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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

May, 19, 2014
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Here's the latest in recruiting around the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: Recent commit Jordan Tolbert, a cornerback prospect from Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point, has a torn ACL but remains committed to the Bears. BU is off to a terrific start in its 2015 class, particularly at the skill positions, but could use some added beef up front with Plano (Texas) defensive tackle Sam Tecklenburg as the lone lineman committed.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones reportedly threw their name into the mix in the chase for Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite cornerback Josh Butler. The three-star prospect has offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State in addition to the recent ISU offer.

KANSAS
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Jayhawks hit the state of Texas, particularly the Dallas area, hard last week with multiple reported offers, including Dallas Bishop Dunne receiver A.D. Miller, Denton (Texas) Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson and Frisco (Texas) Wakeland linebacker Justice Williams. KU had some success in the Dallas area a year ago, signing Dallas Carter running back Corey Avery.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats became the first Big 12 school to offer Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field prospect Cade Cote. The 6-foot-3, 257-pound prospect is projected to line up at offensive guard in college.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 4
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Sooners sent out multiple reported offers last week, including Olathe (Kan.) North defensive end Josh Moore. He’s unranked, but his offer list features some of the nation’s elite, including Auburn, Ohio State and Florida State as well as fellow Big 12 schools Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State. The Sooners also made an early offer to 2016 receiver Dionte Mullins of Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep, joining Alabama, Ohio State and others on Mullins’ offer list.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 5
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Cowboys made an early offer to 2016 prospect Mike Williams. The Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal defensive tackle also has offers from Michigan, Kansas State and UCLA.

TCU
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: TCU widened its net in the search for more offensive linemen, with reported offers to Fort Bend (Texas) offensive lineman Joshua Jones and Houston Westfield offensive lineman Cordel Iwuagwu. The Horned Frogs also offered 2017 athlete Anthony Hines of Plano (Texas) East, who is currently committed to Mississippi State.

TEXAS
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: It was a big week in Austin as the Longhorns could have landed their quarterback of the future with the commitment of Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado signal-caller Zach Gentry. The four-star prospect sits at No. 72 in the ESPN 300 and is the second-ranked pocket passer in the nation. Gentry turned down Baylor, Alabama, Oklahoma State and others to make his pledge to the Longhorns.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Red Raiders reportedly offered Jefferson (La.) Riverdale cornerback Donte Jackson as Texas Tech continues to expand its recruiting reach and battle the nation’s best for some of the hottest recruits in the country. Jackson, who ran a 10.42 100-meter dash and 21.42 200-meter dash to win Louisiana state titles earlier this month, has speed to burn.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Mountaineers hit Clairton (Pa.) High School last week, reportedly offering 2016 prospect Aaron Mathews and 2017 prospect Lamont Wade. Mathews is a 6-foot-5 athlete who could end up as a college receiver; Wade could end up at running back or cornerback in college.

Five to watch: Top recruiting targets

May, 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- We wrap up our five to watch series this week with a breakdown of five prospects in the 2015 class whose recruitment Texas fans should be watching closely. These aren't the five highest-rated recruits, but rather five who will tell us a lot about Charlie Strong's first full class with the Longhorns.

1. LB Malik Jefferson

This is a big deal, plain and simple. The Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker is one of the best in the state and the nation, and there's a lot of time to win over the ESPN 300 prospect, as he won't decide until winter.

Last year, Texas got itself in good shape for three huge in-state recruits -- cornerback Tony Brown, safety Jamal Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas -- and hoped to leverage a successful 2013 season into a gigantic finish with that trio. That plan was a bust. It wouldn't be surprising if Texas finds itself in a similar position with Jefferson by the end of the summer.

If everything stays status quo during the 2014 season, Jefferson probably ends up choosing Texas A&M. He had great relationships with former Texas defensive coordinators Manny Diaz and Greg Robinson, but both are gone now and the new staff is catching up. They'll need to make a big impression this fall if they hope to sway him.

