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All-Big 12 team: recruiting edition

2/11/2014

Ranking recruits is an unscientific process. If it were, it would be easy to predict future all-conference teams. As an exercise, I’ve cobbled together what an All-Big 12 team would look like based exclusively on ESPN’s freshman recruiting rankings -- though chances are, actual All-Big 12 teams down the road will have a very different look.

Offense

QB: Justice Hansen, Oklahoma (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe)

RB: Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (Oakley, Calif./Freedom)

RB: Donte Thomas-Williams, West Virginia (Durham, N.C./Hillside)

WR: K.D. Cannon, Baylor (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant)

WR: Armanti Foreman, Texas (Texas City, Texas/Texas City)

WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale)

TE: Carson Meier, Oklahoma (Tulsa, Okla./Union)

OT: Alec Ruth, Kansas State (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian)

OT: Kenyon Frison, Oklahoma (West Valley City, Utah/Granger)

OG: Natrell Curtis, Oklahoma (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe)

OG: Dontae Angus, West Virginia (Philadelphia/Martin Luther King)

C: Jacob Bragg, Kansas (Nacogdoches, Texas/ Nacogdoches)

AP: Davion Hall, Baylor (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau)

Defense

DE: Derick Roberson, Texas (San Antonio/William J. Brennan)

DE: Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington)

DT: Poona Ford, Texas (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head)

DT: Courtney Garnett, Oklahoma (New Orleans/St. Augustine)

LB: Edwin Freeman, Texas (Arlington, Texas/Bowie)

LB: Kyron Watson, Kansas (East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis)

LB: Gyasi Akem, Oklahoma State (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow)

CB: Nigel Bethel II, Texas Tech (Miami/Booker T. Washington)

CB: Jermaine Roberts, Texas (New Orleans/St. Augustine)

S: Steven Parker II, Oklahoma (Jenks, Okla./Jenks)

S: T'Kevian Rockwell, Baylor (Wylie, Texas/Wylie)

A few observations on this team:

  • Oklahoma leads the way with seven players. Underscoring their strong close, the Sooners landed four of those players after their Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. In December, Oklahoma’s class ranked 24th. But it finished ranked at the top of the Big 12 and 13th nationally.

  • The Big 12 didn’t have a class ranked outside the top 60 nationally, and this list highlights that with nine teams represented.

  • TCU is the only school without a player here, though running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) was slotted only five running back spots behind Thomas-Williams, whom the Mountaineers snagged on signing day. Nixon, who flipped from Texas A&M, was a huge get for the Horned Frogs.

  • Charlie Weis and his staff really delivered a solid recruiting class, despite a lack of success on the field. The Jayhawks had two players on this team, and that doesn’t even include four-star running backs Traevohn Wrench (Gardner, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) and Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter).

  • Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, known for their high-powered offenses, didn’t have an offensive player make the team. They did, however, comprise three of the defensive spots with Brailford, Akem and Bethel II. Oklahoma State CB Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) was rated just below Roberts, too.

Best players at each position who didn’t make the list:

QB: Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), Texas

RB: Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow), Oklahoma State

WR: Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington), West Virginia

TE: Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Oklahoma

OT: Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge), Oklahoma

OG: Joseph Paul (New Orlean/St. Augustine), Oklahoma

C: Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper), Texas

DE: Trey Carter (Dallas/Pinkston), Oklahoma State

DT: D.J. Williams (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin), Kansas

LB: Davonte James (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), West Virginia

CB: Chris Hardeman, Oklahoma State

S: John Bonney (Houston/Lamar), Texas

AP: Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East), Oklahoma