Big 12: Bruce Matthews
ESPN's Scouts Inc. unveiled its latest recruiting rankings and three Big 12 teams are ranked among the nation's top 11 teams in the 2010 class.
Texas and Oklahoma -- as usual -- are high in the rankings with Texas at No. 2 and Oklahoma at No. 8.
The Longhorns have picked up 10 commitments among ESPNU's top 150 among their 19 commitments. It's a typical Texas class, heavy on defensive help keyed by top defensive tackle prospects Taylor Bible of Denton, Texas (Guyer High School) and Ashton Dorsey of Tyler, Texas (John Tyler High School).
Quarterback Blake Bell of Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll High School) is the key prospect in Oklahoma's 23-player list that includes five top 150 commitments. The Sooners' reach has been truly national with key prospects like running back Roy Finch from Niceville, Fla., and heralded running back Brennan Clay from San Diego (Scripps Ranch High School).
But the Big 12's biggest early surprise in recruiting has been Texas A&M. Coach Mike Sherman has intensified his recruiting interest and it's paid off with three top 150 commitments among his 20-player class. The key recruit is tackle Jake Matthews of Missouri City, Texas, (Elkins High School), the son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and the younger brother of current A&M starting center Kevin Matthews.
Oklahoma State is listed among the teams "on the cusp" of the top 15.
It's still early and the grades for teams will continue be shuffled. But it appears that the Big 12 South has another big edge in this year's recruiting.
You can check out the complete recruiting scorecard to see how all of the Big 12 teams rank.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
One more morning of the Big 12 media gathering today in Irving, Texas.
I'll be interested to see the charge of reporters as they make their headlong dash for the airport later this afternoon.
Here are a few stories for their perusal when scanning the BlackBerry later this afternoon while waiting for their flights back home.
- The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten writes that the new Cowboys Stadium still has "the new car smell."
- Jake Matthews, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, has committed to Texas A&M, Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle reports. Matthews chose the Aggies over scholarship offers from USC, Texas and Oklahoma.
- Even with a retooled cast, Missouri expects to challenge for its third straight Big 12 championship game appearance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Vahe Gregorian reports.
- The Oklahoman's John Rohde writes about how sedate the Big 12's media days appear to be compared to the fireworks of last week's SEC media gathering.
- Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls writes about the Red River Rivalry becoming even bigger heading into this season's game in Dallas on Oct. 17.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskins opines on Kansas' tough crossover schedule of South Division opponents.
- Can Baylor's Robert Griffin really compete in the Heisman race this season? Lindysports.com's Jake Veyhl looks at the possibilities.
- The Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff writes that the Big 12 remains in the Southeastern Conference's shadow after the SEC's recent megabuck television contract was negotiated.
- Kansas' recent recruiting success in the Dallas area is analyzed by the Kansas City Star's J. Brady McCollough.
- The New York Times' Thayer Evans writes about expectations at Oklahoma, where the Sooners haven't won a BCS bowl game since 2002.
- Texas quarterback Colt McCoy tells CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd that Oklahoma "caught a huge break" in claiming the Big 12 South's title game appearance by virtue of a fifth tiebreaker.
- Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star compares the returning Kansas team to Missouri's team makeup during its 2008 run to the Big 12 title game.