The world’s first early national signing period has ended after three days of straight hype-inducing signings. Big 12 recruiting was no exception.
Some schools ended up getting top-tier recruits they didn’t know they would land, while others signed literally every commit they have so far in the 2018 class.
Each team had what most would call a ‘successful’ early signing day, but of course, some were better than others. That’s where Armchair comes in. We are here to tell you which ones knocked it out of the park and which ones basically let a softy in through the 5-hole.
Yup. You read that right. The Kansas Jayhawks did something better in Big 12 recruiting than anyone else. This is not saying that they got more signatures than anyone else because they didn’t. In fact, they are second from the bottom in that regard.
No, they earned this ranking by keeping Corione Harris. They also signed every commit they had except one. Honestly, it was really impressive that they kept Harris after losing ten other commitments this year.
The team also signed nine JUCO guys, meaning they should see immidiate impact and should win at least more than one gema next year.
You can read more about Kansas’ early signing period here.
Oklahoma State had the perfect signing period. They signed every single commit on the opening day of the period. All 22 players have signed their letters of intent.
While the class only has two 4-star prospects, it has a quarterback who should excel under Mike Gundy in Spencer Sanders and a smooth distribution of other position players.
Now the coaching staff can place 100% of their focus on recruiting the last few kids to fill out the class rather than spending time trying to keep already committed recruits happy.
It's official, Anthony Cook is staying in the great state of Texas. Welcome to the Longhorns Family, Anthony. #RevolUTion18 #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/U14jUeZEWQ
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) December 21, 2017
Texas also received a semi-surprise signing from Mikey Grandy, a JUCO offensive tackle. That is a pretty big deal because Texas really needs some offensive line help, and Grandy should be able to get some playing time early.
Texas did have some shortcomings on the day, though. They do not have a letter from any single running back or defensive lineman despite having commitments from one of each. Keondre Coburn and Keaontay Ingram have yet to sign but expect them to sign with Texas in February.
TCU had one player out of a 19-player class not sign during the early signing period. Derius Davis, a cornerback from Louisiana committed back in July but will be waiting until February to put the pen to the paper.
In a big win for TCU, dual-threat quarterback Justin Rogers made his commitment official late on Friday night. Rogers had been rumored to possibly flip to LSU. That rumor gained some credibility when Rogers sent out a Tweet of all tiger emojis when his high school teammate Terrace Marshall committed to LSU.
The Cyclones had one of the best signing day hashtags with #CyningDay18. They also had a pretty darn good Big 12 recruiting class sign on the early signing day. The Cyclones wound up with two specialists, which is fun. They only had one commit choose to wait until February to sign. They also received the commitment from their top player the day before the period officially opened.
Joey Ramos is an offensive tackle from Arizona and committed to the Cyclones hours before signing with them. Iowa State also locked up wide receiver Sean Shaw Jr. and quarterback Re-al Mitchell.
All things said and done, Baylor had a pretty awesome signing period. They had a really strong December as a whole. Quarterback Gerry Bohanon committed and signed with the Bears, which they are all pretty thankful for. Bohanon is the only quarterback in the 2018 class. They also flipped wide receiver Tyquan Thornton days before the signing period opened.
You can read more about the Bears signing period, including the two players who did not sign, here.
West Virginia’s signing period was pretty mundane. 19 of 21 commits signed their letters. Each recruit that signed his letter signed on the day the period opened. Jayce Rogers, cornerback, and Tavis Lee, defensive end, are the only two players left to sign in the class, at least until the coaches get back out on the recruiting field to fill out their class.
Kansas State had a very similar signing period to West Virginia. They had 15 of 17 commits sign letters, and they all did it on Dec. 20. The two players who have yet to sign are cornerback Darreyl Patterson and offensive tackle Shane Cherry.
It is really strange to see Oklahoma this far down. Maybe it’s because of the playoff game. Maybe the new head coach and his staff did not get the chance to recruit like they would have had they been playing in a regular old bowl game. Lincoln Riley should do better, though, especially when the team has such fantastic signing day videos.
Oklahoma had a solid day, locking up one of the top offensive tackles in the nation in high school and the best JUCO offensive tackle. They also did really well along the defensive line, ensuring Oklahoma will win in the trenches for years to come.
Still, they had three commits choose to sign later, if at all.
If anyone had a bad signing day in Big 12 recruiting, it would be Texas Tech. They did not necessarily have a bad day, but they did have 30% of their class choose to sign later in the Big 12 recruiting cycle. They did lock up Erik Ezukanma, the team’s best commit, but they failed to get Gabriel Douglas, Devin Brumfield, Xavier Benson, Mekhi Garner or John Scott to put the pen on the paper. It is a big deal to have almost a third of your recruiting class choosing not to commit as soundly as people have thought.
Overall, the early signing period was a strong success for Big 12 recruiting, but it is a safe bet that coaches would gladly get rid of it as soon as possible. Coaches are not happy to have to deal with recruiting and bowl game prep. Still, we here at Armchair absolutely love it, so they will all be okay. I promise.