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Monday, August 5, 2013
Weekend wrap: Big 12 recruiting

By William Wilkerson

It was a busy weekend for commitments around the Big 12 with over half of its universities garnering commitments. Here is a look at some of the bigger names that gave their verbal pledges and some key developments in the recruitment of an ESPN 300 safety.

Biggest commitment: This has to be ESPN 300 tight end Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) going to Oklahoma. The No. 295 player in the ESPN 300 and No. 8 TE overall announced his commitment via Twitter on Friday. The Sooners’ desire to use him as a pure wide receiver, and not necessarily a traditional TE, sold Andrews (6-foot-6, 220 pounds), who will join his older brother at OU. He’ll also join fellow Sooners commitment Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), who is 6-5, to form one of the tallest receiving duos in the country.

Biggest offer: It’s the one Oklahoma State extended to three-star safety Dylan Harding (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) on Wednesday. Cowboys safeties coach Tim Duffie extended a verbal scholarship offer his way, which the No. 37 safety in the country accepted a few moments later. Not only does Harding have the ability to play linebacker if necessary, but he also could give OSU an added recruiting chip for his teammate Steven Parker, the No. 237 player in the ESPN 300.

Most important visit: This visit actually took place the weekend of July 27, but it’s importance came to light on Saturday when three-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) committed to TCU. He took an unofficial visit to see Gary Patterson two weekends ago and actually committed to the Horned Frogs in Patterson’s office. It was there that he realized just how much he has grown to love the university and just how easy it would be for his family to come see him play.

Biggest question: Why is ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) changing things up? His plan has long been to commit before this season. That’s no longer the case, according to what he told us on Sunday. Freeman said he now wants to take his official visits before he makes his decision. Why the change? Did this have something to do with Texas, his No. 1 school, picking up a commitment from former Nebraska safety commitment Jason Hall (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie)? It could have a lot to do with him wanting to visit LSU. He’s yet to do that and said he’d take an official visit there this season. TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are the other teams in play.