Monday, June 11, 2012
Two Big 12 teams in recruiting top 25
By David Ubben
The ESPN RecruitingNation staff released its first top-25 rankings for the 2013 recruiting season, but only two Big 12 teams made the cut.
That's a far cry from last year, when four Big 12 teams finished in the top 25.
The two teams who made the rankings? Sit down and try to contain your shock ...
It's the Sooners and Longhorns.
Both checked in inside the top 15, starting with Texas at No. 4.
The Longhorns took a huge punch to the gut on Tuesday with the unexpected decommitment of Ricky Seals-Jones, a five-star recruit ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country. But they still have a class to feel good about.
Seven of their 14 commitments are represented in the ESPN 150, including Darius James, who checks in as the No. 17 prospect, No. 2 offensive linemen and No. 1 center overall. He figures to be a future stalwart of Texas' offensive line that will be in charge of protecting quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, the No. 22 prospect overall. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Swoopes dipped in the latest rankings. He began as the No. 9 prospect and top-rated quarterback. He's now the No. 4 QB on the list.
Oklahoma landed at No. 12 on the list with about eight months before signing day, and the Sooners have nine commits, including four in the ESPN 150.
The patient approach was never more prevalent than at quarterback, and for OU, good things did come to those who wait. After a lengthy search, the Sooners found their future signal-caller in Cody Thomas, who debuted in the updated ESPN 150 at No. 93 after having not been ranked in the initial release.
You'll need ESPN Insider to see the full rankings, but a nice start for the Sooners and Longhorns. If you're curious, Michigan is No. 1 and those Aggies you may remember are all the way up at No. 6.