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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Big 12 class rankings analysis

By Damon Sayles

The ESPN class rankings saw multiple changes this week. Ohio State had a great week, as did LSU and Arizona State.

Because of this, Texas has fallen to No. 12 in the latest rankings. Baylor remains at No. 16, and Oklahoma State remains at No. 23. Oklahoma slipped a spot to No. 25, and Texas Tech held its spot at No. 35. West Virginia remained in the top 40 at No. 37.

Here is a more in-depth look at the Big 12 class rankings:

Trending up: TCU is making positive moves, winning recruiting battles and flipping commitments. TCU won a battle against Texas in landing three-star junior college safety Kenny Iloka (Sugar Land, Texas/Tyler JC) on Tuesday. Three-star wide receiver Jared Cornelius (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) decommitted from Arkansas to pick the Horned Frogs last Friday, and athlete Ty Summers (San Antonio/Reagan) decided against going to Rice in favor of TCU. The acquisitions of new co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie should help recruiting, primarily on the offensive side of the ball.

Trending down: Texas Tech is doing well with its 2014 recruiting class with 22 commitments, but the Red Raiders lost a big pledge in three-star juco offensive tackle Drew Sarvary (Tallahassee, Fla./Tyler JC), who decided at the 11th hour against playing in Lubbock. Sarvary, a mid-year transfer, signed with Florida on Wednesday. Kliff Kingsbury and Co. are hoping to keep the remaining commits and also looking to add one or two more high school or juco targets who will sign in the spring.

One to watch: Four-star linebacker Kenny Young (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), a U.S. Army All-American, could be one of those players to announce his commitment during the bowl game, scheduled for Jan. 4 in San Antonio. In the meanwhile, speculation is high on which he’ll ultimately choose. Many feel Young will choose LSU, as he’s made several unofficial visits to Baton Rouge, La., but Texas A&M, Florida State and UCLA are still very much alive. Another school that could be a dark horse is Oklahoma State, as Young would be a great defensive asset for the Cowboys.

Bold prediction: Two ESPN 300 athletes have older sisters who are college athletes. Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), the nation’s No. 4 cornerback, has older sister Bealoved, a sprinter for the LSU track and field team. Offensive lineman Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South), the nation’s No. 7 guard and the top-ranked player in Kansas, has older sister Megan, who is a thrower for TCU’s track and field team. While it may not be a completely bold prediction, both football players are strongly considering joining their siblings in the fall. The prediction: It will happen.