Dallas Colleges: Football Recruiting

ESPN Jr. 300: What to know in the Big 12 

November, 19, 2014
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With the latest ESPN Junior 300 rankings now live, one thing is for sure: The state of Texas has its share of players in the 2016 class.

Of the top 300 players, 39 are from Texas. Seven players in the top 30 are from the Lone Star State, including the nation’s top-ranked player, Texas A&M OT recruit Greg Little.

From a Big 12 perspective, OT Patrick Hudson is the highest ranked recruit. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman, a Baylor pledge, jumped from No. 20 to No. 11, and he’s the nation’s second ranked offensive tackle.

Here are five things to watch involving players in the revised rankings:

Big 12's top recruiting visits 

November, 14, 2014
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It’s a three-game week in the Big 12, but two of those three games will have a few big-time official visitors in attendance.

Kansas will host TCU, and several committed and uncommitted players will continue monitoring if the Horned Frogs can stay in the top four in the College Football Playoff race. Others will continue to pay attention to how the Jayhawks are doing under the Clint Bowen era, particularly after the Jayhawks scored a 34-14 win against Iowa State last week.

There are two other games on tap Saturday that have potential to see players commit -- and, perhaps, a player or two decommit and/or flip.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

November, 7, 2014
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Saturday's Alabama-at-LSU game, as always, is loaded with big-time prospects making recruiting visits. Auburn is expected to have at least two key visitors in for its game against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt is hoping to build some momentum by bringing in some visitors for the Florida game. Here’s a closer look at some of the top recruits making visits to SEC schools this weekend.


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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

November, 7, 2014
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With the month of November upon us, games are beginning to matter more. Even more so, recruiting visits are becoming more and more important.

There are four games on Saturday’s Big 12 schedule, and while the biggest game of the weekend won't host any official visits, look for two traditional powers to have huge official visit weekends. Additionally, be on the lookout for a couple of standout players giving coaches their verbal commitments.

Baylor at Oklahoma


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Around this time last year, TCU was near the bottom of the Big 12 barrel. The Horned Frogs were fresh off an overtime loss to West Virginia, which ultimately meant being in the middle of losing five of their last six games.

In short, the Horned Frogs weren’t taken seriously. Not by opponents. Not by analysts. Not by many of their fans.

And especially, not by star recruits.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

October, 28, 2014
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Even while Texas is losing ball games, it’s managing to find the silver lining in the dark clouds. The Longhorns lost to Kansas State and were shut out for the first time in 10 years, but they won on the recruiting trail, as another ESPN 300 athlete committed Sunday.

Baylor also added to its 2015 class over the weekend. The Bears have some outstanding skill-position players on their current roster, and they have studs within its 2015 class. They added another top skill-position player on Sunday.

Here’s an in-depth look at how the weekend finished in Big 12 recruiting.


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Best of the visits: Big 12

October, 26, 2014
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There were only three Big 12 games on tap Saturday -- but those three games made extremely loud statements for TCU, West Virginia and Kansas State.

How significant was TCU’s 82-27 win against Texas Tech? The TCU men’s basketball team scored more points only once last season -- in a 98-75 win against Grambling State.

One primary college football target on hand was ESPN 300 DT Daylon Mack, a Texas A&M commit and the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle. Mack was there on an official visit said he enjoyed his time in Fort Worth. He also admitted that while he expected the Horned Frogs to play good defense, he was surprised at the offensive outburst.


TCU has 16 players committed in the 2015 class, and it is looking to not only add to the class but also build for the 2016 class. The Horned Frogs have two 2016 commits in ESPN Junior 300 QB Brennen Wooten and three-star DT Jonathan Marshall, but they are hoping to also land ESPN Junior 300 CB Jared Mayden, who took in the game with potential targets in ATH Donovan Duvernay and WR M.J. Clark.


West Virginia’s 34-10 win against Oklahoma State proved that the Mountaineers, picked among the bottom feeders of the conference during the preseason, are very much alive for a conference title.

Despite getting the loss, Oklahoma State still managed to entertain a couple of top recruits. One of those is junior college OT Brandon Pertile, who committed to the Cowboys back in August.


ESPN Junior 300 DT Mike Williams also was in Stillwater over the weekend. The Cowboys are looking for their first 2016 commit, and Williams, a defensive lineman who continues to pick up recruiting steam, would make for a great cornerstone to Oklahoma State’s defensive future.


In Manhattan, Kansas State handed Texas a 23-0 setback and the Longhorns’ first shutout loss in 10 years. That won’t sit right with Longhorns fans, but it definitely should help Kansas State from a recruiting end.

The Wildcats have 11 commits, and they are hoping to add to their total with ATH Kylan Johnson. A quarterback for his high school, Johnson is a three-star talent expected to play safety at the college level. Johnson visited Manhattan over the weekend, and while his visit went well, he left his social media fans with a random observation, one that made him laugh a little.

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The updated ESPN 300 player rankings are now live, and one of the primary Big 12 targets is the newly crowned top-ranked running back.

Soso Jamabo said in September that he was gunning for the No. 1 spot at running back, and after several huge games, Jamabo has earned that spot, bypassing Kentucky running back Damien Harris. The hunter, however, is now the hunted, as Jamabo looks to maintain that spot. He'll have to fight off Harris, Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones II, fast-rising Chris Warren III -- who jumped from 183 to 102 in the new rankings -- and several others.

