- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
The Big 12 has a big weekend ahead in Dallas and Texas Tech is surging. Here’s a look at some of the Big 12’s top recruiting storylines.
Big names set to attend Red River Rivalry
There is never a season, regardless of what type of shape either program is in, that the Cotton Bowl won’t be filled with some of the most desirable recruits in the country.
This year won’t be any different with several ESPN 300 recruits making their way to Dallas for the weekend. Some of the uncommitted targets that have confirmed they’ll be going are defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), cornerback Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne), ESPN Junior 300 defensive end James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis), ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline), ESPN 300 linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) and ESPN Junior 300 safety Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse).
Some of the commitments for Texas that have confirmed are wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren), linebacker Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter), wide receiver Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper), cornerback Jalen Campbell (Corpus Christi, Texas/ Flour Bluff), offensive tackle Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller) and defensive end Sione Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller).
Oklahoma quarterback commitment Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) is scheduled to be there as well. There likely won’t be as many Sooners commitments on hand since Texas is the designated home team and will be the only team allowed to host recruits.
A few names we’re told won’t be there are ESPN 300 cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), ESPN 300 defensive back Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), Texas commitment Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan), ESPN Junior 300 safety Larry Pryor (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Suplhur Springs) and ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater).
OU offers 2017 LB
The Sooners just enjoyed one of their most successful recruiting weekends in the Bob Stoops era, at least in terms of getting targets to Norman.
After its win over TCU Saturday, Oklahoma tried to continue that momentum on Monday night when it offered 2017 linebacker Joshua Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s). Ross is the younger brother of Michigan linebacker James Ross. He is also receiving heavy interest from the Wolverines, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Offering younger and younger recruits is the new norm around college football. LSU already has a commitment from the much-publicized 2016 linebacker Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab). Texas has a commitment from 2016 wide receiver Reggie Hemphill (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) and has offered his teammate, safety Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas/Manvel).
Kansas TE takes in Tech game
Texas Tech’s road game at Kansas gave 2015 tight end Joshua Moore (Olathe, Kan./North) the perfect opportunity to see the Red Raiders, the first team to offer him, so he took the chance.
Moore (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) made the trip and likes what he is seeing from Tech, especially how heavily it targets tight end Jace Amaro, who leads TTU with 38 catches for 463 yards and one touchdown. Moore has also been offered by TCU and is receiving interest from Oklahoma and Georgia.
Texas Tech didn’t take a TE in 2013 and does not have a tight end commitment in 2014 so it will surely take at least one in 2015.
Baylor’s offense opening recruits eyes
There almost aren’t words for what the Bears are doing offensively these days. They threw for 396 yards and rushed for 476 yards in a 73-42 drumming of West Virginia on Saturday. And recruits are taking notice, especially the class of 2015.
Some of those taking notice are ESPN Junior 300 members DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville), running back Ja’Mycal Hasty (Longview, Texas/Longview) and running back Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall).
Class of 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial), who already has an offer from Baylor, is also very high on the Bears. He also has an offer from Texas Tech.
Jayhawks commitment passes away
Regardless of what Kansas’ 2014 recruiting class goes on to accomplish it might always feel like a piece of it is missing after the shocking news of the death of Jayhawks commitment Andre Maloney (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission West) last Friday.
Maloney, a senior receiver, suffered a stroke during a game last Thursday and died the following day.
West coach Tim Callaghan told ESPN.com that he immediately noticed something was wrong when Maloney, who had just scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass, got a drink of water and was trying to sit on the bench when he became disoriented.
Two doctors and West's trainer treated Maloney immediately before emergency personnel arrived.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis offered his condolences in a series of tweets Friday night.
"We are absolutely devastated by the news of the passing of Andre Maloney. Our hearts are broken at the loss of such an outstanding young man," Weis wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his mother, Rosalita. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Tim Callaghan, the Shawnee Mission West program & the student body as they deal w/loss. We knew from the moment we met Andre just how special he was and he will never be forgotten. The Jayhawk family will forever hold Andre close to our hearts.”
As a junior, Maloney helped West win the program's first Class 6A state championship since 1985.