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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Ultimate 300: Big 12's top recruits

By Damon Sayles

It’s always fun to think back to the former stars of college football recruiting. The Big 12 had a few players who made an impact during their respective recruiting processes.

Here are five players from the Big 12 who made the top 50 of the ESPN Ultimate 300.

Gerald McCoy, No. 19 on the Class of 2006's ESPN Ultimate 300, became a star at Oklahoma and went No. 3 overall to Tampa Bay in the 2010 NFL draft.
1. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
Ultimate ESPN 300: 19
McCoy was the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country in the 2006 class and a force coming out of Oklahoma City Southeast. McCoy signed with Oklahoma and later went on to become the No. 3 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 draft.

2. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Ultimate ESPN 300: 30
Bradford went on to become one of Oklahoma's most respected quarterbacks. Before that, Bradford was considered one of the nation’s top QB prospects of the 2006 class, as he had offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Iowa State. Needless to say, he didn’t disappoint, as he’s now with the St. Louis Rams.

3. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Ultimate ESPN 300: 36
Expectations are always high when your father is a Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman. Jeffcoat, a 2010 recruit and the son of former Dallas Cowboys star Jim Jeffcoat, lived up to those expectations while at Texas. Jeffcoat was a gifted basketball player in high school, as well as a star football player.

4. QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Ultimate ESPN 300: 46
It’s amazing to think that many felt Griffin, a 2008 recruit, would be something of a bust in college. After a great high school career, Griffin finished his career at Baylor with a Heisman Trophy. He now is the quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

5. RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
Ultimate ESPN 300: 47
Murray was the top-ranked running back in the 2006 class -- and rightfully so. Scouts called him “quite possibly the best overall athlete of any running back” in the class. He had a successful career at Oklahoma and is now with the Dallas Cowboys.