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Recruiting hits and misses: Texas A&M

February, 7, 2013
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Needs filled: The Aggies reeled in a couple of highly-rated receivers for Johnny Football to throw to, and that was especially important with three senior starters departing and freshman Thomas Johnson unlikely to return. This class includes six new receivers, including ESPN 150 prospects Ricky Seals-Jones, Sebastian LaRue and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. The Aggies also picked up four defensive tackles, including ESPN 150 prospect Justin Manning.

Holes remaining: Getting defensive end Daeshon Hall to flip from Washington on signing day was big for the Aggies, and they would have liked to have had one more pass-rusher with Damontre Moore leaving early for the NFL draft. But defensive end Torrodney Prevot signed with Oregon after giving a hard look to Texas A&M.

Assessing the Big 12's needs filled: Part II

February, 7, 2013
2/07/13
10:00
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Signing day has come and gone, but we'll have plenty of coverage looking more closely at each Big 12 team's class. This morning, we're looking at how each team filled its needs. We ran down the top of the Big 12 alphabet earlier today. Here's the second half:

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

Needs filled: The Cowboys once again lost both starters at defensive end, and junior-college transfer Sam Wren could have an immediate impact. ESPN 300 member Vincent Taylor is a big presence and might contribute early, too. In all, OSU signed six defensive linemen. In this offense, you can never have too many receivers, especially gifted ones. Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples will have some fun in Stillwater.

Holes remaining: The Pokes lost one starter at linebacker and will have two seniors on next season's team, but didn't sign a linebacker in this class. We'll see if they can make up for that with development and recruiting in 2014.

TEXAS LONGHORNS

Needs filled: Texas is getting some big upgrades on the offensive line, headlined by the nation's No. 1 center, Darius James. Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson are also top-10 tackles nationally and guard Rami Hammad and juco tackle Desmond Harrison fill out the class, which was one-third offensive linemen.

Holes remaining: Texas kept striking out with defensive linemen and ended up signing zero, despite losing Alex Okafor and Brandon Moore, and with Jackson Jeffcoat a rising senior. That could be a problem soon, but the Longhorns lost Daeshon Hall and missed out on Andrew Billings, who went to Baylor.

TCU HORNED FROGS

Needs filled: The running backs were drained after last season, but the Frogs had one of the league's best hauls at the position, grabbing ESPN 300 member Kyle Hicks and Trevorris Johnson, two of the best backs in Texas. The Frogs are also loading up on 6-foot, 200-pound linebackers who'll be able to cover in the open field. Paul Whitmill headlines that group, but the Frogs signed three linebackers with that profile.

Holes remaining: Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson are gone, and though LaDarius Brown and Brandon Carter will be there for 2013, you need a lot more big-time receivers than that to win in the Big 12. TCU signed four athletes, but no pure receivers in this class.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

Needs filled: Receivers are always a must in this offense, and Tech got a pair of good ones in Dylan Cantrell and Justis Nelson. After Seth Doege graduated and Scotty Young transferred, Tech needed a quarterback to follow Michael Brewer and Davis Webb, the nation's No. 24 pro-style passer, could be that guy.

Holes remaining: The Red Raiders might be a little thin at defensive tackle after signing just one in this class. Kerry Hyder will be a senior and Leon Mackey graduated. Tech will have to develop that position and maybe put some weight on some defensive ends -- a position where Texas Tech is well-stocked.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

Needs filled: Defense, defense, defense. West Virginia needs some talent upgrades all over the field, and landed linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton and ESPN 300 member Darrien Howard. Hodari Christian is another talented linebacking prospect and Dontrill Hyman will try to have an immediate impact as a pass-rusher out of junior college. WVU signed four outside linebackers and two defensive ends.

Holes remaining: Where are the cover guys? WVU needs help in the secondary and got it in safeties Malik Greaves and Jeremy Tyler, but didn't sign a pure cornerback in this class.

Assessing the Big 12's needs filled: Part I

February, 7, 2013
2/07/13
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Signing day has come and gone, but we'll have plenty of coverage looking at each Big 12 team's class. This morning, we'll look at how each team filled its needs.

