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The Dotted Line: Texas, Kansas State lead the Big 12 early in the 2021 recruiting race

Posted March 3rd, 2020

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The Big 12 recruiting race is a yearly battle between Texas and Oklahoma. The 2021 cycle is unlikely to be any different, though the Sooners sit in the third spot early. Expect movement over the next few months as top juniors take visits in the spring and college coaches get to high schools with the dead period over. The Longhorns are currently leading with six pledges, including four ranked within the national top 150 on the 247Sports composite rankings.

 

Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe is a Texas commitment in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

1. Texas (1st in 2020)

No. of commits: 6

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

Top commitments: ATH Sanders, ATH Bowman, QB Milroe

Texas is off to a strong start with five of the six pledges ranking on our initial Fab 55. Sanders, a two-way star at Denton Ryan, is the best player of the bunch and was recently awarded a fifth star. He’s likely a defensive end in college, but he’s listed as an athlete because of his talent at wide receiver. 

Bowman, who is also a two-way starter at Ryan, and Milroe, a dual-threat quarterback from Katy Tompkins, are top-10 in-state prospects who have been committed to Texas since before their junior years.

2. Kansas State (7th)

No. of commits: 5

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: QB Jake Rubley, ATH Davonte Pritchard, OT Noah Bolticoff

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 12th in the country. The 2020 class finished at 51st. 

3. Oklahoma (2nd)

No. of commits: 3

Fab 55 pledges: Cody Jackson (13th), Cullen Montgomery (34th)

Top commitments: WR Jackson, DE Ethan Downs, OT Montgomery

Two of Oklahoma’s three pledges are from Texas. Jackson is a four-star playmaker from Richmond Foster, which is the same school that produced Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Jackson caught 122 passes for 2,419 yards and 33 touchdowns in his first two varsity seasons. Downs is a defensive end from Oklahoma while Montgomery is a three-star offensive tackle from Houston Bellaire Episcopal.

4. Texas Tech (8th)

No. of commits: 3

Fab 55 pledges: Behren Morton (35th)

Top commitments: QB Morton, WR Jerand Bradley, ATH Cale Sanders

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 57 touchdowns over the past two years.

5. Kansas (10th)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: WR Jaddai Henry, WR Majik Rector, WR Kelan Robinson

Kansas’ three highest-rated commitments are wide receivers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is understandable considering receivers coach Emmett Jones was a former prep coach in the area. Kansas also holds a commitment from three-star quarterback Ben Easters.

6. West Virginia (4th)

No. of commits: 3

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: WR Andrew Wilson-Lamp, TE Victor Wikstrom, S Saint McLeod

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.

7. Baylor (9th)

No. of commits: 3

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: WR Javon Gipson, S Romario Noel, ILB Tyrone Brown

Matt Rhule didn’t exactly focus on the recruiting trail during his final season at Baylor. The Bears finished the 2020 cycle with the 54th-ranked class in the nation despite playing for a Big 12 title. Former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda knows recruiting must be a focus early in his tenure. His three commitments all live in the Houston area.

8. Iowa State (6th)

No. of commits: 4

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: OT Jim Bonifas, OT Dodge Sauser, QB Charles Wright

The Cyclones dipped into Austin to gain a commitment from 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.   

9. TCU (3rd)

No. of commits:

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: QB Alexander Honig, S Devin Lemear

TCU tends to slow-play the recruiting trail. Lemear is a three-star safety from Manor; he’s recently picked up offers from Texas Tech, Kansas and SMU. The Horned Frogs rallied to sign the third-best class in the Big 12 last cycle.

10. Oklahoma State (5th)

No. of commits: 1

Fab 55 pledges: None

Top commitments: OLB Kolbe Fields

Mike Gundy’s program has yet to build momentum on the recruiting trail with Fields, a three-star outside linebacker from Louisiana, the lone pledge. 

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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Uncommitted
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)Uncommitted
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Uncommitted
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Virginia Tech
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Uncommitted
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Uncommitted
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Uncommitted
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Uncommitted
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Uncommitted
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Uncommitted
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Virginia Tech
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)Uncommitted
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Uncommitted
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Uncommitted
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Uncommitted
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Uncommitted
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted

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