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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

October, 24, 2014
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It’s a relatively slow week in the Big 12, but “slow” doesn’t mean “nonexistent” when it comes to big conference matchups. TCU, Kansas State and Oklahoma State all host major games, and all three games will have potential commits in attendance. Check out some of the names and where they will be where this weekend:

Texas Tech at TCU

The Horned Frogs may be the hottest team in the Big 12, and they have a chance to impress a couple of top-ranked recruits who will be on campus this weekend. ESPN 300 receiver Carlos Strickland is a primary target for the Horned Frogs, and he is expected to take his official visit. Strickland, at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, can be a major get for an offense gaining more and more national respect each week. ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Jared Mayden also will be in Fort Worth this weekend. Mayden is one of the top-ranked cornerbacks in the 2016 class, and he would fit in well in TCU’s always-respected defense.

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The updated ESPN 300 player rankings are now live, and one of the primary Big 12 targets is the newly crowned top-ranked running back.

Soso Jamabo said in September that he was gunning for the No. 1 spot at running back, and after several huge games, Jamabo has earned that spot, bypassing Kentucky running back Damien Harris. The hunter, however, is now the hunted, as Jamabo looks to maintain that spot. He'll have to fight off Harris, Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones II, fast-rising Chris Warren III -- who jumped from 183 to 102 in the new rankings -- and several others.

Here are five things to know involving Big 12 recruiting:


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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

October, 17, 2014
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Baylor is the team to beat, and West Virginia is hoping to put on a show in front of what’s anticipated to be a raucous crowd. That game will be only one of a handful of must-see Big 12 games on tap Saturday.

Look for some major targets in the following three games to not only be in attendance but also take mental notes of what they see over the weekend. There’s no guarantee, but one or two may even give their verbal commitments.

Kansas State at Oklahoma

Fresh off its Red River Showdown victory against Texas, Oklahoma returns home in hopes to put on a show that will attract a couple of top visitors. ESPN 300 outside linebacker Cameron Townsend and four-star defensive tackle Darrion Daniels will be in Norman on official visits. The additions of both players would be huge for the Sooners. Additionally, quarterback commit Dalton Wood said he will be in Norman for an unofficial visit, as will players like ESPN Junior 300 running back Z'Quan Hogan and 2016 dual-threat quarterback Terry Wilson.


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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

October, 13, 2014
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Here’s the latest around the Big 12 on the recruiting trail this week:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Several recruits were on hand to watch the Bears’ 61-58 victory over TCU, including Gilmer, Texas, athlete Blake Lynch, a current Baylor commit. He is one of four commitments who are considered four-star prospects.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Junior college defensive end Larry Jefferson committed to Iowa State after a weekend visit. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect flipped from a previous commitment to West Virginia after watching the Cyclones knock off Toledo 37-30 during homecoming weekend.

KANSAS
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Jayhawks landed a commitment from Class of 2016 running back Aubrey White. The highly regarded White spurned offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas, Nebraska and others to pledge to Kansas. It will be interesting to see how KU’s coaching situation impacts White’s recruitment before February 2016.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats reportedly offered Class of 2016 athlete A.J. Taylor from Kansas City (Missouri) Rockhurst. It’s the first offer for the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Sooners reportedly offered Class of 2016 defensive end Amani Bledsoe. The three-star prospect from Lawrence (Kansas) High School also has offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 4
The latest: Solidifying the safety position has been a clear focus for the Cowboys during this recruiting cycle. ESPN 300 safety Kevin Henry joins Kenneth McGruder and Za’Carrius Green to give Oklahoma State three safety commitments who are rated 78 or higher by ESPN Scouts Inc.

TCU
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: All 16 of TCU’s current commitments are from Texas but the Horned Frogs, surprisingly, have not secured a member of the ESPN 300 and four-star receiver J.F. Thomas is the lone commitment with more than three stars. TCU has signed at least one member of the ESPN 300 in every class since 2011.

