Monday, June 21, 2010
Big weekends for Huskers, Horns, Tech
By ESPN.com staff
Score Round 1 for Nebraska in the recruiting battles between Kansas coach Turner Gill and his alma mater.
Bubba Starling, the nation's No. 6 quarterback and No. 107 in the ESPNU 150, committed to Nebraska over the weekend, but since he's a member of the 2011 class, perhaps this post is better suited for the Big Ten blog.
"In terms of pure physical tools Starling may very well be one of the most impressive kids in this class. He has all the measurables you want, he has a rare arm and a high ceiling for development. He may be a green now, but love how his future looks if he chooses to play football. His talent in baseball may determine his future though," wrote ESPN Recruiting's Tom Luginbill.
Starling, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound native of Gardner, Kan., is the state's best prospect, and plans to play baseball at Nebraska, too.
"The coaching staffs got to together and came up with a plan that sounds great. That's what I liked about it," Starling told the Kansas City Star. "I'll be playing both sports, keeping up with my academics and managing my time."
Starling chose the Huskers over Kansas and Kansas State, as well as Notre Dame, Alabama and Miami. It also gives Nebraska its second quarterback for the class. Arlington, Texas' Jamal Turner, No. 55 in the ESPNU 150, is ranked as the No. 4 athlete in the country and committed to Nebraska in January. As a speedy dual threat, he could play quarterback or switch positions once he shows up in Lincoln.
Turner and Starling give Nebraska two ESPNU 150 members among its currently 11-member class for 2011.
Here's a look at which Big 12 teams have commitments from ESPNU 150 prospects.
Meanwhile, Texas raided its northern neighbor for the second consecutive year. Josh Turner, the top prospect in Oklahoma, committed to the Longhorns on Saturday.
DeMarco Cobbs, the state's top prospect in 2010, signed with Texas in February.
Turner, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete from Millwood (Oklahoma City, Okla.) is likely to play corner, giving added depth to one of Texas' strongest positions already. He's ranked as the No. 10 athlete and the No. 87 overall prospect in the 2011 class.
"Texas continues to build on its top ranked recruiting class with one of the more versatile playmakers in this class. The top rated prospect in Oklahoma could actually be recruited to play receiver for the Longhorns with his great quickness and hands, but we feel his good length, speed, ball and transitional skills are harder to find at corner. A terrific athlete who should challenge for early playing time at corner and potentially contribute in all three phases of the game during his career in Austin," ESPN Recruiting's Billy Tucker wrote.
Turner's commitment gives Texas its ninth ESPNU 150 commitment, the most of any school. He's also Mack Brown's 21st commitment of the 2011 class.
Turner chose Texas from over 25 offers, including Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Alabama.
Tommy Tuberville's influence in Lubbock showed over the weekend. He reeled in a very early commitment from Derek David, an inside linebacker who is projected as one of the top defenders in the 2012 class.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker (and high school sophomore) from Rockdale, Texas, spurned Ohio State, Alabama and Texas to play for Tuberville's Red Raiders.