2018 Big 12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2018 Big 12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

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2018 Big 12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings


How did the Big 12 teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit?


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2018 Big 12 Recruiting Class Rankings

Defensive backs, defensive backs, defensive backs. The Big 12 is recruiting to need, and in this league, you need too DBs to slow down the high-octane passing games. Or, at least, try to.

The Big 12 has about as much of a haves and have-nots as any conference in college football. You know who the big boys are, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of great hauls being brought in by the midsection.

And remember, Iowa State did okay last year without having a slew of five-star talents.

So what’s the criteria for these rankings?

1) Bulk. Recruiting is a contact sport. Getting two five-star guys might be nice, but as history has proven, getting eight four-star players is probably better. The more good prospects, the more chances that a few of them can play.

2) Superstars. Okay, talent matters, too. Who got the most really, really good guys that everyone else wanted?

3) Who loaded up in key areas for what the program needs? Again, chances are that the more prospects you sign, the more opportunities will be there to find real players. So, in general, the big classes are going to get ranked a lot higher than the smaller ones, especially if the prospects fit the team’s profile.

Horseshoes and hand grenades – just get it close. That’s the goal of the rankings.

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10. Kansas State Wildcats

As always, it’s Kansas State. Recruit … to … a … type. The program always goes after a different type of prospect, and it almost always works well within the system. This year’s class cranked it up on the defensive interior getting JUCO transfer Tyquilo Moore for now, and Jaylen Pickle for the near-future. Corner Darreyl Patterson is another top JUCO transfer, but the class is full of a ton of other good defensive backs.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Yeah, it’s not a fantastic class of overall talents, and the defense was basically ignored, but it’s Texas Tech – receivers, receivers, receivers. The passing game is getting a deadly-accurate Alan Bowman to be a part of the quarterback situation, and Gabriel Douglas, Erik Ezukanma, and Corey Fulcher are just a few of the dangerous targets. Watch out for Ta’Zhawn Henry – a 5-7 scatback who’ll do a little of everything for the offense.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

8. Kansas Jayhawks

JUCO, JUCO, JUCO, JUCO, JUCO. It hasn’t worked all that well so far for David Beaty to go for the quick fix, but the Jayhawks have a nice mix now of young players who’ve been built up in the system to go along with the new guys who can start immediately. Corione Harris an All-Big 12 caliber corner, and Anthony Williams – also out of Louisiana – is a back to work the offensive around. Take those two, add the JUCOers, and this should be interesting.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

7. Iowa State Cyclones

How did it all work after the big breakthrough season? It didn’t translate into a whole slew of superstar gets, but Matt Campbell was able to bring in two excellent receivers in Joseph Scates, Tayvonn Kyle and Sean Shaw. Considering the shaky quarterback situation, landing Brock Purdy out of Arizona to go along with Re-Al Mitchell out of California will make this an interesting offseason.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys

As always, Mike Gundy is able to bring in good receiver prospects, and this year he’s got a few in 6-5 C.J. Moore and 6-4 Jonathan Shepherd. Spencer Sanders will be thrown into the quarterback situation – he’s a different type of passer for OSU with great running ability – and the secondary is loading up to deal with the shootouts – safety Sean Michael Flanagan leads a terrific group.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

5. Baylor Bears

And there we go. Matt Rhule didn’t have a bad 2017 class, but he had a miserable season. On the plus side, now, so many jobs are open that it’s an easy sell – come to Baylor, and really, you might play right away. Getting Stanley Hackett was an interesting signing for the backfield – he’s a big running back but could be moved around. He landed a fantastic corner in Byron Hanspard, got a No. 1 receiver out of Miami in Tyquan Thornton, and has a special pass rushing prospect in Joshua Landry. Start with them, throw in three good tight ends, and this group will turn the program around fast.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

4. West Virginia Mountaineers

Once again, the Mountaineers put together a great class that probably won’t get enough love from the major recruiting services. Dana Holgorsen has his anchor for the defensive front in Dante Stills, and he came up with some nice tight ends in TJ Banks and Mike O’Laughlin for QB Trey Lowe to eventually work with. And, of course, it’s Holgorsen – there are always going to be good receivers to work with.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

3. TCU Horned Frogs

Gary Patterson crushed the 2016 recruiting trail, didn’t have too much to do last year, and rebounded with a phenomenal class this season. It starts with QB Justin Rogers, a 6-4 bomber who can stretch the field, and he’s got some nice receivers in Bryson Jackson and Tevailance Hunt to work with. Safety Atanza Vongor will push Rogers as the star of the class, but it’s not about the top guys. This is a deep group of athletes for Patterson to do what he does and put all the pieces together.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

2. Oklahoma Sooners

Remember, Oklahoma got to the College Football Playoff helped by a walk-on quarterback and a slew of JUCO transfers to help the cause. It’s a great 2018 class that will get pushed aside by everything Texas is doing, but there’s no reason to get into a twist – it’s fantastic.

Brendan Riley-Hiles is a next-level corner out of Florida, the linebacking corps is loaded with great prospects, and Brey Walker and Tramonda Moore are just a few of the offensive linemen signed on should form the nucleus a few years from now.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

1. Texas Longhorns

Tom Herman didn’t do much of anything with his first recruiting class – and was widely dogged for it. All he needed was a year, and then … pow. He came up with a special class as good as any in college football, putting together an NFL secondary with Jalen Green, Caden Sterns, Anthony Cook and B.J. Foster all prototype talents.

Receivers Al’Vonte Woodard and Brennan Eagles helped Herman’s mastery of the Houston area, and those are just the stars up top. This is a deep, DEEP class that didn’t ignore the lines, and came up with two good quarterbacks in Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson to throw into the fight.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

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