If you read Adam Kramer's breakdown on B/R of every signing day cliche, you probably heard something like this from your favorite school's head coach:
“We expect many of these young men to contribute right away. Our hope is that these players see the field as quickly as possible.”
Obviously, that's not going to be the case for every player at every school. Some will contribute, sure, but others will redshirt or get buried on the depth chart. Some may not even make it to campus.
Recruiting, at its core, is a game of percentages.
Still, there are a few Big 12 schools who are in a position to use several of their 2014 signees right away.
When one-third of your signing class is made up of junior college players, the expectation is that they will fill holes and bridge gaps right away.
K-State has immediate needs along the offensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. Offensive tackles Luke Hayes and A.J. Allen should be able to come in right away and patch holes in a line that got progressively better as the 2013 season went along.
D'Vonta Derricott and Isaiah Riddle are two linebackers to watch, and Danzel McDaniel could crack the two-deep at cornerback.
Though the Wildcats should be good along the defensive line, 4-star defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales from Dodge City CC was the highest-rated recruit in the class.
By filling some holes with JUCO players, K-State should pick up where it left off last season, winning six of its last seven games, and enter '14 as one of the preseason favorites to win the Big 12.
Kansas went JUCO heavy—very JUCO heavy—in last year's recruiting class. That's not so much the case this year. Head coach Charlie Weis is focusing more on recruiting and developing high school talent.
That doesn't mean some of the incoming freshman won't compete, though.
It starts at wide receiver, a position Weis will coach himself and one that has lacked production the past two seasons. That should mean an open competition in spring and preseason camps, so players like Corey Avery, Derrick Neal and Tyler Patrick could make an impact right away.
He wasn't a member of the 2014 class, but Miami (OH) transfer Nick Harwell should be in the mix too.
Also, the Jayhawks need a replacement for departed running back James Sims. Traevohn Wrench, a 4-star recruit, could see some playing time as well, especially if Tony Pierson commits to wide receiver full time.
Kansas has better depth on defense, but the Jayhawks do lose their edge pass rushers along the defensive line. Anthony Olobia, a transfer from Arizona Western, should be able to step in right away and play at a position of need.
The Sooners return one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the conference in Trevor Knight, along with their defensive front seven. That's a recipe for success in any conference.
The talent surrounding Knight on offense will have plenty of new faces, however. Three of Oklahoma's top four running backs and receivers are gone, meaning there will be a lot of competition this offseason.
Head coach Bob Stoops signed three tall wide receivers—Mark Andrews, Jeffery Mead and Dallis Todd—plus athlete Michiah Quick. Also, 5-star running back Joe Mixon should see playing time as a freshman.
On defense, highly touted safety Steven Parker should take advantage of some veteran departures in the secondary. Parker may not start, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him get some playing time early.
Keep an eye on: Baylor's incoming wide receivers, Texas Tech's incoming defensive line.
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.
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