Big 12: Bruce Matthews

UT, OU off to fast early starts in 2010 recruiting rankings

October, 1, 2009
Posted by's Tim Griffin

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.

Big 12 lunch links: Cowboys Stadium smells new, fresh

July, 29, 2009

Posted by'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.