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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

December, 22, 2014
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Here's what happened last week on the recruiting trail in the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 4
ESPN JC50 commits: 1
Class rank: 23rd
The latest: Jarrett Stidham, No. 39 in the ESPN 300 and the nation's No. 3-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect, gave his pledge to Baylor over Oregon on Friday. An Under Armour All-America Game selection, Stidham decommitted from Texas Tech on Dec. 13, just a couple weeks before he was scheduled to enroll with the Red Raiders. Stidham instead will enroll early at Baylor and vie immediately to become Bryce Petty's replacement as the Bears' next starting quarterback.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
ESPN JC50 commits: 1
Class rank: Not ranked
The latest: Just a little more than a week after getting a commitment from ESPN JC50 DT Demond Tucker, the Cyclones closed the deal by signing him Wednesday. Tucker should help shore up an Iowa State defense than ranked 122nd nationally in stopping the run. The Cyclones also picked up juco CB Jomal Wiltz last week. Wiltz was considering Cal, as well.

KANSAS
Total commits: 21
ESPN 300 commits: 0
ESPN JC50 commits: 0
Class rank: Not ranked
The latest: Shortly after grabbing four high school players out of the Metroplex, new coach David Beaty signed a Big 12-high seven juco players on Wednesday. Three of those committed last week, including running back Ke'aun Kinner, cornerback Brandon Stewart and guard Jayson Rhodes.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
ESPN JC50 commits: 0
Class rank: Not ranked
The latest: Alex Delton, a three-star dual-threat QB out of Hays, Kansas, remains on track to enroll early in Manhattan and contend this spring for the starting quarterback job that will turn vacant after Jake Waters graduates. The Wildcats also dipped in the Lone Star State last week to add a pledge from Flower Mound offensive tackle Evan Curl.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 7
ESPN JC50 commits: 3
Class rank: 20th
The latest: Like Red River rival Texas, Oklahoma had a big Friday, adding ESPN 300 DE Ricky DeBerry out of Virginia, and four-star safety Kahlil Haughton out of Waco. The Sooners lost a commitment from three-star DE Tyrell Jacobs over the weekend, but they remain in the hunt for ESPN 300 inside linebacker Anthony Wheeler.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 2
ESPN JC50 commits: 1
Class rank: 33rd
The latest: The Cowboys made efforts to shore up their offensive line in signing juco tackle Brandon Pertile , who picked Oklahoma State over Florida. The Pokes also added a key FBS offensive tackle transfer in Victor Salako, who started for UAB last year, and will be eligible immediately since UAB shut down its football program.

TCU
Total commits: 22
ESPN 300 commits: 0
ESPN JC50 commits: 0
Class rank: 36th
The latest: The Horned Frogs are positioned well to land five-star DT Daylon Mack, who decommitted from Texas A&M on Friday. Mack released his new top two on Twitter, and TCU made the cut with LSU. Reeling in Mack would pin the exclamation point on an otherwise solid TCU class.

TEXAS
Total commits: 22
ESPN 300 commits: 9
ESPN JC50 commits: 1
Class rank: 11th
The latest: After a few shaky weeks on the recruiting trail, the Longhorns had a monster Friday, snagging a commitment from ESPN 300 linebacker Malik Jefferson, who is the No. 5 overall prospect in state. The same morning, Texas also added Jefferson's high school teammate four-star athlete DeAndre McNeal. Charlie Strong's defensive class could get even stronger if DT Daylon Mack and ESPN 300 CB Kris Boyd end up in Austin. Mack is slated to take an official visit to Texas on Jan. 23. Boyd is planning to announce his decision on Christmas day.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 4
ESPN JC50 commits: 0
Class rank: 29th
The latest: After losing Stidham, Texas Tech's QB predicament took another hit when Waco Midway's Ben Hicks picked SMU days after Tech offered. The Red Raiders want to add a QB in this class, but they're running out of viable high school options. Signing a juco QB could be the answer. Tech has a successful week otherwise, picking up pledges from three-star safeties Darreon Jackson and Christian Taylor, three-star WR Tony Brown and DE Lonzell Gilmore.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 24
ESPN 300 commits: 3
ESPN JC50 commits: 1
Class rank: 24th
The latest: The Mountaineers batted .500 last week on ESPN JC50 prospects. Thursday, they missed on WR Isaac Whitney, who chose USC instead. But the day before, West Virginia picked up Rasul Douglas, the nation's No. 3 juco CB. Assuming All-Big 12 strong safety Karl Joseph stays at West Virginia for his senior year, the Mountaineers could boast a formidable secondary in 2015 with Douglas, Joseph, freshman All-American free safety Dravon Henry and cornerback Daryl Worley.

