The Big 12 has seen a lot of change take place in its league in recent years. Traditionally dominated by Oklahoma and Texas, the conference now has schools such as Baylor and Oklahoma State rising to power.
Recruiting in the Big 12 has become more important than ever, which is why losing a commitment is such a huge blow. Several programs within the conference have a pledged prospect who may decide not to be a part of its class in February.
A receiver could choose to bolt for Notre Dame, while a linebacker is looking around. Plus, an offensive lineman's commitment doesn't appear to be strong.
Committed to: Kansas State
At 6'1" and 233 pounds, D'Vonta Derricott is a 3-star JUCO linebacker who is one of the top players in Kansas State's class. He has excellent speed, which allows him to make plays all across the box.
The Wildcats are expecting Derricott to make an immediate impact, but he may never sign with them. Miami offered the talented 'backer last month, and the Hurricanes are his childhood favorite, according to a report by Randy Withers of Scout.com (subscription required).
Playing for the team he grew up cheering for may be too great of an opportunity to pass up for Derricott.
Committed to: TCU
At nearly 6'3" and 210 pounds, Jimmie Swain is a versatile 4-star linebacker who has good skills. He has the toughness and strength to challenge blocks inside, while also displaying enough athleticism and speed to hold up on the flanks.
Swain would be a great fit in TCU's defense, but the Horned Frogs will have to fight to keep him committed. The Kansas native has already visited Arkansas, plus Oregon will see him in a few weeks, per Steve Summers of eDuck (subscription required).
Swain signing elsewhere would be a big loss for head coach Gary Patterson.
Committed to: Oklahoma State
Lemaefe Galeai is a 3-star offensive lineman who would help Oklahoma State's offense in the trenches. At 6'4" and 310 pounds, he gets the job done with strength and toughness.
Galeai would certainly bring more power to Stillwater, but the talented blocker could very well take his talents elsewhere. By including "for now" in his comment when Randall Newsome of Scout.com (subscription required) asked about his commitment status, Galeai doesn't sound like a prospect whose recruitment is over.
Keep an eye on this one.
Committed to: Iowa State
The headliner for Iowa State's class is 4-star receiver Allen Lazard. An in-state prospect for the Cyclones, Lazard has impressive size at 6'4.5" and 207 pounds.
He can use his strength to fight off cornerbacks at the line, plus he does a good job of keeping defenders outside of passing lanes. The big receiver took a visit to Notre Dame last month, according to 247Sports
Lazard is still committed to ISU, but crazier things have happened on the recruiting trail. Look for the Irish to stay in the mix until National Signing Day.
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