The Big 12 is a conference known for its lack of defense and high-scoring games. Once ruled by Texas and Oklahoma, new powers such as Oklahoma State, Baylor and West Virginia can score on just about anyone.
Recruiting remains a big deal throughout the Midlands, as getting talented players to execute schemes is imperative for a Big 12 program's success. Several schools have commitments from prospects who should not only be good, but should also become stars during their time in the Big 12.
Baylor's offense will get a new toy to play with, while Texas has a commitment from an underrated stud running back. Plus, Iowa State is crossing its fingers that a big receiver stays committed, as he seems destined for stardom with the Cyclones.
Note: This list focuses on committed recruits only.
Committed to: Oklahoma
At 6'5" and 210 pounds, Dallis Todd is a 4-star receiver from California who will be a star at Oklahoma. Not only does Todd possess great size, but he also runs well and has good athletic ability.
Due to his knack for shooting off the line on the perimeter, Todd can immediately threaten secondaries with his release. He shows good speed when running his routes, which helps him climb to the third level.
Todd has the ability to sink his hips and fire out of his cuts to create separation before using his mitts to snatch passes. He should catch a ton of balls in the Sooners' spread offense.
Committed to: Kansas
Wrench, who is 6'0" and 180 pounds, has a chance to become a complete runner. He has the quickness to elude defenders, which he uses before turning on the jets to race for big gains. Yet do not let Wrench's 180-pound frame fool you.
He can attack defenses with force and power, and the Kansas native is capable of breaking tackles. Wrench also can be dynamic on screens.
Weis would be wise to put Wrench to work immediately next season.
Committed to: Iowa State
A 4-star receiver, Allen Lazard could become Iowa State's best offensive player by the middle of his freshman season. He's a big target on the perimeter who stands nearly 6'5" and weighs 207 pounds.
Lazard is at his best when he can work in a straight line. He shows adequate quickness when releasing off the line, but his size and strength are his best assets. Lazard can attack the football at its highest point before coming down with it in crowds. He's a chore to press for cornerbacks, plus he has good ball skills.
The Cyclones will throw to him often, which will make Lazard a star in the Big 12.
Committed to: Texas
At 5'11" and 190 pounds, Donald Catalon is a talented 4-star running back who will be a hit in Austin. He possesses a good blend of speed and strength, and there is not much Catalon can not do.
He hits the hole with good quickness and force, as he can run through arm tackles in alleys. Catalon flashes solid wiggle as a runner, which allows him to dodge defenders. Yet he will deliver a punishing blow to finish a carry with power when he has to.
It may be a season or two before he makes his presence felt with the Longhorns, but the Big 12 will know who Catalon is before he leaves Texas.
Committed to: Baylor
Among the best players in the nation, 5-star receiver KD Cannon could set several records in Baylor's high-octane spread offense.
He is 6'0" and 162 pounds, and his light frame allows him to sail around the field. Cannon surges off the line to attack secondaries with his speed. He flashes the vision and awareness needed to settle into holes in coverage, but Cannon's at his best when he can climb on top of defensive backs to make catches on the third level.
He's elusive after the catch, as he can make several moves to find open spots to gain yards when he hauls in passes underneath. Cannon should light up a ton of Big 12 defenses for years to come.
The Big 12 has several future stars who can be located by using the fantastic 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!