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Allen wide receiver Theo Wease Jr. chose Oklahoma on April 13. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Examining the recruiting classes around the Big 12

Posted October 19th, 2018

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Tom Herman and his Longhorns bested Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley on the recruiting trail in the 2018 cycle and at The Cotton Bowl in the Red River Showdown in October. The two programs will battle for the crown of best recruiting class in the Big 12 for the 2019 class. The Sooners currently lead the way with the sixth-best class in the country. Texas follows at ninth. TCU, Iowa State and West Virginia round out the top half of the conference ratings, while Baylor and Texas Tech steadily add talent for the future.

Fort Bend Travis wide receiver Arjei Henderson is a member of the Fabulous 55. (Mike Craven)

Oklahoma: Receiver-heavy

No. of commits: 18

Top commits: Theo Wease Jr. (WR), Spencer Rattler (QB), Trejan Bridges (WR)

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Fab 55 commits: 7 — WR Trejan Bridges (6th), WR Theo Wease (7th), TE Austin Stogner (8th), WR Arjei Henderson (21st), OT EJ Ndoma-Ogar (27th), DE Kori Roberson (42nd), S Jamal Morris (45th)

Overview: The Sooners are back to winning recruiting battles against Texas and Texas A&M, specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The wide receiver trio of Bridges, Wease and Henderson stacks up with any group of receiver commits in the country. Add in Rattler and Stogner, and it’s easy to see why the 7-on-7 team made up of the Oklahoma commits took the championship at The Opening Finals in Frisco this summer.

TCU: Finding balance, talent

No. of commits: 16

Top commits: Max Duggan (QB), Tamauzia Brown (ATH) Daimarqua Foster (RB)

Fab 55 commits: 4 — ATH Tamauzia Brown (32nd), RB Darwin Barlow (39th), OT Andrew Coker (41st), RB Daimarqua Foster (51st)

Overview: Gary Patterson cares more about fit than star rankings. The consistency at TCU means the Horned Frogs can recruit players who fit into the system rather than recruiting the best players in the state and fitting the scheme around the talent. Duggan is a dual-threat quarterback like previous players who have won the job at TCU. The rest of the class is filled with talent at nearly every position. TCU added talent to the offensive class with Newton teammates Brown and Barlow.

Iowa State: Focusing on RBs

No. of commits: 20

Top commits: Jirehl Brock (RB), Blake Peterson (DE), Breece Hall (RB)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: The conference’s top-rated class outside of Oklahoma, Texas and TCU belongs to Matt Campbell and Iowa State. The Cyclones hold 20 commitments led by a pair of running backs and a defensive end. Brock and Hall give Campbell a one-two punch to build the future backfield, whether Campbell is still in Ames to see it or not. Peterson is a big defensive end with instincts. Two Texans are part of the 2019 class — Houston Strake Jesuit receiver Nathaniel Beal III and New Deal athlete DK Blaylock.

West Virginia: Momentum building

No. of commits: 17

Top commits: Isaiah Hazel (WR), Osita Smith (S), Tyke Smith (S)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: West Virginia relies on a different geographic area than the rest of the conference. The Mountaineers don’t hold a single commitment from a Texan. Hazel is the top-rated prospect in the group. He’s one of three four-star prospects currently committed to Dan Holgorsen’s program. The class ranks No. 40 nationally and fifth in the Big 12.

Round Rock Cedar Ridge wide receiver Jaylen Ellis is a Baylor pledge. (Mike Craven)

Baylor: Bears are building

No. of commits: 16

Top commits: Jacob Zeno (QB), Qualan Jones (RB), Jaylen Ellis (WR)

Fab 55 commits: 1 — WR Jaylen Ellis (29th)

Overview: Baylor is a tough job and Matt Rhule faces a multi-year rebuilding effort following the chaos left by Art Briles. The 2019 class is shaping up as a success despite the Bears’ lack of success in Rhule’s first season. Zeno is a big, athletic quarterback who offers a threat with his arm and legs. Ellis is the best vertical threat in the state, possessing 10.4 speed with an average catch of more than 25 yards last year. Jones is a tough, hard-nosed running back with big play ability.

Texas Tech: Getting defensive

No. of commits: 17

Top commits: Steven Parker, Gilbert Ibeneme

Fab 55 commits: 2 — DE Steven Parker (38th), DE Gilbert Ibeneme (49th)

Overview: Texas Tech’s class is highlighted by two defenders. I’ll give you a second to take in that sentence.

