Monday, September 23, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
By Damon Sayles
The Big 12 recruiting world saw a commitment switch, a pledge put up huge numbers and a rising 2015 player pick up four total offers -- including two from conference teams. As we inch closer to the middle of the season for Big 12 programs, more and more intriguing news, facts and figures are expected to come about.
Here’s a recap of how the Big 12 fared from a recruiting standpoint:
Biggest commitment: When Connor Wilson (Argyle, Texas/Argyle) made the switch from Kansas State to Texas Tech on Tuesday, it gave the Red Raiders something it didn’t have with its 2014 recruiting class -- a big, physical defensive back commit. A three-star safety, Wilson stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds. Before Wilson’s commitment, Texas Tech’s biggest defensive back was three-star Derrick Dixon (Dallas/Skyline), who is 5-9 and 195 pounds. Wilson’s commitment will allow some of the versatile safeties and athletes committed to possibly be used at cornerback.
Biggest offer: When Oklahoma offered 2015 defensive tackle Darrion Daniels (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) on Thursday, it opened up a minor floodgate of sorts. The rising 6-foot-4, 290-pound tackle picked up a Notre Dame offer the same day, then added Arizona State on Friday and Baylor on Saturday. Daniels’ head coach, Michael Johnson, believes Daniels, a legitimate interior run-stopper, can have double-digit offers within weeks and as many as 25 by next spring.
Best performance by a commit/target: TCU quarterback commit Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) has been on a tear this season. Sawyer threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a 58-21 victory against Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas on Friday. In four games, the 6-5, 210-pound pocket-passing quarterback is averaging better than 310 yards and almost five touchdown passes a game. A four-star pledge, Sawyer is the highest-ranked commit of the Horned Frogs’ class, which currently has nine members. Sawyer committed to TCU back in April.
Biggest answer: Iowa State scored two commitments, ending the summer-long question of when the Cyclones would end their recruiting skid. Athlete Dedric Brinson (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) and kicker Colin Downing (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), two three-star players, both committed to Iowa State last week. Brinson, the first of the two to verbal, was the first Iowa State pledge since July 25, when three-star offensive lineman William Windham (Schertz, Texas/Clemens) gave Paul Rhoads & Co. his pledge.
Biggest question: Was Texas’ 31-21 victory against Kansas State enough to keep the attention of some of the top uncommitted players? The Longhorns were coming off back-to-back dismal performances against BYU and Ole Miss, but a conference victory over Kansas State was huge for the team’s confidence. Will it help keep players such as cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) interested? There’s still time for Texas to do enough to sway the uncommitted.