unhappy people the way things are shaking out in the Big 12.
That "soft verbal" commit is going to take you on a roller coaster ride and you know it. So get in, sit down, strap up and hang on as we peruse the Big 12 commits by school and highlight the ones who, you know, might make you cry on signing day.
Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is a 5-star defensive tackle and a soft verbal to Texas. Robinson reportedly visited Alabama and therein lies the problem—who is a better closer on signing day, Mack Brown or Nick Saban?
Maybe neither—Robinson has been a USC fan since childhood.
I don't see any red flags in this class so far.
No red flags here either.
Robbie Rhodes is a 5-star receiver (ranked No. 2 by position) and has been solid with Baylor. But Texas lost No. 1 ranked receiver Ricky Seals-Jones to Texas A&M, who, according to this report, also gave no indication he wanted to decommit. If you can't keep the No. 1 receiver, why not chase down No. 2?
Dionte Savage may also be a flip. According to Dallasnews.com, the Oklahoma Sooners made an offer to the 2-star JUCO offensive guard. Savage also took a trip to Texas Tech last week. Savage committed to Baylor less than two weeks ago, but he may be weighing his options since 4-star offensive guard Andrew Billings is also considering Baylor, according to this report.
So far, this class lacks red flags.
The Horned Frogs' class of 2013 improved greatly when Texas-commit Kyle Hicks flipped to TCU in early December. I doubt he wavers again, but you have to think Texas will be still be trying to reel him back in since their 2013 class lacks a running back.
There a couple of red flags here. JUCO 3-star linebacker De'Vondre Campbell committed to Tennessee and then Texas before giving a soft verbal to Kansas State in mid-January. Campbell decommitted from Tennessee after Derek Dooley was dismissed as its head coach, which sounds logical. But another decommit from Texas and a soft verbal to Kansas State makes Campbell appear a tad emotional and unsure of his desire, in my opinion.
No real red flags here, but 4-star offensive tackle Jake Campos was a Missouri commit before flipping to Iowa State. Campos is from West Des Moines—maybe he wanted to stay close to home.
An SEC school losing a commit to Iowa State? Although I expect Mizzou to make a final pitch at the one-time, long-time commit (May 2012), it sounds like he's sold on the engineering academics at Iowa State.
No red flags for this class.
So there you have it. May your team have a wonderful signing day with nothing but positive surprises.