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Big 12 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings

Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong

Recruiting results and National Signing Day have been a fascinating area to watch for the Big 12 in recent years. The conference has a stronghold in the state of Texas – one of the nation’s best areas for talent – but the league has watched some of its top talent head to the SEC to play for Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama or Ole Miss. The national recruiting rankings over the last four seasons also paint an interesting picture for the Big 12. During that span, only one class – Texas in 2016 – ranked as a top-10 consensus haul by the 247Sports Composite. While the Longhorns reached the No. 10 mark in the 247Sports Composite, coach Charlie Strong’s team needed a furious close just to reach that mark. Keeping talent at home has to be a priority for the Big 12’s top teams.

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Outside of Texas, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma inked strong classes. Coach Art Briles continues to elevate the talent level in Waco, as the Bears recorded a No. 18 national average by the four major scouting services. Oklahoma was the only team in the Big 12 to sign a five-star prospect (linebacker Caleb Kelly). However, the Sooners’ in-state rival (Oklahoma State) finished with an average place of 44.25 among the four major recruiting services. The Cowboys inked four top-35 classes from 2011-14, but coach Mike Gundy’s last two hauls ranked outside of the top 40 nationally. 

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To recap National Signing Day, Athlon Sports is taking a look at the top recruiting classes by each league. The national rankings from the four major scouting services – Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN – were used to compile a consensus average, which we used to rank teams in each league. Additionally, the number of three, four and five-star recruits signed by each team are indicated in the table from the 247Sports Composite. 

Big 12 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings

Rank

Team

 

5-Star

4-Star

3-Star

National Average

247

Scout

Rivals

ESPN

1

Texas

0

13

11

11

13

8

13

10

2

Baylor

0

8

14

18

19

19

17

17

3

TCU

0

8

15

19.25

18

16

21

22

4

Oklahoma

1

8

9

21.25

23

20

19

23

5

West Virginia

0

3

20

37.75

41

34

39

37

6

Texas Tech

0

2

23

40.75

46

30

45

42

7

Oklahoma State

0

1

20

44.25

42

43

46

46

8

Iowa State

0

0

25

50.75

50

46

53

54

9

Kansas State

0

0

15

73.25

69

77

77

70

10

Kansas

0

0

13

88.6

81

93

92

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