Monday, November 11, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
By William Wilkerson
Trey Millard has consistently been one of the best fullbacks in college football since he arrived in Norman, Okla. But with his eligibility running out after this season, the Sooners were in desperate need of finding his replacement.
Well, Oklahoma might have found him last week in the form of a former Boise State commitment. We'll take a look at that commitment, a huge offer given to the No. 3 wide receiver in 2015, as well as the two teams really vying for ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman in this week's Big 12 recruiting weekend wrap.
Biggest commitment: This goes to Dimitri Flowers (San Antonio/Churchill) who switched his verbal pledge from Boise State to Oklahoma on Wednesday. This was a quick chain of events for Flowers, who was visited by Oklahoma cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright two weeks ago. He received his offer from the Sooners on Nov. 2. He ended up choosing OU because it will use him in a role similar to that of senior fullback Trey Millard. This is Oklahoma's first commitment in nearly two months and its 15th overall for 2014.
Biggest offer: The Longhorns threw their hat in the ring for ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) last week, a move that could pay dividends in the long run. Kirk has long admired Texas and has some UT ties at his school with Saguaro's defensive backs coach being none other than former Longhorns DB Bryant Westbrook. This is obviously going to be a tough one for UT to wrangle. Kirk is the top player in Arizona and the No. 3 WR overall. He already has accumulated offers from all over the country. But expect Texas to remain in the mix for a long time.
Best performance by a commit/target: ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) returned after missing a game with a bruised foot to score touchdowns on consecutive offensive plays for the Eagles. Murray threw a 75-yard touchdown pass on Allen's first play and had a 22-yard scoring run on its second. He ended the night passing for 194 yards and had two touchdown passes in Allen's 42-13 win over Plano.
Most important visit: Any recruit at the Baylor-Oklahoma game on Thursday. The stadium was packed with promising talent from across the state, and, boy oh boy, did they see the Bears put on a show. One of the biggest names at the game was ESPN 300 WR K.D. Cannon. Yes, he already is committed to Baylor, but his visit to Texas Tech a few weeks ago made a lot of Bears fans nervous. That type of performance on that type of stage will keep Cannon from decommitting.
Biggest answer: For those wondering what schools have the best chance with ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie), the answer appears like it will come down to Texas and Texas A&M. Freeman currently has a top four of Texas A&M, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma (in order). LSU, Ohio State and USC are also programs long thought to have had an outside chance. But the more this lingers, the more it looks like it will come down to the longtime rivals. The Aggies have the slight edge right now, but by the slimmest of margins. The momentum Texas has gained in conference play has really helped its case with Freeman, who probably won't commit until signing day.
Biggest question: How much does Stanford's victory over Oregon on Thursday help the Cardinal with ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), and how much might it hurt a program like Texas? Thomas has long thought highly of Stanford and expressed his happiness with its victory over Oregon on Twitter after the game. Those are the types of victories the Longhorns and others in pursuit of Thomas have to be rooting against. That said, Texas has a lot going for itself right now at 6-0 in conference and three huge games left.