How did all of the Big 12 teams do recruiting in the Early Signing Period? Where do they all rank, who are the stars, where are the holes and what are the needs?
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Big 12 Early Signing Period Team Rankings
10 Kansas Jayhawks
Les Miles didn’t have any time to work, but he’s able to get a few good JUCO transfers to help right away and might have his quarterback in Thomas MacVittie. It’s going to be a fight, but February’s fill-ins should be better.
9 Kansas State Wildcats
New head coach Chris Klieman had absolutely no time to work, but he was still able to land enough players from Bill Snyder’s efforts to come up with decent early class. The passing game is the star of this group, but overall, there’s little star power.
8 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Matt Wells is just figuring out what he’s doing in Lubbock, but it’s not like there’s a massive philosophical change – the team will still throw the ball. It’s not a big class, but a few pass catchers are on the way, especially at tight end.
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys
It’s a sneaky-good class that should fit in perfectly for what the program does. The defensive line is loaded with athletic playmaking prospects, and there’s nice talent across the board, but there isn’t much of anything for the passing game.
6 Iowa State Cyclones
It’s a really, really nice class for an Iowa State program that usually loses out to the Big Ten on some of the key prospects it was able to bring in. The defensive ends and defensive backs are big for the Big 12, but the offense came up with some nice parts for the backfield.
5 West Virginia Mountaineers
The talent overcomes the bulk. It’s not a small class, but the defensive backs being brought in are outstanding – they’re perfect for the Big 12. There’s not anything for the skill spots, and there are a whole lot of we’ll-figure-it-out athletes, but it’s a good group.
4 Baylor Bears
It’s a big class with a whole lot of fast players for the receiving corps and defensive backfield. The defensive line is getting enough help to be a plus, but the O line and the running game – outside of RB Qualan Jones – might need a bit more.
3 TCU Horned Frogs
Apparently, the Horned Frogs wanted defensive players. Of course, it’s Gary Patterson, so he’s going to move around most of the parts, but his haul of defensive backs and dangerous defensive linemen are terrific.
2 Texas Longhorns
It’s a fantastic class that might just be better than Oklahoma’s, but the Sooners have the bigger top-end stars. There’s a whole lot of good players for a whole lot of spots, with a little something for everywhere but receiver.
1 Oklahoma Sooners
The perennial Big 12 champion keeps on rolling on, and – shock of shocks – the passing game is getting the superstars. The passing game is LOADED with more weapons, but the defensive side loaded up with defensive backs, too.