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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

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Here's the latest on recruiting around the Big 12 as we enter the summer camp season:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: Baylor did not sign a quarterback for its 2014 class and has yet to find one for 2015, but Art Briles made a big move late Sunday night by accepting a commitment from 2016 quarterback Zach Smith of Grandview, Texas. The 6-foot-4 junior-to-be is the Bears' first verbal pledge for next year's class and looks like a perfect fit in his sophomore highlights -- a pocket passer with a big arm and an ability to execute in the read-option run game.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones are in good shape entering the summer with one of the more underrated defensive backs in the state of Texas, CB Darrell Miller of state champion Cedar Hill. He's expected to take an unofficial visit to Ames this summer and holds nearly a dozen other offers.

KANSAS
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: One in-state running back who's high on the Jayhawks' radar is Alex Barnes of Pittsburg. He reportedly clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.31 seconds at a combine this weekend and currently holds offers from KU, Minnesota, Rutgers and Tulsa. He's one guy worth keeping an eye on while Kansas still sits at one commit for 2015.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Kansas State might have its solution for filling the hole left by transferring QB Daniel Sams. Junior college standout Taylor Laird of Sacramento City Community College could be close to making a commitment and would join the program immediately, according to GoPowerCat.com. He was responsible for this wizardry, The Bouquet Pass, during his days at Oakmont (Calif.) High School.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 4
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Sooners have a chance to impress two big-time defensive talents from the state of Texas this month in ESPN 300 ILB Anthony Wheeler and three-star S Kahlil Haughton. Both are reportedly planning to visit Norman for OU camp, though neither is expected to participate. Oklahoma will be in a tough fight for both, but its coaching staff has to like its chances if both do show up for unofficial visits.

OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 5
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: One guy the Cowboys would love to get in camp this summer, and most likely will, is ESPN 300 OG Jalin Barnett. The No. 36 recruit in the ESPN 300 from Lawton, Okla., is the nation's top-rated guard and will play in the Under Armour All-America Game. He'll also make a return trip to check out the Sooners, and several out-of-state schools are fighting to get in the mix.

TCU
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: As TCU searches for its QB take in the 2015 class, don't sleep on Dallas Jesuit's Bo Schneider. The 6-3, 215-pound pocket passer picked up an offer from UCF on Friday and has quietly collected a few more good ones so far. TCU coaches did visit him this spring, so he is on the radar.

TEXAS
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The event wasn't as star-studded as usual, but Texas hosted its first summer camp on Sunday and did get a few big names on campus, including 2017 LSU commit ATH Dylan Moses from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab and 2016 DT Kendell Jones of nearby Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker. Moses, a 16-year-old phenom who already has been on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, has visited UT three times and wants to attend the Red River Showdown game against Oklahoma.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: If you thought this Texas Tech class was already off to a great start, it got even better this weekend when No. 1 rated WR Tyron Johnson named the Red Raiders his No. 1 school. The New Orleans Warren Easton stud is No. 26 in the ESPN 300 and is reportedly high on LSU and Oklahoma State as well. If Kliff Kingsbury and his coaches beat out the in-state Tigers for Johnson, that would be an incredible coup.


WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Mountaineers have hit the state of Florida hard this spring and that could yield another big pledge in three-star QB Lamar Jackson. The 6-3, 202-pound dual-threat quarterback from Boynton Beach, Fla., has West Virginia high on his list and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up being WVU's top target at that position.
Below is the latest in recruiting around the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 8
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Bears have gotten off to an awesome start offensively, but they would love to keep safety Kahlil Haughton home. Haughton has numerous offers, including LSU and Oklahoma as well as Big Ten powers Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Mark Mangino helped change Kansas' fortune by unearthing gem QB Todd Reesing, who eventually took the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl. The Cyclones have extended an offer to dual-threat QB Joe Burrow, who had a phenomenal junior season with 53 total TDs and just six picks. With offers beginning to pour in, Iowa State will have to fight to get him, but Burrow would be a huge pickup for Mangino's first offensive recruiting class.

