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Texas hooks the Big 12's best class

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the recruiting classes in the Big 12.

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1. Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns won the Big 12 this year on the field and now won it on the recruiting trail. Texas had the nation's No. 2 class just days before signing day, but Mack Brown and his staff closed strong by adding the two of the nation's top four players. Top defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/Plano West) was a huge in-state land and the nation's best linebacker Jordan Hicks (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was a huge and rare late out-of-state pick-up. In addition to Jeffcoat and Hicks, the class features some strong front seven prospects headlined by four-star DTs Taylor Bible (Denton, Texas/Guyer) and Ashton Dorsey (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler), the No. 2 and 4 ranked DTs in the country. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp also gained some great secondary depth with a pair of top 10 cornerback prospects. Offensively, the Longhorns added two of the nation's top three receivers in Mike Davis (Dallas/Skyline) and Darius White (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar).

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2. Oklahoma Sooners

Bob Stoops and Oklahoma made a nice signing day addition by getting former Texas A&M commit Corey Nelson (Dallas/Skyline), a four-star LB, to join a class that already featured four-star ATH Tony Jefferson (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake). The Sooners lose QB Sam Bradford and TE Jermaine Gresham, but add talented dual-threat quarterback Blake Bell (Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll) and the No. 3 TE Austin Haywood (Moore, Okla./Southmoore). In addition to Jefferson, the Sooners also raided California for four-star, multi-purpose RB Brennan Clay (San Diego/Scripps Ranch) and four-star wideout Kenny Stills (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon).