Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Poll: The Big 12's impact freshmen in 2013
By David Ubben
Signing day is in the rear-view mirror, but a handful of freshmen will be on campus this spring before the rest take the field in the fall. Which ones do you think will have the biggest impact? Vote in our poll.
Robbie Rhodes, WR, Baylor: Rhodes was the nation's No. 3 receiver and joins Baylor's high-powered offense in need of pass-catchers. Everybody wanted the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Fort Worth, Texas, native, but Baylor got him and he'll have early opportunities to make an impact.
Hatari Byrd, S, Oklahoma: Oklahoma lost both safeties from last year's team, and Byrd was given indications from the coaches that a starting position is definitely within reach for the nation's No. 14 safety in the class. Mike Stoops knows secondaries, and the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Fresno, Calif., native will be fun to watch.
Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia: Like Baylor, West Virginia needs some help at receiver, and Gibson was the Mountaineers' highest-rated signee. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native has 4.4 speed and received offers from a ton of schools as the nation's No. 26 receiver.
Ra'Shaad Samples, WR, Oklahoma State: The best skill-position players tend to lean toward the Big 12, and Samples is the latest to do so. Oklahoma State's top signee hails from Dallas, and the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder will try to make an impact in Oklahoma State's pass-first offense. There will be plenty of balls to go around, but we'll see if he can grab his share.
Kyle Hicks, RB, TCU: The Frogs flipped the running back from the Longhorns late in the recruiting process, and Hicks is part of TCU's influx of talent from the metroplex. Over half its recruiting class is from DFW and Hicks is the Frogs' highest-ranked recruit. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder will have to fight through Waymon James and Nebraska transfer Aaron Green to grab some carries. Can he make it happen?
Which new guy will have the biggest impact? Get your votes in now.