TCU won a big one on the field over Big 12 rival Baylor, and also came away looking really good in the battle to reel in highly coveted receiver Stephen Sullivan. But Sullivan wasn’t the only newsmaker in Big 12 country this weekend, as Oklahoma State hosted a five-star prospect, the Sooners’ impressive win will pay off on the recruiting trial and questions about the future have emerged at Kansas State.
— Stephen Sullivan (@SJS_10) November 30, 2015
Most important visit: ESPN 300 receiver Stephen Sullivan had been a long-time commitment to LSU, but he backed away from the pledge and decided to check out other schools. One of those schools is TCU, where Sullivan was on campus this past weekend for an official visit. Sullivan gave Fort Worth and his time with the TCU coaches high marks, especially since the Horned Frogs have said he could be the replacement for record-breaking senior receiver Josh Doctson. LSU has the in-state advantage with Sullivan and the Tigers might be tough to beat, but don’t overlook TCU in this battle.
— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015
Biggest commit: Oklahoma landed a very big commitment early this week when Butler (Kansas) Community College offensive tackle Ben Powers pledged to the Sooners. Powers could play anywhere on the offensive line and helps fill a position of major need for the Sooners.
Most important visit, part II: Oklahoma State is considered a major longshot in the battle to land five-star tight end Isaac Nauta, but the Cowboys hosted him on campus this past weekend for an official visit. Nauta has remained quiet about his time in Stillwater -- much like he has with other trips -- but his recruitment could get interesting down the stretch because Georgia, the longtime favorite for his pledge, recently parted ways with Mark Richt. There is a real sense of uncertainty with UGA now, which could open the door for Oklahoma State. If Mike Gundy and Co. can land Nauta it would definitely be one of the biggest recruiting upsets of the season.
— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) November 30, 2015
9 Big 12 Championships. There is and always has been only one...Oklahoma! pic.twitter.com/NiGyYsyrfq
— Bill Bedenbaugh (@OU_CoachB) November 30, 2015
Biggest answer: The Sooners sent a rather resounding message to the rest of the Big 12 that they’re on top of the league and not going anywhere anytime soon with their blowout victory over rival Oklahoma State this past Saturday. The Sooners immediately went to work on the recruiting trail preaching their dominance with a social media blitz that touted their success and also all of their Big 12 championship swag.
Biggest commit, part II: Iowa State received a major commitment Sunday from new head coach Matt Campbell. Credit must be given to Iowa State for moving quickly to get the former Toledo head coach on board. Now the Cyclones are able to move out of park with their recruiting efforts and shift into overdrive. Don’t forget the biggest recruiting opponent coaches at new programs face is the clock that won’t stop ticking until national signing day arrives on Feb. 3. Along with the timely move, the hire make a lot of sense from a recruiting standpoint. While Campbell will need to beef up his efforts in Texas, he is extremely familiar with many of the other areas where Iowa State must recruit well. That’s especially true in the Midwest in states like Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, but he’s also recruited well in Florida and that’s another must-win area for the Cyclones.
Biggest question: It had been reported late last week that Bill Snyder would be returning in 2016, but he said early this week that he’s still not sure what his plans are for the future. By not committing to coming back, the Wildcats are now in recruiting purgatory. Recruits are going to be hesitant to come on board unsure about who the head coach is, and rival recruiters certainly are going to use that as ammunition to recruit against the Wildcats in the coming weeks.