Football prospects across the country can begin signing national letters of intent on Wednesday during a three-day window of early signing. The rest of the 2020 prospects will wait until national signing day in early February. Expect most of the committed prospects across the country to sign rather than wait.
The current Big 12 recruiting rankings paint an interesting story. Texas and Oklahoma remain the kings of the conference, but it is Baylor in last place that truly stands out:
No. of commits: 17
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 7th/1st
Top prospects: RB Bijan Robinson, QB Hudson Card, ATH Ja’Quinden Jackson
Texas is poised to top the Big 12 in recruiting for the third season in a row despite a 7-5 season record, changes at both coordinator positions and a slew of decommitments since October. Texas is now at 17 commitments after the loss of three-star Ty Jordan to Utah. Texas’ class is headlined by five-star running back Bijan Robinson, a pair or talented quarterbacks and six potential defensive stars. The Longhorns added three-star defensive tackle Sawyer Goram-Welch of Longview late Sunday night.
No. of commits: 19
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 10th/2nd
Top prospects: RB Jase McClellan, OG Nate Anderson, OG Andrew Raym
Four of Oklahoma’s top six recruits are Texans. The Sooners even went to Houston and beat Texas straight-up for four-star safety Bryson Washington. The Sooners’ continued success and dominance of the Big 12 can only help Lincoln Riley keep pace with the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Five-star running back Jase McClennan from Aledo might be the top back in Texas. Seven of Oklahoma’s commitments are on the Fabulous 55.
No. of commits: 21
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 36th/3rd
Top prospects: QB Hunter Dekkers, DT Latrell Bankston, QB Aidan Bouman
Head coach Matt Campbell has committed his next few years to Iowa State and that should help cement the program as a perennial contender in the Big 12. It has certainly helped in recruiting, where Iowa State already ranks 10 spots ahead nationally in the 2020 class than it did for its final ranking in 2019. Two quarterbacks headline the group.
No. of commits: 13
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 40th/4th
Top prospects: OT Garrett Hayes, CB Keontae Jenkins, DT Patrick Jenkins
TCU jumped two spots from sixth to fourth in the Big 12 rankings since midway through the 2019 season. The addition of four-star offensive tackle Garrett Hayes helped the Horned Frogs jump Kansas and Oklahoma State. It’s still a small class for Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs could save a few scholarships to use on the graduate transfer market or on JUCO transfers.
No. of commits: 24
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 41st/5th
Top prospects: ILB Brennon Scott, CB JaCobee Bryant, WR Lawrence Arnold
The first step to turning around the Jayhawks is to infuse talent into the program. Les Miles can recruit, and he’s already showing that ability at Kansas. The Jayhawks’ 2019 class ranked 70th in the nation. A near win over Texas should help the Jayhawks with the three-star prospects in Texas who are overlooked by Texas and Oklahoma. Kansas beat Texas for outside linebacker Brennon Scott, who is a member of the Fab 55.
No. of commits: 17
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 42nd/6th
Top prospects: QB Shane Illingworth, OG Eli Russ, OG Trent Pullen
Two of Oklahoma State’s top four recruits hail from Waco Connally. Mike Gundy was able to land guard Trent Pullen and cornerback Korie Black from the Central Texas program. The class is headlined by big-armed quarterback Shane Illingworth of California. Four Texans are pledged. The class is heavy on offensive and defensive linemen.
No. of commits: 18
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 44th/7th
Top prospects: WR Loic Fouonji WR Ja’Lynn Polk, RB Tahj Brooks
Talent is on the way to Lubbock if head coach Matt Wells can keep the class together despite a lack of success on the field. Brooks, a Manor product, is a borderline four-star running back who can help change the culture in Lubbock. Polk is the best wide receiver in East Texas, while Fouonji is a Fab 55 member who was wanted by Texas.
No. of commits: 15
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 47th/8th
Top prospects: G Chris Mayo, CB David Vincent-Okoli, DE Sean Martin
It’s so hard to recruit at West Virginia because of its location. It’s the only Big 12 school without a commitment from a Texan. West Virginia showed glimpses of a solid future under head coach Neal Brown. He’ll need to find creative ways to build a roster capable of contending in the Big 12. Expect West Virginia to rely on grad transfers and JUCO prospects early in Brown’s tenure.
No. of commits: 21
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 48th/9th
Top prospects: ILB Jeremiah Harris, DE Nate Matlack, OG Talor Warner
It appears that Kansas State is going to rely more on high school recruiting than it did under Bill Snyder, who liked to focus on the JUCO ranks for instant starters. The 2019 class ranked 63rd. Head coach Chris Klieman is well above that mark in his first full cycle. Harris is from Alvin Shadow Creek. Each of the 21 commitments is ranked as a three-star.
No. of commits: 14
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 54th/10th
Top prospects: DE James Sylvester, CB Jahdae Barron, RB Taye McWilliams
Head coach Matt Rhule chose to take his time in the 2020 class, betting on the Bears to impress in 2019. He was right and now Baylor can close with a few headliners with prospects like quarterback Malik Hornsby and defensive end Princely Umanmielen both taking official visits on the weekend before the early signing period. Flipping Sylvester from TCU was big for the Bears, who are more worried about talent than sheer numbers in 2020.