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The Dotted Line: A closer look at the rest of the Big 12’s 2019 recruiting classes

Posted January 30th, 2019


Texas added five-star athlete Bru McCoy last week and jumped Oklahoma as the top-rated class in the Big 12 for the 2019 cycle. The Longhorns hold the third-ranked class in the country, while the Sooners hold the fifth-ranked group. It was another lackluster year of recruiting for the rest of the conference. TCU ranks third in the conference, but ranks just 29th in the country. Baylor is the only other program with a top-35 recruiting class.

A look at where the rest of the Big 12’s classes sit a week away from national signing day:

Oklahoma signee Austin Stogner at All-American Bowl practice in San Antonio. (Mike Craven)

Oklahoma: Offense-heavy

No. of commits: 24


Top players: Theo Wease Jr. (WR), Spencer Rattler (QB), Trejan Bridges (WR)

Fab 55 commits: 8 — WR Trejan Bridges (11th), WR Theo Wease (12th), TE Austin Stogner (7th), DE Marcus Stripling (16th), OT EJ Ndoma-Ogar (23rd), DE Kori Roberson (47th), S Jamal Morris (46th), David Ugwoegbu (54th)

Overview: The Sooners are recruiting among the nation’s elite following their fourth consecutive Big 12 title. Oklahoma has done well in Texas, landing top receivers like Wease and Bridges as well as tight end Stogner. The wide receiver class is among the best in the nation and Rattler is a quarterback that could buck the trend of Oklahoma recruiting the transfer market. It’s the fifth-ranked class in the nation.

TCU: Loading up for the future 

No. of commits: 26

Top players: Max Duggan (QB), Andrew Coker (OT), Daimarqua Foster (RB)

Fab 55 commits: 4 — ATH Tamauzia Brown (38th), RB Darwin Barlow (36th), OT Andrew Coker (29th), RB Daimarqua Foster (35th)

Overview: Gary Patterson cares more about fit than star rankings. The consistency at TCU means the Horned Frogs can recruit players who fit into the system rather than recruiting the best players in the state and fitting the scheme around the talent. Duggan is a dual-threat quarterback like previous players who have won the job at TCU. Coker is a legit offensive tackle and the class adds talent on offense with skill players like Barlow, Foster and Brown. It’s the 29th-ranked class in the country.

Round Rock Cedar Ridge wide receiver Jaylen Ellis is a Baylor pledge. (Mike Craven)

Baylor: Building Bears

No. of commits: 23

Top players: Jacob Zeno (QB), Peyton Powell (ATH), Jaylen Ellis (WR)

Fab 55 commits: 1 — WR Jaylen Ellis (31st)

Overview: Baylor is on track to sign the fourth-best class in the Big 12 and it is headlined by athleticism on offense. Powell was a one-time Texas commit. Ellis is the best vertical threat in Texas and Zeno is a quarterback with athleticism and a big arm with a lot of potential. The class ranks 35th in the nation. Defensive end Logan Compton of Tomball is a potential sleeper.

Oklahoma State: Dipping into Texas

No. of commits: 21

Top players: Grayson Boomer (TE), Langston Anderson (WR), Trace Ford (DE)

Fab 55 commits: 2 — RB Deondrick Glass (39th), WR Langston Anderson (44th)

Overview: Mike Gundy’s class is led by Oklahoma tight end Grayson Boomer, a four-star talent and the third-best player in Oklahoma. Ten of the 21 commitments in the class are Texans, headlined by Fab 55 members Glass and Anderson. The Cowboys also hold commitments from in-state offensive tackles Cole Birmingham (Katy) and Preston Wilson (Argyle). The class ranks No. 37 nationally.

Iowa State: Focusing on RBs

No. of commits: 20

Top players: Jirehl Brock (RB), Blake Peterson (DE), Breece Hall (RB)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview:  The Cyclones hold 20 commitments led by a pair of running backs and a defensive end. Brock and Hall give Matt Campbell a one-two punch to build the future backfield, whether Campbell is still in Ames to see it or not. Peterson is a big defensive end with instincts. The class ranks No. 46 nationally and sixth in the Big 12.

