- David Ubben, College Football
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This week, we looked at the 2009 recruiting class' biggest surprises and biggest busts, and colleague Jake Trotter tackled 2008 last week.
You guys loved it. It's still a little soon to make generalizations about the 2010 class just yet, but you wanted more, so we looked at 2007.
Here's the first half from Wednesday. Now, it's time for the rest of the Big 12.
(Note: Players who signed and did not academically qualify are not eligible.)
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Best surprise: C Grant Garner. He was ranked in the middle of Oklahoma State's class, but became a huge piece of Oklahoma State's strong offensive line after impressing coach Joe Wickline early in his career. He was a two-year starter who was one of the Big 12's best offensive linemen and an All-Big 12 talent that helped Oklahoma State win the Big 12 title.
Biggest bust: WR William Cole. Only Dez Bryant and Richetti Jones were ranked higher than Cole in Oklahoma State's 2007 class, but Cole suffered a knee injury before his first season and after 2008 concluded, was dismissed from the team by Mike Gundy. He transferred to North Texas.
TCU HORNED FROGS
Best surprise: ATH Tank Carder. Carder came to TCU as an unranked athlete, but Gary Patterson helped turn him into the heart of TCU's defense in an undefeated Rose Bowl season in 2010. The Sweeny, Texas, native was a two-time All-American and a three-year starter for the Frogs out of nowhere.
Biggest bust: S Chez Thomas. Most of TCU's best recruits in this class turned into contributors, but Thomas was one of the ones who didn't. He redshirted his first season, but never made an impact. He was TCU's sixth-highest rated recruit in the class.
Best surprise: S Earl Thomas. He came to Texas rated higher than just one recruit in Texas' 25-man class that included 12 players in the national top 150. He blossomed into a freshman All-American after one year as a starter and picked off eight passes during Texas' Big 12 title run in 2009, more than any player in the Big 12 since. He left Texas two years early and was the No. 14 overall pick.
Biggest bust: OL Tray Allen. He played out his career at Texas and started six games, appearing in 44, but expectations are higher for the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 21 overall recruit. Allen was OK on Texas' offensive line, but the Grand Prairie, Texas, native never made the kind of impact his recruiting ranking suggested he might, as the Longhorns' top overall recruit in the class.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Best surprise: OL Justin Keown. He was ranked higher than just four high school signees in Tech's class, but fought through injuries to be a three-year starter at center.
Biggest bust: OG Jerrod Gooch. He was Texas Tech's highest-rated recruit and a steal from Texas, but the Vidor, Texas, native transferred after a short career at Texas Tech. He was the nation's No. 14 offensive guard.