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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Big 12 recruiting storylines: Sept. 26

By William Wilkerson

In this week’s Big 12 recruiting storylines we take a look at a big weekend ahead for Oklahoma and West Virginia, the successful weekend that was for the Longhorns, TCU targeting another state and much more.

The Longhorns coaching staff breathed a big sigh of relief over the weekend. Not only did Texas stop a two-game skid by beating Kansas State for the first time since 2003, but also it did so with several big targets on hand. Included was former TCU commitment Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview), a three-star defensive tackle, who is seriously considering the Longhorns now. He traveled to Austin with teammate and ESPN Junior 300 running back Ja’Mycal Hasty. The Longhorns also hosted ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville), who was visiting campus for the third time since spring. ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall) was expected to make it but was unable to. John Plattenburg Jr. (Houston/Lamar), a teammate of Texas DB commitment John Bonney, didn’t make it either.

Josh Wariboko
Josh Wariboko has several offers.
Garnering early commitments from the nation’s top talent is always a good thing. But until they put ink to their letter of intent the battle is never over. Such is the case with current Sooners 2015 commitment Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady). The No. 88 player in the ESPN Junior 300, and No. 8 offensive guard in the country, was recently offered by Texas A&M, Ole Miss and USC. Wariboko unofficially visited Texas A&M over the weekend. Oklahoma does have a leg up on the competition, though. He has family ties to the Sooners and has a great relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

The first of three major tests for Oklahoma takes place this weekend when the Sooners travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on the Irish. It’s a big opportunity for Oklahoma to impress recruits on a national stage against a top 25 program. One recruit who will keep a close eye on this contest is ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom). The No. 100 player in the country will officially visit Oklahoma for its game against TCU on Oct. 5. Could back-to-back wins for the Sooners force his hand?

When it comes to recruiting, the state of Texas is and will always remain TCU’s top priority. But the Horned Frogs are making it no secret that Kansas is a state they’d like to focus on as well. In particular Olathe, Kan., which is a city TCU already has a commitment from in four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain IV (Olathe, Kan./North). Just last week TCU offered his teammate, 2015 defensive end Josh Moore. It was his second offer after Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are also thought to be the favorite for ESPN 300 offensive guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./South), whose sister is on the Horned Frogs’ track and field team.

The potential backfield Texas Tech could put together between quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) and Justin Stockton (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) is scary to think about. Mahomes is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the state right now. He completed 26 of 36 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns in Whitehouse’s 59-3 win over Marshall last week. Stockton rushed for 283 yards and four scores on 16 carries in a 49-21 win over Austin Westlake. Stockton has rushed 60 times for 759 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Not bad.

West Virginia has a golden opportunity to impress this weekend when Oklahoma State comes to town. The Mountaineers are expected to host ESPN 300 running back Donte Thomas-Williams (Durham, N.C./Hillside). The No. 53 player overall could bring his teammate, wide receiver Trevion Thompson.