2014 All-Big 12 underclassman team

December, 16, 2014
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From Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine to West Virginia placekicker Josh Lambert, the Big 12 was loaded with underclassmen who made an impact on the 2014 season. With that in mind we unveil our second annual All-Big 12 underclassman team (freshmen and sophomores).

The underclassman team is based on 2014 performances, not future potential -- though many on this list have bright futures as well. Number of games played was also a factor, which is a reason why budding true freshman quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Mason Rudolph, who both came on strong only during the final month of the season, just missed the cut.

Without further ado, the ESPN.com 2014 All-Big 12 underclassman team:

Offense
QB: Tyrone Swoopes, Texas
RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor
RB: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR: Corey Coleman, Baylor
WR: KD Cannon, Baylor
WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State
OT: Adam Pankey, West Virginia
OG: Baylen Brown, Texas Tech
C: Kyle Fuller, Baylor
OG: Daniel Burton, Iowa State
OT: Kent Perkins, Texas
FB: Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State
AP: Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia

Defense
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor
DT: Hassan Ridgeway, Texas
DE: Jordan Willis, Kansas State
LB: Taylor Young, Baylor
LB: Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
LB: Seth Jacobs, Oklahoma State
CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
CB: Nigel Tribune, Iowa State
S: Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State
S: Orion Stewart, Baylor

Special teams
K: Josh Lambert, West Virginia
P: Colin Downing, Iowa State
KR: Alex Ross, Oklahoma
PR: Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

December, 15, 2014
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Here's what's been cooking on the recruiting trail in the past week around the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Texas Tech's loss could be Baylor's gain. ESPN 300 QB Jarrett Stidham, who decommitted from the Red Raiders over the weekend, visited Baylor on Sunday. Despite all the Stidham speculation, fellow early enrollee QB Chad President has declared he's still solid with the Bears.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones added some much needed beef to the middle of its defensive with a commitment from DT Bobby Leath from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

KANSAS
Total commits: 19
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: New coach David Beaty has forged a reputation on being able to recruit Texas, and over the weekend, he delivered four verbal commitments from the Lone Star State. The Jahawks also added tight end Jace Sternberger from Kingfisher, Okla.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats bolstered their future linebacking corps with a commitment from three-star Louisiana LB Reggie Walker, who had offers from the likes of Florida, Arkansas and Miami. He's a good get, especially because the Hurricanes are trying to flip fellow K-State linebacker commit Mohamed Barry. Still, this was a huge pickup for the Wildcats. K-State also added juco DE Aulelio Olomua last week.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: ESPN 300 DE Ricky DeBerry is expected to make his decision on Friday and the Sooners are a finalist, if not the favorite. Oklahoma assistant Tim Kish did a final in-home visit with DeBerry on Sunday. Oklahoma will have to fend off several big-time programs for DeBerry, including Alabama.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: ESPN 300 running back Ronald Jones, the gem of Oklahoma State's recruiting class, announced Sunday he was reopening his commitment. The Cowboys now desperately need to add a running back to this class, especially in wake of Tyreek Hill's dismissal.

TCU
Total commits: 20
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Days after reeling in former Baylor 2016 DB commit Keshawn Somerville, TCU landed three-star defensive back Montrel Wilson, who backed out of his pledge to the Bears in October. The Frogs also flipped three-star center Jozie Milton from South Carolina over the weekend.

