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Big recruiting weekend in the Big 12

June, 20, 2011
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Lots of recent action in the Big 12 on the recruiting trail.

Here's a chance to catch up...

Red Raiders add another ESPNU 150 commit

Dominique Wheeler, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver, gave Texas Tech its third ESPNU 150 commit in a class that added five players in just the past few days.

Wheeler, a native of Crockett, Texas, is ranked as the nation's No. 6 receiver and No. 45 overall recruit. Here's what our scouts had to say about him:
For being such a long and lean prospect, Wheeler displays terrific explosiveness, speed and body control and still has plenty of frame development to come. He is tall and lanky, but very coordinated and quick. He is one of the few tall receivers that is a significant threat to make something happen when he gets into space. He also sees some time as a Wildcat QB for his open field run skills. He is a wonderful athlete with fluid overall change-of-direction. A long strider that comes off the ball with tremendous burst and gets downfield quickly. Can stem and weave and his ability to cut and stop on a dime give him excellent separation skills given his size. He does a very nice job extending away from his frame to snag balls on the run; tucks quickly and immediately is looking to make someone miss and usually does.

Making plays with the ball in their hands is integral for Texas Tech receivers, and the ability to turn those 4 or 5-yard catches into 10 or 11-yard catches is what moves the sticks in the Red Raiders offense.

It sounds like Wheeler can do that, and he's now Texas Tech's highest-rated commit from the 2012 class, joining fellow ESPNU 150 commit Michael Starts.

Texas Tech also added receiver Marcus Johnson, DT Anthony Smith, C Jared Kaster, and LB Ryan Flannigan. The Red Raiders' 2012 class now has 15 commitments.

Dorial Green-Beckham makes a stop in Austin

Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver that sits at No. 3 on the ESPNU 150, made a visit to a third Big 12 team this weekend: Texas.

The Springfield, Mo. native is being chased by everyone, and some recruiting services have the athlete as the nation's best recruit. Until this weekend, Missouri and Oklahoma were the only schools to host him on an unofficial visit, but according to multiple reports, he made the trek to Austin to get a closer look at the Horns. He'll be one to watch as he moves toward making his decision, but it seems likely that he'll keep his talents somewhere in the Big 12.

Our scouts are particularly high on the soon-to-be high school senior:
This guy is a hybrid of Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson and what makes Green-Beckham unique from other big wide receivers is he is a flexible athlete with fluid movements and quick-twitch athleticism. He is big, strong, rangy and deceptively quick for his size. Possesses a mammoth wingspan and plays the game like a basketball player on grass (he is actually a very good basketball player, not surprising). He is an imposing figure off the line with a combination of quickness and strength to gain ground and position off the ball.

Can Texas, who brings in very few players from outside state lines, swoop in and steal one from the Show-Me State?

Kansas adds a pair

Turner Gill's class, which had just one commitment heading into last week, tripled in size with the addition of two more commits.

Offensive tackle Brian Beckmann and running back Derek Keaton are the newest Jayhawks.

Beckmann is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound guard from Randolph, Kan. Keaton is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound athlete from Camden, Ark.

Oklahoma State picks up a QB

Oklahoma State also got a commitment from a quarterback, its first of the 2012 class.

Wes Lunt, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound native of Rochester, Illinois, is the nation's No. 39 quarterback.

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