National Signing Day: What happened around the Big 12

by John Helsley Published: February 5, 2014

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:

BAYLOR

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.

Top signees

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

IOWA STATE

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.

Top signees

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

KANSAS

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.

Top signees

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

KANSAS STATE

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.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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