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A midseason Big 12 recruiting checkup

10/20/2011

ESPN has reshuffled the ESPNU 150, the list of the nation's top 150 prospects.

It's done the same with the top 25 recruiting classes of 2012. How's the Big 12 look with signing day looming in February?

Texas has held on to its spot as the nation's No. 1 class, headlined by Johnathan Gray, who assumed the position of the nation's No. 1 running back with his early-season efforts.

Damon Sayles offers some insight into Gray, the highest-ranked commit in the Big 12.

With every carry, the senior seems to either put himself in the Texas state record book or inch closer to a national mark. Gray has 1,880 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns, and he's flirting with 9,000 career yards. Gray is averaging more than 268 yards per contest.

It's for these reasons and others that Gray has become the No. 1 running back in the nation and jumped from No. 8 to No. 5 in the latest ESPNU 150 player rankings. Gray has been the face of Texas high school football all season, and he has yet to disappoint.

Eye-popping numbers, no doubt. Along with the Longhorns' leading rusher, true freshman Malcolm Brown, that duo should be fun to watch next year.

Here's where the ESPNU 150 members committed to Big 12 schools are headed, along with each class' ranking. Click on each school to see the full class.

1. Texas Longhorns (10 ESPNU 150 commits): Johnathan Gray, RB; Malcom Brown, DT; Cayleb Jones, WR; Connor Brewer, QB; Thomas Johnson, WR; Kennedy Estelle, OT; Peter Jinkens, OLB; Bryson Echols, CB; Curtis Riser, OG

9. Texas A&M Aggies (four ESPNU 150 commits): Jordan Richmond, OLB; Matt Davis, QB; Trey Williams, RB; Bralon Addison, ATH

10. Oklahoma Sooners (four ESPNU 150 commits): Alex Ross, RB; Sterling Shepard, WR; Durron Neal, WR, Ty Darlington, OC. (2011 ESPNU 150 member and WR Trey Metoyer is also included in the 2012 class after not qualifying this season.)

14. Texas Tech Red Raiders (three ESPNU 150 commits): Dominique Wheeler, WR; Reginald Davis, WR; Michael Starts, OT.

19. Missouri Tigers (one ESPNU 150 commit): Evan Boehm, OG

NR. Oklahoma State Cowboys (one ESPNU 150 commit): Dominic Ramacher, TE