Four weekends remain until a bow is placed on the 2020 recruiting classes across the country. National signing day is on Feb. 5.
The early signing period allowed prospects to sign national letters of intent, and most capitalized on that opportunity. Late movement the week of the early period shifted the rankings of the Big 12 with Oklahoma overtaking Texas for the top spot as January recruiting started Monday.
No. of commits: 23
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 1st/9th
Top prospects: G Nate Anderson, G Andrew Raym, RB Seth McGowan
The biggest loss of the early signing period was five-star running back Jase McClellan flipping to Alabama. The Aledo product committed to OU during his junior year, only to announce his flip on the same day he faxed in a national letter of intent. The Sooners moved to the top of the Big 12 rankings despite the loss because Oklahoma holds six more pledges than the Longhorns.
No. of commits: 17
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 10th/2nd
Top prospects: RB Bijan Robinson, QB Hudson Card, ATH Ja’Quinden Jackson
The class was mildly disappointing for Texas following top-three national classes in 2018 and 2019. It makes sense considering an 8-5 season. Tom Herman’s program lost key commitments from four-stars Quentin Johnston, Princely Umanmielen, Joshua Eaton and Ethan Pouncey during the season. Robinson was the only five-star to sign with a Big 12 program during the three-day early period. The running back from Arizona headlines an offense-heavy class for the Longhorns.
No. of commits: 15
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 31st/3rd
Top prospects: WR Quentin Johnston, OT Garrett Hayes, DT Patrick Jenkins
The Horned Frogs’ class ranks third despite just 15 commitments, tied with Baylor for the least in the conference. Stealing Johnston from Texas was a huge development for Gary Patterson. Johnston was the highest-rated wide receiver in Texas’ class and a top-20 player in the state. Hayes is also a member of the Fabulous 55. TCU added the transfer of former Mississippi State quarterback Logan Burnett to help bolster an inexperienced and thin quarterbacks room. Seven of TCU’s 10 highest-rated signees play on the offensive or defensive line.
4. West Virginia
No. of commits: 19
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 38th/4th
Top prospects: G Chris Mayo, CB David Vincent-Okoli, DE Sean Martin
West Virginia signed 18 of its 19 commitments during the early period with JUCO three-star offensive tackle Jacob Gamble yet to sign. Vincent-Okoli is the lone four-star in the class, while Mayo and Martin give the Mountaineers headliners on the offensive and defensive lines. Three-star quarterback Garrett Greene is the 19th-ranked dual-threat prospect in the country. 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.
5. Oklahoma State
No. of commits: 19
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 40th/5th
Top prospects: QB Shane Illingworth, G Eli Russ, G Trent Pullen
The Cowboys could be the darling pick to win the Big 12 in 2020 with the return of wide receiver Tylan Wallace and the possible return of running back Chuba Hubbard, to join an emerging dual-threat quarterback in Spencer Sanders. Oklahoma State addressed offensive line by signing Pullen and Russ. Pullen is a Waco Connally product and a member of the Fab 55. Illingworth is a 6-6 pocket passer with a big arm.
6. Iowa State
No. of commits: 21
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 43rd/6th
Top prospects: QB Hunter Dekkers, DT Latrell Bankston, QB Aidan Bouman
Each of the 21 future Cyclones signed during the early period. The class is headlined by Dekkers, a four-star dual-threat quarterback from Iowa. Bouman is more of a pocket passer. Bankston is the third-rated JUCO defensive tackle in the class. The Cyclones signed a large, balanced group that currently ranks three spots higher than it did in the 2018 rankings. Iowa State was also sixth in the Big 12 last year.
7. Texas Tech
No. of commits: 20
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 45th/7th
Top prospects: WR Loic Fouonji WR Ja’Lynn Polk, RB Tahj Brooks
It was a solid first year of recruiting in Lubbock for head coach Matt Wells. The Red Raiders signed the 62nd-ranked class in 2019. The top of the 2020 class is headlined by a pair of of star receivers. Fouonji is on the Fab 55. Polk was a dominant force at Lufkin for three years. Brooks, a running back from Manor, is a hard-nosed runner with wiggle and great balance. Texas Tech also nabbed two linebacker transfers to bolster the defense. Eighteen of the 20 commitments signed.
No. of commits: 24
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 47th/8th
Top prospects: ILB Brennon Scott, CB JaCobee Bryant, WR Lawrence Arnold
Twenty of Kansas’ 24 pledges signed in December. Les Miles is instantly raising the recruiting profile in Lawrence. The 2019 class ranked 70th in the nation and last in the Big 12. Arnold, an athlete from DeSoto, is the top-rated signee. Scott and Bryant elected to not sign until February, which could mean that other schools get a chance to flip the highest-ranked prospects in Kansas’ class.
9. Kansas State
No. of commits: 28
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 49th/9th
Top prospects: ILB Jeremiah Harris, DE Nate Matlack, G Talor Warner
Kansas State’s class ranks 14 spots ahead of its pace in 2019. That’s a big improvement for Chris Klieman in his first full cycle in charge. Kansas State was JUCO- and transfer-heavy under Bill Snyder. Klieman clearly wants more focus placed on prep recruiting. The top-ranked player in the class is Harris, an inside linebacker from Alvin Shadow Creek. Harris is one of seven Texans, including Round Rock running back Deuce Vaughn.