TEXAS
Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 8
The latest: The Longhorns reportedly offered Class of 2016 prospect Derrick Brown. The Sugar Hill (Georgia) Lanier defensive tackle is the No. 141 player in the ESPN Junior 300.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: It was a disappointing weekend on the field, but things could be looking up as the Red Raiders hosted several recruits, including elite receiver Tyron Johnson, the No. 24 player in the ESPN 300. Johnson tweeted that he enjoyed his Tech visit and would be a huge get for Kliff Kingsbury’s squad if he picks Tech. The four-star prospect from New Orleans Warren Easton has a large list of offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Alabama, Auburn and others.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 21
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Dana Holgorsen’s squad leads the entire Big 12 in total commits with 21. Quarterback David Sills is easily the Mountaineers' most interesting commitment. You might remember him as the player who committed to Lane Kiffin and USC when he was in a 13-year-old in the seventh grade. He decommited from the Trojans earlier this year and plans to enroll at West Virginia in January.

Help is on the way: Big 12 

October, 8, 2014
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When it comes to recruiting, grabbing key players is the name of the game. The idea of getting players who could come in as freshmen and contribute on multiple snaps is what every coach desires.

In looking at the teams in the Big 12, every team has its own specific needs for next year. With every need for each team, it appears immediate help is on the way.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

October, 7, 2014
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West Virginia landed a quality 2015 pledge Saturday in three-star Ohio DT Robert Landers, but it was a new pledge for Texas that proved to be the biggest commitment of the weekend. Additionally, Oklahoma State hosted an ESPN 300 recruit in on an official visit, while TCU had an ESPN 300 recruit on an unofficial visit to witness one of its biggest wins since joining the Big 12.

It was a busy weekend in the Big 12, as all 10 teams were involved in conference play. Check out some of the highlights.


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Best of the visits: Big 12

October, 5, 2014
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Talk about an exciting week of college football.

Five of the top eight teams fell on Saturday. Among those was Oklahoma, which lost to TCU in one of the best games of the weekend.

There was plenty of chatter on social media involving TCU and Oklahoma, as well as Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia. Top-ranked players were in attendance all over Big 12 home games, and two teams managed to get commitments on Saturday.

TCU became the shock of the conference -- and delivered one of the shocks of college football -- when it upset the Sooners in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs remained undefeated on the year, and most importantly from a recruiting standpoint, they impressed ESPN 300 linebacker Malik Jefferson, one of the multiple recruits in attendance. Some thought Jefferson would be in Austin watching Texas and Baylor play, but Jefferson confirmed with ESPN on Friday that he would make the trip to TCU.


The Horned Frogs are hoping to get Jefferson when he announces his college plans on Dec. 19. One player TCU doesn’t have to worry about is wide receiver Jarrison Stewart, who committed to Gary Patterson back in January. Stewart was on hand and enjoyed the atmosphere in Fort Worth and the victory against the Sooners.

Stewart and fellow receiver Jaelan Austin are expected to be major contributors in TCU's offense. Austin also was in attendance on Saturday.


Over in Stillwater, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tim Settle watched Oklahoma State defeat Iowa State. Settle, the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 15 player overall, took his second official visit and enjoyed what the campus and atmosphere had to offer.


While Texas took a loss to Baylor, it scored a big win for the future, as ESPN Junior 300 receiver Reggie Hemphill recommitted to Texas. Ranked No. 193 in the ESPN Junior 300, Hemphill made the trip to Austin and gave Charlie Strong his verbal pledge.


Hemphill joins fellow ESPN 300 receiver Collin Johnson in Texas’ 2016 class.

West Virginia disposed of Kansas on Saturday, and the Mountaineers managed to land their 21st commitment of the 2015 class in Robert Landers. The rising Ohio defensive tackle received the offer and committed on the spot.

One player happy to see another Mountaineers commit was 2016 pledge Jeremiah Jones. The dual-threat quarterback was in Morgantown and had a chance to hang out with former West Virginia receiver Wes Lyons, who towers over nearly everyone at 6-foot-8.


