Power Ranking the Top 2014 Big 12 Football Recruiting Classes
Texas is off to a hot start. Mack Brown and his staff have stormed out of the 2014 gate and are constructing another great class.
However, Oklahoma is looking to redeem itself after a down year. The Sooners have a small but quality class and could be positioning themselves for a big summer.
The Big 12 isn't just about the Red River Rivalry, however. It is always fun to track how conference newbies West Virginia and TCU are doing. And led by new coach Kliff Kingsbury who knows how to recruit Texas, Texas Tech is building a great class of underrated prospects.
Finally, Kansas State has started better than usual and Kansas appears to be waiting for the JUCO trail to be established.
Recruiting class information and recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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10. West Virginia
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Total commits: 2
Top commit: Ricky Rogers, WR
Dana Holgorsen is trying to make sure his program understands that the Big 12 is a different animal than the Big East.
So look for him to recruit the heartland a little harder—especially in Texas, as those recruits grew up watching the Big 12 and play with passion.
However, don’t expect Holgorsen to give up on the East Coast, as his two commitments are from Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Rogers, a 3-star wide receiver who is 6'2" and 195 pounds, has strong hands, a big body and the strength to combat press coverage. William Crest, a 3-star QB, is the other Mountaineer pledge. He's a 6’4” kid who needs to learn the WVU offense.
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Total commits: 3
Top commit: Traevohn Wrench, RB
One of the reasons Charlie Weis is off to a slow recruiting start is his focus on the junior college talent pool. JUCO recruiting starts more in the summer and fall, so Weis is taking it easy so far.
However, Wrench is a 4-star running back with a world of potential.
The 6’0”, 195-pounder has good vision, quickness and flashes solid long speed. His skills are a good fit for the offensive-minded Weis.
Also in this class are 3-star OLB Kyron Watson and 3-star ATH Joe Dineen. Keep an eye on Watson, as the 6'1", 210-pound 'backer is a ferocious hitter.
8. Iowa State
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Total commits: 4
Top commit: Allen Lazard, WR
Iowa State, which is usually not at the top of the Big 12 recruiting rankings, finds itself in a familiar position this year. The summer is approaching and ISU has four commitments.
The Cyclones have a current class made up of one 4-star, three 3-star and one 2-star commitment.
The top commitment is the 6’5” Lazard, a 4-star WR who has good hands, ball skills and playmaking ability. He could make an immediate impact for Paul Rhoads and is expected to eventually become the No. 1 wide receiver for the Cyclones.
The class will fill out, but don’t expect much flair and sizzle from ISU.
7. Oklahoma State
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Total commits: 5
Top commit: Devon Thomas, RB
This class has two 4-star recruits and three 3-star recruits.
Thomas is an electric 4-star scat back who may grow into an every-down role in Stillwater.
Gyasi Akem is a 4-star linebacker and 3-star Justin Phillips plays outside linebacker at just 5’11”, 190 pounds. They are both the kind of defensive players the Cowboys need to get things turned around on that side of the ball.
Trevion Roberts is a 3-star recruit, but the 6'2", 205-pound ATH is big and versatile. Also, 6'4", 210-pound quarterback Mason Rudolph (3-star rating) will come to Stillwater to learn how to pilot Mike Gundy's potent offense.
6. Kansas State
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Total commits: 7
Top commit: Dalton Risner, C
Bill Snyder is a good coach, but he’s never been one to sign superstar recruits. The same will be said after this year, as K-State will once again not finish in the top 25. However, having seven pledges at this point is a surprise.
Risner leads the group, as the 3-star pivot player is a 6'5", 295-pounder who will get a look as a center. Scat back Dalvin Warmack, a 3-star recruit, will add some spice to the Wildcats offense.
Sam Sizelove, a 3-star recruit, has good size for the linebacker position at 6’3” and 230 pounds, and 3-star defensive end C.J. Reese may grow into a defensive tackle, as he already stands at 6’4”, 260 pounds.
Years down the road, this class of seven 3-star recruits figures to be part of a team that contends for the Big 12 title and wins a bowl game or two.
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Total commits: 6
Top commit: Zaycoven Henderson, DT
TCU wanted to make the jump to the Big 12. Now it is time for it to recruit like it belongs. The Horned Frogs need a top 25-30 finish this year.
From playing in a BCS conference to residing in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, there’s much to like about TCU. Henderson, a 4-star player, leads a group consisting of five other pledges. A 6’2”, 285-pound defensive lineman, Henderson can play defensive end or tackle.
Foster Sawyer is a 3-star QB who passes the hoof test at 6’5”, as does 3-star WR Emmanuel Porter, who has good speed.
Gary Patterson is a great coach. Now he needs to become a great recruiter. His class has one 4-star and five 3-star commitments.
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Total commits: 8
Top commit: Justice Hansen, QB
Bob Stoops has a QB to build this class around in Hansen, a 4-star dual-threat QB from the Sooner State. Hansen, who is 6'3" and 190 pounds, has a strong arm, great accuracy and can make plays with his legs.
Wide receiver Dallis Todd, a 4-star player from California, is an imposing 6’4” and 210 pounds. Outside linebacker Vontre McQuinnie, a 3-star recruit, is only 195 pounds, but his 6’1” frame will grow. He has the makings of a solid rover-type.
The Sooners' class has two 4-star and six 3-star recruits.
3. Texas Tech
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Total commits: 12
Top commit: Patrick Mahomes, QB
The Red Raiders are going to make noise in recruiting, as Kliff Kingsbury is a young coach who is excited to be at his alma mater. He also will create cool uniforms in Lubbock and use them as a recruiting tool, according to Michael Graham of Sports Day DFW.
Kingsbury already has 12 pledges (11 3-stars, one 2-star), as Tech’s class is on pace to be a large group. Mahomes is a creative 3-star QB who can scramble and make plays with his feet.
Justin Stockton is a great 3-star scat back/space player who fits Tech's spread attack, and 3-star CB Derrick Neal leads the defensive recruiting class.
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Total commits: 14
Top commit: Davion Hall, WR
The Bears have a solid class in the making. It is led by offensive studs Davion Hall, a 4-star wide receiver/safety, and Terrence Williams, a 4-star running back. Hall has good size at 6’3” and 193 pounds and resembles Cordarrelle Patterson in many ways with the ball in his hands.
Williams is a big back at 6’2” and 220 pounds. He has good strength and the ability to fall forward after each run.
All 14 commitments are Texans (two 4-stars, 12 3-stars), and Art Briles surely will look to add more quality to the group and nestle into the top-25 national rankings.
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Total commits: 14
Top commit: Jerrod Heard, QB
The Longhorns know how to get off to a great start in recruiting. They've done it often enough.
They have 14 pledges already, which is a typically fast start for Mack Brown’s program. Texas is on pace for another top-10 class and figures to be done with its 2014 class by the end of the summer, like it always is.
Texas has five 4-star and nine 3-star recruits.
Heard is one of the top dual-threat QBs in the nation. A 4-star prospect, he is further along than early-enrolling freshman Tyrone Swoopes. Defensive end Derick Roberson, a 4-star prospect, leads the defensive class and will be able to rush Big 12 passers immediately.
Linebacker Cameron Hampton is not far behind, though. A 3-star prospect, Hampton is light at 6'2'' and 205 pounds, but he has great range and instincts.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.