BAYLOR

Needs filled: Prerogative No. 1 for Baylor is fixing its defense, and the Bears are getting some help at linebacker in prep transfer Brian Nance, Raaquan Davis (No. 28 outside linebacker) and Travon Blanchard (No. 37 OLB). Future defensive tackle Andrew Billings was a home-grown talent who should compliment Javonte Magee well up front in the years to come. The Bears also need to keep the offensive machine humming. They seem to have done that with their two top signees, Robbie Rhodes, the nation's No. 3 receiver, and Chris Johnson, the nation's No. 5 dual-threat passer who coach Art Briles raved about in his signing day presser.

Holes remaining: Debate their quality all you'd like, but the Bears lost players in the secondary like Chance Casey and Mike Hicks, and cornerback Joe Williams will be a senior. There's not a lot of strength at defensive back in this class, unless Taion Sells (No. 46 safety) and Alfred Pullom (No. 67 safety) can blossom in Waco.

IOWA STATE

Needs filled: Rodney Coe comes to Ames via junior college and will try and replace some losses along the defensive line, but the biggest need for the Cyclones has been offensive playmakers. Aaron Wimberly checks in via the juco ranks at running back, but can ISU develop Texas receivers Brandon Harris and Bryan Ajumobi into major weapons at the Big 12 level?

Holes remaining: The Cyclones lost a pair of starters at linebacker and signed just one linebacker in this class, Florida native Brian Mills. Besides that, Iowa State did a nice job of bringing in big bodies along the defensive line and filling some offensive line holes, too, headlined by in-state prospect Jake Campos, who Iowa State swiped from Mizzou.

KANSAS

Needs filled: I'll be honest here, KU could use a big talent upgrade at pretty much every position on the field, other than running back. It's all about the jucos for the Jayhawks. Marquel Combs could be a major player up front to help KU stop the run and collapse pockets, but KU got a pair of big-time playmakers at receiver, too, in Ishmael Hyman and Rodriguez Coleman. Chris Martin offers another solid option as a pass-rusher. The Jayhawks also added a pair of quarterbacks in Montell Cozart and Jordan Darling.

Holes remaining: Did KU get enough high-quality linemen to replace its three lost starters? Ahongalu Fusimalohi is a juco transfer and Joey Bloomfield is the nation's No. 118 offensive tackle, but replacing solid starters like Tanner Hawkinson and Trevor Marrongelli is no easy task.

KANSAS STATE

Needs filled: K-State basically lost its entire defense from last year, so any defenders will be greatly appreciated. Four of the classes' top five signees are defenders, highlighted by inside linebacker Nick Ramirez and juco corner Nate Jackson. Inside linebacker Tanner Wood and juco defensive end Devon Nash will also help fill the Wildcats' big losses defensively.

Holes remaining: The Wildcats are solid at running back this year, but it could be looking a bit thin in the future. John Hubert will be a senior this year and Bryce Brown didn't pan out, so K-State might have used a running back in this class. It didn't happen. K-State was shut out at the position.

OKLAHOMA

Needs filled: Defensive line was the biggest one, and the Sooners grabbed two pass-rushers in the ESPN 300, D.J. Ward and Matt Dimon. Those two should pay off big, and Ward has enrolled early. Hatari Byrd also gives the Sooners an answer in the secondary while the nation's No. 3 running back, Keith Ford, helps provide solid depth at running back.

Holes remaining: Oklahoma lost Tom Wort to the NFL draft and Corey Nelson will be a senior next year, but Oklahoma didn't stock this class with a single linebacker. The Sooners don't put many traditional linebackers on the field and has converted a lot of safeties into outside linebackers, but still.

SMU picks up model prospect

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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There are all sorts of strange and interesting recruiting stories around Signing Day.

But this one? Well, this one is about as unique as they come.

SMU signed a male supermodel Wednesday -- defensive back Myles Crosby out of Colleyville, Texas. Here is how SMU describes him in its signing day press release:
Became one of the youngest stars in the modeling industry at age 17, posing in Calvin Klein ads for jeans, underwear and the Euphoria fragrance... Has graced the pages of Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair, to name a few.

Does this give new meaning to the word Beeeeeefcake?

In all seriousness, Crosby has put his modeling career on hold to play football, meaning he will turn down thousands and thousands of dollars to make countless hits over the next four to five years. And he is perfectly fine with that.

Crosby told The Dallas Morning News, "I have a passion for football and I want an education This modeling (stuff) could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life."

Still, Crosby is probably going to have to prepare himself for plenty of ribbing from his new teammates. How could he not, with a quote like this one from Gerald Frankowski, director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency:

“With him it was his cheekbones, his jawlines, his lips and his eyes,” Frankowski told the Morning News. “He is the total package.”

