Big 12 recruiting blitz: Why Texas teems with nose tackles

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

With recruiting season heating up over the next several days, I'll be trying to provide a rate daily compendium of recruiting stories that people are writing about that pertain to Big 12 teams.

Here's my first installment.

  • Gerry Fraley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzes why defensive linemen from Texas are so valuable for building a contending college program.

  • A bruising tailback named Christine? San Antonio Express-News recruiting writer Dan McCarney profiles Christine Michael of Beaumont West Brook High School, judged by many as the key recruit in Texas A&M's touted incoming class.

  • John Hoover of the Tulsa World focuses on Oklahoma's recruiting of heralded defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland of Lufkin, Texas.

  • Mammoth 320-pound defensive tackle Myles Wade of Portland, Ore., has committed to Texas Tech, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. Wade was a one-time Oregon commitment who failed to qualify for the Ducks academically and attended Arizona Western College last year.

  • Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will be making a home visit to Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Taylor Martinez this week. Martinez wants to play quarterback for Nebraska, which already has a prized incoming quarterback recruit in Cody Green of Dayton, Texas.

  • Oklahoma State quarterback recruit Clint Chelf of Enid, Okla., shares some unique similarities with current OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, according to the Oklahoman's Scott Wright. Both Chelf and Robinson were two-way standouts in high school and both have uncles who portrayed the Cowboy mascot, Pistol Pete, when they attended OSU.