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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Big 12 class ranking analysis

By Damon Sayles

There were no changes from last week for Big 12 teams in the RecruitingNation class rankings, but with December rapidly approaching -- and with the Thanksgiving holiday next week -- look for a potential shakeup, as more uncommitted, high-profile targets announce their college futures.

Texas, at No. 8, still holds the top spot from the conference. Baylor is No. 16, followed by Oklahoma (No. 22), Oklahoma State (No. 27) and Texas Tech (No. 35). Per our Big 12 rankings, West Virginia holds down the sixth spot in the conference, followed by Kansas, TCU, Iowa State and Kansas State.

Here is a more in-depth look at the Big 12 class rankings:

Trending up: This is right around the time when Oklahoma sees a spike in its recruiting, and the timing has been right on schedule. The Sooners have landed five commitments in the month of November, the latest being junior college outside linebacker Devante Bond (Roseville, Calif./Sierra College). In previous years, Oklahoma has started slow and finished strong in recruiting, and there are still a few top-ranked players available. Among the ESPN 300 athletes are cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and Steven Parker II (Jenks, Okla./Jenks).

Trending down: All eyes are on TCU after the Horned Frogs lost for the fourth time in five games last Saturday. The Horned Frogs are idle this week, and one priority is to keep their current pledges committed. TCU has 10 verbal commitments, but players like four-star quarterback Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal), linebacker Jimmie Swain IV (Olathe, Kan./Olathe North) and high three-star offensive lineman Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) hear from outside schools daily. TCU is hoping to not only keep those players but also score several others who can immediately help.

One to watch: Four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) is looking more and more like a college defensive lineman. He’s now at 318 pounds, but he’s still powerful and quick off the snap. Henderson said he will announce his college plans on Dec. 9 and will choose one of three Big 12 schools: Texas, Baylor or Texas Tech. Henderson’s pledge can help all three schools make a push in the national class rankings.

Bold prediction: Junior college defensive end Damani Mosby (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa Community College) became Kansas’ ninth overall commitment on Nov. 12. The junior college ranks are a way some colleges bulk up their recruiting classes, and the Jayhawks have been smart in taking advantage of a strong juco factory in its backyard with the highly-respected Jayhawk Conference. Look for Kansas to continue this trend closer to the end of the year and then make a strong run in January.