Due to the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, January will mainly be a cleanup month in Big 12 recruiting. Players like Keondre Coburn, Keaontay Ingram and Tavion Thomas who are committed but not yet signed will be the priority for coaches. The schools want to keep their current commits.
While teams want to keep their current commits, most teams also want to add a few players to round out their class. With the exception of Texas, Big 12 recruiting classes are the same size or smaller at each school. This will change as we get through January.
Recruiting is a different game in January. It is a lot more focused and a lot more selective. As a result, January may end up being a little light on ‘breaking news’ as most of the 2018 Big 12 recruiting class is already signed. Still, there is a handful of recruiting actions scheduled, and more will join them as the month goes on.
Moore decommitted from Texas the day before the early signing period had begun. He said he will be making his decision live on NBC on Jan. 6 at the Army All-American game. There is still a chance he ends up wearing burnt orange.
Taua is a running back from California who visited Iowa State on Dec. 8. He will be making his decision between Iowa State, Utah State and Nevada on Jan. 20.
The Cyclones aren’t just in the hunt for Taua. They will be bringing in Brian Johnson, a Texas A&M commit at safety for an official visit on Jan. 12. Johnson will then visit Texas A&M and Missouri before February’s National Signing Day.
Joseph Ogunbanjo, a former Baylor commit at outside linebacker, will be on campus Jan. 12. Ogunbanjo originally committed on Aug. 1 before opening up his recruitment Nov. 28. He will also be visiting Cal on Jan. 19 before making his decision ahead of Feb. 8’s National Signing Day.
The Cowboys will be bringing in Braden Cassity for an official visit, even though he signed his letter of intent on Dec. 20. Cassity will be on campus Jan. 19.
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Tommy Bush is one of the last jewels that Baylor still has its eyes on. Bush is a wide receiver from Texas. He would be Baylor’s best recruit if he signs there and will give quarterback Gerry Bohanon a target in the future. He will likely be deciding between Georgia, Michigan and Baylor.
The Jayhawks are pretty high on defensive end Josh Smith. Whether or not he is as high on them is another story. Smith was committed to the Jayhawks for about six months before decommitting on Dec. 7.
Dayven Coleman, a safety from Texas, may help Kansas State round out their defensive backfield. The Wildcats would absolutely love it if he was wearing purple next year. He will be making his decision between Kansas State, Arizona and Illinois.
Cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles is high on Oklahoma, and Oklahoma is high on him. The 4-star cornerback is one of the best in the country in what he does. If he signs with the Sooners as expected, the defense will get a huge boost.
The Cowboys would be excited to add another defensive end to their 2018 recruiting class. Izaih Filikitonga would fit the mold of what they want to do very well. The defensive end will choose between TCU, Utah, and Oklahoma State sometime soon.
TCU is in the mix for three high-profile wide receivers. The Horned Frogs are in the mix for Jaylen Waddle, JaMarr Chase and Lawrence Keys III. Chase is the most likely to end up wearing a TCU uniform next year. That being said, both Chase and Keys will be visiting LSU in January. It’s safe to say they will both be wearing purple next year, but Horned Frogs fans are hoping the three-letter emblem says TCU and not LSU.
The Longhorns are in the mix for lots of top talent. Wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tommy Bush are considering the school. Quarterback Tanner McKee may make his commitment to play in the middle of the country instead of on the coast. Linebacker Nik Bonitto and defensive end Joseph Ossai will decide between Texas and Oklahoma or Texas A&M, respectively.
When it comes to Big 12 recruiting, it’s looking like the rich will only get richer.
Texas Tech is still the favorite to land running back Ta’Zhawn Henry. Look for him to choose between Oregon State, TCU and Texas Tech in the near future.
Kevontae’ Ruggs is high on West Virginia’s priority list. He likely has Alabama a little higher on his list, though. Still, WVU has done a great job of recruiting this year, even against big schools, so do not count them out of this one just yet.
While not much is scheduled in Big 12 recruiting so far, keep a close eye on recruiting stories in January. Due to the intense nature of recruiting between the two signing periods, unexpected news will certainly happen.