Monday, February 11, 2013
The 2013 Big 12 Recruiting All-Name Team
By David Ubben
Every year, a few hundred players sign letters of intent to play out their careers in the Big 12. Many of them have spectacular names, for one reason or another. Here are the best names of the 2013 recruiting season across the Big 12.
MVP: Stone Underwood, C, West Virginia: This is, quite simply, perfection. First off, you've got an offensive lineman named Stone. Where'd West Virginia find him? Let's just say you don't have to turn over too many logs to figure that out.
Co-MVP: Poet Thomas, DT, Texas Tech: True poetry in the Red Raiders' new defensive lineman here. Here's hoping he drops a soliloquy on us after he gets to Lubbock.
Dreamius Smith, RB, West Virginia: The one-time Kansas commit makes another appearance on our All-Name team, but he wasn't far from being an MVP, too.
Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU: I really wish he was a linebacker, but any name with a "boom" in it gets an automatic invite to the All-Name team.
DeMarquis Polite-Bray, WR, Texas Tech: Three names, each more fabulous than the one that preceded it.
Johnny Jefferson, RB, Baylor: Some names just roll off the tongue. This is a key example, not unlike his future teammate, WR Robbie Rhodes.
Cassius Sendish, CB, Kansas: I feel bad for any of his big fans who also have to deal with lisps, but Cassius is a great name and KU would love for him to be a great player.
Hatari Byrd, S, Oklahoma: I'm not sure which name I like better here. And a safety with the name "Byrd" is nothing short of amazing.
Montrel Meander, S, Texas: Texas would love it if he didn't meander at his new position, but I'm a sucker for the double matching consonant names. Add the significance of a strong last name that's also a verb and you've got an easy All-Namer.
Ranthony Texada, CB, TCU: Just awesome for reasons I can't quite explain. Never seen either of these names any other place.
Naim Mustafaa, DE, Oklahoma State: When I see this, I think of one of my favorite basketball names of all-time, Mustafa Shakur, at Arizona. Can't forget Simba's father, either.
Kamari Cotton-Moya, ATH, Iowa State: Another classic example of three great names all outstanding in their own right. Kamari's just lucky enough to have all three.
Ahongalu Fusimalohi, G, Kansas: It takes a little verbal gymnastics to correctly pronounce some of the players' names with island ancestry, but I love the challenge and the uniqueness.
Judah Jones, WR, Kansas State: Another double consonant, another great name that rolls off the tongue.
Dakota Austin, CB, Oklahoma: Two names of geographical locations is always strong.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma: The name brought up memories of the protagonist of the novel, Things Fall Apart, but ignore how that story ended. A bright future ahead of the Houston native.