TEXAS
Total commits: 20
ESPN 300 commits: 9
The latest: This could be a huge week for the Texas defense. ESPN 300 LB Darrin Kirkland Jr., a Texas target and former Michigan commit, will announce his decision later today. Top target and ESPN 300 LB Malik Jefferson is scheduled to reveal his decision on Friday.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 4
The latest: The Red Raiders suffered a major blow over the weekend when quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the cornerstone of Kliff Kingsbury's recruiting class since March who was set to enroll early, revealed he had decommitted from Texas Tech. The pressure will be on the Red Raiders now to get a premier QB in the class of 2016.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 24
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Mountaineers are trying to replace Kevin White with another juco WR in four-star Isaac Whitney. Later this week, Whitney is deciding between the Mountaineers, USC and Washington State, but he visited West Virginia over the weekend, which seems encouraging for the Mountaineers' chances.

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 14

December, 1, 2014
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Taking stock of Week 14 in the Big 12:

Team of the week: After stumbling in a narrow win over Kansas, TCU had to bounce back to return to the good graces of the playoff selection committee. The Horned Frogs did that and then some in a 48-10 dismantling of Texas in Austin. The TCU defense gave up only one pass longer than 13 yards and forced Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes into five turnovers. The Horned Frogs might not be as prolific offensively as Baylor or as stout defensively as Texas, but they have demonstrated they have the Big 12's best combination of the two.

Disappointment of the week: Texas had a chance to build on its strong finish to the season against the Horned Frogs. Instead, the Longhorns failed to score a touchdown through the first three quarters and suffered their worst loss to TCU in 58 years. It was also the worst home loss for Texas since the infamous "Rout 66" loss to UCLA in 1997. After a rough start to the Charlie Strong era, the Longhorns had their moments in 2014. None, though, came Thanksgiving night.

Big (offensive) man on campus: Patrick Mahomes didn't beat Baylor. But the Texas Tech true freshman quarterback dazzled in a loss. He threw for six touchdowns and passed for 598 yards, which was the third-highest single-game total of any FBS QB this year. Over his final three games, Mahomes threw 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions, suggesting he might be Kliff Kingsbury's long-term answer at quarterback.

Big (defensive) man on campus: TCU linebacker Paul Dawson was a man possessed once again, punishing Texas with a game-high 10 tackles. He also came up with an interception at the end of the third quarter, which set up a touchdown that put TCU ahead 27-3. In the first quarter, Dawson also drilled Swoopes, who threw a pick to safety Sam Carter on the next play. Dawson has had an All-American-caliber season for the Horned Frogs and should be a lock for every all-conference ballot.

Special-teams player of the week: West Virginia place-kicker Josh Lambert finished off a fabulous sophomore season by nailing three field goals in the 37-24 win at Iowa State. He missed a 49-yarder early in the game, but came back to drill a 46-yard try in the third quarter that gave West Virginia the lead for good. The Lou Groza Award finalist finished the regular season with a Big 12-best 27 made field goals.

Play of the week: After Mahomes heaved a 40-yard touchdown to Bradley Marquez with 1:42 to play, the Red Raiders had a chance to tie Baylor and send the shootout to overtime. But Mahomes couldn't find a receiver open on the two-point conversion attempt and instead scrambled back before taking a sack. Texas Tech failed to recover the ensuing onside attempt, effectively ending a wild game in Jerry's World.

Stat of the week: Dating to 2012, Baylor has now won 20 consecutive games in the state of Texas. With the win over Texas Tech, the Bears also secured back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

Quote of the week: "I'll fight a man with three children and a nice house any day over somebody that's living out of their car." -- Baylor coach Art Briles, on facing a "desperate" team in Texas Tech

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14

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Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 11

November, 10, 2014
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Taking stock of Week 11 in the Big 12:

Team of the week: We’re splitting the honors here between Baylor and Kansas. The Jayhawks landed their first Big 12 victory of the season, blasting Iowa State 34-14. The win could give interim coach Clint Bowen a real shot at landing the permanent gig in Lawrence. Baylor, meanwhile, annihilated Oklahoma 48-14 to make a strong statement to the playoff selection committee it deserves one of the four coveted semifinal spots.

