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Bob Stoops and Mack Brown have moved on, but the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is being redefined by Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, right, and Texas coach Tom Herman, left. They have the Big 12's two highest-rated recruiting classes. (Staff and wire photos)

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The Dotted Line: Flurry of commitments shake up Big 12 recruiting rankings

Posted May 18th, 2020

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Multiple teams in the Big 12 added high-profile prospects to their respective 2021 recruiting classes over the past three weeks, changing up the overall rankings for the conference since our last look at the Big 12 recruiting rankings. Texas and Oklahoma normally battle it out for the recruiting crown, but the Baylor Bears are in the mix this cycle following an excellent 2020 season and the hiring of former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Hallettsville running back Jonathon Brooks pledged to Texas on May 15. (Emree Weaver/Victoria Advocate)

1. Texas (1st in 2020)

No. of commits: 11

Fab 55 pledges: Ja’Tavion Sanders (3rd on Fab 55), Billy Bowman (6th), Jalen Milroe (10th), Jordon Thomas (25th), Derrick Harris Jr. (26th), Hayden Conner (31st)

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Top commitments: ATH Sanders, ATH Bowman, QB Milroe

Texas added four commitments since the start of April, including four-star defensive lineman Jordon Thomas, who is a member of the 2021 Fabulous 55. The other three pledges were three-star prospects that Texas offered before other major programs, including Hallettsville running back Jonathon Brooks. Texas’ class is ranked eighth in the nation. Tom Herman hopes to sign his fourth-straight top-10 recruiting class in 2021.

2. Baylor (9th)

No. of commits: 14 

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

Top commitments: RB Jenkins, WR Hal Presley, CB Tevin Williams

Matt Rhule never capitalized on the momentum his program built with a fantastic showing in 2020, which included a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game, because he had his eyes on an NFL job. Aranda is recruiting like a college coach who knows his future as a head coach is tied to his ability to keep the Bears in the yearly Big 12 title conversation. The class ranks 16th in the nation despite not holding a single commitment from a four-star prospect.

3. Oklahoma (2nd)

No. of commits: 7

Fab 55 pledges: Cody Jackson (13th), Clayton Smith (23rd), Cullen Montgomery (34th)

Top commitments: WR Mario Williams, WR Jackson, OLB Smith

Oklahoma added Williams, the country’s top slot receiver, and Smith, Texas’ top outside linebacker, last week to push the Sooners back into the top-25 of recruiting rankings after a relatively slow start. Expect Oklahoma to move up the rankings and likely sign the conference’s best class thanks to the recent run of Big 12 titles and appearances in the College Football Playoffs.

4. Iowa State (6th)

No. of commits: 12

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: WR Robert Army, OT Jim Bonifas, DT Howard Brown

The Cyclones dipped into Austin to gain a commitment from Charles 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. Army pledged in early April and the three-star is Iowa State’s top-rated commitment.

5. Kansas (10th)

No. of commits: 10

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: RB Devin Neal, DE Deldrick Withers, WR Jaddai Henry

Kansas’ 10 commitments place the 2021 class at 32nd in the nation, per 247Sports composite team rankings. Four of those players hail from Texas, including De’Kedrick 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.

6. Texas Tech (8th)

No. of commits: 8

Fab 55 pledges: Behren Morton (35th)

Top commitments: QB Morton, WR 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.

7. West Virginia (4th)

No. of commits: 7

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments:  OT Wyatt Milum, RB Jaylen Anderson, QB Will Crowder 

West Virginia is up to eight commitments after adding Anderson, a four-star running back from Ohio. 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.

8. Kansas State (7th)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: QB Jake Rubley, ATH Davonte Pritchard, ATH Jayden Williams

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 61st in the country and is the only class in the Big 12 to shrink over the past month with a de-commitment and no new pledges. The 2020 class finished at 51st.

9. Oklahoma State (5th)

No. of commits: 5

Fab 55 pledges: None 

Top commitments: ILB Collin Oliver, S Ty Williams, RB Jaden Nixon

Oliver and Williams are both Oklahoma natives. The other three commitments in the class are from outside the state, including Texans Raymond Gray and Nixon. Oliver and Williams were big in-state victories for Mike Gundy’s squad, which is off to a slow start on the recruiting trail compared to its peers in the Big 12.

10. TCU (3rd)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: DE Chris Murray, QB Trent Battle, WR Chase Jackson

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 Alexander Honig is a pro-style quarterback from Germany. Murray, a strong-side defensive end from Wichita Falls Hirschi is the highest-ranked prospect currently committed to TCU. 

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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