Monday, October 21, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
By Damon Sayles
Colorado has talented players, and it’s always news when players decide to commit to colleges out of state. Kansas State already had one of Colorado’s best players, and the Wildcats picked up another top player from the Centennial State.
There were several other updates from Big 12 programs from this weekend, including one under-the-radar athlete who earned his first Big 12 offer. Here are some of the highlights:
Biggest commitment: This goes to both Kansas State and Baylor, as Kansas State grabbed a 2014 standout, while Baylor helped its growing 2015 class.
The Wildcats got some help on the offensive line in high three-star offensive tackle Alec Ruth (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian), the No. 6 player in the state of Colorado. Ruth, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle, joins fellow Coloradan Dalton Risner (Wiggins, Colo./Wiggins) as Kansas State’s top-ranked commits.
Baylor might not land a 2014 quarterback commit, but it now has a 2015 prospect in Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup). At 6-2 and 191 pounds, Lynch is a three-star, dual-threat quarterback who had offers from Clemson and Mississippi State. He joins ESPN Junior 300 athlete Chad President (Temple, Texas/Temple) and three-star offensive tackle Ronnie Major (Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville) in the Bears’ 2015 class.
Biggest offer: All he wants is a chance, and Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) now has it. White, who picked up his first offer from North Texas on Oct. 3 and committed the same day, scored his first Big 12 offer from TCU. Although diminutive in stature (5-7, 150 pounds), White plays quarterback for DeSoto and has thrown for nearly 1,900 yards and 17 touchdowns this season while rushing for almost 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is being recruited to TCU as a slot receiver as well as a returner on special teams.
Best performance by a commit/target: White had a big game over the weekend at quarterback, but the spotlight went to his teammate Chris Lacy (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), an Oklahoma State wide receiver commit. After struggling last week with a one-catch performance, Lacy bounced back with a 10-catch, 146-yard, two-touchdown effort. Lacy had nine of those 10 catches in the first half for 136 yards. At 6-3 and 191 pounds, Lacy is a big target who plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Most important visit: ESPN 300 wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) committed to Iowa State on Dec. 3, 2012, and while he’s made several trips to Ames, Iowa, he chose to take his first official visit to Notre Dame over the weekend. The 6-5, 208-pound receiver enjoyed the time spent with Notre Dame coaches and players -- enough to make some wonder if he’s considering changing his commitment. Lazard has both Iowa State and Notre Dame high on his list.
Biggest answer: Is it too early to seriously look at 2016 targets? Absolutely not -- particularly when that target is defensive end Marvin Terry (Dallas/South Oak Cliff). After a monster game that included four sacks on Friday, Terry was pleasantly surprised with a Texas Tech offer, his first. Terry, at 6-2 and 205 pounds, is learning the position from his coaches and Colorado State defensive end commit Silvester Hayes, and he’s expected to be a force on the line for the next two years.
Biggest question: Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville) doesn’t have a set announcement date, and many are wondering if the ESPN 300 safety is still considering Texas. Adams has Texas in a top list of schools that includes Florida, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Ole Miss, and he said the Longhorns are still a possibility. It’ll be tough for Texas to win over Adams, who has called himself “an SEC guy,” but we’re a long way from February -- which could be when Adams ultimately decides.