The Big 12 overall on signing day?
Looking up – as in up at the nation's top classes.
None of the four major recruiting ranking organizations – Rivals, Scout, ESPN or 24/7 – included a single Big 12 squad in its top 10. And the 10 teams combined for all of one Rivals five-star recruit among them.
Oklahoma was the consensus for the conference's best haul, although Oklahoma State got the nod in the Scout rankings.
New Texas coach Charlie Strong didn't do so well in “shutting down the borders,” failing to sign any of the top 9 players in the Lone Star State, according to ESPN.
Reigning Big 12 champion Baylor received mixed reviews on its class.
Kansas State didn't draw any raves, although that's not unusual – or, seemingly, a problem for Wildcats coach Bill Snyder.
A look at the other (non-OU or OSU) Big 12 recruiting classes:
The Bears have been producing elite wide receivers in recent seasons. And they're always in need to fuel BU's spread attack. So five-star wideout Davion Hall should fit right in. At 6-3 and 193, Hall is big enough to perhaps make an immediate impact. Baylor signed four junior college prospects, including three on defense in an effort to plug holes. Juco corners Tion Wright and Chris Sanders will be called on to contribute immediately. With Lache Seastrunk gone to the NFL, four-star running back Terence Williams – a load at 6-2 and 220 – should get an early look.
1. Davion Hall, WR, 6-3, 193, Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau), 5 stars
2. K.D. Cannon, WR, 6-0, 165, Mount Pleasant, Texas (Mount Pleasant), 4 stars
3. Terence Williams, RB, 6-2, 220, Ennis, Texas (Ennis), 4 stars
Since Seneca Wallace's days in Ames, the Cyclones have been searching for consistent productive offense. Iowa State was able to find a centerpiece at home in four-star wide receiver Allen Lazard from Urbandale, Iowa. But he's the lone four- or five-star recruit in the class. Lazard provides a big target at 6-5, 204, along with hope for instant impact. The Cyclones went to Spring, Texas, for quarterback Darius Lee-Campbell, a three-year prep starter and dual-threat signal caller. ISU kept its Oklahoma pipeline working, too, signing running back Michael Warren from Lawton and NEO defensive back Devron Moore.
1. Allen Lazard, WR, 6-5, 204, Urbandale, Iowa (Urbandale), 4 stars
2. Michael Warren, RB, 6-1, 185, Lawton, Okla. (Lawton), 3 stars
3. Kory Kodanko, OL, 6-6, 320, De Pere, Wisc. (West De Pere), 3 stars
Entering his third season, KU coach Charlie Weis continues to lean heavily on the junior college ranks for prospects. Eight of their 23 signees are JC players, including NEO defensive back Ron Davis. The prize of the class, however, is running back Traevohn Wrench out of Gardner, Kan., whom the Jayhawks kept home despite offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan State, Iowa and Kansas State. Wrench is one of three backs signed by the Jayhawks, who failed to land a quarterback in the class.
1. Traevohn Wrench, RB, 6-0, 190, Gardner, Kan. (Edgerton), 4 stars
2. Jacob Bragg, C, 6-3, 300, Nacogdoches, Texas (Nacogdoches), 3 stars
3. D.J. Williams, DT, 6-3, 270, Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin), 3 stars
K-State has done good work in mining the junior colleges for productive players. Snyder and his staff were at it again this year, signing eight JC players, including some of the top prospects in this class, including tackle Terrell Clinkscales, linebacker Dvonta Derricott and cornerback Danzel McDaniel on defense. Clinkscales is a four-star commit who was heavily recruited and was formerly pledged to Nebraska. Offensive line and the secondary also delivered JC targets with hope of providing immediate help. The Wildcats signed two prep quarterbacks, although neither is highly ranked.
1. Terrell Clinkscales, DT, 6-4, 315, Chicago, (Dodge City CC), 4 stars
2. Dvonta Derricott, LB, 6-2, 215, Richmond, Va. (Garden City CC), 4 stars
3. Kaleb Prewett, S, 6-2, 200, Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs), 3 stars
The Horned Frogs set out to boost their previously pedestrian offense and appear to have added playmakers across the board. Foster Sawyer is a four-star prospect and the No. 13-ranked quarterback in the country by Scout. TCU pulled four-star running back Shaun Nixon out of Austin and out from under the Longhorns. And four-star Emanuel Porter is a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver built to play right away. Overall, the Frogs signed two quarterbacks and four wideouts.
1. Foster Sawyer, QB, 6-5, 215, Fort Worth (All Saints Episcopal), 4 stars
2. Shaun Nixon, RB, 5-10, 190, Austin, Texas, (Lake Travis), 4 stars
3. Ty Barrett, C, 6-5, 316, Dallas (Skyline), 4 stars
It was an up-and-down first recruiting season for Charlie Strong and his staff. There were defections and additions from Mack Brown's commitment list. After Strong vowed to secure the borders of the state, the Longhorns didn't kill it at home and failed to land a consensus five-star commitment, although quarterback Jerrod Heard of Denton is a big get who rates among the nation's best at the position. At Texas, the standards are high – way high. So picking on the class is relative. The late get of defensive tackle Poona Ford was critical, after the Horns had seen three tackles de-commit.
1. Jerrod Heard, QB, 6-3, 190, Denton, Texas (Guyer), 4 stars
2. Derick Roberson, DE, 6-4, 225, San Antonio (William J. Brennan), 4 stars
3. John Bonney, S, 6-1, 175, Houston (Lamar), 4 stars
The Red Raiders are still all about the offense. And it showed again in this recruiting class, which features seven wide receivers, including Millwood's Cameron Batson. Tech also added two running backs, an athlete would play either spot, and shored up its quarterback spot with the addition of Patrick Mahomes – the son of the former big-league pitcher of the same name. The Red Raiders didn't ignore the defensive side, and actually signed several possible impact players, particularly in the secondary.
1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, 6-2, 200, Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse), 4 stars
2. Payton Hendrix, S, 6-2, 190, Dallas (Bishop Dunne), 4 stars
3. Ian Sadler, WR, 5-11, 185, Argyle, Texas (Argyle), 4 stars
While Dana Holgorsen is defined by his offenses, it's been his defenses – and a lack of speed on that side of the ball – that has defined his Mountaineers teams. Holgorsen and his staff aimed at improving that aspect in this class, with four-star cornerback Dravon Henry a key piece of that. West Virginia dipped into the Juco ranks to find some defensive help, too, including corner Keishawn Richardson from NEO. Still, quarterbacks Skyler Howard and William Crest will get most of the attention.
1. Dravon Henry, CB, 5-11, 185, Aliquippa, Pa. (Aliquippa), 4 stars
2. Donte Thomas-Williams, RB, 6-1, 220, Durham, N.C. (Hillside), 4 stars
3. William Crest, QB, 6-4, 190, Baltimore, Md. (Paul Laurence Dunbar), 3 stars