West Virginia: Holding court 

No. of commits: 16

Top players: Dreshun Miller (CB), Osita Smith (S), Tyke Smith (S)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: West Virginia relies on a different geographic area than the rest of the conference. The Mountaineers don’t hold a single commitment from a Texan. The Mountaineers are also under new direction after Dana Holgorsen left for Houston and was replaced by Neal Brown.

Kansas State: The Snyder rules

No. of commits: 18

Top players: Chris Herron (ATH), William Jones (CB), Kennan Garber (ATH)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: Bill Snyder didn’t rely on the typical recruiting strategy, so the rankings never mattered much when looking at Kansas State recruiting classes. The Wildcats have relied more on the JUCO and transfer route, which won’t take place until later in the cycle or next summer. New coach Chris Klieman from North Dakota State will get his chance to put together his first true class in 2020. Three of Kansas State’s top-four rated signees are from Texas.

Texas Tech: A new direction

No. of commits: 15

Top players: Velton Gardner (ATH), Gilbert Ibeneme (DE), Trevor Roberson (OT)

Fab 55 commits: 1 — ATH Velton Gardner (53rd)

Overview: Texas Tech was forced to try and hold the 2019 class together with the firing of Kliff Kingsbury, who rode his connections to a head coaching gig in the NFL after a two-week vacation at USC as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator. Gardner is a potential star if new head coach Matt Wells can get him to sign on Feb. 6.

Kansas: Les is more 

No. of commits: 10

Top players: Thomas MacVittie (QB), Malcolm Lee (DE), Jayden Russell (S)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: Les Miles is sure to recruit as well as he can at Kansas, but nothing will be known until the 2020 class.

1. (1)Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
2. (3) DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
3. (2)Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Texas A&M
4. (12)Marcel BrooksOLBFlower Mound (6A)LSU
5. (5)Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Texas
6. (4)Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
7. (8)Austin StognerTEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
8. (9)NaNa Osafo-MensahDEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Notre Dame
9. (10)Jeffery CarterCBMansfield Legacy (6A)Alabama
10. (11)Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
11. (6)Trejan BridgesWRCarrolton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
12. (7)Theo WeaseWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
13. (16)Baylor CuppTEBrock (3A)Texas A&M
14. (28)Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Stanford
15. (15)Demani RichardsonSWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
16. (13)Marcus StriplingDEMayde Creek (6A)Oklahoma
17. (19)Marcus BanksCBSpring Dekaney (6A)Alabama
18. (24)Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Texas A&M
19. (14)Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Texas A&M
20. (22)Lewis CineSTrinity Christian (TAPPS)Georgia
21. (17)Jalen CatalonSMansfield Legacy (6A)Arkansas
22. (36)T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
23. (27)EJ Ndoma-OgarOGAllen (6A)Oklahoma
24. (23)Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Stanford
25. (21)Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Florida
26. (18)Marquez BeasonCBDuncanville (6A)Illinois
27. (25)Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
28. (20)Grant GunnellQBHouston St. Pius X (TAPPS)Arizona
29. (41)Andrew CokerOTKaty Taylor (6A)TCU
30. (31)Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Texas A&M
31. (29)Jaylen EllisWRR. Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
32. (26)Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest (4A)Texas
33. (NR)Tyler OwensSPlano East (6A)Texas
34. (52)Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
35. (51)Daimarqua FosterRBWichita Falls Hirschi (4A)TCU
36. (39)Darwin BarlowRBNewton (2A)TCU
37. (38)Steven ParkerDESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Kansas
38. (32)Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (2A)TCU
39. (35)Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Oklahoma State
40. (34)David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Texas
41. (37)Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
42. (33)Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Arizona
43. (NR)Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles (6A)Texas
44. (NR)Langston Anderson WRMidlothian Heritage (4A)Oklahoma State
45. (30)Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Arizona
46. (45)Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
47. (42)Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
48. (48)Hunter SpearsDTGarland Sachse (6A)Notre Dame
49. (40)Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
50. (53)Layden RobinsonCManvel (5A)Texas A&M
51. (43)Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
52. (47)Myles BrooksOLBPflug. Hendrickson (6A)Arkansas
53. (44)Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Texas Tech
54. (55)David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Oklahoma
55. (54)Thomas GordonTEHouston Strake Jesuit (6A)Northwestern