Our RecruitingNation staff dropped the first ESPN 300 of the recruiting season on Monday, aka the list of the nation's top 300 overall prospects.
You can see the full list here, but here's a look at the guys on the list who are committed to Big 12 schools:
No. 74: Davion Hall, ATH, Baylor
No. 79: Derick Roberson, DE, Texas
No. 97: Justice Hansen, QB-DT, Oklahoma
No. 103: Kyron Watson, LB, Kansas
No. 138: Jerrod Heard, QB-DT, Texas
No. 162: Mason Rudolph, QB-PP, Oklahoma State
No. 165: Jermaine Roberts, CB, Texas
No. 172: Otaro Alaka, OLB, Texas
No. 199: Dallis Todd, WR, Oklahoma
No. 202: Devon Thomas, RB, Oklahoma State
No. 214: Gyasi Akem, OLB, Oklahoma State
No. 222: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
No. 224: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
No. 231: James David, OLB, Baylor
No. 237: Lorenzo Joe, ATH, Texas
No. 247: Donald Catalon, RB, Texas
No. 282: Carson Meier, TE-Y, Oklahoma
A couple thoughts:
More Big 12 teams are in the mix for top 300 guys than we're used to. Oklahoma and Texas are the usual suspects, but it's a new to see Kansas and Iowa State hauling in top 300 recruits. Baylor and Oklahoma State aren't a big surprise, but both of those rising programs have nice hauls among the top 300. Four different programs are represented among the top six players currently committed to Big 12 teams.
Oklahoma State's got to love this list the most. First off, new QB commit Mason Rudolph makes a nice debut at No. 162, the highest-ranked recruit in the class. Thomas and Akem give the Pokes three players in the top rung of the recruiting ladder. OSU hasn't seen its on-field success translate a ton to the recruiting trail just yet, but this could be the start of very good things for the Cowboys on that front.
Lots of uncommitted players still out there and plenty of those guys are from Texas with Big 12 schools in the hunt. On the flip side, these guys still have almost eight months and entire seasons of high school ball (and watching their future college teams play) to change their mind. These commitments are anything but set in stone.