The early signing period is just around the corner, but before we move forward, there were quite a few big moments for Big 12 recruiting in November. There was a dip in the frequency of visits across the conference, but the Big 12 took a huge step forward in the 2019 and 2020 classes, gaining a total of five commits across two different schools.
Teams are ranked from first to worst based on the recruiting success each enjoyed during the month of November.
Oklahoma excelled for the future in November. While the Sooners did not earn a commitment from a 2018 prospect, they landed four total commitments over the course of the month.
The Sooners received verbal pledges from running back Isaiah Spiller and defensive tackle Derek Green in the 2019 class, along with offensive tackle Andrew Raym and quarterback/linebacker Drew Sanders in the 2020 class. Both 2020 commits are currently 5-star recruits, according to 247Sports.
Oklahoma also brought in four recruits on official visits in November, which ties Texas for the most visits of the month.
West Virginia had a busy month. The Mountaineers landed commitments from defensive end Tavis Lee and wide receiver Dillon Spalding, who we interviewed earlier in December. Dana Holgerson did not stop there, bringing in two players for official visits in the middle of the month.
The three spot is the highest Kansas has ever been in a Big 12 recruiting power ranking of any kind. In November, the Jayhawks earned it. They received commitments from two JUCO prospects to grow their 2018 class by more than 25%.
Elmore Hempstead, cornerback, and Davon Ferguson, safety, catapult Kansas to the upper middle of the November pack, a place the Jayhawks should be tickled to be.
The Red Raiders gained momentum in November — a little bit. Texas Tech received commitments from wide receivers Erik Ezukanma and Myller Royals, bringing their commit total at the position up to six. That’s 35% of Kliff Kingsbury’s 2018 class. Offensive skill positions make up 47% of the class, and offensive players, as a whole, make up a whopping 76% of their verbal commits. That is just a little, teeny-tiny bit one-sided.
The Red Raiders also had a defensive tackle pledge rescind his commitment, making Texas Tech’s future defensive situation even murkier.
The Cyclones earned a commitment in November from V’Lique Carter, safety, from Oxbridge Academy in Florida. Iowa State also brought in punter Corey Dunn on a visit. Dunn is the best punter in JUCO and has been committed to the Cyclones for months.
Not to be totally outdone by their in-state rivals, Oklahoma State received a commitment from 2019 tight end Grayson Boomer. The 6-5 junior comes from Collinsville, Okla. The Cowboys also brought 4-star JUCO defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey in for an official visit.
Texas had four official visitors on campus during the month of November. Texas A&M commit running back DaShaun White, 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall, tight end Luke Ford and offensive tackle Junior Angilau all made their way to Austin. The Longhorns could use all four of these players, but as of right now, only Angilau is committed.
TCU’s 2018 class got worse in November. After a disappointing loss to Iowa State, JUCO defensive end Jordan Allen decommitted from the team. In all, the month was a disappointment for the Horned Frogs. They lost twice to Oklahoma by a combined margin of 42 points, or six touchdowns. The only positive of November was bringing in running back Ta’Zhawn Henry for a visit.
It appears these teams forgot that you can legally recruit in November. Hopefully they don’t forget when from Dec. 20-22.