Parker and Ibeneme are top 50 players on the Fab 55. Parker is a pass-rushing specialist who can play outside linebacker or grow into a defensive end. Ibeneme is a big, strong defensive lineman who can play on the edge or as a three-technique defensive tackle. Texas Tech is surging on the field and that should help Kliff Kingsbury finish the 2019 class without noise of his future in Lubbock. The only non-Texan committed to the Red Raiders is a punter from Australia.

Oklahoma State: Dipping into Texas

No. of commits: 17

Top commits: Grayson Boomer (TE), Jayden Jernigan (DT), Cole Birmingham (OT)

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: Mike Gundy’s class is led by Oklahoma tight end Grayson Boomer, a true four-star talent and the third-best player in Oklahoma. Eight of the 17 commitments in the class are Texans, headlined by Allen defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan. The Cowboys also hold commitments from in-state offensive tackles Cole Birmingham (Katy) and Preston Wilson (Argyle). Only three of the players in the class are from Oklahoma, including Boomer. The class ranks No. 44 nationally.

Kansas State: The Snyder rules

No. of commits: 8

Top commits: Chris Herron (ATH), Velton Gardner (ATH), Kennan Garber (ATH)

Fab 55 commits: 1 — ATH Velton Gardner (44th)

Overview: Bill Snyder doesn’t rely on the typical recruiting strategy, so the rankings don’t matter much when looking at a Kansas State recruiting class. The Wildcats rely more on the JUCO and transfer route, which won’t take place until later in the cycle or next summer. Kansas State’s eight commitments are quality players with versatility. The top three-rated players are athletes, including Gardner, a true playmaker for Dallas Skyline. Tight end Konner Fox from San Antonio Reagan was a big in-season pledge.

Kansas: Lots of work to do

No. of commits: 1

Top commits: Cole Mueller

Fab 55 commits: None

Overview: Work remains for the Jayhawks. Three-star running back Mueller is the program’s only commitment in the 2019 class.

 

RANK (PREV)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
2. (6)Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Texas A&M
3. (2)DeMarvin LealDEConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
4. (3)Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
5. (5)Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Texas
6. (9)Trejan BridgesWRCarrolton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
7. (10)Theo WeaseWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
8. (8)Austin StognerTEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
9. (7)NaNa Osafo-MensahDEFort Worth Nolan CatholicNotre Dame
10. (13)Jeffery CarterCBMansfield Legacy (6A)Texas A&M
11. (4)Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
12. (14)Marcel BrooksOLBFlower Mound (6A)LSU
13. (15)Marcus StriplingDEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
14. (20)Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Texas A&M
15. (19)Demani RichardsonSWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
16. (34)Baylor CuppTEBrock (3A)Texas A&M
17. (18)Jalen CatalonSMansfield Legacy (6A)Uncommitted
18. (17)Marquez BeasonCBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Illinois
19. (12)Marcus BanksCBSpring Dekaney (6A)Uncommitted
20. (11)Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Arizona
21. (16)Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
22. (24)Lewis CineSTrinity Christian (TAPPS)Georgia
23. (23)Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
24. (22)Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Texas A&M
25. (26)Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (6A)Texas
26. (27)Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest (4A)Texas
27. (25)EJ Ndoma-OgarOGAllen (6A)Oklahoma
28. (29)Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Stanford
29. (31)Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
30. (21)Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
31. (37)Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Texas A&M
32. (30)Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (3A)TCU
33. (28)Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Arizona
34. (32)David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Texas
35. (35)Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted)
36. (38)T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
37. (33)Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
38. (45)Steven ParkerDESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
39. (48)Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)TCU
40. (40)Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41. (53)Andrew CokerOTKaty Taylor (6A)TCU
42. (51)Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
43. (42) Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
44. (46)Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Texas Tech
45. (47)Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
46. (43)Jonathan McGillSCoppell (5A)SMU
47. (41)Myles BrooksOLBPflugerville HendricksonArkansas
48. (39)Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
49. (52)Gilbert Ibeneme DEPearland (6A)Texas Tech
50. (54)Marques CaldwellCBAlvin (6A)Texas
51. (NR)Daimarqua FosterRBWichita Falls Hirschi (4A)TCU
52. (44)Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
53. (NR)Layden RobinsonCManvel (5A)Texas A&M
54. (55)Thomas GordonTEStrake Jesuit (6A)Northwestern
55. (49)David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted

 

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