No. of commits: 15
Current national/Big 12 ranks: 54th/10th
Top prospects: DE James Sylvester, CB Jahdae Barron, RB Taye McWilliams
Is this a sign that head coach Matt Rhule is destined for a NFL job? Baylor is the only Big 12 team with a class ranked outside of the top 50 in the nation. The Bears hold just 15 commitments, signing a Big 12-low 12 prospects during the early period. Baylor is in position to land a handful of talented prospects by signing day if Rhule stays in Waco. Sylvester and Barron are members of the Fab 55.
2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter editionThe updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
|RANK (PREV.)||PLAYER||POS.||HIGH SCHOOL||COLLEGE|
|1. (1)||Zachary Evans||RB||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||TCU|
|2. (3)||Jaylon Jones||DB||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Texas A&M|
|3. (5)||Drew Sanders||OLB||Denton Ryan (5A)||Alabama|
|4. (2)||Demond Demas||WR||Tomball (5A)||Texas A&M|
|5. (4)||Ja'Quinden Jackson||QB||Duncanville (6A)||Texas|
|6. (20)||Jaxon Smith-Njigba||WR||Rockwall (6A)||Ohio State|
|7. (11)||RJ Mickens||S||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Clemson|
|8. (9)||Jase McClellan||RB||Aledo (5A)||Alabama|
|9. (7)||Vernon Broughton||DT||Cy Ridge (6A)||Texas|
|10. (18)||Jalen Kimber||CB||Mansfield Timberview (5A)||Georgia|
|11. (10)||Haynes King||QB||Longview (5A)||Texas A&M|
|12. (8)||Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis (6A)||Texas|
|13. (17)||Nate Anderson||OT||Frisco Reedy (5A)||Oklahoma|
|14. (45)||Jalin Conyers||TE||Gruver (2A)||Oklahoma|
|15. (12)||Quentin Johnston||WR||Temple (6A)||TCU|
|16. (52)||Garrett Hayes||OT||Athens (4A)||TCU|
|17. (19)||Prince Dorbah||OLB||Highland Park (5A)||Texas|
|18. (26)||Seth McGowan||RB||Mesquite Poteet (5A)||Oklahoma|
|19. (15)||Xavion Alford||S||Alvin Shadow Creek (5A)||Texas|
|20. (14)||Alfred Collins||DT||Bastrop Cedar Creek (5A)||Uncommitted|
|21. (35)||Devon Achane||WR||Fort Bend Marshall (5A)||Texas A&M|
|22. (40)||Marvin Mims||WR||Frisco Lone Star (5A)||Oklahoma|
|23. (23)||EJ Smith||RB||Dallas Jesuit (6A)||Stanford|
|24. (34)||Jerrin Thompson||S||Lufkin (6A)||Texas|
|25. (6)||Chad Lindberg||OT||Clear Creek (6A)||Georgia|
|26. (13)||Jaylen Garth||OT||Port Neches-Groves (5A)||Texas|
|27. (25)||Malik Hornsby||QB||Fort Bend Marshall (5A)||Arkansas|
|28. (32)||Jahari Rogers||CB||Arlington (6A)||Florida|
|29. (33)||Collin Sullivan||WR||Round Rock (6A)||Purdue|
|30. (27)||Logan Parr||OG||San Antonio O'Connor (6A)||Texas|
|31. (NR)||Jahdae Barron||CB||Pflugerville Connally (5A)||Texas|
|32. (41)||Josh White||OLB||Cy Creek (6A)||LSU|
|33. (22)||Princely Umanmielen||DE||Manor (5A)||Florida|
|34. (30)||Jake Majors||OC||Prosper (6A)||Texas|
|35. (21)||Alec Bryant||OLB||Alvin Shadow Creek (5A)||Virginia Tech|
|36. (NR)||Andrej Karic||OT||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Texas|
|37. (NR)||Loic Fouonji||WR||Midland Lee (6A)||Texas Tech|
|38. (44)||Kitan Crawford||CB||John Tyler (6A)||Texas|
|39. (47)||Parker Washington||WR||Fort Bend Travis (6A)||Penn State|
|40. (46)||Kevontre Bradford||RB||Lancaster (6A)||LSU|
|41. (48)||Akinola Ogunbiyi||OG||Fort Bend Kempner (6A)||Texas A&M|
|42. (38)||Bryson Washington||S||C.E. King (6A)||Oklahoma|
|43. (31)||Lorando Johnson||CB||Lancaster (6A)||LSU|
|44. (49)||Ryan Watts||CB||Little Elm (5A)||Ohio State|
|45. (51)||Avery Helm||CB||Fort Bend Marshall (5A)||Florida|
|46. (50)||Michael Henderson||ATH||Carrollton Ranchview (4A)||Oklahoma|
|47. (24)||Chris Thompson Jr.||S||Duncanville (6A)||Auburn|
|48. (16)||Troy Omeire||WR||Fort Bend Austin (6A)||Texas|
|49. (55)||Trent Pullen||OG||Waco Connally (4A)||Oklahoma State|
|50. (36)||Darius Snow||S||Carrollton Hebron (6A)||Michigan State|
|51. (37)||James Sylvester||DE||Newton (2A)||Baylor|
|52. (NR)||Kelvontay Dixon||WR||Carthage (4A)||Texas|
|53. (53)||Chandler Morris||QB||Highland Park (5A)||Auburn|
|54. (42)||Brennan Scott||OLB||Bishop Dunne (TAPPS)||UNLV|
|55. (43)||Ty'Kieast Crawford||OT||Carthage (4A)||Kilgore College (JUCO)|