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Monday, August 4, 2014
Big 12 recruiting scorecard

By Max Olson

Fall practices are getting underway, and you know what that means: We're only a month away from official visits (and football games). Here's the latest on how each Big 12 school is faring on the recruiting front:

Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Has Baylor discovered another sleeper for its 2015 class? That seems to be the case with the commitment last week of defensive back Jameson Houston, an unranked prospect from St. Michaels Academy in Austin, Texas. Houston set a Texas private-school record with a 200-meter dash of 21.51 seconds in May, but his only other Big 12 offer came from Kansas State.

Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones beat out Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas for a commitment last week from three-star outside linebacker Marcel Spears of Olathe (Kansas) North. Spears should play a hybrid linebacker role when he arrives in Ames, and he continues a good run for ISU recruiting that includes pledges from top targets Devine Ozigbo and Julian Good-Jones.

Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Kansas recently landed two prospects previously committed elsewhere: offensive guard Aaron Garza and cornerback Michael Mathis. Garza, a three-star recruit from Sherman, Texas, backed out of his early commitment to Texas soon after Mack Brown stepped down. Mathis, a juco prospect from Kilgore (Texas) J.C., flipped his pledge on Saturday from Kentucky to KU.

Total commits: 8
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Three-star offensive tackle Evan Applegate visited Kansas State this weekend and is hoping to make a decision this month. The No. 2 uncommitted prospect in the state of Kansas from Shawnee Mill Valley, Applegate also checked out Oklahoma State and Arkansas in July. He has yet to name a leader, but K-State likely helped its chances with the unofficial visit.

Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Sooners landed a big piece to their offensive puzzle on Saturday with a commitment from ESPN 300 receiver John Humphrey Jr. He's one of the fastest receiver prospects in the country and a former Baylor commit who chose OU over Notre Dame. Oklahoma has already locked up five four-star prospects from the state of Texas for this class.

Total commits: 8
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Cowboys got a valuable opportunity to impress ESPN 300 offensive guard Jalin Barnett this weekend when he visited to watch fall practice. The nation's No. 1 guard prospect (No. 43 overall) seems likely to end up at Oklahoma or Arkansas, so this was a big chance for OSU to make a strong impression.

Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: TCU is putting together one heck of a haul at the wide receiver position. Its latest commitment came from three-star receiver Jaelen Austin of South Grand Prairie (Texas) High in the Dallas area. He chose the Horned Frogs over Oregon and Texas Tech and joins a class that already featured wide receivers J.F. Thomas, Tony James, Darrion Flowers, Tre'Vontae Hights and Jarrison Stewart.

Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 7
The latest: Texas missed out on a big target in four-star QB Kai Locksley, who committed to Florida State on Thursday, but did not come away empty-handed last week. The Longhorns got a key pickup last Monday from three-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin, a former Oklahoma commit from Houston Cypress Falls who picked Texas over LSU and OU.

Total commits: 8 
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Red Raiders landed key pledges for the classes of 2014 and 2015 last week. First came a commitment from four-star offensive guard Conner Dyer, who turned down a long list of elite programs. Tech then added to its current roster with the late addition of outside linebacker/safety Sam Atoe, a transfer from College of San Mateo who'd initially signed with Cal in February.

Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Mountaineers landed their first pledge for the class of 2016 from LB Logan Thimons of Freeport, Pennsylvania. He impressed at multiple WVU camps this summer, earning both a scholarship offer and Defensive MVP honors, and accepted his first offer soon after.