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Big 12 Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorns

Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Big 12 consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned:

Lone Star-sized statement

Charlie Strong and Texas signed the clear-cut best class in the Big 12 this fall. Getting the Horns back on top of the rankings was critical for Strong, who started relatively slowly on the trail in Austin. Equally as important, Texas landed some big name players that Texas A&M and other SEC teams were after. Taking back the Lone Star State for the Burnt Orange is critical for Strong’s long-term success and he accomplished that in the ’15 cycle.

What to make of the Sooners?

By most accounts, the Sooners signed another stellar top-20 class with 10 four-star prospects — significantly more than anyone else in the league not named Texas. However, Bob Stoops is accustomed to signing consensus top-10 or even top-five classes and that hasn’t happened of late for Oklahoma. In fact, Stoops hasn’t signed a top-10 class since 2010.

Middle of the pack

One of the charms of the Big 12 is the mix of teams that are relatively even throughout the top half and middle of the league. Nowhere is that more obvious than the recruiting rankings. After Texas and Oklahoma, five teams basically signed identical good-but-not-elite classes. West Virginia (31st), Texas Tech (33rd), TCU (35th), Oklahoma State (36th) and Baylor (38th) all finished within five spots of one another in the consensus national team rankings. Good luck sorting that out over the next few years.

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Captain Ray Ban

A tip of the cap goes to Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders. It finished third in the Big 12 with five four-star signings, including stealing JF Thomas from TCU — the highest-rated player in either class this fall. More importantly, Kingsbury has improved on the recruiting trail in each of his three classes, going from 46th (2013) to 41st (2014) to 33rd (2015).    

Scout likes the Big 12

Of the four major services, Scout.com likes the Big 12 classes the most. Seven of the 10 teams in this league were ranked best by Scout, including the top five classes in the league. In fact, Scout.com was the only site to rank a Big 12 program other than Texas or Oklahoma in the top 30. Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State weren’t as lucky.

 

 

 

Total

5-Star

4-Star

Nat'l Avg

247

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

1.

Texas

29

1

13

9.5

10

12

7

9

2.

Oklahoma

24

0

10

15

15

14

14

17

3.

West Virginia

21

0

3

33.8

36

33

30

36

4.

Texas Tech

19

0

5

34

33

40

28

35

5.

TCU

21

0

1

35.5

41

37

27

37

6.

Oklahoma St

20

0

3

37.8

40

38

39

34

7.

Baylor

19

0

3

38.5

37

41

44

32

8.

Kansas St

22

0

0

52.8

54

50

48

59

9.

Kansas

25

0

0

64.8

74

64

60

61

10.

Iowa St

22

0

0

68

71

65

70

66