Checking the Big 12 recruiting scorecard

January, 17, 2012
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We're exactly two weeks and one day away from national signing day, so it's time to check in one last time with the Big 12 recruiting scorecard before we ramp up our recruiting coverage for Recruitnik Christmas.

Here's how the scorecard shakes out since our last update from a month ago.

1. Texas Longhorns

National ranking: No. 2
Total commits: 24
ESPNU 150 commits: 9
Key commits: RB Johnathan Gray, DT Malcom Brown, WR Cayleb Jones, QB Connor Brewer
Class notes: ESPNU 150 member Thomas Johnson decommitted from the Longhorns' class, a rare occurrence for Texas. That, combined with Alabama's late push, knocked the Longhorns off their perch as the nation's No. 1 class, a distinction they'd held for the entirety of the 2012 recruiting season. That will change if Texas lands two of the nation's top three recruits, who are both considering Austin: DE Mario Edwards and WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

2. Texas A&M Aggies

National ranking: No. 9
Total commits: 26
ESPNU 150 commits: 4
Key commits: OLB Jordan Richmond, RB Trey Williams, ATH Bralon Addison, QB Matt Davis
Class notes: Texas A&M has added three commits since our last update, but fell one spot in the national rankings thanks to Cal's surge of big-time commits over that stretch. The Golden Bears moved up to No. 8. The Aggies got a nice pickup on Monday night when CB De'Vante Harris joined the fold. Harris decommitted from Oklahoma earlier this month. Harris' commitment gave the Aggies the Big 12's biggest class, too.

3. Oklahoma Sooners

National ranking: No. 10
Total commits: 18
ESPNU 150 commits: 5
Key commits: RB Alex Ross, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Durron Neal, OL Ty Darlington
Class notes: California jumped the Sooners, too, but Oklahoma's put together a solid class, even though it is still chasing Green-Beckham like two others in the Big 12. They added TE Taylor McNamara, the nation's No. 9 tight end and a San Diego native, since our last update. How much did the California trio (WR Kenny Stills, RB Brennan Clay and S Tony Jefferson) have to do with that? The Sooners already have built some pipelines to Las Vegas and Kansas. Have they established San Diego, too?

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders

National ranking: No. 17
Total commits: 25
ESPNU 150 commits: 3
Key commits: WR Reginald Davis, WR Dominique Wheeler, OT Michael Starts, QB Clayton Nicholas
Class notes: The Red Raiders added three commitments since our last update, bringing their total to 25. This class is loaded with junior college signees, and mature talent is needed for the Red Raiders, especially on defense. Tech signed eight junior college players and five of them were on defense.

5. Baylor Bears

Total commits: 20
ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Key commits: ATH Corey Coleman, OT Kyle Fuller, DT Javonte Magee, OLB Brian Nance
Class notes: Baylor jumped ahead of Oklahoma State on this update and sits just outside the national top 25 after adding U.S. Army All-American Javontee McGee and getting a commitment from OLB Brian Nance. They're now two of Baylor's top four commits, and the Bears have five four-star commits, compared to Oklahoma State's two.

6. Missouri Tigers

Total commits: 17
ESPNU 150 commits: 1
Key commits: OG Evan Boehm, QB Maty Mauk, ILB Donavin Newsom, OLB Torey Boozer
Class notes: Missouri jumped Oklahoma State, too, in part because it grabbed its only ESPNU 150 commit, OG Evan Boehm, back from the pool of decommitted prospects. DT Donald Hopkins decommitted and chose Houston instead, but the Tigers also added running back Russell Hansbrough from Arlington, Texas. It also added Sean Culkin, a tight end from Florida. The Tigers may have to focus more attention on that area and less on Texas after moving from the Big 12 to the SEC East.

7. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Total commits: 16
ESPNU 150 commits: 1
Key commits: TE Dominic Ramacher, OLB Jeremiah Tshimanga, QB Wes Lunt
Class notes: There haven't been any new commitments in this class since our last update, but OSU signed two junior college transfers, including former OSU commit DT Calvin Barnett from back when he was in high school. He was one of the class' top talents in the 2010 class before switching to Arkansas on signing day and failing to qualify. He's back in the corral now, though. Arizona tight end Blake Jackson is also on the way via junior college.

8. Iowa State Cyclones

Total commits: 23
ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Key commits: OT Daniel Burton WR P.J. Harris, WR Quan West, ATH Damien Lawry
Class notes: The Cyclones added three commits since our last update, including ATH Damien Lawry, a Dallas native who joined the ranks of some of the Cyclones' best commits. OT Duaron Williams has also joined the fold with OLB Darius White, a Florida native. ISU signed four junior college transfers. Ten of ISU's 23 commits are toting three stars.

9. Kansas State Wildcats

Total commits: 13
ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Key commits: WR Vernon Vaughn, DT Travis Britz, RB Jarvis Leverett, QB Tavarius Bender
Class notes: Kansas State added two commits since our last update right after the regular season. It also looks like the Wildcats will have four junior college transfers headed to campus this season.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Total commits: 14
ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Key commits: QB Seth Russell, TE Jordan Smith, OG Brian Beckmann
Class notes: New coach Charlie Weis' biggest coups were transfers. Former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist and former BYU QB Jake Heaps will join the team, as will fellow former blue-chip recruit and Kansas native Justin McCay, a receiver who didn't quite catch on in two seasons at Oklahoma. Running back Darrian Miller has reportedly left the team, but KU's backfield is deep. This class added six members since our last update. DT Tyler Holmes, a Texas native, is the best addition from the high school ranks since Weis' arrival.

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