The early signing period has come and gone and teams across the Big 12 are gearing up for their final push to February on the recruiting trail.
Here is an updated look at the Big 12 recruiting rankings for the 2019 class (based on the 247Sports Composite). The number of commits for each school is in parentheses.
1. Oklahoma (22) — Oklahoma is dominating on the recruiting trail by taking advantage of its on-field success under Lincoln Riley. The Sooners signed a pair of five-star prospects committed in Allen wide receiver Theo Wease and Arizona quarterback Spencer Rattler. OU’s class is also highlighted by highly touted D-FW prospects such as Hebron wide receiver Trejan Bridges, Prestonwood Christian tight end Austin Stogner and Allen offensive lineman EJ Ndoma-Ogar. By the way, Riley and company made a splash on early signing day, reeling in four-star California defensive back Jeremiah Criddell.
2. Texas (23) — Tom Herman and Texas finished with the No. 3 recruiting class in the country last cycle, and the Longhorns are back in contention for a spot in the Top 5 nationally this cycle thanks to improved play on the field. While in-state recruiting has taken a step back — the Longhorns still notched signatures from elite offensive lineman Tyler Johnson and big-time athlete Jordan Whittington — UT has had plenty of out-of-state success, landing seven Top-250 national recruits who call other states home. Texas briefly held a lead over OU but an early signing day without many fireworks has Texas at No. 2 for now.
3. TCU (23) — TCU gained six commitment over the last month to maintain the No. 3 spot in the rankings. Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs have a knack for finding raw talent and turning it into production at the next level. D-FW prospects like Aledo defensive lineman Colt Ellison, Cedar Hill defensive back Donovann Collins. TCU also added several junior college products in December as the Horned Frogs are looking to bounce back from an up and down season.
4. Baylor (23) — How about the job Matt Rhule and company are doing on the recruiting trail? Baylor landed seven commitments leading up to the early signing period, including former Texas pledge and four-star athlete Peyton Powell, and moved up two spots in the rankings. Baylor also found its quarterback of the future in four-star San Antonio Jay recruit Jacob Zeno and has weapons like Trinity Christian Cedar Hill running back Qualan Jones and Adidas All-American wide receiver Jaylen Ellis in the fold.
5. Iowa State (20) — There wasn’t a ton of movement with Iowa State’s class over the last month as the Cyclones still hold the same number of commits. But that’s not really a bad thing. Matt Campbell and his staff have done a terrific job of identifying talent in states like Kansas, South Dakota and, of course, Iowa. The Cyclones’ signature land is four-star Illinois running back Jirehl Brock, who picked Iowa State over several other Power Five offers over the summer.
6. Oklahoma State (20) — Oklahoma State leapfrogged West Virginia to move up a spot and is quickly closing the gap on Iowa State. The Cowboys’ class is built around the trenches. After all, Oklahoma State holds commitments from D-FW defensive linemen Jayden Jernigan, Isreal Isuman-Hundley and Xavier Ross and offensive lineman Preston Wilson. The Cowboys also managed to win a key in-state battle by landing elite tight end Grayson Boomer.
7. West Virginia (16) — West Virginia took a tumble in the rankings, dropping two spots. The Mountaineers lost a recruit before signing day and did not make any new additions. The good news for the Mountaineers is they have plenty of room in the class to add talent. Right now, West Virginia holds a pair of four-star commitments in Maryland prospects Osita Smith and Isaiah Hasel as well as several upside three-star recruits.
8. Texas Tech (16) — It’s been a wild ride for Texas Tech recruiting since the firing of former head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders lost talented D-FW prospects like South Oak Cliff defensive end Steven Parker and DeSoto wide receiver LaVontae Shenault. However, the Red Raiders have added a couple of pieces under new head coach Matt Wells and still holds a commitment from explosive Dallas Skyline athlete Velton Gardner.
9. Kansas State (14) — Kansas State may have a small class, but the Wildcats came away with a steal in Langham Creek quarterback Chris Herron, who could be a nightmare in the Big 12. The Wildcats also hold commitments from D-FW defensive backs Logan Wilson (Bishop Dunne) and William Jones (Mansfield Summit). For Kansas State, it’s all about adding more recruits to the class.
10. Kansas (10) — Kansas is in full rebuild mode after the hiring of new head coach Les Miles, who has helped the Jayhawks notch nine new commitments since taking over. Still, Kansas has a lot of work to do heading into the late period. After all, the Jayhawks rank No. 116 nationally.
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