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Monday, October 7, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12

By Damon Sayles

The weekend of Big 12 football featured another Baylor massacre, Texas Tech and Oklahoma both staying undefeated with the Bears and a controversial finish between Texas and Iowa State. From a recruiting standpoint, Oklahoma was the talk of the conference -- and the West Coast.

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend.

Biggest commitment: The explosiveness and potential momentum-changing ability that new Oklahoma State commit Tyreek Hill (Garden City, Kan./Garden City) offers makes him a definite player to watch in the Big 12 next year. At 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, the junior college prospect possesses world-class speed and can be used as a running back, slot receiver and return specialist. Hill’s commitment to Oklahoma State came something as a surprise to some. He had high interest in Alabama, Florida State and others, but he said the Cowboys’ offense fit him best. Look for Mike Gundy and Co. to utilize Hill in multiple sets.

Oklahoma state is my new home ...#GoCowboys

— Tyreek Hill (@ImFasterThanYa) September 30, 2013
Biggest offer: Texas Tech still has a couple of spots available to improve its defense. The Red Raiders are sewing up some spots with junior college players, and they’re hoping to land 6-5, 275-pound defensive end Brandon Thorpe (Highland, Kan./Highland Community College). The Texas Tech offer is Thorpe’s only Big 12 offer, as he also has offers from South Florida and UAB. Texas Tech most recently scored commitments from defensive tackle Keland McElrath (Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma Community College) and offensive tackle Drew Sarvary (Tallahassee, Fla./Tyler Junior College).

Best performance by a commit/target: The number of athletes -- at any level of football -- who can claim three touchdowns and three interceptions in a game is low. Very low. ESPN 300 athlete Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), a Texas commit, rushed six times for 148 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 win against Pearland (Texas) Dawson. Foreman also picked off Dawson three times and ran one back 37 yards for a third score late in the third quarter. To add to the wow factor, Foreman, ranked No. 119 in the ESPN 300, did it all while battling a stomach flu. He committed to the Longhorns in June.

Most important visit: For Oklahoma, it was pick an ESPN 300 player, any ESPN 300 player. The Sooners hosted several big-time athletes from California, including five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and four-stars in athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif/Central East), running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), outside linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra), among others. This group of official visitors was huge for the Sooners, as they look to bring in several of the top players from the West Coast. Oklahoma has done a solid job in years past of recruiting players from California.

Loving #OU Right Now #BoomerSooner

— SWEET PEA (@AdoreeKnows) October 5, 2013
Biggest answer: After another successful trip to Stanford, ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) is getting questions about his interest in the Big 12. Thomas confirmed on Sunday that he still has high interest in both Texas and Oklahoma. The 6-3, 256-pound defensive end said he will be at the Red River Rivalry game on Saturday. Texas and Oklahoma are still in the mix, but Stanford is high on his list, as are schools such as Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and UCLA.

Biggest question: Despite taking a heartbreaking loss to Texas last week, can Iowa State manage to pull a couple of solid recruiting targets in the next couple of weeks? The Cyclones landed two commits in September in three-star athlete Dedric Brinson (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) and three-star kicker Colin Downing (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay). However, Iowa State only has one four-star commit in ESPN 300 wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale). The Cyclones have offers out to uncommitted ESPN 300 players in defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon), tight end Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and outside linebacker Brandon Lee (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) and are hoping to score at least one of their commitments.