Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings:
National rank: 3
Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC, and everyone else, out of the state. The Longhorns signed the top five players on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of top state recruits, seven of the top 10 and 10 of the top 15. There are a near-record 17 Fab 55 honorees
in the 27-man group . … Texas’ 17 four-star recruits are second nationally to Ohio State’s 20. … Texas had lost the title of DBU to several other programs in recent years, but this class could go a long way toward restoring it. The four highest-rated Longhorns recruits — led by five-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster — are DBs. … Late addition Joshua Moore highlights a group of three high-end, four-star WRs. … The only nit to pick involves the defensive line, although the signing-day additions of DTs Keondre Coburn and Moro Ojomo help . … Look for Keaontay Ingram to r ather quickly brush aside the competition at RB.
National rank: 9
Lincoln Riley’s first recruiting class, 22 players strong, was an enormous success, easing fans’ fears after B
ob Stoops’ departure. Riley looks like quite the closer in regards to defensive linemen. On Wednesday, the Sooners secured the nation’s No. 4 DT Michael Thompson, one of their five additions on the second signing day. On Dec. 20, the initial s igning day, they grabbed U.S. Army All-American Ronnie Perkins, the nation’s No. 5 DE. Both are from St. Louis. … OU hauled in six consensus top-100 players, starting with 6-foot-7, 320-pound OT Brey Walker, a five-star talent. … Four Fab 55 players are included: OLB DaShaun White (No. 19), who f lipped from Texas A&M; WR Jaquaylin Crawford (No. 20); OT Darrell Simpson (No. 32); and QB Tanner Mordecai (No. 35) of Waco Midway. … Thompson, Perkins, Walker and White should see p laying time in short order. … Eight players are from Texas, six from Oklahoma and four from Florida.
TCU HORNED FROGS
National rank: 25
Gary Patterson reeled in arguably his best recruiting class, yet it ended with a thud. The Horned Frogs had hoped for a late push but saw things breaking the wrong way as s
everal hopefuls made . The Frogs, with just five additions in a 22-man group, fell from 20th after the first signing period , yet they remained third in the Big 12. … Justin Rogers, the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the country, is TCU’s highest-rated signee ever, though the Bossier City, La., star missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. … The three Fab 55 players are: WR Tevailance Hunt (No. 21); CB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (No. 27); and S Atanza Vongor (No. 40). … Two Austin-area talents in the class are Manor DE Ochaun Mathis and Wimberley OL Ian Burnette. … The Frogs thrived along the OL and struggled along the DL. … Late misses included WR JaMarr Chase ( LSU) and OLB Aaron Brule ( Mississippi State).
National rank: 29
Matt Rhule’s first full recruiting cycle produced a major uptick. Although the Bears fell
seven spots in the 247Sports composite team rankings from their lofty Dec. 20 perch, their highly regarded 22-man class is a unqualifed win for the program. No other team with anything approaching a 1-11 record flirted with the top 25. … The one player Baylor added Wednesday was OG Johncarlo Valentin, the No. 1 junior college recruit at his position. Rhule had ties to the Philadelphia native as a high schooler , when he was a four-star recruit. … QB Gerry Bohanon is the headliner. The No. 1 player from Arkansas chose the Bears over Auburn, Oregon, North Carolina, Louisville and Arkansas. … The three Fab 55 players are: RB Craig Williams (No. 46); WR Joshua Fleeks (No. 51): and WR Kalon Barnes (No. 52). … WR BJ Hanspard, son of former Texas Tech great Byron Hanspard, is the 30th best player in the state according to 247Sports composite.