KANSAS
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Jayhawks finally picked up their first commitment over the weekend, but it was a big one. Ryan Willis is the No. 26 pocket-passing QB in the country, and was being pursued by Kansas State and Illinois. His dad went to Kansas State, but Willis was drawn to new coordinator John Reagan’s offense. Willis went to the same high school as Kansas’ current starting QB Montell Cozart, and could be Cozart’s successor down the line.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats also have only one commit so far in three-star QB Alex Delton, but it too was a key pickup. Delton reportedly put on a show during the Dallas Elite 11 QB camp over the weekend. With starter Jake Waters a senior next season, the K-State QB position could be up for grabs in 2015.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 3
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Sooners are looking to beef up their offensive and defensive lines in this class, and are in on several big-time prospects. Oklahoma already owns commitments from DT Marquise Overton and OT Bobby Evans, and will be angling to keep the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard Jalin Barnett in state.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 4
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Cowboys already have landed ESPN 300 QB John Kolar and ESPN 300 RB Ronald Jones II. Oklahoma State is in strong position to land an ESPN 300 receiver, too, with Tyron Johnson, Kemah Siverand, Carlos Strickland and K.J. Hill all reciprocating interest.

TCU
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: With ESPN 300 QB Zach Gentry narrowing his list to Alabama, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas, TCU has refocused its QB search. Nearby Bo Schneider might be a possibility.

TEXAS
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 5
The latest: Only two of the nine verbal commitments Mack Brown landed for 2015 are still on the commit list, as new coach Charlie Strong has completely revamped the Longhorns’ recruiting game plan. Texas, however, still doesn’t have a top-10 in-state player on board. That could change emphatically if the Longhorns could snag the state’s No. 5 player -- outside linebacker Malik Jefferson, who will announce his college plans after the upcoming football season.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 6
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: Thanks to his efforts over the weekend in the Dallas Elite 11 QB camp, Texas Tech commitment Jarrett Stidham earned the eighth invite to the prestigious Elite 11 finals.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: With a host of skill players already on board, snagging players in the trenches will be the focus. West Virginia got in early on three-star guard George Asafo-Adjei, who received an offer from Florida over the weekend.
Today is a minor holiday for recruitniks: The newest edition of the ESPN 300 recruiting rankings have been released, along with a slew of other grades and evaluations.

It's always a big-time endeavor for the ESPN crew of scouts, so be sure to click HERE for the ESPN 300 rankings.

Several of today's updates to the ESPN 300 affect the Big 12. Here's a closer look at what you should take away from the rankings:
  • Oklahoma State quarterback commit John Kolar enjoyed an incredible jump, going from unranked to the nation's No. 3 pocket passer. He's now ranked No. 82 overall in the ESPN 300. The Norman (Okla.) North senior-to-be impressed filling in for injured Alabama signee David Cornwell last year, and he has wowed our scouts as well.
  • What a killer start for Baylor. The Bears have verbal commitments from six high school prospects, and all six made the ESPN 300. The highest ranked of the bunch is WR John Humphrey Jr., who announced his commitment last night. He's one of three ESPN 300 receivers in the class, joining Devontre Stricklin and Chad President. The Bears signed four ESPN 300 recruits in last year's class, and three the previous year, so this is quite the jump. With Baylor high on the list of several other ESPN 300 prospects, including WR DaMarkus Lodge (No. 63 in ESPN 300) and DE James Lockhart (No. 113), there's a good chance this class ends up being the best in the Big 12 when it's all said and done.
  • Texas now has verbal commitments from five ESPN 300 recruits: S DeShon Elliott (No. 94), OT Toby Weathersby (No. 138), OG Patrick Vahe (No. 171), new RB commit Tristian Houston (No. 208) and RB Jordan Stevenson (No. 296). The Longhorns are in the mix for more than 30 ESPN 300 prospects and have offered several more elite out-of-state recruits. Texas has some real momentum under new coach Charlie Strong at the moment, and it's possible more than 10 uncommitted ESPN 300 prospects visits Austin this week for the spring game.
  • The state of Oklahoma has five prospects in the ESPN 300, and nearly all of them could end up being Sooners. OU already has verbal pledges from DT Marquise Overton (No. 150) and OG Joshua Wariboko (No. 190) and is among the leaders for OG Jalin Barnett (No. 36) and S Will Sunderland Jr. (No. 212). And then there's Kolar, who the Sooners could still make a push for over time. Four of Oklahoma's five current pledges are in the ESPN 300.
  • Texas Tech already has two top-50 recruits in QB Jarrett Stidham and DT Breiden Fehoko, and they'll be the lead recruiters of this Red Raiders class. Stidham checks in at No. 37 in the new ESPN 300, which puts him No. 4 among all prospects in Texas, and Fehoko is the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle.
  • It's a great year to find a running back in the state of Texas. Ten of them made the newest ESPN 300, and six have already committed to schools. The top-rated member of the group is Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones II, the nation's No. 3 running back. Texas already has Houston and Stevenson, Baylor has Ja'Mycal Hasty (No. 274) and Texas A&M has pledges from Rodney Anderson (No. 263) and Jay Bradford (No. 277).
  • West Virginia is off to a great start with the 2015 class thanks to its dedication to recruiting Florida. Two of its verbal commits made the ESPN 300 in WR Jovon Durante (No. 120) and S Kendrell McFadden (No. 153), and half of its 10 pledges come from the Sunshine State. WVU is one of only seven program in the country with double-digit commitments at this point.