Disappointment of the week: How about disappointment of the season? Oklahoma was run out of its own stadium, as Baylor handed the Sooners their second-worst loss with Bob Stoops as coach. The Bears, who have now won three out of four in the series, outclassed Oklahoma in every way. After rolling past Alabama last year, the Sooners had playoff and Big 12 title aspirations before the season. Instead, it’s looking like that Sugar Bowl win was nothing more than an aberration for a program that has never seemed staler.

Big (offensive) man on campus: Quarterback Trevone Boykin was simply sensational in TCU’s 41-20 win over Kansas State. He rushed for a career-high 127 yards and three touchdowns and completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards and another score. He also produced a memorable moment for the Heisman voters with a somersault over three Wildcat defenders into the end zone. K-State, which had been stout defensively all year, simply had no answer for him.

Big (defensive) men on campus: Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager changed the game in Norman, with an interception he returned 36 yards to the Oklahoma 1-yard line. The pick helped give Baylor the 17-14 lead, and ignited the Bears’ 45 unanswered points. But the honor here goes to Texas defensive end Cedric Reed, who finished with 12 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in Texas’ 33-16 win over West Virginia. He also delivered the key play of the game when he crashed through the line of scrimmage to sack Clint Trickett for a safety in the fourth quarter. Reed had been quiet this season, but he was anything but Saturday.

Special-teams player of the week: After struggling to begin the year, Baylor kicker Chris Callahan has nailed his last 12 field goal attempts, including two against the Sooners. Callahan started out 1-of-6 on field goals. But as other kickers in the Big 12 struggled Saturday, Callahan has remained on point.

Play of the week: Boykin said afterward he’s "not a gymnast." But he sure looked like one on his flip into the end zone. The play gave TCU a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter, and the Horned Frogs complete control of the game.

Stat of the week: By beating Iowa State, Bowen now has as many Big 12 wins as Kansas predecessors Turner Gill and Charlie Weis.

Quote of the week: “Just ready for the bye week.” – Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, in his first comment with reporters after beating the Sooners. Last week, Petty answered every postgame question with, “Ready for OU.”

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 11

November, 9, 2014
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Going into the final month of the season, we've updated our Big 12 true freshman power rankings:

1. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (previous rank: 1): Perine is second in the league with an average of almost 96 yards rushing per game, and with a Big 12-high 11 rushing touchdowns, he remains on track for a spot on the All-Big 12 team.

2. KD Cannon, WR, Baylor (2): Cannon is still fourth in the Big 12 in receiving, and though his production has dipped in conference play, he did have six receptions for 124 yards in Baylor’s big win over TCU last month.

3. Dravon Henry, FS, West Virginia (3): Henry had two interceptions, including a pick-six, in West Virginia’s win over Oklahoma State. In Henry, safety Karl Joseph and cornerback Daryl Worley, the Mountaineers have an exciting young core in their secondary.

4. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State (5): Lazard has 21 receptions for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Iowa State’s last three games. He’s been one of the Cyclones’ most consistent performers this season.

5. Jason Hall, S, Texas (4): Hall missed time with a minor injury, but has returned to laying wood in the Texas secondary. In time, Hall could become one of the hardest hitters in college football.

6. Corey Avery, RB, Kansas (6): Avery has been a bright spot in an anemic Kansas offense. He has gotten double-digit carries in every game but one, and is 10th in the Big 12 with 435 yards on the ground.

7. Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State (NR): Lee leads the Wildcats with 3.5 sacks as their third-down pass rushing specialist. Lee has been a key part of the K-State defense all season.

8 (tie). Vincent Testaverde and Patrick Mahomes, QBs, Texas Tech (NR): Testaverde, a walk-on, is Tech’s only healthy quarterback. Mahomes started the Texas game in place of Davis Webb, whose status has been termed day-to-day. Either way, Testaverde and Mahomes are the only true freshman QBs to get meaningful action in the Big 12 this season.

10. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (9): Washington hasn’t been helped by Oklahoma State’s sluggish offense but he’s still found ways to produce, with eight receptions and 120 yards receiving in the Cowboys’ last two games.

On the radar: Nigel Bethel II, CB, Texas Tech; Michiah Quick, WR, Oklahoma; Ramon Richards, CB, Oklahoma State; Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma; Justin Stockton, RB, Texas Tech; Steven Parker II, S, Oklahoma; Poona Ford, DT, Texas; Matthew Boateng, CB, Kansas; Desmon White, WR,

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Big 12 true freshman power rankings

September, 19, 2014
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Going into the fourth weekend of the season, we’ve updated our Big 12 true freshman power rankings again, which we’ll be revising occasionally throughout the year. Again, this list combines both opportunity and impact.

The rankings:

1. K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor (previous rank: 2): Cannon has been nothing short of spectacular while temporarily taking over the role as Baylor’s No. 1 receiver with Levi Norwood, Clay Fuller, Corey Coleman and Antwan Goodley all out with injuries. In three games, Cannon leads the nation with 471 receiving yards, while averaging 33.6 yards per catch. No other Big 12 receiver is averaging more than 25 yards per catch. This is a future star in the making.

2. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (3): Perine has been stout as Oklahoma’s power back, but will only see his role expand after the leg injury to Keith Ford. While splitting carries with Ford and Alex Ross, Perine has still rushed for 177 yards while averaging 5.5 yards a carry. Ross is expected to get the start at West Virginia, but don’t be surprised if Perine gets the most work.

3. Dravon Henry, FS, West Virginia (1): Henry has kept his starting job, though has been rather quiet since shining in West Virginia’s opener against Alabama. He’ll face another huge challenge this weekend against the balanced Sooners.

4. Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma (5): Flowers continues to be an instrumental part of Oklahoma’s powerful rushing attack. He hasn’t seen the ball much. But he has paved the way with his lead blocks for Ford, Perine and Ross and an Oklahoma ground game that averaging 5.6 yards per rushing attempt.

5. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State (7): Lazard led the Cyclones in receiving in their 20-17 victory over the Hawkeyes. He also hauled in a key pass on Iowa State’s game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. With Quenton Bundrage out for the season, Lazard has taken over as Iowa State’s go-to receiver on the outside.

6. Davion Hall, WR, Baylor (4): Like Cannon, Hall has made the most of his opportunities as the rest of the Baylor receiving corps recovers from injuries. He’s currently 10th in the league with 192 receiving yards.

7. Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State (9): Lee didn't have much of an impact Thursday night against Auburn, but he still ranks fifth in the league with 2.5 sacks. Bill Snyder leans against playing true freshmen, but Lee has earned his trust.

8. Justin Stockton, RB, Texas Tech (10): Along with the rest of the Red Raiders, Stockton struggled against Arkansas with only seven yards rushing on six carries. But the week before against UTEP, he was outstanding with 135 yards rushing, including a 75-yard touchdown dash.

9. Corey Avery, RB, Kansas (8): While the rest of the Kansas offense did little, Avery was the lone bright spot in the loss at Duke. He led the Jayhawks with 87 yards rushing, after rushing for 91 the week before in his debut.

10. Jason Hall, S, Texas (NR): Hall had a sack and a couple of big hits against UCLA after entering the game in the second quarter. His aggression figures to warrant him more playing time after Texas returns from the open weekend.

On the radar: Tevin Madison, CB, Texas Tech; Colin Downing, P, Iowa State; Cameron Batson, PR/WR, Texas Tech; Matthew Boateng, CB, Kansas; Steven Parker II, Oklahoma
The Iowa Hawkeyes are a shaky 2-0, but 2-0 nonetheless. The rival Cyclones from Iowa State? They are 0-2.

So with the two schools ready to battle it out in their annual rivalry game this weekend, the police department at the University of Iowa just couldn't pass up the opportunity to point out that fact to its counterparts in Ames.

But, hey, the Iowa State campus police DOES have more followers on social media. So there's that.

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