Every Big 12 Football Team's Ace 2015 Recruiter

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 17, 2014

Every Big 12 Football Team's Ace 2015 Recruiter

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    Big 12 recruiting shouldn't be overlooked. Every program in the conference needs at least one ace recruiter on staff to go after and collect top talent.

    While many Big 12 recruiting classes are developing at a slow pace, top recruiters in this league are still eyeing some of the nation's best 2015 prospects. Texas head coach Charlie Strong appears to have a trio of ace recruiters on his staff, while Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has seen his defensive line coach fare well on the recruiting trail.

    Plus, West Virginia's ace recruiter is going at a great pace.


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    Ace recruiter: Kendal Briles

    When Baylor wants to make sure it gets thick in the mix for a top recruit, it usually sends Kendal Briles after him.

    This year, Briles already has gotten his father, head coach Art Briles,  three commitments. Players such as receiver Devontre Stricklin, athlete John Humphrey and cornerback Jordan Tolbert are solid 3-star recruits Briles has lured to Waco.

    Baylor's receivers coach is also the primary recruiter for 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield, plus he's helping in the recruitment of 5-star receiver Damarkus Lodge

    On June 12, Briles told Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.com on June 12, "We are in central Texas, we recruit Texas, so all these kids we are recruiting are three hours away and can always get to us."

Iowa State

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    Ace recruiter: Shane Burnham

    Iowa State has just three commitments, but defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham is credited with bringing in sleeper 2-star defensive end Anthony Nelson.

    At 6'7" and 215 pounds, Nelson has a long frame and a high ceiling. Look for the Cyclones to have Burnham look for a few more diamonds in the rough before the end of this cycle.


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    Ace recruiters: John Reagan and Ron Powlus

    Kansas has five commitments, and three of them have been secured by offensive coordinator John Reagan and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

    JUCO offensive linemen DeLonte Murray and Jarek Smalley are 2-star finds by Reagan, while Powlus is responsible for the commitment of 3-star quarterback Ryan Willis.

    If Kansas is to have a solid recruiting year for 2015, it may be up to these two coaches.

Kansas State

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    Ace recruiter: Del Miller

    Responsible for two of Kansas State's three commitments, Del Miller is head coach Bill Snyder's ace recruiter right now.

    Miller coaches quarterbacks and helps coordinate the offense for the Wildcats. He convinced 3-star guard Adam Holtorf and 3-star quarterback Alex Delton to commit to KSU, as the two have a chance to develop into solid players down the road.


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    Ace recruiter: Jerry Montgomery

    A big reason why head coach Bob Stoops lured Jerry Montgomery from Michigan to coach Oklahoma's defensive linemen was his recruiting ability.

    This year, Montgomery has brought Stoops two commitments, and more could be on the horizon. The Sooners have seven pledges, with 4-star cornerback PJ Mbanasor and 4-star defensive tackle Marquise Overton being Montgomery's recruits.

    He'll likely be in on all of OU's top remaining targets.

Oklahoma State

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    Ace recruiter: Jemal Singleton

    Most of Oklahoma State's assistant coaches only have one commitment each, but Jemal Singleton got the biggest fish in the Cowboys' class.

    The running backs coach got himself a future pupil in high-end 4-star running back Ronald Jones II. Jones is an elusive runner with excellent quickness and speed who will be a star in OSU's offense.

    Singleton is also trying to get 4-star running back Tyreik Gray to join Jones in Stillwater.


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    Ace recruiter: Rusty Burns

    With 15 commitments, TCU's class has been built fairly evenly by its recruiters.

    However, receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Rusty Burns has brought in two significant commitments in 3-star offensive/defensive lineman Cody Ford and 3-star receiver Jarrison Stewart.

    The Horned Frogs sit at No. 16 in the 247Sports Recruiting Rankings, and Burns' recruiting efforts are a big reason for their high position.


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    Ace recruiters: Joe WicklineTommie Robinson and Chris Rumph

    Joe Wickline will coordinate the offense and coach offensive linemen at Texas, while Tommie Robinson will coach the Longhorns' running backs. 

    The two have combined for six of Texas' 10 commitments. Wickline is responsible for 4-star offensive linemen Toby Weathersby and Patrick Vahe, plus 3-star blocker Ronnie Major.

    Robinson is credited with 4-star running back Jordan Stevenson, 3-star running back Tristian Houston and 3-star athlete Kirk Johnson.

    Rumph is a well-respected recruiter who coaches the defensive line for head coach Charlie Strong. He can be thanked for 4-star safety Deshon Elliott and 3-star defensive end Charles Omenihu.

Texas Tech

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    Ace recruiter: Eric Morris

    Texas Tech has a commitment from elite 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarrett Stidham. When the talented passer starts to make plays in Lubbock, head coach Kliff Kingsbury will need to thank co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Eric Morris.

    Morris also helped convince 3-star athlete Jonathan Giles to commit to the Red Raiders. His most important target right now is 5-star receiver Tyron Johnson.

West Virginia

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    Ace recruiter: JaJuan Seider

    Easy pick here for West Virginia, as JaJuan Seider is cleaning up on the recruiting trail. The Mountaineers' running backs coach has picked up six commitments, including 4-star safety Kendrell McFadden and 4-star receiver Jovon Durante.

    Running back Alex Anderson, cornerback Kevin Williams, receiver Kahlil Lewis and William Cameron are 3-star prospects Seider has gotten for head coach Dana Holgorsen.

    All but Cameron are from Florida. 

    All recruiting class ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Recruiting Rankings.
    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.