Commentary

Texas, OU sit on top of new Big 12

Originally Published: February 1, 2012
By RecruitingNation | ESPN.com
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the recruiting classes in the Big 12.

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Texas Longhorns

Top prospect: The Longhorns signed a five-star back in 2011 and Texas managed to top itself this year by signing another five-star back and the nation's No. 2-rated player in Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas). One of the most accomplished running backs in the history of high school football, Gray can be a game-changer. He adds another weapon to the Longhorns' ground attack, which improved this past season and may need to carry the load offensively as the Longhorns try to find the right fit at quarterback.

Breakdown: Once again, the Longhorns signed one of the top classes in the nation. They started out strong and closed strong, as well. Versatile running back Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) and No. 1-rated inside linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas) were great in-state pickups late in the process. Early commitment ESPNU 150 quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) gives Texas another option at quarterback. The class features some good talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, led by Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), an outstanding defensive tackle prospect who could come in and make his presence felt quickly. Offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) needs further development but displays good upside, and Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas) is a good guard prospect. Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas) and Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas) are nice additions to the secondary.

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