Thursday, August 22, 2013
Big 12 recruiting storylines: Aug. 22
By Damon Sayles
A slow week of recruiting took a turn for the better for Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Cowboys landed a 2014 commitment and also found out a 2013 three-star player was transferring from the East coast.
Oklahoma State highlights this week’s Big 12 storylines, but there’s also news about West Virginia and top 2014 and 2015 players who could be big-time Big 12 assets.
Four-star inside linebacker Josh Mabin (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) became the Cowboys’ 20th overall commitment early Wednesday evening. He’s only the third linebacker to commit, and his motor and physical nature will be welcomed on the Oklahoma State roster.
Mabin chose Oklahoma State over Baylor and Oklahoma and could be the game-changing defender the Cowboys are looking for. Mabin is a hard-hitting linebacker who plays with a high motor. He joins four-star Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) and three-star Justin Phillips (Pearland, Texas/Pearland) as the Cowboys’ linebacker pledges.
More OSU news: Transfer QB coming
Oklahoma State received the word on Mabin early Wednesday evening. Earlier that afternoon, quarterback Richard Lagow, a three-star 2013 prospect who originally signed with Connecticut, confirmed that he had transferred from UConn and will attend Oklahoma State. He’s looking to not only start classes on Monday but also practice with the team and earn his place as a walk-on.
“I just want to get on the field,” said Lagow, who transferred to be closer to his home in Plano, Texas. “I don’t want to deal all the other stuff. I just want to play ball.”
Oklahoma State currently have six quarterbacks, and only one -- Clint Chelf -- is a upperclassman. Lagow won’t be eligible to play until 2014 per NCAA rules, but he hopes to compete for a starting job when it’s his time.
A player Lagow most likely will compete against is one of the nation’s top 2014 quarterbacks. Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), the No. 7 pocket-passing quarterback, is the lone quarterback committed in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. Rudolph said that even after hearing about Lagow, he’s still 100-percent committed to Oklahoma State and is excited about the chance to compete as the starter.
The Big 12 has 5-1 odds in landing ESPN 300 defensive back Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron). The nation’s No. 3 safety and No. 25 player overall has Texas as a part of his final four. SEC schools Florida, Ole Miss and Texas A&M make up the field. Big Ten power Ohio State is right on the border.
Every school believes it is the frontrunner for the 6-foot, 204-pound defender, but Adams is quick to acknowledge that all of the schools are on the same level. He even went as far to say that while he has a high appreciation for the SEC, playing at Texas is just as intriguing as the other schools.
“I’d say they are 50-50,” said Adams, referring to the chance of him choosing the Big 12 over the SEC.
Adams said he doesn’t plan to announce his selection until he’s taken all five of his official visits. He first will visit Texas A&M (Sept. 14), then Florida (Sept. 21), Ole Miss (Oct. 19), Ohio State (Oct. 26) and Texas (Nov. 6).
Decision looming for four-star Bonney?
Four-star safety John Bonney (Houston/Lamar) visited Texas over the weekend and left Austin with positive things to say about the program. This is important because his original plans have yet to change.
Bonney has said on multiple occasions that he would like to commit before the start of the 2013 season. Lamar’s football season kicks off next week, so unless Bonney decides to push things back, a decision should come within days.
Bonney is believed to have Texas and Baylor high on his list, but he also likes Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Cal and UCLA. Whichever school lands him will get a top-50 player in Texas and the No. 21 safety in the nation.
WVU: A potential second chance for juco CB
Coming out of high school, junior college cornerback Marcus Caffey (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western Community College) had an offer from several other top programs, including West Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina and Ole Miss. He ultimately chose to sign with Kentucky.
Caffey, however, was dismissed from the team in January after violating team rules. He was able to get a fresh start at Iowa Western, and one school has offered him a second chance at BCS play. West Virginia offered the 5-11, 195-pound defensive back Wednesday, joining Georgia State.
Caffey, who’s from Atlanta and played high school ball at Grady, is expected to be a major contributor for Iowa Western, the NJCAA defending national champion.
An early leader for 2015 QB Lynch
Baylor already has an impressive 2014 class, and with ESPN Junior 300 athlete Chad President (Temple, Texas/Temple) and rising offensive tackle Ronnie Major (Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville) already committed, the 2015 class is off to a great start.
One player the Bears are hoping to land is dual-threat quarterback Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup). Entertaining two offers, Lynch, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound, three-star quarterback, confirmed on Wednesday that Baylor is his current No. 1 choice, but he also said that he won’t make an announcement until before his senior season.
Lynch also has an offer from Mississippi State and interest from Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and others.