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Monday, October 28, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12

By William Wilkerson

It was only a matter of time before a big-name program took a chance on 5-foot-6, 148-pound lightning bolt/quarterback Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). That chance came from a Big 12 program recently, and White wasted little time taking them up on their offer.

Find out which Big 12 program he committed to as well as a big offer from Oklahoma State in this week’s edition of the Big 12 weekend wrap.

Biggest commitment: He might not be big in stature, but 2014 athlete Desmon White will bring some much-needed play-making ability to TCU. White, who plays quarterback for the undefeated DeSoto Eagles, switched his verbal pledge from North Texas to the Horned Frogs on Tuesday. This season he has completed 141 of 204 passes for 2,304 yards, 21 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also the team’s leading rusher with 95 carries for 1,009 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s a football player, plain and simple. Nice pickup for TCU, which could use him in a variety of ways but will likely start him at slot.

Biggest offer: This one goes to Oklahoma State and the offer it extended to ESPN Junior 300 offensive tackle George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods). If you are going to get into the sweepstakes for Brown, you might as well get in as early as possible. The No. 208 player in the country already has more than 30 offers, including from Big 12 programs Baylor, Kansas State and West Virginia. The only other 2015 offer to an OT that OSU has is to Texas commitment Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller).

Best performance by a commit/target: Class of 2015 quarterback Ryan Agnew (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) completed 31 of 35 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-17 victory over Keller. Agnew doesn’t have any offers now but that won’t stay the case with more games like this. Several major programs are well aware of Agnew, including Texas. Tennessee and Texas A&M have also expressed interest.

Most important visit: There were several big names in attendance for Oklahoma’s victory over Texas Tech, but the biggest one was 2015 offensive guard Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton). This was the fourth trip to Norman for Barnett, the No. 8 player in the country, No. 1 OG and No. 1 player in the Midlands region. That’s especially telling since he has yet to visit any other school.

Biggest answer: Just over a month ago the Longhorns football program was as unsettled as it ever has been in Mack Brown’s tenure. Texas had just dropped its second straight game in embarrassing fashion – this one a 44-23 loss at home to Ole Miss – and recruits were scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do next. Fast forward to present day and things appear much calmer around the program and with its recruits. Texas sits tied atop the Big 12, including a 36-20 victory over Oklahoma. That victory in Dallas has done a world of good for UT and particularly with defensive commitments who seem to be warming up to Greg Robinson as UT’s defensive coordinator. If the Longhorns can continue to win then that shouldn’t change. Who knows, maybe guys such as Solomon Thomas, Nick Watkins and Edwin Freeman will end up in Austin.

Biggest question: Now that 2015 three-star dual-threat quarterback Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup) is committed to Baylor, will the Bears continue to pursue a QB in 2014? The Bears picked up a big commitment at the position in 2013 in Chris Johnson, which gives them a nice buffer until Lynch gets to campus. Of the four quarterbacks BU has offered in 2014, only Randall Cunningham II (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) is uncommitted. But he has fallen off Baylor lately. So will the Bears go after a new target or stand pat?