It was a great week of football in the Big 12. The upcoming week could be equally entertaining, as Baylor hosts TCU in a battle of unbeatens, Texas Tech hopes to get things going when it hosts West Virginia and Texas and Oklahoma meet up for the annual Red River Rivalry.

Big 12's top recruiting visits 

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The Big 12 schedule is at full strength this weekend, and all five games on tap will feature conference matchups. Look for a few big-time recruits to take official and unofficial visits all around the conference.

Here are three games to pay attention to, as commitment opportunities are high.

Baylor at Texas


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Big 12 recruiting scoreboard

September, 29, 2014
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Below is our weekly update on the Big 12 recruiting trail:

BAYLOR

Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Bears didn't land a recruit this past week, but plenty of Lone Star State prospects will be paying attention to Baylor’s trip to Austin. The Bears have been winning recruiting battles for the state top’s talent, and they have a chance to make another statement on the field.

IOWA STATE

Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones landed a commitment for the first time in more than a month in Kissimmee, Florida, cornerback Stephon Brown, who had offers from NC State, Hawaii, Marshall, South Florida and Southern Miss.

KANSAS

Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The first order of business for interim coach Clint Bowen was calling all of Kansas’ commitments Sunday and telling them they are still wanted in Lawrence. Despite his troubles on the field, Charlie Weis had put together another decent recruiting class that Bowen needs to hold together.

KANSAS STATE

Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats have been quiet on the trail lately, after landing seven commitments from June to August. More will be on the way once Bill Snyder figures out which junior-college players he wants to target in this class.

OKLAHOMA

Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Sooners landed their third commitment in the month of September in McAlester, Oklahoma, tight end Dalton Wood, who jones Midwest City safety Will Sunderland and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton as Oklahoma's three in-state commitments.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 4
The latest: The Pokes pulled off one of the better recruiting steals of the year last week in convincing ESPN 300 safety Kevin Henry to flip from LSU to OSU. Henry had been committed to the Tigers, where he projected as a safety/linebacker since January but started reconsidering his other options in July. Henry joins WR Jalen McCleskey as the second Louisiana recruit in OSU's class.

TCU

Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: No new pledges for the Horned Frogs this week, but they get a chance to impress visitors this Saturday when Oklahoma comes to Fort Worth. One TCU commit worth keeping an eye on is WR J.F. Thomas, the Frogs' highest-rated pledge. He received an offer from Texas recently, and two of his Dallas South Oak Cliff teammates -- Jamile Johnson and Jordan Stevenson -- are already committed to UT.

TEXAS

Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 8
The latest: Texas picked up a pledge from Austin Westlake LB Breckyn Hager, a three-star recruit who was committed to Baylor. The previous staff passed on Baylor's Bryce Hager in 2010, even though he's the son of Texas all-time leading tackler Britt Hager. Stevenson, who committed nearly a year ago, took an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend but remains solid with Texas.

TEXAS TECH

Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Red Raiders' staff made an intriguing find in East Texas last week. Longview's Broderick Washington committed soon after he received his Texas Tech offer. He's playing offensive tackle right now for Longview, but Tech loves his toughness and mean style of play and plans to develop him as a nose guard at the next level.

WEST VIRGINIA

Total commits: 19
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: West Virginia locked up a huge commitment last Monday when ESPN 300 CB Tyrek Cole flipped from Florida State. You don't see that too often. WVU defensive line coach Damon Cogdell coached Cole at Miramar High School in Florida last year. The Mountaineers also received a commitment from three-star ILB David Long on Sunday. This 2015 class is in terrific shape so far.

Big 12's top recruiting visits 

September, 26, 2014
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With four weekend games on tap this weekend, the Big 12 will have an opportunity to add some quality players. It’s already been an interesting week, as ESPN 300 defensive back Kevin Henry (Oklahoma State), athlete Tony Nicholson (Baylor), lineman Broderick Washington (Texas Tech) and linebacker Breckyn Hager (Texas, flipped from Baylor) already have declared their college futures.

Of the four games, only one involves a Big 12 team on the road. TCU travels toward the eastern Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to face rival SMU. Here are two home games pitting Big 12 foes to keep an eye on, as it could be a big weekend for recruiting.

