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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Big 12 cashing in on top 100 juco prospects

By David Ubben

Our ESPN Recruiting team released its new Junior College 100, a list of the top 100 prospects in junior colleges across the country. There's a whole lot of Big 12 teams getting in on that action.

You'll need ESPN Insider to see the full list, but here's a quick taste of how the Big 12 is shaping up on the list:

Kansas leads the way with six commits, including the nation's No. 1 juco talent, defensive tackle Marquel Combs. That's pretty impressive work from coach Charlie Weis, who clearly wants to win now.

Texas Tech has a pair of skill position talents headed to Lubbock, led by No. 11 on the list, the spectacularly named receiver Javess Blue.

Kansas State has two players on the list, led by No. 24, CB Nate Jackson from the College of San Mateo in California.

Oklahoma State grabbed No. 13 on the list, DE Sam Wren.

Baylor grabbed No. 25, tight end Gus Penning. Iowa State has two commits on the list, led by No. 39, tight end Emmanuel Bibbs.

Texas even got in on the tight end action, grabbing No. 27 on the list, Geoff Swaim.

West Virginia has the No. 26 player on the list, RB Dreamius Smith, who was headed to KU out of high school at one point. TCU linebacker Deryck Gildon left the team because of grades, but he's heading back to Fort Worth and is No. 59 on the list.

That's some pretty serious work from the Big 12. Seventeen total players in the top 100 are headed to Big 12 schools.