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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Big 12 class rankings analysis

By William Wilkerson



None of the Big 12’s representatives in the ESPN class rankings made a move up or down. Texas is still No. 7, Baylor is No. 17, Oklahoma is No. 22 and Oklahoma State is No. 29. But a team outside of the rankings is making a move with its first commitment in almost two months. Here’s this week’s edition of the Big 12 class ranking analysis.

Trending up: Iowa State is on the up-and-up, at least momentarily, after its commitment from three-star athlete Dedric Brinson on Monday. It was the Cyclones’ first commitment since July 25. Brinson (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) had plenty of other offers, including from Duke, Indiana, Marshall, Massachusetts, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. But he chose to travel out of state to play for Paul Rhodes, and, in doing so, gives ISU another playmaker. The Cyclones already have commitments from ESPN 300 wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale), three-star running back Tommy Mister (Chicago/Saint Rita), three-star RB Martinez Syria (Houston/Nimitz), three-star WR Orion Salters (Dallas/Jesuit), three-star tight end Scott Schaffner (Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec) and three-star WR Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township).

Trending down: Texas has lost two in a row, which has brought plenty of questions about the stability of the program. The Longhorns haven’t had anyone decommit but their struggles have given their rivals ammunition to go after their commitments. Just last week, Oklahoma offered Texas’ top recruit, defensive end Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan). Texas will have another opportunity to try and turn things around this weekend when Kansas State, a team that has had the Longhorns’ number for a decade, comes to Austin. Plenty of recruits, including ESPN Junior 300 DB Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall), will be in attendance.

One to watch: ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle T.D. Moton (Bossier City, La./Parkway) just added an Oklahoma offer last week. The Sooners join Baylor and TCU as Big 12 schools who have extended offers to the No. 27 player overall in 2015. Moton also has offers from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Pac 12.

Bold prediction: It looks like Junior college linebacker Errol Clarke (Garden City, Kan./Garden City) will join teammate D’Vonta Derricott at Kansas State. Derricott is already committed to the Wildcats and Clarke got a great feel for KSU during an unofficial visit last weekend. He has yet to be offered by the Wildcats but said he is on the verge of getting one. KSU currently trails Wisconsin for his verbal pledge.