- David Ubben, College Football
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Our crack recruiting team here at ESPN updated its class rankings, and it's now extended to the top 40. You'll find four Big 12 teams in the top 25, but there's a fifth in the new top 40.
You'll need Insider to see the full rankings, but Texas is checking in as the Big 12's top representative at No. 8. The Longhorns have 15 commits, but the No. 8 spot is the lowest the class has been all season.
Oklahoma has the Big 12's second-best class, checking in at No. 20. The Sooners' class was as high as No. 12 earlier this recruiting season, and Oklahoma is sitting at 14 commits heading toward February's signing day.
Oklahoma State is at No. 24, where it has been for the duration of the rankings. The Cowboys have 17 commits, including four in the ESPN 300. Baylor's Art Briles is right on the Pokes' heels, though, at No. 25. The Bears have 20 commits, and at one time were as high as No. 21 in our rankings.
The Bears are tied for the third-biggest class in the Big 12 so far. Iowa State (23 commits) has the largest, followed by Texas Tech, with 21.
The team tied with BU in numbers? West Virginia, which is sitting at No. 34. West Virginia's been as high as No. 33, but the Mountaineers have only one commit in the ESPN 300, linebacker Darrien Howard.