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The Dotted Line: Texas remains atop Big 12 recruiting standings; Baylor makes a run

Posted April 23rd, 2020

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The Big 12 recruiting race is normally a two-team battle between Texas and Oklahoma. A quick start to the 2021 cycle back in the summer of 2019 put Texas out in front as the pace setter. Teams are beginning to catch up to Texas as Tom Herman’s squad has failed to add a single commitment to the class since last September. West Virginia and Baylor stormed toward the top of the recruiting mountain with strong spring months despite COVID-19 travel restrictions. Oklahoma remains in first gear as May approaches.

1. Texas (1st in 2020)

No. of commits: 6

Fab 55 pledges: Ja’Tavion Sanders (3rd on Fab 55), Billy Bowman (6th), Jalen Milroe (10th), Derrick Harris Jr. (26th), Hayden Conner (31st)

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Top commitments: ATH Sanders, ATH Bowman, QB Milroe

Texas hasn’t added a commitment to the 2021 class since September of last year, but the Longhorns remain atop the Big 12 recruiting rankings because of the quality of commitments. Sanders is a five-star athlete who could end up as a defensive end or wide receiver. Bowman is the second-ranked athlete in the country with a chance to play safety or wide receiver. Milroe is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. 

2. West Virginia (4th)

No. of commits: 7

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: OT Wyatt Milum, RB Jaylen Anderson, WR Andrew Wilson-Lamp 

West Virginia is up to seven commitments, which is tied for third most in the Big 12. Milum and Anderson are the two four-star prospects in the class. Victor Wickstrom is a tight end prospect from Sweden. That’s how far head coach Neal Brown is willing to go to improve the Mountaineers. West Virginia hopes to improve on a 2020 cycle that finished 37th in the nation.

3. Kansas (10th)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: RB Devin Neal, WR Jaddai Henry, OT De’Kedrick Sterns

Kansas’ eight commitments are the second most in the Big 12. Four of those players hail from Texas, including Sterns, who is a three-star offensive tackle from Del Valle High School outside of Austin. The Jayhawks also hold pledges from three Dallas-area wide receivers. Les Miles’ program signed the 57th best class in 2020. It looks like the Jayhawks will improve on that in 2021, sitting currently at 22. 

4. Iowa State (6th)

No. of commits: 9

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: OT Jim Bonifas, WR Robert Army, QB Charles Wright

The Cyclones dipped into Austin to gain a commitment from Wright, a 6-1, 194-pound three-star quarterback from Austin High. He threw for more than 2,500 yards as a junior and a sophomore. He’s passed for 57 touchdowns in three years of varsity action.  Bonifas, a three-star offensive tackle, is one of the top players from Iowa. 

5. Texas Tech (8th)

No. of commits: 6

Fab 55 pledges: Behren Morton (35th)

Top commitments: QB Morton, WR Jerand Bradley, DE E’maurion Banks

Morton is a big get for the Red Raiders. The four-star from Eastland High in West Texas was the District 3-3A Division I offensive MVP as a sophomore and junior. The 6-2, 185-pound athlete is the eighth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and a national top-250 prospect in the nation. He’s accounted for 47 touchdowns over the past two years. The Red Raiders hope Banks can become a star along the defensive line.

6. Baylor (9th)

No. of commits: 7

Fab 55 pledges: Cisco Caston (41), Jordan Jenkins (51)

Top commitments: RB Jordan Jenkins, CB Tevin Williams, S Cisco Caston 

New head coach Dave Aranda was not idle during the months of March and April despite not being able to host recruits. He added commitments from four four-star prospects since the start of March when Richmond George Ranch wide receiver Javon Gipson pledged. Williams is from Oklahoma, but Jenkins and Caston are both members of the Fabulous 55. 

7. Kansas State (7th)

No. of commits: 5

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: QB Jake Rubley, ATH Davonte Pritchard, OT Noah Bolticoff

Head coach Chris Klieman hopes success on the field transitions to better outcomes on the recruiting trail. The Wildcats hold five pledges, including four-star quarterback Rubley from Colorado. The 6-3, 205-pounder threw for nearly 2,000 yards in his past two seasons as a starter. Kansas State’s class currently ranks 33rd in the country. The 2020 class finished at 51st. 

8. Oklahoma (2nd)

No. of commits: 3

Fab 55 pledges: Cody Jackson (13th), Cullen Montgomery (34th)

Top commitments: WR Jackson, DE Ethan Downs, OT Montgomery

Two of Oklahoma’s four pledges are from Texas. Jackson is a four-star playmaker from Richmond Foster, which is the same school that produced Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Jackson caught 122 passes for 2,419 yards and 33 touchdowns in his first two varsity seasons. Downs is a defensive end from Oklahoma while Montgomery is a three-star offensive tackle from Houston Episcopal.

9. TCU (3rd)

No. of commits:

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: QB Trent Battle, QB Alexander Honig

TCU tends to slow-play the recruiting trail. TCU struggled at quarterback, so the first two pledges of the 2021 cycle came at that position. Battle is a three-star dual-threat from Alabama, while Honig is a pro-style quarterback from Germany. 

10. Oklahoma State (5th)

No. of commits: 1

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: OLB Kolbe Fields

Mike Gundy’s program has yet to build momentum on the recruiting trail with Fields, a three-star outside linebacker from Louisiana, the lone pledge. 

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Donovan JacksonOGBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS)Alabama
3. Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
5. Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
6.Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
7. Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
8. Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10.Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11. Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Uncommitted
12.LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
13. Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Quaydarius DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Oklahoma
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Texas
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Texas A&M
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Mississippi State
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Alabama
28. Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Uncommitted
29.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)Uncommitted
30.Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
31. Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
32.JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Texas
33.Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Alabama
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma State
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Nebraska
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Baylor
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)USC
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Florida Atlantic
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Baylor

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