Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Updating the Big 12 recruiting rankings
By David Ubben
Our recruiting staff has kept tabs on the signings all day, and shuffled the class rankings as necessary. Here's how they stand at the end of signing day. Previous rankings were from Tuesday:
No. 3: Texas Longhorns (down from No. 2)
Eleven ESPNU 150 commits, including the nation's top RB Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas/Aledo), headline Texas' well-stocked class. Gray, No. 2 in the ESPNU 150, joining 2011 five-star RB Malcolm Brown is a huge step in the right direction for the Texas offense. As big as Gray is for the offense, DT Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas/Brenham) is a big boost for the defense. Brown, 6-feet-2 and 285 pounds, is No. 12 in the ESPNU 150. He's explosive and has the potential to develop into a quick 300-pounder, something that is not easy to find.
No. 11: Oklahoma Sooners (down from No. 10)
WR Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City/Heritage Hall) may lack ideal measurables, but this guy simply makes plays and can move the chains from a variety of positions. Fellow ESPNU 150 WRs Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) is just as well rounded but may actually be more of an explosive package, while Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood) has a nice combination of size and athleticism. The Sooners also added four-star WR Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse, Texas/Hargrave Military Academy), who has the size and speed to be an impact player.
No. 14: Texas A&M Aggies (down from No. 11)
Texas A&M got out of the gate fast and despite a coaching change is still holding strong on the recruiting trail with 20 commits, including five ESPNU 150 prospects. WR Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline), who's No. 33 in the ESPNU 150, should fit well in Kevin Sumlin's offense. ESPNU 150 RB Trey Williams (Houston/Andy Dekaney) is undersized, but a water bug of a runner who is tough to keep up with.
No. 20: Missouri Tigers (up from unranked)
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest), the No. 1 receiver in the country and No. 3 in the ESPNU 150, has drawn comparisons to Julio Jones and A.J. Green. Make no mistake, this was a major in-state land for the Tigers. His size and speed combination are rare and he should step in right away and produce. Mizzou has taken advantage of a great crop of in-state talent, along with being active in Texas. The majority of the top prospects in this class hail from either the Show Me State or the Lone Star State. While Green-Beckham is a major signing, ESPNU 150 OG Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit) is an instrumental prospect in this class as well.
No. 21: Texas Tech Red Raiders (no movement)
The Longhorns and Aggies are doing well on the recruiting trail, but don't overlook Tommy Tuberville's Red Raiders. The class features three ESPNU 150 prospects led by wide receivers Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas/Crockett), a tall receiver with the ability to make plays in space, and Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas/Tenaha), a speedy and athletic playmaking prospect. The other ESPNU 150 member in this class is offensive tackle Michael Starts (Waco, Texas/La Vega), a physically good-looking player with the athleticism for the tackle position.
No. 24: TCU Horned Frogs (down from No. 23)
Conference hopping hasn't hurt the Horned Frogs on the recruiting trail. They have one ESPNU 150 prospect in defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas/Martin), who is big, strong, athletic and active as both a run defender and pass-rusher. QBTyler Matthews (McPherson, Kansas/McPherson) is fundamentally polished with a quick release and a lot of tools to develop at the next level.
Baylor's class was also just outside the top 25.