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
National rank: 33
Another Big 12 program that basically had its class set Dec. 20, OSU made only two additions and therefore lost six spots in the composite ratings. … The Cowboys rounded out their group with DE Amadou Fofana and DT Samuela Tuihalamaka, both three stars. Those two received little attention from Power Five programs. … Skill-position talent was desperately needed with record-setters Mason Rudolph and James Washington leaving. It was addressed with OSU’s two highest-rated signees: QB Spencer Sanders and WR C.J. Moore. Sanders of Denton Ryan was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year after finishing with 3,845 yards and 54 TDs passing and 1,380 yards and 16 TDs rushing. The 6-5 Moore f
ell just short of five-star status. … The Pokes signed four OL prospects who are 6-5 or taller. … DE Braden Cassity of Westlake is one to watch, though he probably needs some time to bulk up.
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
National rank: 34
Not only did WVU round up one of its better classes, it did it without relying o
n junior college players; only five of 22 signees are transfers. The additions Wednesday were brothers Joe and Mike Brown, both offensive linemen. Joe is a transfer from Miami; Mike de-committed from Kansas. They should get c hances to play because the guard position has been thinned out. … DE Dante Stills, son of former Mountaineers linebacker Gary Stills, is a consensus four star, as is DB Kwantel Raines, the No. 7 player from Pennsylvania. … WVU dropped four spots in the final rankings. … The Mountaineers win the Big 12’s most traveled award, picking off players from 12 states, including four from Georgia.
IOWA STATE CYCLONES
National rank: 52
The Cyclones posted their highest finish in 247Sports history and were one of the few conference teams to move up, rising f
our spots in the national rankings from the first signing day . The crown jewel Wednesday was Brock Purdy, a late-blooming QB from Arizona who had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M and Central Florida among others. … ISU also signed speedy Georgia WR Tayvonn Kyle, fending off West Virginia, Maryland and Purdue. … The top recruit is four-star WR Joseph Scates, the No. 8 player from Ohio. … Dual-threat QB Re-al Mitchell, from California power St. John Bosco, is an exciting addition. … Sean Shaw Jr., a 6-6 wideout, snagged 40 TD passes for his career. … Eleven states were represented overall.
National rank: 64
When you’re 3-33 overall and 1-26 in league play but still have a job, you’re desperate for immediate help. David Beaty knows he needs to approach .500 this year or else. So he signed 11 junior college players, topped by DEs Najee Stevens-McKenzie and Azur Kamara. … The Jayhawks lured their first Rivals top-100 player in school history, CB Corione Harris of New Orleans. RB Anthony Williams of Boutte, La., is a second consensus four-star get. … Rockdale QB Torry Locklin is fresh off a Class 3A, Division I state-title season in which he rolled up nearly 5,000 total yards and 57 TDs. … KU may have a sleeper in ILB Kenny Bastida, a Floridian who drew late interest from Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
National rank: 68
It’s a pretty typical Bill Snyder class, finding under-recruited diamonds in the rough and players who fit the system. Seven pieces were added Wednesday. The name that stands out is WR Hunter Rison, a transfer from Michigan State who is the son of former NFL star Andre Rison. … CB Darreyl Patterson, one of five junior college players, is plenty good enough to have a shot at early playing time. … Snyder usually redshirts nearly all his high school signees, but safeties Lance Robinson and Wayne Jones could be exceptions. … The Wildcats were
the only Big 12 school to sign a fullback, Luke Sowa. … There are five players from Texas and Kansas and four from Georgia in the 21-man class.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
National rank: 74
With the basketball team ranked an all-time high seventh in the nation, maybe Tech fans won’t fret over their football class being the lowest-rated among all Power Five programs. They added five players to a group that plummeted 16 places from Dec. 20 and ended up trailing schools like Florida International and Tulane. … Houston Lamar scatback Ta’Zhawn Henry is the best of Wednesday’s additions. … Hard to fathom, but 13 of the 17 signees play offense. Not a recipe to fix a perennially weak defense. … QB Alan Bowman is an excellent prospect and threw for 11,393 yards and 119 TDs in his Grapevine career. … Four of the top players are wide receivers, naturally. Leading the way is four-star Erik Ezukanma. … Tech landed two locals: Burnet WR Sterling Galban and New Braunfels OT Weston Wright.