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National Signing Day: What happened around the Big 12

by John Helsley Published: February 5, 2014

/articleid/3930828/1/pictures/2338285">Photo - Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis, left, and Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles talk prior to an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis, left, and Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles talk prior to an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Top signees

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.

Top signees

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.

Top signees

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.

Top signees

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.

Top signees

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

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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