Texas at Kansas

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

September, 16, 2014
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The upcoming week for the Big 12 will be quiet, as only three games featuring conference teams will take place -- one of those occurring on Thursday. Fortunately, the conference is coming off a dynamic week of football that featured big-time commitments for Oklahoma.


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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

September, 15, 2014
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Not many new commitments to break down this time around in our weekly check-in on Big 12 recruiting, but that doesn't mean these coaching staffs haven't been busy. Here's the latest on who's taking visits and who's impressing so far in their senior seasons:

BAYLOR
Total commits:
12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Blake Lynch is making the Bears look awfully smart for accepting his early commitment in 2013. The Gilmer, Texas, four-star athlete wowed this weekend against Tatum with 93 rushing yards, 115 receiving yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score. He played quarterback as a junior but has transitioned into a true offensive weapon since transferring to Gilmer.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: No commitments came in this weekend, but it'll be interesting to see how Iowa State's last-second win over Iowa impacts their in-state recruiting battles going forward. For example, could that win and some positive momentum help ISU's chances with 2016 linemen John Raridon and Jake Heinrich? No doubt Paul Rhoads and his coaches will be talking about that game for the next year while recruiting.

KANSAS
Total commits:
13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: KU has not landed a new commitment in almost a month and a half, and a blowout loss to Duke isn't going to help its efforts on the trail much either. One commit whose season is off to a nice start: three-star RB Taylor Martin has racked up 323 rushing yards and seven TDs this year at Fort Worth (Texas) Dunbar.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: A Thursday night game, no matter how gigantic the opponent, isn't necessarily ideal for bringing in a bunch of official visitors. K-State is reportedly expecting to have three-star RB Alex Barnes and junior college DT Deonte Reynolds in the house when Auburn comes to the The Little Apple. Both are taking midweek official visits, and they're critical targets for the Wildcats on what should be a pressure-packed week.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits:
13
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Sooners hosted their biggest official visit weekend of the season and secured two pledges Saturday, from ESPN 300 safety Will Sunderland Jr. and junior college lineman Jamal Danley. The long-awaited pregame commitment from Sunderland was huge, but so was getting ESPN 300 studs Keisean Lucier-South, Kendall Sheffield, Ricky DeBerry and Neville Gallimore and four-stars Kahlil Haughton and Anthony McKee on campus.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Pokes added to a promising offensive line class last week with 6-foot-7 offensive tackle Deya Mhiesen, a junior college lineman who can enroll in January. Mhiesen took an official visit to Baylor's season opener, then attended OSU's 40-23 win over Missouri State and decided to pull the trigger. He'll have three years of eligibility at OSU.

TCU
Total commits:
16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Horned Frogs had several commits in the stands Saturday for their 30-7 beatdown of Minnesota, including WR Jarrison Stewart and DT Joseph Broadnax, along with Baylor commit CB Ke'Shawn Somerville, DE Andrew Fitzgerald and several more intriguing recruits in the 2016 class.

TEXAS
Total commits: 15
ESPN 300 commits: 7
The latest: Texas hosted some big-time recruits at AT&T Stadium for its 20-17 loss to UCLA, including top ESPN 300 targets Malik Jefferson and Ryan Newsome, ESPN Junior 300 WR Reggie Hemphill and commits DeShon Elliott, Charles Omenihu and Connor Williams. Two attendees who could end up in this class: three-star center Tyler Moore and Purdue three-star cornerback commit Isaac Warren.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Red Raiders were not able to get Tyron Johnson, the nation's No. 2 receiver prospect, in town this weekend for his official visit due to a scheduling conflict, but he's expected to make it out to Lubbock on Oct. 11 when Tech hosts West Virginia. Tech did have ESPN 300 QB signee Jarrett Stidham, four-star commit OG Conner Dyer and three-star DE Jalen Bates in attendance.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: With Oklahoma coming to town this weekend, expect a lot of talent on the West Virginia sideline before Saturday's big game. Among those reportedly expected to attend on official visits are ESPN 300 CB Jordan Whitehead and four-star ATH Tim Irvin.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

September, 9, 2014
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It was a relatively slow week in regards to big-game matchups between Big 12 opponents, but Oklahoma State and Texas each landed commits last weekend. The Cowboys picked up a big commit -- figuratively and literally -- who could help the offensive line immediately next season.


