- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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With no new Big 12 verbal commitments in the past week, here's an update on some prospects to keep an eye on for each program as the spring evaluation period continues.
Baylor: Time to load up on defense in this class. Expect the Bears to sign a smaller class, with around six or seven defenders this year, and athlete commit Louis Brown could count toward that group. Baylor is in on some big-time defenders, including ESPN 300 LB Malik Jefferson, DE James Lockhart and CB Holton Hill and sleepers in LB Richard Moore and S Kahlil Haughton.
Iowa State: While ISU continues to sit on one commitment, it's hard to not look over the fence and see the rivals are thriving. Iowa already has eight verbal commitments, including from ESPN 300 in-state ATH Drew Cook and the state's top four rated prospects so far. This spring evaluation period is a critical time for the ISU staff to get into Florida and throughout the Midwest to find some Cyclones.
Kansas: With no verbal commits on board yet for 2015, here's one prospect KU would love to lock up: RB Marquise Doherty. A two-sport standout and three-star prospect who also plays baseball, Doherty hails from the Kansas City area and was offered at KU's junior day. With offers from the likes of Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas State, Doherty won't be an easy one to win over.
Kansas State: After losing Aaron Sharp to UCLA, K-State did not sign a quarterback in 2014. One is already on board for this year's class in Alex Delton, the lone commit in the class. Don't be surprised if the Wildcats make a push to land a second passer in this class. Three-star Ryan Willis, a 6-foot-5 pocket passer from Kansas, would be a great get.
Oklahoma: The Sooners lost two important members of their 2015 class in OG Joshua Wariboko and DT Du'Vonta Lampkin, but OU is making an early impression on next year's class. Elite 2016 Maryland DE Rahshaun Smith told Jeremy Crabtree and Gerry Hamilton at this weekend's D.C. NFTC that he has OU in his top three.
Oklahoma State: Both OSU and OU hosted five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, the No. 10 recruit in the ESPN 300, this spring. Settle says he's going to cut his list down from 14 in the near future but won't decide until the Under Armour All-America Game or signing day. It's going to be hard to steal the Virginia native away from the best of the SEC and ACC, but getting him on campus was a big first step.
TCU: The Horned Frogs entered the mix for CB Jordan Tolbert with an offer last week. The former Houston commit's final decision should come down to Baylor, Texas and TCU, though he could look outside the state this summer. Landing Tolbert could help any of those programs' chances of swaying his teammate, ESPN 300 linebacker Cameron Townsend.
Texas: The Longhorns are still looking for their quarterback for the 2015 class. Shawn Watson likes to bring passers in for an elite summer QB camp and decide there, so the answer might arrive in June. Texas hosted ESPN 300 New Mexico QB Zach Gentry on an unofficial visit recently and has been pursuing three-star pocket passer Quinten Dormady and ESPN 300 ATH J.W. Ketchum throughout the spring.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have a legitimate chance at landing another top-100 recruit this summer. Commit Breiden Fehoko is putting in work to convince Hawaii four-star guard Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. that he belongs in Lubbock, and Tech is likely the favorite to land the No. 75 recruit in the ESPN 300. That pledge would continue to send a message that Texas Tech can recruit anywhere.
West Virginia: One week after visiting for Alabama's spring game and nearly leaving with a verbal commitment, ESPN 300 WR Jovon Durante remains committed to West Virginia. That scare might have been a valuable lesson about the top-rated member of the Mountaineers' class. Getting his verbal commitment was huge, but it's going to be a battle to hold on to the Florida standout for the next nine months.