National signing day is almost here, a de facto national holiday for college football fans everywhere.
To get you pumped, below is a breakdown of the most exciting part of every Big 12 recruiting class going into the big day:
What to get excited about: Another top-flight receiving class
The skinny: Once again, Baylor will ink one of the finest receiving classes in the country, with a quartet of ESPN 300 prospects at the position. Duvernay is rated the No. 3 receiver in the nation, and Dickson had offers from several traditional powers, including Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and USC. Baylor’s claim to WRU should only grow more pronounced with this sterling receiving class.
What to get excited about: A future cornerstone left tackle
The players: OT Sean Foster
The skinny: Since taking over just two months ago, first-year coach Matt Campbell has rapidly put together a solid class at Iowa State. The gem is Foster, a four-star prospect out of Mundelein, Illinois. In running back Mike Warren and Allen Lazard, the Cyclones have a strong foundation at the offensive skill positions. In the 6-foot-8 285-pound Foster, they could have a future cornerstone at left tackle, as well.
What to get excited about: Bodies for the trenches
The skinny: Kansas’ scholarship tally woes have been well-documented. And nowhere did that hurt the Jayhawks more than in the trenches, where depth is paramount. The good news is Kansas has help on the way in the form of Davis and Holani, both of whom are top 20 juco defensive tackles. The Jayhawks still have a ways to go before solving their scholarship issues. But with this class, David Beaty should have more bodies to plug in on the defensive line.
What to get excited about: A second potential quarterback of the future
The players: QB Skylar Thompson
The skinny: Due to injuries and the graduation of Jake Waters, the Wildcats struggled mightily at quarterback this past season, eventually having to turn to wide receiver Kody Cook late in the season. But for the second straight year, the Wildcats signed an intriguing player at the position in Thompson, the No. 14 dual-threat QB in the country. It’ll be interesting to watch Thompson battle last year’s quarterback signee, Alex Delton, in the coming years.
What to get excited about: Immediate linebacker help
The skinny: With Eric Striker and Dominique Alexander departing, linebacker quickly became the biggest hole on the Oklahoma defense. The Sooners have addressed that, snagging two of the best juco linebackers on the board in Beal and Doucet. With the status of Oklahoma's top high school commitment, linebacker Bryce Youngquist, up in the air, Beal and Doucet could become even more crucial to this class. The Sooners also remain firmly in the mix for ESPN 300 linebacker Caleb Kelly.
What to get excited about: A plug-and-play guard
The player: OG Larry Williams
The skinny: Oklahoma State featured one of the Big 12's worst running games last year, and one of the reasons why was interior run-blocking. The Cowboys could receive a major boost with junior-college All-American Larry Williams, an early enrollee who stands 6-foot-4, 325 pounds. The Cowboys should be lethal through the air again in 2016. Williams could be one of the key pieces that gets the ground game humming again, too.
What to get excited about: A wave of playmaking receivers
The skinny: The Horned Frogs lose Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee, but are reloading with a cast of receivers to flank standout freshman KaVontae Turpin. TCU plucked another blue-chipper out of Louisiana in Graham, an ESPN 300 prospect. Taj Williams, an ESPN JC 50 addition, was highly touted and could contribute immediately. The Horned Frogs also beat out virtually the entire Big 12 for Camron Williams.
What to get excited about: The answer, perhaps, at quarterback
The player: QB Shane Buechele
The skinny: Quarterback has essentially been Texas’ downfall ever since Colt McCoy graduated. The Longhorns might finally have their long-lost answer at the position in Buechele, an ESPN 300 recruit who is already enrolled at Texas and primed to challenge Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes for a starting role. A difference-maker at quarterback would dramatically change Texas’ outlook.
What to get excited about: Stud juco wideouts
The skinny: The Red Raiders graduated All-Big 12 receiver Jakeem Grant, but they are bringing in a pair of juco standouts. Willies is the No. 3 overall juco recruit in the country, with offers from Oklahoma and Cal, among others. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, he has great size and figures to give quarterback Patrick Mahomes an outside weapon. Bowman, an ESPN JC 50 prospect, could step into Grant’s slot role. The Red Raiders lost plenty of firepower from 2015, but with Mahomes throwing to this juco crop, they should be dangerous offensively once again.
What to get excited about: The next White
The player: Kyzir White
The skinny: Kevin White was one of the greatest Big 12 receivers ever, and with middle brother Ka'Raun White still on the West Virginia roster, Kyzir White is set to join them out of Lackawanna College. The youngest White is the No. 1 juco safety in the country, and he seems like the perfect successor to the spot vacated by Karl Joseph. West Virginia, however, may have to fend off several other schools (including USC) to make sure he winds up in the Morgantown.