Deion Sanders Jr. joins SMU recruiting class

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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Coming off its school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance, SMU announced a recruiting class of 19 student-athletes and four January enrollees Wednesday as it heads to the Big East.

Running back Traylon Shead, quarterback Kolney Cassel, tight end Jeremiah Gaines and defensive end Zelt Minor are among the highest-rated recruits by Rivals.com

SMU also added three players with NFL bloodlines, including the son of former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, Deion Sanders Jr., as well as Spencer Hollie (Doug Hollie) and Jesse Montgomery (Alton Montgomery).

"We think as coaches this is our best-looking class physically, along with our best athletically at all positions, since coming to SMU," coach June Jones said through a release from SMU. "With our move to the Big East, we will be playing a step up in talent and I feel this group will be able to compete as we make our move to our new home. This class will allow us to play the game at the highest level possible."

Wrapping the Big 12's signing day

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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After Waco native and ESPN 300 member Andrew Billings chose to sign with Baylor over Texas and TCU on Tuesday, there was little buildup for a dramatic signing day across the Big 12.

That held true when the big day arrived. There wasn't much waffling. There was even less swiping, especially at the top of the Big 12's classes. Committed players signed. If you listen to the coaches across the league (and really, the country) everybody filled needs and everybody loves their class. We'll find out on the field whether or not that's true, but certainly teams across the Big 12 brought in some big talents to help continue the league's tradition.

Oklahoma and Texas were neck-and-neck for the Big 12's top recruiting class, but the Longhorns finished up at No. 15 with their 15-man class, headlined by a really strong set of offensive lineman. The Longhorns' three highest-ranked recruits will help pave the way for what Texas hopes is a powerful, consistent running game. Texas nabbed the nation's No. 1 center in Darius James, the No. 4 offensive tackle in Kent Perkins, and the No. 9 tackle in Jake Raulerson, the 2013 class' first commit.

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Oklahoma got a big upgrade in the backfield with the nation's No. 3 running back, Keith Ford from Cypress, Texas. Coach Bob Stoops sounded fired up about the possibility of No. 20 athlete Stanvon Taylor giving the secondary a big boost, and the nation's No. 13 quarterback, Cody Thomas, will head to Norman to give the Sooners some depth. Safety Hatari Byrd (No. 14 S) will try to make an immediate impact for a secondary that loses both safeties, too.

Don't overlook a pair of really, really strong classes from Oklahoma State and Baylor, who both locked in some more reinforcements at the offensive skill positions. Both were inside the top 30 of our recruiting rankings thanks to the Bears grabbing Billings and the nation's No. 3 receiver, Robbie Rhodes, who just about everybody in Texas was after. Coach Art Briles will also tryto groom the nation's No. 5 dual-threat quarterback, Chris Johnson, into the next in a long line of great passers under Briles. This is arguably Briles' best class at Baylor.

Oklahoma State lost out late on receiver Fred Ross, but nabbed two more receivers in Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples from the ESPN 300, as well as defensive lineman Vincent Taylor.

West Virginia was the only other school to crack the top 40 from the Big 12, and breathed a sigh of relief after waiting until around 1 p.m. local time before top signee Shelton Gibson, the nation's No. 26 receiver, faxed in his letter of intent. The Mountaineers picked up a lot of defensive help though, by adding linebackers Darrien Howard, a fellow ESPN 300 member, and 230-pounder Al-Rasheed Benton. Safety Malik Greaves (No. 15 at the position) is also on the way.

We'll get to see these guys in action soon enough, but have a look at every class in the Big 12 right here:

Texas A&M announces 2013 signing class

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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Texas A&M has announced its 2013 signing class.

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The Aggies have 23 signees, which doesn't include nine early enrollees. They have 10 ESPN 300 prospects in their class and 18 four-star prospects. Their highest-ranked signees are receivers Ricky Seals-Jones of Sealy, Texas, and Sebastian LaRue of Santa Monica, Calif. Seals-Jones is ESPN's No. 8 receiver and LaRue the No. 9 receiver. Both are ESPN 150 prospects.

Texas A&M was able to wrestle away defensive end Daeshon Hall of Lancaster, Texas, from Washington on signing day.

The Aggies currently rank No. 8 in ESPN's class rankings .

Here's a complete list of Texas A&M's 2013 signing class.