ESPN 300: Top Big 12 targets 

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The spring evaluation period is upon us, and coaches are traveling and hosting spring games in an effort to evaluate and attract the nation’s elite prospects. Fortunately for coaches, roughly two-thirds of the players making up the 2015 ESPN 300 are still uncommitted. A large majority of those players are considering playing in the Big 12.

Here are five ESPN 300 players heavily targeted by Big 12 schools:

Top 2015 targets: Big 12 

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A very hectic national signing day has come and gone, but recruiting doesn’t stop after Feb. 5. College coaches now have quickly turned their focus away from the 2014 class and toward the 2015 class.

There are several players in the 2015 class with the potential of signing a national letter of intent to play in the Big 12 around this time next year. Here are five athletes to keep an eye on:


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Key recruiting visits -- Big 12 

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It’s the last week of official visits, which means one last chance for coaches to make an impact before national signing day.

While many athletes have decided where they want to play college football, there are still a few players looking to use this final week as a measuring stick. Here are eight players to keep an eye on as they make an official visit. Also included are two 2015 players who will make junior-day appearances.


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Being one of the top-ranked players in the country comes with pressure -- unless you’re offensive lineman Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).

The No. 10 player in the ESPN Junior 300, Barnett brings a laid-back approach to the recruiting process and chooses to focus on simply improving rather than on where he’s ranked or which schools are -- or are not -- interested in him. Nothing tends to faze him, especially not the rigors of recruiting.


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Bedlam. Normally, it’s the hottest ticket in Oklahoma.

This year, it’ll be one of the coldest. Literally.

With temperatures in Stillwater, Okla., expected to be in the teens -- and wind chills making temperatures feel below zero -- Saturday’s battle between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be one to watch. For many recruits, watching it in person may not be an option this year. Several areas around the region are expecting icy roads, and for those getting around, many will be focused on competing in a playoff game.

Still, the show must go on, and when the Sooners and Cowboys collide, fireworks are expected. The game arguably is bigger for Oklahoma State than Oklahoma, as the Cowboys clinch the Big 12 championship with a win. Here are five players who will be keeping an eye out on the results:

ESPN 300 CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra): The No. 7 player in the country has Oklahoma high on his list. While LSU, Tennessee, USC and Florida State are also up there, the Sooners can make an impression in a big rivalry game -- particularly as the road team. RecruitingNation’s Hot Board has Jackson headed to Oregon, but the Sooners have a good reputation of landing elite players from the west coast.

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Thursday night may not be the best nights for hosting players, but it definitely makes for great nights to see two top-ranked teams go at it in a nationally televised showdown. No. 6 Baylor hosts No. 10 Oklahoma in what may be the most anticipated Big 12 matchup of the year not called the Red River Rivalry.

From a recruiting standpoint, Thursday’s game may have more importance to Oklahoma than Baylor. The Bears are sitting comfortably with 23 commits, including ESPN 300 players in athlete Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), inside linebacker James David (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) and receivers K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and Ishmael Zamora (Houston/Alief Elsik). The Sooners are looking to bulk up its recruiting class. Oklahoma has 15 committed, the latest on Wednesday being three-star athlete Dimitri Flowers (San Antonio/Churchill).

Along with the aforementioned, here are seven 2014 and 2015 prospects, in alphabetical order, who will be paying attention to what happens on Thursday:

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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It was only a matter of time before a big-name program took a chance on 5-foot-6, 148-pound lightning bolt/quarterback Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). That chance came from a Big 12 program recently, and White wasted little time taking them up on their offer.

Find out which Big 12 program he committed to as well as a big offer from Oklahoma State in this week’s edition of the Big 12 weekend wrap.

Biggest commitment: He might not be big in stature, but 2014 athlete Desmon White will bring some much-needed play-making ability to TCU. White, who plays quarterback for the undefeated DeSoto Eagles, switched his verbal pledge from North Texas to the Horned Frogs on Tuesday. This season he has completed 141 of 204 passes for 2,304 yards, 21 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also the team’s leading rusher with 95 carries for 1,009 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s a football player, plain and simple. Nice pickup for TCU, which could use him in a variety of ways but will likely start him at slot.

