Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football.
That's why I devour the daily recruiting updates I get from Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc. His information and all of the others at ESPN.com's recruiting site is a must read for me every day.
Here are some Big 12 recruiting nuggets, including a big get for a program that badly needs help at running back.
RB Isaac Williams
Los Angeles, Calif.
El Camino College (CA)
Once committed to Memphis, running back Isaac Williams of El Camino (Calif.) Community College, has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from Baylor.
The 6-foot, 195-pound prospect was also sought by the Tigers, Middle Tennessee State, Utah State, Nevada and Washington State.
Baylor has 14 commitments.
WR Mike Davis
Scouts Grade: 82
ESPNU150 Rank: 55
Position Rank: 10
LSU ESPNU 150 wide receiver commitment Mike Davis (Dallas/Skyline) isn't through looking around.
Davis made an official visit to Texas A&M in October is expected to take some more, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton reports.
He has confirmed an official visit to Texas for Dec. 11th and is considering additional visits to Florida, California and North Carolina.
Davis visited the Tigers for their Oct. 10th loss to Florida.
S Derrick Malone
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 62
Safety Derrick Malone (Colton, Calif.) committed to Oregon after making an official visit to campus for the Civil War game against Oregon State, ESPN's Greg Biggins reports.
Malone selected Oregon over Nebraska. He also made official visits to Arizona State and Washington. Arizona, Washington State, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, UNLV, UTEP and Idaho also offered.
"I loved it at Oregon and had an idea that was going to be where I ended up," Malone said. "I have a great relationship with the coaches and that, along with how well I connected with the players is really the main things that drew me to Oregon. It's such a family atmosphere there and out of all the schools, I felt most comfortable at Oregon. Going in to the visit, I told myself if everything felt right at Oregon, I would end up a Duck and that's how it played out."
ATH Kevin Smith
Centennial Senior H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 54
Receiver/defensive back Kevin Smith of Centennial Compton (Calif.) has committed to Washington for the Class of 2010.
He chose the Huskies over offers from Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Idaho.
"I like the direction the program is going in and I think I'll fit very well in that offense," Smith told ESPN's Greg Biggins. "Coach Sark has had a lot of success with big receivers in the past at USC and I think I'll be able to get in and make an early impact, at least that's my goal."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith, expected to compete first at receiver, is the 27th pledge for Washington.
TE Cooper Helfet
Mill Valley, Calif.
Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)
Cooper Helfet, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end from Redwood (Mill Valley, Calif.) / Santa Rosa CC, Calif., has committed to Duke for the Class of 2010.
He also drew recruiting interest from Louisville, Tulane, Utah State and Iowa State.
ATH B.J. Chitty
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 57
Troy snares Dothan standout B. J. Chitty for 2010
Receiver prospect B.J. Chitty of Northview (Dothan, Ala.), has given his commitment to sign with Troy.
Once pledged to Auburn, Chitty backed off after then-head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned. He chose Troy over offers from Duke, Kansas State, Marshall, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi and UAB.
"I know everyone up there," Chitty told the Dothan Eagle. "It dawned on me that Troy is the best place for me. Everybody in my family can come see me play, and I can go home pretty much whenever I get ready."
A three-star recruit, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Chitty will play wide receiver at the next level after leading the Cougars at quarterback the past two seasons. He threw for 819 yards and rushed for 349 yards as a senior.