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The Dotted Line: A closer look at the 2020 recruiting classes for Texas, rest of Big 12

Posted April 24th, 2019

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It’s still early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, but the process has sped up in recent years with the advent of the early signing period and the ability of juniors to take official visits in the spring. Oklahoma is over 25 percent done with its class assuming no one de-commits. Texas is at five players. There is a clear separation after those two, just like in most years.

The interesting aspect of the 2020 class is the amount of new faces at head coach around the Big 12. TCU’s Gary Patterson and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy are the only real tenured coaches in the conference with guys like Lincoln Riley, Matt Campbell and Tom Herman becoming elder statesmen quickly.

Oklahoma

No. of commits: 7

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No. of Fab 55 commits: 4

Top-ranked commits: RB Jase McClellan, ATH Drew Sanders, CB Dontae Manning

Early analysis: Oklahoma enters the 2020 cycle having won four consecutive Big 12 titles. That undoubtedly helps Riley and the Sooners, especially in Texas. Oklahoma is running the Dallas-Fort Worth area right now with six of its seven recruits hailing from DFW. Four of those prospects are members of the Fab 55.

The best of the bunch are McClellan and Sanders. McClellan, a five-star running back from Aledo, would be considered the best back in the state in most cycles. Sanders is a potential star at tight end.

Texas

No. of commits: 5

No. of Fab 55 commits: 4

Top-ranked commits: QB Hudson Card, OT Jaylen Garth, OG Logan Parr

Early analysis: The Longhorns stormed out of the recruiting gates after 2019 national signing day with five commitments. The loss of slot receiver Mookie Cooper hurt, but Texas replaced him with versatile offensive weapon Jaden Hullaby. The current star of the class is Card, a dual-threat quarterback from Lake Travis who was invited to the Elite 11.

The backbone of Texas’ class is along the offensive line with early pledges from Garth, Parr and potential center Jake Majors. The Longhorns have yet to land a commitment from a defensive player.

Oklahoma State

No. of commits: 6

No. of Fab 55 commits: 1

Top-ranked commits: OG Eli Russ, OG Trent Pullen, OLB Brayden Walker

Early analysis: Oklahoma State became the first Big 12 program other than Texas and Oklahoma to land a commitment from a member of the 2020 Fab 55, stopping a trend of poor recruiting performances by Big 12 programs. Half of the Cowboys’ commitments are Texans. Pullen and Russ give the class toughness along the offensive line.

Iowa State

No. of commits: 6

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: OT Hayden Pauls, QB Aidan Bouman, S Craig McDonald

Early analysis: Campbell’s commitment to remain the head coach in Ames should spark recruiting success for Iowa State. That’s the challenge for teams like Iowa State — convincing stars to come to campus without them worrying about a coach leaving for greener pastures. Campbell appears ready to anchor the program for the foreseeable future, and that will help in households across the country. Pauls is a rugged, tough offensive tackle. Bouman is a big-bodied pocket-passer.

Kansas State

No. of commits: 5

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: DE Nate Matlack, WR Makholven Sonn, RB Deuce Vaughn

Early analysis: It’ll be interesting to watch how the recruiting strategy at Kansas State switches with Bill Snyder no longer running the show. It’s Chris Klieman’s program now, and he’s off to a fast start on the prep circuit. Snyder relied heavily on the JUCO ranks. Vaughn is a three-star running back from Round Rock Cedar Ridge. It’s clear that speed is the main focus for the new coaching staff early in the cycle.

Kansas

No. of commits: 5

No. of Fab 55 commits: 0

Top-ranked commits: WR Trevor Kardell, WR Keith Miller, TE Will Huggins

Early analysis: Les Miles expects to make Kansas a real player on the recruiting trail for the players who slip past programs like Texas and Oklahoma. His time recruiting Texas as the head coach of LSU should give him real connections with head coaches across the state. Miller is a 6-4 wide receiver from The Colony. Expect Kansas to land a handful of DFW prospects in each cycle Miles runs the show.

West Virginia

No. of commits: 4

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: DE Aaron Lewis, WR Devell Washington, QB Garrett Greene  

Early analysis: West Virginia is another Big 12 program undergoing a coaching shift. New head coach Neal Brown appears ready to bring West Virginia anywhere and everywhere possible with all four of his commitments hailing from different states. Lewis is a borderline four-star defensive end with the frame to play defensive tackle after two years in a college weight room. Washington is a 6-4 wide receiver.

Baylor

No. of commits: 4

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: RB Taye McWilliams, OG Gavin Byers, OLB Will Garner  

Early analysis: Matt Rhule signed a top-40 class in 2019 cycle after a horrid first year at Baylor. The Bears showed improvement in 2018 and that should pay dividends for the 2020 cycle. Three of the four commits play in Texas with McWilliams headlining the four-man group.

Texas Tech

No. of commits: 2

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: S Abner Dubar, ATH Donovan Smith  

Early analysis: Matt Wells officially takes over and is tasked with returning Texas Tech to consistent appearances in bowl games and a run at the occasional Big 12 title game appearance. Dubar floats under the radar due to attending a small school in Anna. Smith is 6-4 and capable of playing multiple positions.

TCU

No. of commits: 1

No. of Fab 55 commits: None

Top-ranked commits: WR Dajon Harrison

Early analysis: Patterson is rarely in a rush to fill his recruiting class. He lets the bigger dogs filter through the stars while he analyzes players to fit into his system. TCU has ended with the third-ranked class in the Big 12 the past two cycles and won’t remain in the cellar past the summer. Harrison, a wide receiver from Hutto, is a quick playmaker who can help in a variety of roles.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2.Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
3.Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
4.Dwight McGlothernCBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
5.Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Uncommitted
6.Vernon BroughtonDECy Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
7.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Uncommitted
8. Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
9. Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)North Carolina
10.RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
11. Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (5A)LSU
12.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
13.Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
14.Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
15.Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)LSU
16.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)LSU
17.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
18. EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
19.Drew SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
20.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
21.Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
22.Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
23.Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Uncommitted
24.Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Uncommitted
25.James SylvesterDENewton (2A)TCU
26,Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
27.Jake MajorsOGProsper (6A)Texas
28.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Uncommitted
29.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Uncommitted
30. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Uncommitted
31.Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
33.Damien GeorgeOTGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
34.DJ GrahamWRKeller Central (6A)Oklahoma
35.Smart ChibuzoOTFort Bend Hightower (5A)Texas A&M
36.Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
37.Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)LSU
38.DJ WarnellCBDickinson (6A)Uncommitted
39.Korie BlackCBWaco Connally (4A)Uncommitted
40.Devon Achane WRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
41. Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (5A)Uncommitted
42.Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
43.Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
44.Jordan JeffersonOGNavasota (4A)Texas A&M
45.Brennon ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Uncommitted
46.Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47.Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
48.Kelvontay DixonATHCarthage (4A)Uncommitted
49.Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Uncommitted
50.Brendon LewisQBMelissa (4A)Uncommitted
51.Haynes KingQBLongview (6A)Uncommitted
52.Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Uncommitted
53.Josh BankheadOGThe Woodlands (6A)Texas A&M
54.Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
55.Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Uncommitted

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