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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Recruiting rewind: All-Big 12 Defense

By David Ubben

The season has come and gone, and brought with it an All-Big 12 team. But where do these guys come from? How easy is it for a no-name recruit to earn all-conference first-team honors?

We took a look at the offense earlier today.

Now, let's examine the All-Big 12 defense and see who surprises us.

You'll need ESPN Insider Insider to see each player's recruiting page from back in the day, but I excerpted a bit of what the scouts had to say about each player coming out of high school.

DE: Frank Alexander, Oklahoma DT: Dominique Hamilton, Missouri DE: Alex Okafor, Texas

DE: Jamie Blatnick, Oklahoma State LB: Sean Porter, Texas A&M LB: Jake Knott, Iowa State LB: Emmanuel Acho, Texas NB: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma CB: Nigel Malone, Kansas State CB: Carrington Byndom, Texas S: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas S: Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
Gotta say, most of these scouting reports were pretty spot-on for the defense, but there weren't very many small-time recruits that crashed onto the defensive list.