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College Sports: Big 12 signing day awards: OU, Texas rack up honors 

Early signing day was quite eventful as teams across the Big 12 added key recruits and set the tone for the future of their programs.

With the big day behind us, here is a look at signing day awards for the conference. 

Best class

Oklahoma — The Sooners now have the top class in the Big 12 after a big signing day that featured a few late additions. Overall, OU’s class has a ton of offensive firepower, highlighted by a pair of five-star recruits in Allen wide receiver Theo Wease and Pinnacle (Ariz.) quarterback Spencer Rattler. The Sooners also inked some defensive studs like four-star defensive backs Jeremiah Cridell, Jaden Davis and Jamal Morris.

Next in line

Texas — The Longhorns sit right behind Oklahoma in the Big 12 recruiting rankings. While Texas didn’t seal the borders, Tom Herman and company did a terrific job of recruiting nationally, reeling in top players from states like California, Arizona and Georgia. With a Big 12 title game appearance and a Sugar Bowl berth, Texas is steadily rolling on the recruiting trail.

Sleeper class

Baylor — Head coach Matt Rhule is quietly changing the culture at Baylor. And that’s all starting on the recruiting trail. Baylor currently has the No. 4 class in the Big 12 and a Top 40 class nationally. The Bears signed four-star athlete and former Texas commit Peyton Powell and also found their quarterback of the future in four-star recruit Jacob Zeno.

Best offensive recruit

QB Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) — The Sooners may be losing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray after this season, but they landed the nation’s top ranked pro-style quarterback in Rattler. The five-star prospect passed for more than 11,000 yards during his high school career and could be a star under Lincoln Riley.

Best defensive recruit

LB De’Gabriel Floyd (Texas) — As mentioned, Herman recruited hard nationally and landed a monster in Floyd, a four-star linebacker from California. Floyd already has the look of a major college linebacker (6-2, 245) and moves extremely well for his size. An early enrollee, Floyd is in line to make an immediate impact in Austin.

Sleeper recruit

CB Donavann Collins (TCU) — A three-star cornerback from Cedar Hill, Collins isn’t the most heralded recruit in TCU’s class, but he’s exactly the type of player Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs mold into an impact Big 12 player. Collins is still raw from a technical standpoint, but he’s a gamer.

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