Yes, we are already a week into December. Yes, things have already started happening. Still, there is a ton of great Big 12 recruiting news coming in the rest of December.
For one, the early National Signing Day takes place on Dec. 20. Most committed Big 12 recruiting targets will likely make their commitment official that day. There will even be quite a few who will make their decision on Dec. 20.
While Dec. 20 will be a huge day for Big 12 recruiting, the rest of the month will be important, too.
Parsons is a 6-3 defensive end out of Pennsylvania. He also happens to be the top uncommitted athlete in our rankings. Parsons was committed to Penn State at one time, but he opened up his commitment and is now taking his time. He is deciding between Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Georgia and will make his decision on Dec. 20.
Marshall is a big-time Texas target. The 5-star wide receiver from Louisiana is one of the big targets left on the 2018 board. He is making the choice between LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Texas A&M and Texas and will make that choice on Dec. 22.
Cook’s final months of recruiting have been a ride. He postponed his original commitment date to a soft date before postponing that to Dec. 20. It is also interesting to note that Cook has yet to publicly declare his intentions. It is safe to assume he will commit on Dec. 20, though, as the source for the news is ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton
Cook will also be signing on the day he commits, as he will be an early enrolling student on whichever campus he so chooses. He is deciding between Texas and LSU. Technically, Ohio State is still in the mix, but the safe money is not on the Buckeyes.
Iowa State knows how to close out a calendar year. They have thirteen official visits scheduled for the month of December. Nine of them are Cyclone commits, three are uncommitted and one is a Missouri commit.
The nine players who are committed to Iowa are defensive tackle Isaiah Lee, safety Chandler Pulvermacher, cornerback Anthony Johnson, cornerback Jaeveyon Morton, defensive end Will McDonald, athlete Josh Madison, linebacker Michael Rose, linebacker Gerry Vaughn and guard Trevor Downing. Most of these players will visit on the weekend of Dec. 8.
The three uncommitted players are offensive tackle Joey Ramos, offensive tackle Xavier Delgado and linebacker Antonio Montero. The Missouri commit is cornerback Vincent Gray.
Iowa State is still looking for another offensive tackle or two in the class, and with head coach Matt Campbell’s new deal, they will likely achieve their recruiting goals.
West Virginia has far and away the most official visitors in December. They have 19 guys coming in over two weekends. Each and every one of these guys are already committed to West Virginia.
Sure, the Mountaineers will have a lot of guys on campus, but who knows if they actually know how this visiting thing is supposed to work. Of their 21 total commits, 19 of them will be on campus, meaning West Virginia is wasting a ton of free recruiting by bringing on a couple uncommitted guys who could be convinced by one of the 17 commits who will be on campus Dec. 8.
The two commits who will not be on campus in December are Charlie Benton and Randy Fields. Benton is a JUCO safety who visited in the middle of November. Fields has yet to schedule an official visit, but the wide receiver was on campus on Oct. 28.
— 2 (@Randy__Fields) October 28, 2017
Baylor looks to be mostly done with the currently scheduled December visits already. While some teams like Texas Tech are also done, Baylor actually put together a successful day. The Bears brought in ten recruits on Dec. 1.
Baylor brought in six current commits. These included offensive tackle Ylijaah Hall, punter Issac Power, athlete Mark Milton, safety Christian Morgan, wide receiver Joshua Fleeks and running back Craig Williams.
Baylor also brought in three players who have yet to commit. These included athlete BJ Hanspard, quarterback Gerry Bohanon and defensive tackle Christian Barmore. They also brought in wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, a Florida commit.
Baylor is also bringing in recent UCLA safety decommit Cam’ron Jones for a visit. Locking up Jones would be fantastic for Baylor, but it would be surprising to see him sign on Dec. 20 having just decommitted from UCLA on Dec. 4.
Texas has three official visits scheduled so far in December. On Dec. 8, they have defensive tackle Keondre Coburn and offensive tackle Reese Moore coming to campus. These two players are already committed to Texas.
Both Coburn and Moore are great players at positions of need at Texas, so the Longhorns really need to be on top of their visit game like they have been all season.
Texas also has Mikey Grandy coming in for a visit. Grandy is a JUCO offensive tackle and is currently not committed.
TCU has two official visits scheduled for Dec. 15. They will be bringing in Texas commit Keondre Coburn and wide receiver JaMarr Chase. TCU’s coaches did meet with Keondre Coburn on Dec. 6. It may take some effort to flip him, but that would be a huge win for the Horned Frogs.
Oklahoma has JUCO defensive end Bryant Pirtle coming in for a visit on Dec. 15. Pirtle dropped his top five including Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas A&M and Utah on Oct. 20 before Oklahoma offered him on Oct. 22.
Oklahoma State will be bringing in defensive end Tyler Lacy. Lacy is committed to Oklahoma State and will take his official on Dec. 15.
Texas Tech had one visit scheduled for December, and it has already taken place. Charles Cameron visited the Red Raiders on Dec. 1. Cameron is a JUCO defensive tackle who is deciding between Texas Tech and Florida Atlantic.
My top 2 schools
1.Florida Alantic university 🦉
2.texas tech university 🔫🔫
— charles cameron (@primetime199695) December 4, 2017
Sometimes I wonder how teams who recruit so poorly are in a Power 5 conference. Neither team has a single visit scheduled for December. Neither school had an official visitor in November. They both have 10 commits while the other eight schools in the conference have 19 commitments on average.