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The Dotted Line: Texas extends recruiting lead in Big 12; West Virginia, Oklahoma State move up

Posted June 16th, 2020

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Three Big 12 teams made positive impacts to their recruiting classes over the past month with the Texas Longhorns making major headway Monday when four-star defensive backs JD Coffey and Ishmael Ibraheem chose Tom Herman’s program. Both are members of the 2021 Fabulous 55. Texas is now well ahead of the Big 12 competition on the recruiting trail heading into mid-June.

The other two teams to make forward leaps since our May recruiting update were West Virginia and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys moved from ninth place to fifth place by adding six commitments over the past month. West Virginia is now ranked fourth in the Big 12 with four new additions since mid-May.  

1. Texas (1st in 2020)

No. of commits: 13

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Fab 55 pledges: Ja’Tavion Sanders (3rd on Fab 55), Billy Bowman (6), Jalen Milroe (10), Ishmael Ibraheem (18), Jordon Thomas (25), Derrick Harris Jr. (26), Hayden Conner (31), JD Coffey (32)

Top commitments: ATH Sanders, ATH Bowman, QB Milroe

Eight of Texas’ 10 in-state commitments rank among the top 55 players in Texas. The Longhorns possess the best class in the Big 12, and that margin only grew after the Monday pledges of Ibraheem and Coffey. Texas now holds a commitment at every position in the 2021 class except for place kicker, though the Longhorns did add a punter from Australia in Isaac Pearson.  

The class is headlined by a pair of elite athletes from Denton Ryan in Sanders and Bowman. Both star on both sides of the football in high school and were told by Herman that they can play either side of the football. I expect both to play primarily on the defensive side with Sanders migrating to defensive end and Bowman to safety. The duo also play wide receiver.

2. Baylor (9th)

No. of commits: 15 

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

Top commitments: S Caston, ATH Jenkins, WR Hal Hasley

The Bears added a single pledge over the past 30 days, gaining a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Dakote Doyle. The Bears hold more commitments than any other team in the Big 12, which is a stark contrast to how former head coach Matt Rhule handled recruiting. First-year head coach Dave Aranda is leaning on the momentum built by a tremendous 2019 season.

3. Oklahoma (2nd)

No. of commits: 8

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

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

The Sooners will compete with Texas for the top class in the Big 12, but Oklahoma is yet to start mounting big commitment numbers. This class for Lincoln Riley could be more about quality than quantity, which will keep the national rankings down because those systems take into account mass rather than individual quality. Oklahoma is once again feasting in Texas with commitments from a trio of Fab 55 members, including the state’s best wide receiver in Jackson and the best outside linebacker in Smith.

4. West Virginia (4th)

No. of commits: 11

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments:  OT Wyatt Milum, RB Jaylen Anderson, WR Kaden Prather

West Virginia made a huge leap up the recruiting rankings from mid-May and are back toward the top of the Big 12 recruiting rankings. The Mountaineers are never going to compete in recruiting with the likes of Oklahoma and Texas, but head coach Neal Brown is doing an excellent job within the state of West Virginia and by attacking the state of Ohio. We all know about the talent produced by Texas, California and Florida, but Ohio is a real hotbed of talent. Brown wants West Virginia to be a destination for those players in Ohio that may not get a real look from Ohio State.

5. Oklahoma State (5th)

No. of commits: 11

Fab 55 pledges: Bryson Green (42)

Top commitments: WR Bryson Green, WR Blaine Green, ILB Collin Oliver

Oklahoma State made the biggest move up the rankings of any team in the Big 12 over the past 30 days, headlined by the commitments of twin wide receivers Bryson and Blaine Green. The duo play at Allen, and Bryson is a member of the 2021 Fabulous 55. Ten of Oklahoma State’s 11 pledges play high school football in Oklahoma or Texas. Three-star outside linebacker Kolbe Fields of Metairie, La. is the only commitment from outside those two states. Bryson is the lone four-star in the current class.

6. Iowa State (6th)

No. of commits: 14

Fab 55 pledges: None

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

Iowa State added a three-star prospect at wide receiver and defensive tackle since our last ranking update. The upward movement of West Virginia and Oklahoma State pushed the Cyclones back into the second-half of the Big 12 recruiting rankings. 

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.

7. Kansas (10th)

No. of commits: 11

Fab 55 pledges: None

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

Kansas’ 11 commitments place the 2021 class at 48th 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.

8. Texas Tech (8th)

No. of commits: 8

Fab 55 pledges: Behren Morton (35), E’maurion Banks (53)

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

No new commitments for Texas Tech since we published our last ranking update in mid-May. 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.   

9. Kansas State (7th)

No. of commits: 7

Fab 55 pledges: None

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

Kansas State added a commitment from three-star wide receiver Brenen Hawkins of Godley since the last update. The Wildcats also added a wide receiver from Berkeley Prep in Florida. The Wildcats hold seven 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 70th in the country. The 2020 class finished at 51st.

10. TCU (3rd)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

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

No new commitments for TCU since our last update in mid-May. 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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma State
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Uncommitted
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted

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