Big 12: James David

Best Big 12 recruiters 

October, 15, 2013
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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best college football coaches will tell you that when it comes to recruiting, their business is an art. It’s a craft you must perfect if you want to have the best players commit and ultimately sign. Recruiting isn’t for everybody, but those who are good at it -- particularly for building the 2014 class -- should be recognized, as the business is extremely competitive.

Here are 10 of the top recruiters from the Big 12.

Big 12 class rankings analysis 

August, 14, 2013
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With the help of ESPN 300 prospects announcing their verbal commitments, two Big 12 schools saw a slight rise in the latest ESPN class rankings. Because of one Big 12 school’s rise, another Big 12 school took a slight fall in the rankings. Here’s a closer look at the rankings as it pertains to the conference.

Trending up: Oklahoma State saw the biggest rise of the conference -- and of the nation -- by jumping from No. 33 to No. 28. Only Oklahoma State and Florida saw ranking spikes of that caliber during the week. The Cowboys’ success stemmed from landing ESPN 300 CB Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) and three-star WR and high school teammate Keenen Brown. Both committed on Aug. 11. Hardeman, a former LSU commit, is a top-25 cornerback nationally, and Brown, at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, can be used as a reliable outside threat in Mike Gundy’s potent offense.


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Big 12 Official Visit: Baylor, Texas arms race

June, 13, 2013
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Damon Sayles and Max Olson break down recent additions for the Bears and Longhorns. Baylor added its 19th commitment overall -- and seventh this month -- in four-star ILB James David, while Texas continued its 2015 recruiting in style.
On Monday, Baylor welcomed linebacker James David into its 2014 recruiting class. The Rockdale, Texas, native is the nation's No. 10 inside linebacker, but he also holds another distinction: He's Baylor's eighth commitment since May 31. That's a little less than one a day, but a heck of a run for the Bears.

It's also the Bears' 15th commit since May 1.

David's commitment gives Baylor 19 commits, making the Bears' class the biggest in the nation so far by four commits. Texas, Tennessee and Louisville all had 15 players committed as of Tuesday, but Baylor could be getting its dirty work on the recruiting trail done early.

Here's what our scouts say about David:
David is an explosive, rangy linebacker prospect who can be very disruptive when set free to attack. This is a pressure linebacker who plays the game fast and flows to the football with athletic movements. He looks for contact and is extremely tough and physical. He plays bigger than his sub-220-pound frame would indicate. Lacks ideal length and flexibility on the outside and might continue to bulk-up and play inside in college. He runs really well -- shows good sideline-to-sideline range and even better closing burst.

Most interesting to me? Three of Baylor's top five commits are defenders. Art Briles' reputation for offense is obvious, but upgrading the talent defensively is a huge key to continuing to build his program at Baylor. It's been the glaring weakness for most of his time there. That changed late last season and I see it continuing this year, but the Bears added ATH Davion Hall, the second commit of the class and No. 73 on the ESPN 150.

Only five of Baylor's 19 commits are ranked by ESPN.com at their position, but the Bears are currently No. 22 in our class rankings.

Here are the eight players who have joined the Bears' fold in the past two weeks:
Not a bad haul. The Bears' run of pure numbers is unlike anything we've seen in awhile in the Big 12. Eight commits in 10 days, including a pair of high-ranking players like David and Rockwell, is a welcome sign for any staff.

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