Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits Who Are Surefire Locks to Big 12
Big 12 recruiting is usually dominated by Texas and Oklahoma. The Red River Rivalry programs are two of the best in the country, and are led by two good recruiting head coaches in Mack Brown and Bob Stoops.
However, the Big 12 has experienced significant changes in recent years. Aside from West Virginia now being in the the conference, TCU is another fairly new member, along with the rise of Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Baylor.
With the SEC dominating 2014 recruiting, one would be hard-pressed to find an uncommitted prospect who is a surefire lock to join the Big 12.
However, a talented receiver has the potential to lead the conference in receptions, an offensive lineman could choose to infuse the league with more toughness and a couple of safeties will help the league shed it's reputation of not playing good defense.
Keenen Brown, WR
Keenen Brown is a 6'3", 200-pound receiver from Texas. He has solid agility when running routes, deceptive speed and flashes a large strike zone. His ability to leap over defenders and attack the ball at its highest point are great traits to have as a receiver.
Brown, who has scored 16 TDs over his past two seasons, could be a late bloomer. With good coaching and added confidence, he could grow into a good No. 2 receiver in college who surprisingly produces better numbers than expected.
He is expected to sign with Oklahoma, according to the experts at 247Sports.
John Bonney, S
Great safeties are always in demand in the Big 12. The conference has several schools that have outstanding pass-happy offenses, so signing solid defensive back recruits is a priority of many programs in the league.
John Bonney would be a good recruit to land for any Big 12 school. He is a 6'0", 182-pound safety with great instincts. Bonney sees the field well, gets a good jump on balls due to his natural feel for the game and is a good tackler.
Bonney may not be the fastest safety in the country, but his instincts and awareness allow him to play faster than one would think.
Texas or Baylor is where he will play, say the analysts at 247Sports.
Steven Parker, S
Jenks High School in Oklahoma is a great program that has produced many good recruits who have gone on to have solid college careers. Steven Parker is the latest pupil of the program, and the 6'2", 188-pound safety has the skills to be a good starter at the next level.
Parker displays great short-area quickness and closing speed. He can patrol in the secondary, quickly read a play and get to the football in a hurry. Parker has the versatility to play strong or free safety, which only makes him more attractive.
Edwin Freeman, S
Although Edwin Freeman may grow into an outside linebacker in college, he will sign with a team as a safety. He has the potential to be an All-Big 12 defender, should he sign up to play for a program in the conference.
Freeman, who is 6'0" and 212 pounds, is an instinctive and athletic player. He has the speed to squeeze the line of scrimmage, shuffle around blockers in the box and make tackles for short gains as a run defender.
Freeman also shows great range, transition quickness, field vision and short-area quickness versus passing plays.
Texas is the school to beat for him, per 247Sports.
Nathan Starks, RB
Nathan Starks has a no-nonsense running style, as he will attack a defense with force as a powerful running back. He has adequate elusiveness, but Starks is at his best when he can run in a straight line.
Starks, who is 5'11" and 200 pounds, has solid speed in the open field. He can break tackles, keep his balance and rumble upfield for big gains. Do not be surprised if Starks becomes a strong safety or outside linebacker at the next level, as he has the instincts and speed to be a good defensive player.
Mark Andrews, WR
Mark Andrews is not the fastest receiver in the country. He's not to going to strike fear in the hearts of safeties who align deep, nor will he make many exciting plays.
However, Andrews is going to be one of the most reliable receivers in the country. He is 6'6", 230 pounds and has great mitts.
Andrews would be wise to welcome a move to tight end in college, as this would allow him to work against linebackers instead of defensive backs who are faster and quicker than him.
He could choose to follow Kyle Allen, his teammate at Desert Mountain High School in Arizona, to Texas A&M, but Oklahoma is also a serious suitor for his services, per 247Sports.
Braden Smith, OL
Braden Smith is a 6'6", 290-pound offensive lineman who takes great care of his body. Smith does not look like his listed weight as he has a chiseled frame and is a physical specimen.
Smith has great toughness in the trenches. He plays big at the point of attack, has the power to steer targets away from holes and can anchor versus bull-rushers.
Smith's sister is a member of the TCU Track and Field team, and ESPNU predicts he will join her as a member of the Horned Frogs' athletic family.
K.D. Cannon, WR
K.D. Cannon proved to be one of the best receivers in the country after catching 102 passes for 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2012. The 6'0", 162-pounder has great release quickness, recognizes soft spots in coverages and has outstanding hands.
Cannon's catch radius is among the largest in the 2014 recruiting class. He is an ideal fit in a spread offense, as Cannon has the speed to make plays in the vertical passing game, as well as the run-after-catch skills to do damage on short routes.
He is a Big 12 lock, as Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech are his top schools, according to 247Sports.