Signing day capsules for each Big 12 school
FEB 05, 2014 8:03p ET
Here are the signing day capsules from each of the Big 12 schools:
National rankings (Rivals 34; Scout 23).
Best in class: KD Cannon, wr, Mount Pleasant, Texas.
Best of the rest: Davion Hall, wr, Texarkana, Texas; Terence Williams, rb, Ennis, Texas; and two junior college transfers who are already enrolled at Baylor, Jarell Broxton, og, Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Grant Campbell, lb, Bakersfield, Calif.
Late addition: None, the Bears got early commitments and they stuck.
One that got away: None. Baylor fans watching a webcast that included a shot of the fax machine set next to the Big 12 championship trophy on the Waco campus saw every national letter of intent they expected to see.
NOTE: Briles said the Bears' success on the field is certainly having an impact on recruiting, not to mention the team moves into a new stadium next fall. ''The difference now and three years ago? Three years ago, we were selling hope, vision and trying to acquire something,'' he said. ''Now we're selling defending something. Our job is to defend a Big 12 championship.''
National rankings (Rivals 56; Scout 52)
Best in class: Allen Lazard, wr, Urbandale, Iowa.
One that got away: Tommy Mister, rb, 6-0, 210, decommitted after Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope and signed with Indiana.
NOTE: ''He's a guy that will knock people's fillings loose. That's how he plays. He's productive. He shows up and plays very physical. He's got that mental approach to the game. He's very smart.'' - Rhoads on linebacker Jordan Harris.
National rankings (Rivals 55; Scout 62).
Best in class: Traevohn Wrench, rb, Gardner, Kan.
Best of the rest: Jacob Bragg, ol, Nacogdoches, Texas; Kyron Watson, lb, East St. Louis, Ill.; D.J. Williams, dl, Lufkin, Texas; Derrick Neal, wr, Dallas.
One that got away: Austin Stevens, dl, Montclair, N.J., committed to Kansas in September and switched his pledge to Boston College in December.
NOTE: Kansas invested heavily in football hotbeds Texas (11 players) and Florida (four), while picking up three in-state recruits. But as evidence of the lengths Weis was going to secure talent, he also lured prospects from six other states and Canada.
National rankings (Rivals 46; Scout 57)
Best in class: D'Vonta Derricott, lb, Henrico, Va.
Best of the rest: Terrell Clinkscales, dt, Maywood, Ill.; Dalvin Warmack, rb, Blue Springs, Mo.; Dalton Risner, ol, Wiggins, Colo.; Elijah Lee, lb, Blue Springs, Mo.
NOTE: The Wildcats hope Derricott and Clinkscales fill two of the biggest holes. Derricott was courted by nearly every Big 12 school while Clinkscales switched his commitment from Nebraska.
National rankings (Rivals 15; Scout 13).
Best in class: Joe Mixon, rb, Oakley, Calif.
Best of the rest: Mark Andrews, wr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Alex Dalton, ol, Troy, Ohio; Samaje Perine, rb, Pflugerville, Texas; Dallis Todd, wr, La Mirada, Calif.; Steven Parker, db, Jenks, Okla.
Late addition: Orlando Brown, ot, Duluth, Ga.
NOTE: Coach Bob Stoops called this one of his best classes. He said the win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl helped close out several recruits.
National rankings (Rivals 27; Scout 14).
Best in class: Tyreek Hill, ath, Garden City, Kan.
Best of the rest: Gyasi Akem, lb, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Keenen Brown, wr, Houston; Mason Rudolph, qb, Rock Hill, S.C.
Late addition: Jarrell Owens, de, Palestine, Texas
One that got away: Steven Parker, db, Jenks, Okla. (Oklahoma)
NOTE: Hill has a listed time of 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. As a sophomore at Garden City Community College last season, he had 32 catches for 532 yards with six touchdowns and he carried the ball 101 times for 659 yards and five touchdowns.
National rankings (Rivals 51; Scout 38).
Best in class: Shaun Nixon, rb, Lake Travis, Austin, Texas.
Best of the rest: Ty Barrett, ol, Dallas Skyline; qbs Foster Sawyer, Fort Worth, and Grayson Muehlstein, Decatur; wrs Corey McBride, Geismar, La., and Emanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln.
Late addition: Nixon, a four-star recruit, had committed to Texas A&M before his surprise visit to TCU last weekend. Patterson called him a ''guy who stood out who wanted to come to TCU. I don't think you ever turn down a great tailback.''
One that got away: DE Jarrell Owens, who was also a running back at Palestine High, committed to the Frogs last summer. But the 6-3, 240-pounder switched to Oklahoma State after a visit to Stillwater last weekend and signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday.
NOTE: Ty Summers was a dual-threat All-District quarterback with 3,774 total yards and 47 touchdowns at San Antonio's Reagan High. Patterson recruited him to play linebacker, like he has done with other former high school QBs, including Jason Phillips, who is an NFL linebacker for Philadelphia. ''A little bit going back to my old ways,'' Patterson said. ''He ran with the ball more than he threw it. He's a very physical player.''
National rankings (Rivals 20, Scout 16 ).
Best in class: Jerrod Heard, qb, Denton, Texas
Best of the rest: Poona Ford, dt, Hilton Head, S.C.
Late addition: Chris Nelson, dt, Lakeland, Fla.
One that got away: Sione Teuhema, de, Keller, Texas
NOTE: Coach Charlie Strong wasn't hired to replace Mack Brown until Jan. 6, which meant he had to scramble to hold on to some previous commitments and lure others. The class won't be considered as strong compared to what Texas fans are used to, but no one will care if the Longhorns win on the field.
National rankings (Rivals 43; Scout 35).
Best in class: Patrick Mahomes, qb, Whitehouse, Texas.
Best of the rest: Justin Stockton, rb, Cibolo, Texas; Ian Sadler, wr, Argyle; Devin Lauderdale, wr, Houston; Nigel Bethel, db, Miami; Rika Levi, dl, South San Francisco, Calif.
Late addition: Shaquille Davis, ol, Ponomo, Calif.
One that got away: Zaycoven Henderson, dt, Longview, Texas (Texas A&M).
NOTE: ''He's a winner,'' coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Mahomes. ''You watch him play and he willed his team to victories over and over.''
National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 40).
Best in class: Dravon Henry, db, Aliquippa (Pa.) HS.
Best of the rest: William Crest, qb, Dunbar HS, Baltimore. Donte Thomas-Williams, rb, Hillside HS, Durham, N.C.
Late addition: Dontae Angus, ol, Martin Luther King HS, Philadelphia. Angus had initially committed to Florida.
One that got away: Josh Krok, ol, McKinley HS, Niles, Ohio. Krok signed with Kentucky after making a visit last month to Lexington, Ky.
NOTE: Holgorsen called Henry ''one of the better players in the Northeast'' who can play cornerback or safety and be used as a returner.