The BCS era is officially over, but another national signing day (Feb. 5) is drawing ever closer.
So, in the spirit of offseason conversation starters, it's time to look back at the best recruiting classes in the Big 12 during the BCS era.
The word "best" can take on a variety of definitions. Here, it's how well their potential met expectations. How many games and/or championships did a particular recruiting class win? How many future NFL players or award winners were a part of the class? These are some of the considerations taken when determining which classes were the best.
Don't see a noteworthy recruiting class on here? Don't blow a gasket just yet. It may be listed in Friday's follow-up feature, which will list recruiting classes from the BCS era that overachieved or underachieved.
In the meantime, here are five recruiting classes that stand above the rest.