Texas' small class is officially complete

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
10:54
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Texas lost five previously committed players in its 2013 recruiting class, something that never used to be a problem for the Longhorns. But they'll finish with the Big 12's top class in 2013, featuring eight ESPN 300 signees.

Each of the following players have officially sent in their letters of intent, and here's who's heading to the 40 Acres.
It's a really small class for Texas with just 15 signees after signing 28 players a year ago and 22 and 25 the previous two seasons. But the Longhorns are sitting at No. 14 in our ESPN class rankings, down a spot from where they began the day.

Oklahoma's seven ESPN 300 signees are in

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
10:54
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Oklahoma's top commits have all signed their letters of intent and are locked in to becoming future Sooners. Here's who Oklahoma's bringing in from our ESPN 300, the list of the nation's top 300 prospects:
Not many surprises for the Sooners, though Dimon had some power issues at his high school and couldn't get his letter of intent to the Oklahoma coaches until 8:48 a.m. Oklahoma's class is at No. 20 in the ESPN class rankings, the same spot it began the day. Byrd also made headlines last month when word surfaced that coaches had told him he's likely going to be able to start at safety from the moment he gets on campus. Very interesting stuff. Oklahoma signed a lot of high-quality defensive talent in this class, as you can see, and Taylor is likely to play cornerback for the Sooners.

Mostly a drama-free day across the Big 12 on the recruiting trail.

The Big 12's biggest recruiting battle ever

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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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.

TCU making Big 12 recruiting voice heard

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
9:20
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Players don't decommit from Texas very often, at least until the past couple recruiting seasons.

Even rarer? Players who decommit from Texas and sign with TCU. It's a brand-new world on the recruiting trail for TCU, which went 7-6 in its first Big 12 season, and the Frogs' latest signee is a sign of that new world.

Running back Kyle Hicks, the nation's No. 18 running back and No. 220 overall prospect, committed to Texas a year ago, but decommitted in December and flipped to TCU. The Frogs officially received his letter of intent this morning, and the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Arlington, Texas, isn't headed far for his college career. He's heading down the road to Fort Worth to try and write his legacy as part of a strong backfield headlined by Matthew Tucker and blue-chip recruit Aaron Green, who transferred from Nebraska and sat out the 2012 season.

Big stuff from TCU, and the number of those ESPN 300 players to sign with the Frogs in the years to come will have a big influence on how TCU's transition to the Big 12 ultimately plays out.

OSU's three ESPN 300 signees are official

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
8:42
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Oklahoma State nabbed three prospects in the ESPN 300, and all three have officially signed their letters of intent.

The Cowboys have a pair of receivers in the fold in Ra'Shaad Samples, the nation's No. 166 player, and Marcell Ateman, the nation's No. 245 player. The duo ranks No. 19 and No. 37 at the position, respectively. Samples is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound target from power program Skyline in Dallas, and Ateman is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect from Wylie, Texas. Those are two very different receivers, but they'll get a chance to start their career in an Oklahoma State offense with lots of receptions to go around.

Oklahoma State missed out on the nation's top receiver, Laquon Treadwell, who signed with Ole Miss earlier today, and longtime commit Fred Ross (No. 22 WR) flipped to Mississippi State on Tuesday. But it's still a solid pair of pickups for Oklahoma State, which has established a stellar receiver tradition with Dez Bryant and two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon, as well as 2012 breakout star Josh Stewart. There's no doubt those guys influenced Samples' and Ateman's decisions.

The Cowboys' third ESPN 300 signee, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, made it official this morning, too. He's a 6-foot-2, 267-pound defensive tackle from San Antonio, Texas, and ranks as the nation's No. 24 defensive tackle.

Baylor's top signee, Robbie Rhodes, is in

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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Baylor's tradition of having absurd skill position talent under coach Art Briles looks poised to continue. Receiver Robbie Rhodes, the nation's No. 35 overall prospect, has officially sent in his letter of intent.

Baylor beat out a handful of in-state schools to earn the services of Rhodes, a 6-foot, 185-pounder from Fort Worth.

Quarterback Chris Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder from Bryan, Texas, signed back in December and is enrolling early. He's the nation's No. 5 dual-threat quarterback.

Those are a pair of huge pickups for Baylor, which also earned a commitment from Waco native Andrew Billings on Tuesday. Billings is the nation's No. 13 offensive guard, but he'll play defensive tackle for the Bears at 6-foot-2, 308 pounds.

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