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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

September, 8, 2014
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After a one-week hiatus, the Big 12 recruiting scorecard returns to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening on the recruiting trail for your favorite Big 12 squad. Here is the latest around the Big 12 on the recruiting trail during the past two weeks:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Baylor landed another player likely to end up among its scoring leaders with a verbal from kicker Drew Galitz (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett). The three-star prospect is the nation’s No. 3 kicker and picked the Bears over an offer from Miami (Fla.).

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones had several unofficial visitors over the weekend including Urbandale (Iowa) offensive guard Caleb Bright, a Class of 2016 prospect.

KANSAS
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Three-star quarterback Ryan Willis of Shawnee Mission, Kansas/Bishop Miege remains the lynchpin of this class after picking the Jayhawks over Illinois and Kansas State.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Quarterback Alex Delton has officially signed with the Wildcats, inking his financial aid agreement in late August. The three-star prospect from Hays, Kansas is the lone quarterback in Bill Snyder’s class of 2015.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 5
The latest: The Sooners are looking at arguably their biggest recruiting weekend when Tennessee visits on Saturday. Current commits P.J. Mbanasor and John Humphreys along with linebacker target Cassius Peat are among the list of prospects expected to visit for the primetime matchup.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Cowboys have been on a roll in recent days with Covington (Louisiana) St. Pauls receiver Jalen McCleskey picking the Pokes over offers from Air Force, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and others.

TCU
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Manvel (Texas) quarterback D’Eriq King reported a TCU offer last week. The No. 196 player in the ESPNJr300 has offers from Texas Tech, Clemson, Michigan State, UCLA and others.

TEXAS
Total commits: 15
ESPN 300 commits: 7
The latest: The Longhorns added a commitment from Coppell (Texas) offensive tackle Connor Williams. The three-star prospect picked UT over OU, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech, Ohio State, UCLA and others.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Red Raiders began their serious pursuit of Clemson commit J.C. Clark, a Class of 2016 prospect from Argyle, Texas. The three-star tight end also boasts offers from Arizona State, Duke and Colorado State.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: Mountaineers’ commitment Kevin Williams (Pompano Beach, Florida/Blanche Ely) made his official visit to Morgantown, West Virginia over the weekend. The three-star safety prospect picked WVU over Florida and Syracuse.

Best of the visits: Big 12

September, 7, 2014
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The Big 12 saw Texas take one of its worst home losses in nearly 20 years, Kansas State struggle with Iowa State, Texas Tech narrowly pull off a win against UTEP and Kansas hold off Southeast Missouri State.

Yikes.

Fortunately for the Big 12 conference, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all cruised to easy wins. When the smoke clears after all of the close calls, seven of the nine schools competing Saturday will have victories, and several recruits were on hand to check out the various campus environments.

Oklahoma State, which beat Missouri State, 40-23, had ESPN 300 OL Joshua Wariboko in attendance, along with his brother, 2016 CB Max Wariboko. They were with 2015 teammate, DB Gary Woods II, and 2015 CB Robert Charlton.


West Virginia rolled in a 54-0 win over Towson, and several athletes were in attendance. Among those were 2016 DE/OLB commit Logan Thimons and 2016 QB Elijah Cunningham, who took in the game with Springboro, Ohio, teammates.


Saturday was a chance for Texas to make a major statement, but BYU had other plans. ESPN 300 TE Will Gragg was scheduled to be in Austin, but he changed his official visit plans to visit Texas in October. He didn't get to see BYU's 41-7 win against the Longhorns. DT commit Du'Vonta Lampkin, however, was in Austin for the game. While he wasn't pleased with the result, he showed on social media that one loss wouldn't allow him to waver.

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