Biggest offer: This one goes to Oklahoma State and the offer it extended to ESPN Junior 300 offensive tackle George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods). If you are going to get into the sweepstakes for Brown, you might as well get in as early as possible. The No. 208 player in the country already has more than 30 offers, including from Big 12 programs Baylor, Kansas State and West Virginia. The only other 2015 offer to an OT that OSU has is to Texas commitment Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller).

Best performance by a commit/target: Class of 2015 quarterback Ryan Agnew (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) completed 31 of 35 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-17 victory over Keller. Agnew doesn’t have any offers now but that won’t stay the case with more games like this. Several major programs are well aware of Agnew, including Texas. Tennessee and Texas A&M have also expressed interest.

Most important visit: There were several big names in attendance for Oklahoma’s victory over Texas Tech, but the biggest one was 2015 offensive guard Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton). This was the fourth trip to Norman for Barnett, the No. 8 player in the country, No. 1 OG and No. 1 player in the Midlands region. That’s especially telling since he has yet to visit any other school.


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Texas Tech has been one of the new darlings of college football through the two few months of the season. At 7-0 the Red Raiders sit tied atop the Big 12 and are No. 10 in the BCS standings.

The country is anxious to see how they’ll handle the meat of their conference schedule, which begins with a road test at Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Sooners are expected to have several top targets on hand, including two prospects committed elsewhere. Oklahoma is also expected to have one of the top players in the country for 2015 in attendance ... again.

Here’s a look at some of the top targets who will be in attendance in Norman, Okla., plus a recruit who will be keeping a close eye on the game:

2014 DT Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview)
6-foot-1, 281 pounds
This is a huge opportunity for the Sooners to impress one of their top remaining targets. Henderson, a former TCU commit, seems to be down to Texas and OU, though, Ole Miss might have something to say about that. The Sooners have to blow him away on this visit considering the good things he had to say during and after Texas’ victory over Oklahoma a few weeks ago. OU really needs help on its defensive front with only one commitment in 2014 (three-star DT Brandon Glenn).


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The Oklahoma Sooners are already a step above most when it comes to recruiting 2015 offensive linemen given they’ve already garnered a commitment from ESPN 300 guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady).


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When it came to summer camps, the plan was simple for Class of 2015 offensive lineman Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).

He wasn’t going to go to any of them. There might have been a few schools he wanted to see, but he was going to save money and stay home.

Jalin Barnett
Bob Przybylo/ESPNJalin Barnett, No. 10 in the ESPN Junior 300, has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Oklahoma, however, is different. Barnett made his first unofficial visit to OU in April and picked up an offer shortly after his trip. He returned the following week for the spring game and one more time for OU’s camp in June. As of now, it remains the only camp Barnett has attended during this mega-crazy camp season.

In other words, OU has a three-visit advantage on the rest of the field right now. And with the release of the ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday, it might be a good thing. Barnett, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, is ranked No. 8 in the ESPN 300 and No. 1 in the region.

“A ranking like that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “He has worked so hard. He’s getting all this attention, but he is handling it so well.”

Schools such as Oregon State and Texas Tech also doled out early offers, but some more big boys have joined the party the last couple of weeks. Breeze said Stanford and Auburn are the latest school to offer.

Barnett grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but it has been all about the crimson and cream lately. And one OU coach in particular.

“I have a great relationship with Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh,” Barnett said. “I liked going to the camp a lot. It was very important in the long run to get that coaching from him.”

Since arriving at OU from West Virginia in February, Bedenbaugh has made a huge impact with top offensive line prospects.

Both of OU’s 2015 commitments, ESPN 300 members offensive guard Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady, No. 88) and offensive tackle Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen, No. 210), have been recruited by Bedenbaugh.

Barnett could be next, but it won’t happen just yet. There’s pressure, though, from his family to attend OU.


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Oklahoma 

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Most of the time when discussing Oklahoma and underclassmen recruiting, it’s a pretty nonexistent topic. Not the case for the Class of 2015 as the Sooners have already netted two ESPN 300 commitments.

Here is a look at eight other notable 2015 OU targets to go with the Sooners' two early pledges:


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Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady) stepped onto the campus of the University of Oklahoma with one goal in mind -- to show the Sooners he meant business.

The 2015 offensive line prospect participated in the first two days of the Sooners’ three-day camp at the beginning of June. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh clearly liked what they saw from the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect, offering Wariboko right after the camp concluded.


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