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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Big 12 class rankings analysis

By Gerry Hamilton

Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Big 12 conference, check out our conference rankings:

1. Texas, 24 commits: The Longhorns check in at No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with the headliners being No. 79 overall Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Williams J. Brennan High), No. 119 Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City High) and No. 138 Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer High). Texas, which currently has seven ESPN300 commits, has its sights set on No. 31 overall Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High) and No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewiville, Texas/Hebron High).

2. Baylor, 23 commits: The Bears are riding high on the field and in recruiting, checking in at No. 17 in the class rankings. The group features three ESPN300 prospects and six four-star prospects. While quarterback Randall Cunningham II (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman High) is a top target, fighting off Alabama and Texas A&M to keep No. 75 overall Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau High) in the fold is of upmost importance.

3. Oklahoma, 14 commits: The Sooners class, which is 22nd in the nation, features five ESPN 300 prospects, including quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe High) and five four-star skill prospects. Oklahoma is in position to surge in the Big 12 and national rankings with ESPN 300 prospects such as Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom High), Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East High) and a number of others still on the board.

4. Oklahoma State, 22 commits: The Cowboys’ class includes four ESPN 300 prospects and five four-star prospects, led by quarterback Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern High) and speedy junior college playmaker Tyreek Hill (Garden City, Kan./Garden City Community College). Safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks High), No. 237 in the ESPN 300, is one of a number of prospects the Cowboys are hard after.

5. Texas Tech, 21 commits: The Red Raiders, who have the No. 31 class nationally, have a trio of four-star skill players committed from the Lone Star state. Three-star signal caller Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse High) is one to watch. Texas Tech is working the junior college level hard on the defensive side, including making a strong push for tackle Terrell Clinkscales (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City Community College).

6. West Virginia, 13 commits: The No. 40 class nationally is led by three ESPN 300 prospects, including wide receivers Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington) and Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef High). Outside linebackers Edward Muldrow (Snellville, Ga./Copiah-Lincoln Community College) and Xavier Preston (Jensen Beach, Fla./Jensen Beach High) are two of many the Mountaineers are after on the defensive side of the ball.

7. Kansas, 8 commits: The Jayhawks currently have eight commitments, including ESPN300 prospects Kyron Watson (East Saint Louis, Ill./East Saint Louis high) and center Jacob Bragg (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches High). Kansas is working the junior colleges very hard in 2014, and that includes going hard after running back De'Chavon Hayes (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna Community College).

8. TCU, 9 commits: The Horned Frogs commit list is made up of two four-star prospects and seven three-stars with quarterbacks Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) and Grayson Muehlstein (Decatur, Texas/Decatur High) being the headliners. Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South), No. 121 in the ESPN 300, has ties to TCU, and is one of many Gary Patterson and staff are still after.

9. Iowa State, 14 commits: The Cyclones class is headlined by ESPN300 prospect, and No. 149 overall prospect Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale School). Iowa State is working the junior college level hard on the defensive side of the ball, especially safety Danzel McDaniel (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City Community College).

10. Kansas State, 14 commits: Kansas State has a class of 14, including the No. 7 center in the country, Dalton Risner (Wiggins, Colo./Wiggins High). As is usually the case, the junior college ranks are key for the Wildcats and they are going hard after defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Community College).