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Ranking Big 12 recruiting classes

Originally Published: August 21, 2012
By Damon Sayles | RecruitingNation
Here's a look at how the Big 12 recruiting classes are shaping up. Our scouts provided the rankings based on not only the talent of each class but also the needs filled. We also offer a breakdown of the players each class has and whom they are still targeting, but remember, it's still way early, and plenty can -- and will -- change between now and national signing day.

1. Texas Longhorns

Commits: 14 | ESPN 150: 7 | ESPN 300: 10 | Class rankings: No. 7
Who they have: Finding offensive linemen to clear the way for the young stable of backs Texas has on campus was a point of emphasis for this class. From the looks of it, the Longhorns are on their way to meeting their goals.

The top three players in the class can play on the offensive front, including Darius James (Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights), the nation's top center and No. 17 player overall. Fellow ESPN 150 members Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) and Kent Perkins (Dallas/Lake Highlands), the Nos. 3 and 6 offensive tackles, respectively, join him up front. Raulerson could start off as a defensive end in Austin. All three, who average out at 6-foot-5 and 292 pounds, are athletic and versatile and still have plenty of room to grow and develop.

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