Tigers up, Cowboys out of recruiting top 25

July, 26, 2011
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Our ESPN recruiting team has updated the national recruiting rankings, and Oklahoma State, No. 24 in the last update, fell out of the rankings.

That means the Big 12 has just five teams in the top 25, led by No. 1 Texas.

Missouri made the jump to No. 17 from No. 19 after being unranked in the first set of rankings.

Texas A&M fell to No. 8 from No. 4.

Here's where the Big 12 classes for 2012 rank for now, with a little over seven months until signing day. Comments come from our recruiting staff.

No. 1: Texas

Nine ESPNU 150 commits headline Texas' well-stocked early class. Adding five-star RB Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas/Aledo), No. 8 in the ESPNU 150, to join 2011 five-star RB Malcolm Brown is a huge step in the right direction. Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline) are top 35 players overall and the top two wideouts in the state. The pair of Under Armour All-Americans can run, and Jones is a big target while Johnson is a home run threat. DT Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas/Brenham) is explosive and has the upside to develop into a quick 300-pounder. Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) is a pure passer and the No. 3 QB in the class. So far it does not look like last year's 5-7 campaign is slowing Texas down one bit.

No. 8: Texas A&M

Coming off a 9-4 season, Texas A&M is rolling in recruiting with 20 commits. RB Trey Williams (Houston/Andy Dekaney) is undersized, but a water bug of a runner who is tough to keep up with. OLB Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas/Billy Ryan) is rangy, athletic and should have plenty in front of him to keep blockers occupied in the future with five D-linemen also on board, including four-star DE Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). ATH Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower ) is an electrifying threat on offense. If ATH Matt Davis (Houston/Klein Forest) can fully recover from a devastating knee injury as a junior, he will work his way into the ESPNU 150 by February. Davis is a legit dual-threat who is scary good when healthy.

No. 11: Oklahoma

The Sooners added three potential difference-makers at the offensive skill positions and retained the top two in-state prospects. RB Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) is a top-five back in the country with his great combination of size and speed. He could be the next big-load back in Norman. Receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) may lack ideal measurables, but this guy simply makes plays and can move the chains from a variety of positions. Fellow receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) is just as well rounded but may actually be more of an explosive package. On defense, Devante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) may be one of the more underrated corners in the country.

No. 13: Texas Tech

The Longhorns and Aggies are off to very hot starts in the state of Texas, but Tommy Tuberville's Red Raiders are enjoying some early success on the recruiting trail, as well. The class features three ESPNU 150 prospects led by wide receivers Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas/ Crockett), a tall receiver with the ability to make plays in space, and Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas/Tenaha), a speedy and athletic playmaking prospect. The other 150 member of this class is offensive tackle prospect Michael Starts (Waco, Texas/La Vega), a physically good-looking player with the athleticism for the tackle position. The Red Raiders' class also features two other tackle prospects, including four-star Christian Okafor (Houston/Westbury). Top 25 quarterback prospect Clayton Nicholas (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) is a bit raw in areas but has one of the best arms in this class and displays nice upside at the position.

No. 17: Missouri

The Tigers have taken advantage of a good crop of in-state talent, along with being active in Texas, to make a move into the top 25 of the class rankings. The top prospects in the Tigers' class hail from either the Show Me State or the Lone Star State, and four of those seven are four-star prospects. The class is led by ESPNU 150 OG Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit); he is the country's No. 1-rated guard and the state's No. 2-rated player. Plus, keeping the versatile big man was huge for Mizzou. Four-star QB Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio/ Kenton) may not have ideal overall measurables, but he has some real intangibles. Four-star tackle prospect Germain Ifedi (Houston/Westside) is another strong addition to the Tigers' offensive line. Top 15 inside linebacker prospect Donavin Newsom (St. Louis/Parkway North) marks another key in-state get for Missouri, which is off to a strong start this summer.

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