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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Big 12 recruiting class rankings

By RecruitingNation

Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference rankings.

Texas coach Mack Brown may be under some fire, but the Longhorns are coming off a big win in the Red River Rivalry and still lead the Big 12 class rankings. Baylor has impressed recruits with its potent offense, resulting in the Big 12’s second-ranked class. The Bears are recruiting more offensive firepower with commits like WR K.D. Cannon. West Virginia recently slipped out of the national rankings but still sit at No. 6 in the conference.

1. Texas, 24 commits: The Longhorns check in at No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with the headliners being No. 79 overall Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Williams J. Brennan High), No. 119 Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City High) and No. 138 Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer High). Texas, which currently has seven ESPN300 commits, has its sights set on No. 31 overall Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High) and No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewiville, Texas/Hebron High).

2. Baylor, 23 commits: The Bears are riding high on the field and in recruiting, checking in at No. 17 in the class rankings. The group features three ESPN300 prospects and six four-star prospects. While quarterback Randall Cunningham II (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman High) is a top target, fighting off Alabama and Texas A&M to keep No. 75 overall Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau High) in the fold is of upmost importance.

3. Oklahoma, 14 commits: The Sooners class, which is 22nd in the nation, features five ESPN 300 prospects, including quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe High) and five four-star skill prospects. Oklahoma is in position to surge in the Big 12 and national rankings with ESPN 300 prospects such as Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom High), Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East High) and a number of others still on the board.

4. Oklahoma State, 22 commits: The Cowboys’ class includes four ESPN 300 prospects and five four-star prospects, led by quarterback Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern High) and speedy junior college playmaker Tyreek Hill (Garden City, Kan./Garden City Community College). Safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks High), No. 237 in the ESPN 300, is one of a number of prospects the Cowboys are hard after.

5. Texas Tech, 21 commits: The Red Raiders, who have the No. 31 class nationally, have a trio of four-star skill players committed from the Lone Star state. Three-star signal caller Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse High) is one to watch. Texas Tech is working the junior college level hard on the defensive side, including making a strong push for tackle Terrell Clinkscales (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City Community College).

6. West Virginia, 13 commits: The Mountaineers' class is led by three ESPN 300 prospects, including wide receivers Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington) and Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef High). Outside linebackers Edward Muldrow (Snellville, Ga./Copiah-Lincoln Community College) and Xavier Preston (Jensen Beach, Fla./Jensen Beach High) are two of many the Mountaineers are after on the defensive side of the ball.


7. Kansas, 8 commits: The Jayhawks currently have eight commitments, including ESPN300 prospects Kyron Watson (East Saint Louis, Ill./East Saint Louis high) and center Jacob Bragg (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches High). Kansas is working the junior colleges very hard in 2014, and that includes going hard after running back De'Chavon Hayes (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna Community College).

8. TCU, 9 commits: The Horned Frogs commit list is made up of two four-star prospects and seven three-stars with quarterbacks Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) and Grayson Muehlstein (Decatur, Texas/Decatur High) being the headliners. Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South), No. 121 in the ESPN 300, has ties to TCU, and is one of many Gary Patterson and staff are still after.

9. Iowa State, 14 commits: The Cyclones' class is headlined by ESPN300 prospect, and No. 149 overall prospect Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale School). Iowa State is working the junior college level hard on the defensive side of the ball, especially safety Danzel McDaniel (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City Community College).

10. Kansas State, 14 commits: Kansas State has a class of 15, including the No. 7 center in the country, Dalton Risner (Wiggins, Colo./Wiggins High). As is usually the case, the junior college ranks are key for the Wildcats, and they are going hard after defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Community College).