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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

October, 21, 2014
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While West Virginia landed a commit at a much-needed position, Oklahoma hosted one of the nation's top-ranked players -- hoping to lure him away from his SEC commitment. Those were the highlights of the weekend in the Big 12, but here's a recap of the recruiting weekend, one that could lead to some much bigger results as October progresses.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

October, 14, 2014
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Texas Tech picked up a commit at a key position, and Iowa State managed to lure away a commit from a conference foe over the weekend.

October is the perfect month for more and more commitments to take place, as recruits are taking official visits and finalizing their college plans. Recruiting could get even more interesting as we get further into the month.

Here’s a recap of what happened in Big 12 recruiting:


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Mississippi State's fast rise to No. 1 in the country will open even more doors for the Bulldogs in recruiting. Plus, even with all of Kentucky's success in Ohio, it couldn't stop the Buckeyes from taking away one of its commitments this weekend.

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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

October, 10, 2014
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When one of the biggest rivalries in college football is considered an undercard of sorts in a well-respected conference, consider that a positive message regarding the talent within the conference. Texas and Oklahoma will play in the annual Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, but when it comes to the Big 12’s current heavy-hitters, Baylor and TCU will collide in a battle of unbeaten, top-10 teams.

With several big games happening Saturday, look for several top-ranked recruits to be in attendance. Here are three games to watch:

TCU at Baylor


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Tim Beckman is 1-17 in Big Ten games and questions about his future has hindered the Illini's recruiting efforts. Plus, Georgia Tech has surprised both on the field and on the recruiting trial.


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ESPN’s RecruitingNation released the updated class ranking for 2015 on Wednesday. Of course, Alabama remains in the top spot, but will be challenged by Georgia and Florida State for the top spot come National Signing Day.

Looking deeper into the class rankings, five teams off to poor starts could have a difficult time holding off rival teams for top recruits, including:

South Carolina

One could argue that the Gamecocks aren’t in need of a strong close in 2015 with 28 prospects already committed and a current place in the Top 10 classes, but needs remain on defense at tackle, linebacker, and cornerback for sure. A 6-6 or 7-5 season could make it tough to close, and give momentum to others trying to flip South Carolina commitments. Closing on Florida State defensive tackle commit and South Carolina native D.J. Jones could be tough, because the Seminoles remain atop the polls, and Clemson and Alabama are also possibilities. The same can be said for ESPN300 athlete Darius Slayton, who will likely choose between Georgia and South Carolina with a preference for wide receiver at the next level.

Miami (FL)

There was increased excitement headed into the 2014 season with the NCAA cloud lifted, and a number of exciting playmakers returning on offense. Throw in the otherworldly start to the 2016 class with seven ESPNJr300 pledges, and it looked like the Hurricanes were set up for a big finish in 2015 with momentum. Now 3-3 with a 6-6 finish a real possibility, the Hurricanes are no longer in the closing position. In fact, holding onto ESPN300 running back Dexter Williams could be difficult, and the Hurricanes have already lost ESPN300 tight end Bowman Archibald to Wake Forest. The Miami (FL) staff will be working hard to keep prospects such as Williams and ESPN300 linebacker Charles Perry in the fold, while attempting to finish the 2015 class that is need of playmakers and pass-rushers on defense.


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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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The 2015 ESPN Junior College Watch List is comprised of more than 200 prospects who will be evaluated for a position inside the Juco 50. Here is a snapshot of six prospects, three skill and three non-skill, who have impressed in the early evaluations.


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Juco recruits to watch: Big 12 

October, 6, 2014
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It’s been a good year for junior college talent, and with the 2015 ESPN Juco Watch List released, followers of football recruiting can now be on the lookout for some of the nation’s best juco players.

Here are three names to watch in the Big 12 as the prospects inch closer to their respective signing periods, whether it’s between Dec. 17 and Jan. 15 (mid-year transfers) or between Feb. 4 and April 1 (regular period).


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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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Early Offer: Sumlin's message for Lodge 

September, 23, 2014
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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sent a not-so-subtle message to former commit DaMarkus Lodge at his Tuesday news conference. Plus, Mississippi State captured a monumental victory over LSU this past weekend, but the Bulldogs are also winning on the recruiting trail.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

September, 23, 2014
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September has been an interesting month, and it’s only going to get even more intriguing in the land of recruiting. Texas flipped an ESPN 300 player, and Baylor landed another skill-position threat. Additionally, West Virginia made an impact on an ESPN 300 player, and Texas Tech looked west at a couple of big-time prospects.

Here are some of the highlights from the week of Big 12 recruiting.


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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's top recruiting visits 

September, 12, 2014
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After a quiet week, the Big 12 is expected to have a monster week with top recruits spread throughout Texas and Oklahoma. September was expected to be a big month for recruiting within the conference, and it can jump start during or immediately after the weekend games.

Look for these three games to draw players:

Tennessee at Oklahoma

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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

September, 5, 2014
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The marquee matchups of college football aren’t in the Big 12 this weekend. Many will be watching Texas to see if it can gain revenge against a BYU team that rushed for 550 yards against the Longhorns last season. Others will be watching Iowa State host Kansas State in the first conference game of the year. Additionally, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas all will be looking to score home victories.

Here are three visit weekends to keep an eye on.


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