Top Big 12 Recruits to Watch at 2014 Nike the Opening

Sean Frye@Sean_E_FryeFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

Top Big 12 Recruits to Watch at 2014 Nike the Opening

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    The fourth annual The Opening high school showcase camp, hosted by Nike, is underway, with the camp set to end on July 10. 

    The nation's top recruits, including Deontay Anderson and Kris Boyd, are at the camp and are the targets of Big 12 recruiters. 

    So with that, let's check out the top targets of Big 12 teams at The Opening. 

Deontay Anderson

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    A defensive back out of Manvel, Texas, this 5-star prospect from the class of 2016 has offers from four Big 12 schools. 

    The top three schools on Anderson's list are Alabama, LSU and Texas, giving the Longhorns a chance to rebuild their defense with a homegrown prospect. 

    Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech have also offered Anderson. But if the Big 12 is to land this highly touted defensive prospect, the Longhorns are the most likely suitor. 

Kris Boyd

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    Another Lone Star prospect targeted by the Longhorns, Boyd is a versatile prospect who plays both cornerback and running back. 

    Rated a 4-star cornerback, Boyd recently attended the Florida State camp, which moved the Seminoles up to second on his wish list. 

    The top three schools for Boyd are Texas A&M, FSU and Texas. His other Big 12 offers are from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech. 

    Just like Anderson, the most likely destination in the Big 12 for Boyd is Texas. 

K.J. Hill

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    A 4-star wide receiver out of Arkansas, K.J. Hill's top offers are from three SEC schools—Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama. 

    But the fourth school on his list is Oklahoma State, a school known for churning out elite wideout prospects. 

    Texas Tech, another spread-offense system, is the other Big 12 school to offer Hill. 

    Hill is likely to either stay close to home or go to the more elite SEC schools, but with Oklahoma State in the running, anything is possible. 

Desean Holmes

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    Perhaps the top wide receiver prospect of the Oklahoma Sooners from the class of 2015, Desean Holmes of Pasadena, California, is one of the most coveted recruits in the country. 

    At 5'10", Holmes is more known for his speed and hands than his height and would be a terrific slot receiver. One possible comparison that Sooner fans could make for Holmes is Ryan Broyles, one of the school's most decorated players in history who was also 5'10". 

    Oklahoma is the only Big 12 school to offer Holmes, and most of his top interests are West Coast schools. But the possibility of being the next Broyles could be too much for Holmes to ignore. 

JaMycal Hasty

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    While every other recruit on this list has yet to sign his letter of intent, 4-star running back JaMycal Hasty has already chosen his destination. 

    This 2015 recruit will be a Baylor Bear after committing on March 29. 

    Hasty is as speedy as they come, with a recorded 4.31 40-yard dash time. As everybody knows, they love speed down in Waco. 

    So it's almost a foregone conclusion that Hasty will be a tremendous fit for the Bears in a few years. 

Kendall Sheffield

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    One of the most desired prospects out of Texas, six Big 12 schools, as well as the likes of Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, are in hot pursuit of this 5-star cornerback.

    With a 4.40 40-yard dash time and a nose for finding the ball, Kendall Sheffield has all the tools to be a shutdown corner at the collegiate level.

    The top schools on Sheffield's list are the Longhorns, Aggies and Crimson Tide. So it appears that Sheffield is leaning toward keeping his Lone Star roots.

    So the biggest question will be is this a Big 12 or SEC-bound prospect? 


    All recruit information from 247sports, unless otherwise noted.