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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Big 12's biggest recruiting battle ever

By David Ubben

Our colleagues at RecruitingNation counted down the top 10 recruiting battles of all-time Insider, and the No. 1 name on the list might be a name some of you remember. He did, after all, just win the NFL MVP after rushing for 2,097 yards.

The man known as "AD" for "All Day" because of his energy as a youngster was being recruited by everyone, but the Palestine, Texas native narrowed it down to the three biggest programs in the Big 12: Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

You know the rest of the story, Oklahoma won out, Peterson became the greatest freshman in Big 12 history and a Heisman finalist before a stellar Sooner career and a top 10 NFL draft selection years later.

Colleague Bob Przybylo says its impact is still being felt today. Any running back in Texas knows Peterson and knows how special he was at Oklahoma. The Sooners can show what they did with his talents, and it certainly resonates with younger players who still watch him dominate the NFL today.

The Aggies and Longhorns made last-ditch efforts to earn a signature from the future superstar, but the Sooners won out in what our crew calls the greatest recruiting battle of all-time. Bob Stoops won that one back in 2004, and grabbed commitments from other big-time backs like DeMarco Murray in the years to come.

Very cool stuff from our staff on names you'll surely recognize. Check out the full post for the top 10.