A lot has changed since we did our first Big 12 recruiting rankings back in September. Oklahoma became the first Big 12 College Football Playoff team. We saw and ranked the inaugural early signing period. Oklahoma then lost the College Football Playoffs Semifinals in a Rose Bowl for the ages.
Some teams have capitalized on their already-large lead while others made the moves to move out of the middle of the pack. The teams are ranked from first to worst below. Worst to first is dumb, and it should feel bad.
Previous Ranking: 1
Is this a surprise to anyone? Texas earned themselves one of the best defensive back classes in the history of college recruiting. They also had a great early signing period, signing all but two commits.
The craziest part of Texas’ recruiting class is their commitment to known-quality players. All but three of their recruits have 4 stars or more. They’re a bonafide top three recruiting class in the nation and easily the top Big 12 recruiting team.
Previous Ranking: 2
In a repeat of our rankings from September, Oklahoma is stuck at number two. They don’t really have a chance to catch up to Texas, and nobody else has a chance to catch them. They are sitting on a ton of 4-star commits who all signed during the early signing period.
Oklahoma is not done on the recruiting trail, but their ranking mobility within Big 12 recruiting is done.
Previous Ranking: 5
TCU used their stellar 2017 season to boost their recruiting efforts. The Horned Frogs had an 11-win season and locked up some great 4-star prospects on the offensive side of the ball during the early signing period. Quarterback Justin Rogers, wide receiver Tevailance Hunt and running back Fabian Franklin will all help push TCU’s offense over the top in a couple of years.
Previous Ranking: 4
Baylor won one game all year. Still, they didn’t even begin to slip in the Big 12 recruiting rankings. The Bears signed all but one player during the early signing period. Locking up quarterback Gerry Bohanon, who committed the day before the early signing period started, was a huge win for Baylor. Bohanon is Baylor’s best recruit.
Previous Ranking: 7
West Virginia’s best commit is still the same from September. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and WVU has done a solid job of bringing recruits in to help their class. The Mountaineers have been extremely successful in West Virginia and Pennsylvania with six of their recruits coming from the two states.
Previous Ranking: 3
Oh, how the mighty fall. Oklahoma State kept their head coach out of the grips of Tennessee, but they have slipped a bit in the rankings. They didn’t get worse, but they basically spent their time treading water. That just is not good enough in the Big 12. We’re not the Pac-12 over here.
Oklahoma State did sign each of their commits during the early signing period, though. While they will still add a few more players before signing day in February, they can fully focus on those new players with each and every early commit signed.
Previous Ranking: 8
Kansas is a bad football team. Still, David Beaty took a page out of Baylor’s Matt Rhule’s playbook and still had a decent Big 12 recruiting class in 2017. Beaty and crew signed possibly the best recruit of their tenure in Corione Harris.
Previous Ranking: 6
Yes, Texas Tech has more 4-stars and more overall commits than Kansas. The difference is Kansas had one player wait until February’s signing day to sign his letter of intent while Texas Tech had five. Due to this, Texas Tech only has one defensive recruit signed. They’re also missing one of their 4-stars.
I was told by someone close to the program that they were surprised head coach Kliff Kingsbury returned. While the Red Raiders decided to give their coach one more year, his inability to recruit quality defensive talent to the roster could spell his demise.
Previous Ranking: 9
Iowa State locked up their head coach after a year where the team beat Oklahoma and TCU. Still, Matt Campbell and crew have struggled on the recruiting front. They should be able to leverage a new extension and marquee wins into better recruits, but they have yet to do so. They’ll stay at the bottom of the pack until they figure it out.
Previous Ranking: 10
Bill Snyder has been with Kansas State for a long time. He’s on his second tenure with the Wildcats, which would lead one to think recruiting would go well. Frankly, it hasn’t. Zero 4-star recruits and zero 5-star recruits in the 2018 Big 12 recruiting class for Kansas State just has not been enough, especially with only 17 commits so far.
Unless Kansas State figures out something else or Bill Snyder changes his ways at 78, they’ll be on the outside looking in for the Big 12 championship, the Big 12 recruiting title, and the College Football Playoffs.