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The Dotted Line: An early look at the Big 12’s other 2020 recruiting classes

Posted March 13th, 2019

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Texas’ recruiting class sits at four members after the loss of four-star athlete Mookie Cooper. The 2020 recruiting class ranks second in the Big 12, trailing only Oklahoma, which holds two more pledges than Texas. It’ll be another race to the top of the rankings between the Sooners and Longhorns, as the rest of the Big 12 undergoes some serious change at the top.

Aledo five-star running back Jase McClellan at the Under Armour camp in Dallas. (Mike Craven)

Oklahoma

No. of commits: 6

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 8th/1st

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Top commits: RB Jase McClellan, ATH Drew Sanders

Oklahoma is off to another strong start inside the state of Texas, gaining early commitments from pair of potential five-star talents in McClellan and Sanders, who is expected to move to tight end despite starting at quarterback for Denton Ryan. Five of Oklahoma’s six pledges are from Texas and four of those are ranked on the 2020 Fabulous 55.  

Oklahoma State

No. of commits: 4

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 24th/3rd

Top commits: OG Eli Russ, OLB Brynden Walker

Three of the four commitments play on defense, but Russ is the highest-rated prospect to pledge to date. The 6-5, 305-pound interior lineman is a four-star who ranks s the 16th-best offensive guard in the country. Walker is a three-star outside linebacker, while Texans Jabbar Muhammad (CB) and Grant Mahon (DT) round out the current class.

Iowa State

No. of commits: 4

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 25th/4th

Top commits: QB Aidan Bouman, S Craig McDonald

The Cyclones’ top two commitments are from Minnesota, including the 6-5 Bouman, a three-star who ranks as the 23rd-best pro-style quarterback in the cycle. Iowa State also holds pledges from a pair of Iowa natives in outside linebacker Cole Pedersen and offensive tackle Tyler Miller.

West Virginia

No. of commits: 2

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 39th/5th

Top commits: QB Garrett Greene, WR Reese Smith

It’s a new era in Morgantown with Neal Brown now the head coach. Greene is the No. 26-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the cycle. Smith is a potential slot receiver. Both committed last week. This is the first full class for Brown and it should provide a map of how he wants his program to look from a personnel standpoint.

Kansas

No. of commits: 2

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 44th/6th

Top commits: WR Trevor Kardell, WR Keenan Hambrick

Les Miles’ first two commitments in his first full class in Lawrence are big-bodied wide receivers. Kardell is 6-5, Hambrick is 6-4. Both are three-star prospects. Miles was hired to recruit players previously out of Kansas’ league and the 2020 class should provide a hint on if he can deliver. Expect him to recruit heavily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

TCU

No. of commits: 1

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 56th/7th

Top commits: CB Jahdae Barron

Gary Patterson notoriously takes his time on the recruiting trail as he figures out which in-state prospects are legitimate targets and which ones will choose bigger programs like Texas, Oklahoma or somewhere in the SEC. Barron is a three-star from Pflugerville Connally. The 5-11 cornerback pledged on March 7.

Texas Tech

No. of commits: 1

Current national/Big 12 ranks: 66th/8th

Top commits: ATH Donovan Smith

Smith is the son of Texas Tech running backs coach DeAndre Smith. The big-bodied athlete plays wide receiver for Nevada’s premier high school program at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. He’s expected to play quarterback in college. Matt Wells is another head coach in the Big 12 focusing on his first real recruiting class.

Baylor

No. of commits: 0

Current national/Big 12 ranks: Not ranked/Not ranked

Top commits: None

The Bears have yet to gain a commitment for the 2020 cycle.

Kansas State

No. of commits: 0

Current national/Big 12 ranks: Not ranked/Not ranked

Top commits: None

The Wildcats have yet to gain a commitment for the 2020 cycle.

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