The world of college football recruiting is a dark place.
Young adults barely old enough to drive are incessantly evaluated, carefully dissected, and comprehensively tested. College coaches and staff with seven-figure paychecks tirelessly scour the nation for that next fix — that next bundle of players who will bring success to the field and subsequent revenue to their respective schools.
All the while, recruiting specialists dot the landscape with their tools of criticism or approval thoroughly sharpened, ready at a moment’s notice to assign an incoming college freshman with as many gold, shiny stars as they see fit.
And perhaps in no other conference in the country is recruiting fiercer than in the Big 12. Since its creation nearly 15 years ago, the Big 12 has seldom been dominated by teams other than Texas and Oklahoma — and the recruiting numbers have reflected this.
However, while the national spectacle that is college football recruiting once again culminated in the rich teams becoming even richer, National Signing Day did prove to be fruitful for some Big 12 teams other than the conference’s duo of traditional superpowers.
Note: National rankings presented reflect those released by Rivals.com around the time this slideshow was published.
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