Thursday, February 6, 2014
Big 12 finishes with several solid classes
By Jake Trotter
The Big 12 missed out on putting a recruiting class in the top 10. But every Big 12 class finished ranked in the top 60 nationally.
Thanks to its strong finish since beating Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Sooners ended up with the league's top class. To cap its surge, Oklahoma landed a pair of ESPN 300 players in receiver Michiah Quick and safety Steven Parker II in the final 24 hours leading up to signing day.
Texas continued to drop in the rankings, but stopped the bleeding by snagging ESPN 300 DT Poona Ford on signing day over Purdue and Missouri.
Baylor, the league's only other top 25 class, did as well as anyone at wide receiver. In fact coach Art Briles called it the best WR class in the country. The Bears were the only Big 12 school to land two top-10 players from the state of Texas in receivers K.D. Cannon and Davion Hall.
The big surprise in the Big 12 was Kansas, which delivered a top-50 class. The Jayhawks reeled in a pair of four-star RBs in Traevohn Wrench and Corey Avery -- Kansas' first and last commitments in the class.
Every Big 12 school ended up with at least one ESPN 300 recruit, except for Kansas State, which plucked several coveted players from the junior college ranks. All told, K-State landed four players ranked in the ESPN JC 50.
The Big 12 might not have produced a top-10 class, but every fanbase in the league has reason to be excited.
Here's how the Big 12 classes stacked up nationally:
28. Oklahoma State
35. Texas Tech
37. West Virginia
57. Kansas State
59. Iowa State