- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
There wasn’t much movement in the updated ESPN class rankings by Big 12 teams. The biggest jump came from Oklahoma, which only moved up one spot. Here is a closer look at the rankings as it pertains to the conference.
Trending up: Oklahoma only jumped one spot, to No. 21, in the class rankings. It’s a significant move because of what caused the jump. It happened because of ESPN 300 TE Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), who committed on Friday. He became the second ESPN 300 TE/wide receiver from the West Coast to join the Sooners’ class and the fourth overall. Oklahoma started off quietly but has really amassed an impressive group of offensive skill players, which includes Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Santa Fe), the No. 4 dual-threat QB in the country.
Trending down: Kansas has the fewest commitments of any school in the conference at seven. The Jayhawks’ last verbal pledge came on July 24 from Tyler Patrick (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), who is the No. 126 athlete overall. Many of the Jayhawks’ targets could be waiting to see how they start the season. They shouldn’t have much trouble getting by their first three games (home vs. South Dakota, at Rice, and home against Louisiana Tech) but the conference play could be tough if KU doesn’t pull out a victory at home against Texas Tech on Oct. 5.
One to watch: What will Kansas State do next? The Wildcats have had an incredibly successful last few weeks with six commitments. On July 27 alone they picked up five in Kendall Adams (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal), Dominique Heath (Huntersville, NC/Hopewell), Kaleb Prewett (Blue Springs, MO/Blue Springs), Mike Stevens (Davidson, NC/Davidson) and T.L. Ford (Cartersville, GA/Cartersville). They also picked up a commitment from WR Tyler Ahrens (Kerrville, Texas/Tivy) on Thursday. That puts KSU at 14 commitments in 2014.
Bold prediction: Texas ends up with ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) after his official visit to Austin during the season. Yes, Freeman has long had the Longhorns as his No. 1 school but he recently told RecruitingNation that he was going to go against his original plan of committing somewhere prior to the beginning of the season. Instead, he will take some visits before making up his mind. This doesn’t have the Longhorns feeling as optimistic as they once were. But, in the end, he’ll end up at Texas.