Whomever lands Jefferson gets one gigantic recruiting victory. He's the real deal and Texas will go all-in on him.

2. QB Zach Gentry

If Gentry does end up choosing Texas, it'll tell you an awful lot about what Shawn Watson can do for this program as a recruiter.

The nation's No. 72 prospect is a big deal -- and we mean that literally, as he's nearly 6-foot-7 -- and has offers from the likes of Alabama, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Tennessee. The Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado standout took an unofficial visit to Austin the week of the spring game and seemed to come away impressed. A decision could come later this month.

Watson got on Gentry early on while at Louisville and has extended him offers at both schools. The in-state crop of quarterbacks is solid, and there could be room to take another like Quinten Dormady in this class, but Gentry would be a home run and a clear statement that Watson and the offensive staff won't be afraid to pursue elite passers outside the usually loaded Lone Star State.

3. CB Holton Hill

Texas is already in excellent shape to land Hill, an ESPN 300 defensive back from Houston Lamar with more than a dozen big-time offers. Now the Horns have to hold on and seal the deal.

Hill has visited Austin multiple times this spring and was high school teammates with 2014 Texas signee John Bonney. Hill is not a lock by any means, not with Texas A&M right up there with Texas in his early top two. This could turn into quite the battle, akin to the one for Otaro Alaka last year that the Aggies eventually won.

But Texas is in a promising position with Hill and also Gilmer (Texas) defensive back Kris Boyd. How well Vance Bedford and Chris Vaughn sell them on the future of "DBU" following Duane Akina's departure might make the difference.

4. WR John Burt

Texas has sent out offers to dozens and dozens of elite out-of-state prospects, the kind of guys who can choose from any SEC school they want. Their hope, quite simply, is trying to get those guys on campus for a visit. That's not a problem in the recruitment of Burt, who has gone out of his way to visit Austin multiple times in the past 12 months.

The ESPN 300 wideout from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln will likely end up choosing between Texas and Florida State. What a win that would be for Strong and his staff if they can beat out the defending national champion for a talented local kid.

Burt visited Texas last season for a home game and again this spring for a junior day week. The staff change did little to dampen his love for the program. When an out-of-state kid makes it this obvious he's interested, you've got to lock him up.

5. DT Daylon Mack

Calm down, Aggies, we're not saying or predicting Mack will end up in burnt orange. It's more about what landing Mack or another elite committed player would mean for the momentum of this class.

The five-star defensive tackle from Gladewater (Texas) has been an A&M pledge for nearly seven months, and a strong one for most of that time. He's a leader-of-the-class type, the kind who other kids want to follow and play with. But Texas (and the rest of the SEC) will not give up any time soon.

There are several other committed prospects -- running back Ronald Jones II (Oklahoma State), safety Deionte Thompson (Alabama), tight end Jordan Davis (Texas A&M) -- Texas will also keep pursuing until signing day. Landing even one of them would make a statement about Texas' revamped recruiting.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Charlie Strong’s #letsride movement is picking up momentum, and it’s going to the next level on Saturday at Texas’ Orange-White spring game.

Strong and his coaching staff already have picked up seven verbal commitments since taking over and could have a chance to lock up a few more at the annual spring game. As many as 100 prospects from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and even 2017 classes are expected to be on the sidelines and in the stands for the unofficial first game of the Strong era.

The highlight of that lengthy list? Texas is expected to receive unofficial visits from the following members of the newly released ESPN 300:

Texas spring game draws loaded list 

April, 18, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Charlie Strong’s #letsride movement is picking up momentum, and it’s going to the next level on Saturday at Texas’ Orange-White spring game.

Strong and his coaching staff already have picked up seven verbal commitments since taking over and could have a chance to lock up a few more at the annual spring game. As many as 100 prospects from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and even 2017 classes are expected to be on the sidelines and in the stands for the unofficial first game of the Strong era.

The highlight of that lengthy list? Texas is expected to receive unofficial visits from the following members of the newly released ESPN 300:

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