Monday, August 26, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
By Damon Sayles
Recruiting wise, the weekend was somewhat slow for the Big 12. Unofficial visits were minimal throughout the conference, as the focus for many students was on preparation for Monday, being the first day of school. When the weekend concluded, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State managed to score important commitments.
Here is a look at the weekend wrap on Big 12 recruiting.
Biggest commitment: When four-star inside linebacker Josh Mabin (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) committed to Oklahoma State on Wednesday, he gave the Cowboys a player several Big 12 schools were hotly pursuing. Mabin, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker, chose Oklahoma State over offers from Baylor and Oklahoma and interest from TCU. Mabin gives the Cowboys another quality defender and a player who likes to hit. Ranked the No. 13 inside linebacker in the nation, Mabin is the type of player who not only can produce a solid highlight reel with his play but also serve as a reliable defensive quarterback.
Biggest offer: With the 2013 football season upon us, high school juniors will be in the spotlight more than ever. ESPN Junior 300 running back Javarius Davis (Jacksonville, Fla./Ed H. White) is a player to watch, and on Sunday, the 5-9, 162-pound athlete earned his 17th offer, from West Virginia. The offer was his second from the Big 12, as West Virginia joined Iowa State. Davis isn’t planning on making a quick decision, but whichever school lands him will get a player who uses his speed and elusiveness to make plays on the field.
Best performance by a commit/target: The state of Oklahoma was treated to a scrimmage Thursday featuring two of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Alabama commit David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North) and Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Santa Fe). Cornwell, No. 32 in the ESPN 300 and the nation’s No. 2 pocket-passing quarterback, and Hansen, No. 97 in the ESPN 300 and the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, both put on a show, but both also finished the scrimmage with minor injuries. Cornwell played the first quarter before being sidelined with an ankle injury, while Hansen played three series before sustaining a hamstring injury.
Biggest answer: ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) is the No. 7 prospect in the nation -- and there are some who question why he’s ranked so high. During Friday’s scrimmage against defending Texas 5A Division I state champion Allen, Garrett showed to fans in attendance that he is worthy of high praise and well deserving of the ranking. Garrett played with a high motor and put his powerful, 6-5, 247-pound frame to good use. He has five schools high on his list: Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and TCU. Garrett said he’s planning on attending Saturday’s TCU-LSU season opener at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Biggest question: Just how good can new Oklahoma commit Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) be at the next level? The three-star athlete, who committed to the Sooners on Sunday, is projected to be an outside linebacker, but he lined up at both defensive end and defensive tackle as a junior. Using his versatility and quickness off the line, Bolton finished last season with 96 tackles -- 73 of them solo -- as well as 15 sacks, five forced fumbles and 23 quarterback hurries. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Bolton can be a very valuable member of Oklahoma’s 2014 class and, potentially, an all-Big 12-caliber player.