Here are five things to know involving Big 12 recruiting:


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ESPN 300: Five things to know in the SEC 

October, 22, 2014
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The SEC has an impressive 89 committed prospects in the updated ESPN 300 rankings. While the SEC West has been dominant on the field, 13 of the 14 SEC schools are ranked in the top 40 of the RecruitingNation class rankings. Here’s a closer look at five things to know in the SEC from the new recruiting rankings.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

October, 21, 2014
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While West Virginia landed a commit at a much-needed position, Oklahoma hosted one of the nation's top-ranked players -- hoping to lure him away from his SEC commitment. Those were the highlights of the weekend in the Big 12, but here's a recap of the recruiting weekend, one that could lead to some much bigger results as October progresses.


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Best of the visits: Big 12

October, 19, 2014
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How unpredictable is the Big 12? Baylor is no longer undefeated, Kansas State topped Oklahoma in Norman, and TCU dominated Oklahoma State.

Perhaps "unpredictable" isn't the operative word. "Competitive" may be a better fit.

The Big 12 on Saturday made it a priority to expect the unexpected. West Virginia bested a Baylor team in contention for the College Football Playoff. The 41-27 West Virginia win was even sweeter when the Mountaineers picked up commitment No. 21 on Sunday in rising Florida DE Adam Shuler.



West Virginia pulled the big upset Saturday, but from a recruiting perspective, the big story of the day was ESPN 300 QB and Texas A&M commit Kyler Murray taking an official visit to Norman to take in the Oklahoma experience. Murray, the nation's top-ranked dual-threat quarterback, was seen hanging out with Steele Walker, an Oklahoma baseball commit, during the Kansas State-Sooners football game.

The big question: Is the visit just another opportunity to check out a different school and see how another program functions, or does it give the Aggies legitimate reason to believe Murray is weighing all of his options? Texas A&M has lost three in a row, including Saturday's 59-0 loss to Alabama.



TCU cruised to an easy win against Oklahoma State, and several 2016 athletes were in attendance. The Horned Frogs love their defensive commits, and a couple of players -- such as DE Demerick Gary and OLB/DE Sidney Murray left the game asking the same question: Is Fort Worth in the future?




Texas ended a two-game losing skid with a home win against Iowa State. The Longhorns had a pleasant surprise, as WR commit John Burt was in Austin on an unofficial visit. That's big news, considering Burt lives in Florida and still has an official visit option to Texas available.

One big visitor in attendance was ESPN Junior 300 DB Brandon Jones. Ranked the nation's No. 2 safety in the 2016 class, Jones enjoyed his time in Austin and is considering the Longhorns.



And after Texas' Week 8 win -- a game decided by a 21-yard field goal with time running out -- ESPN 300 WR Ryan Newsome, who is considering the Longhorns in his recruiting, had some fun with the Heisman voters.

Big 12's top recruiting visits 

October, 17, 2014
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Baylor is the team to beat, and West Virginia is hoping to put on a show in front of what’s anticipated to be a raucous crowd. That game will be only one of a handful of must-see Big 12 games on tap Saturday.

Look for some major targets in the following three games to not only be in attendance but also take mental notes of what they see over the weekend. There’s no guarantee, but one or two may even give their verbal commitments.

Kansas State at Oklahoma

Fresh off its Red River Showdown victory against Texas, Oklahoma returns home in hopes to put on a show that will attract a couple of top visitors. ESPN 300 outside linebacker Cameron Townsend and four-star defensive tackle Darrion Daniels will be in Norman on official visits. The additions of both players would be huge for the Sooners. Additionally, quarterback commit Dalton Wood said he will be in Norman for an unofficial visit, as will players like ESPN Junior 300 running back Z'Quan Hogan and 2016 dual-threat quarterback Terry Wilson.


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Perhaps the worst thing to happen to one of college’s most anticipated rivalries happened on Saturday.

Texas lost a home affair to Baylor. Minutes later, Oklahoma was upset on the road by TCU.

Then, the questions -- and the jokes -- started. Just in time for this weekend’s Texas-Oklahoma clash at the Cotton Bowl.

With the Longhorns and Sooners -- two of college football’s most storied programs -- suffering losses over the weekend, the Red River Showdown became an unexpected undercard for the upcoming weekend in Big 12 Conference football. The conference game of the week will pit Baylor hosting TCU, two undefeated and top-10 ranked teams coming off big wins.


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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

October, 10, 2014
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When one of the biggest rivalries in college football is considered an undercard of sorts in a well-respected conference, consider that a positive message regarding the talent within the conference. Texas and Oklahoma will play in the annual Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, but when it comes to the Big 12’s current heavy-hitters, Baylor and TCU will collide in a battle of unbeaten, top-10 teams.

With several big games happening Saturday, look for several top-ranked recruits to be in attendance. Here are three games to watch:

TCU at Baylor


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Help is on the way: Big 12 

October, 8, 2014
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When it comes to recruiting, grabbing key players is the name of the game. The idea of getting players who could come in as freshmen and contribute on multiple snaps is what every coach desires.

In looking at the teams in the Big 12, every team has its own specific needs for next year. With every need for each team, it appears immediate help is on the way.


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