'11 Team Rankings: Big 12

How did the class of 2011 shake-out in the Big 12?

How did the class of 2011 shake-out in the Big 12?

With two less teams signing players in the Big 12, the talent-hoarding taking place in Austin and Norman has actually gotten worse (or better, depending on the angle). Of the top 30 players to sign with one of the Big 12 ten, 23 are heading to Texas or Oklahoma . This is not a shocking revelation, as the Horns and Sooners have been stockpiling talent for decades. Yet, this season – even with stronger-than-usual classes from Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas – this league is still dramatically top heavy. Oklahoma and Texas landed 10 of the 11 Athlon Consensus 100 recruits who signed in the Big 12 and 15 of the top 17 overall.

Editor's Note: A nationally rated recruit is a anyone who received at least one AC100 vote. There were 269 in 2011.

2011 Big 12 Recruiting Team Rankings:

1. Texas Longhorns (22 signees – 7 AC100)
As usual, the Longhorns got started early and held on for an elite haul. With 17 nationally rated recruits, Texas finished with an embarrassment of riches. Running back Malcolm Brown is the gem of the class, but playmakers Quandre Diggs, Josh Turner and Jaxon Shipley should also provide plenty of fireworks on the outside. Throw in seven touted line-of-scrimmage recruits and Texas has one of the most balanced groups in the nation. As usual, Mack Brown was able to handpick the local Texas stars to fill his class. Of the 22 signees, only athlete Josh Turner, from Okahoma City, played his prep ball outside of the Lone Star State.

Nationally rated recruits:

No. 4 Malcolm Brown, RB (Cibolo, Texas)
No, 23 Steve Edmond, LB (Daingerfield, Texas)
No. 38 Quandre Diggs, ATH (Angleton, Texas)
No. 49 Sedrick Flowers, OL (Galena Park, Texas)
No. 51 Desmond Jackson, DT (Houston, Texas)
No. 59 Josh Turner, ATH (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
No. 98 Jaxon Shipley, WR (Brownwood, Texas)
No. 107 Garrett Greenlea, OL (Klein, Texas)
No. 125 Leroy Scott, DB (Pasadena, Texas)
No. 134 Sheroid Evans, DB (Sugar Land, Texas)
No. 135 Quincy Russell, DT (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 160 Cedric Reed, DE (Cleveland, Texas)
No. 210 Mykkele Thompson, ATH (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 221 M.J. McFarland, TE (El Paso, Texas)
No. 225 Kendall Thompson, LB (Carthage, Texas)
No. 248 David Ash, QB (Belton, Texas)
No. 267 Josh Chochran, OL (Hallsville, Texas)

2. Oklahoma Sooners (17 signees – 3 AC100)
This was not a vintage Sooner class – as the sheer number limits its upside. But the quality remains the same for Bob Stoops. The defensive line got a lot of help with three nationally rated tackles and one end. The highest ranked prospects in this class, however, will have their hands on the ball as wideout Trey Metoyer and running back Brandon Wililams upgrade the skill positions. Look for scholarship numbers to be back up again next year. Much like Ohio State last year, there is nothing to worry about in Norman - they might have landed an athlete or two.

Nationally rated recruits:

No. 20 Trey Metoyer, WR (Whitehouse, Texas)
No. 21 Brandon Williams, RB (Brookshire, Texas)
No. 91 Jordan Phillips, DT (Towanda, Kansas)
No. 129 Nathan Hughes, DE (Klein, Texas)
No. 163 Danzel Williams, ATH (Arlington, Texas)
No. 176 Marquis Anderson, DT (Cibolo, Texas)
No. 217 Jordan Wade, DT (Round Rock, Texas)
No. 220 Dylan Dismuke, OL (Duncan, Okla.)

3. Texas Tech Red Raiders (27 signees)
After a seventh place finish in the Big 12 recruiting rankings a year ago, Tommy Tuberville made big strides on the trail in 2011. Five nationally-rated recruits highlight a deep and talented group corralled by Big 12 recruiter of the year assistant coach Robert Prunty (according to Rivals). With Texas and OU dominating the Lone State State, it was important for Tech to reach outside of its borders. Tuberville used nine different states to fill out this class. That being said, the top five names in this class still hail from in-state.

Nationally rated recruits:

No. 139 Jace Amaro, TE (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 204 Kenny Williams, RB (Pflugerville, Texas)
No. 226 Michael Brewer, QB (Austin, Texas)
No. 234 Le’Raven Clark, OL (Rockdale, Texas)
No. 256 Bradley Marquez, RB (Odessa, Texas)

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4. Oklahoma State Cowboys (27 signees – 1 AC100)
This is a versatile group with a large number of players projecting to either side of the ball. The defense got plenty of help with seven lineman (five defensive tackles), four linebackers and three defensive backs (along with any "athlete" converts). The wide receiver class is small in stature but can make plays in space. Running back Herschel Sims is the crown jewel of Mike Gundy’s haul, however. He may not be the biggest, fastest, strongest or toughest, but can do anything a coach asks him to do. He is a complete player who performed well against top-level competition and is future star.

Nationally rated recruits:

No. 54 Herschel Sims, RB (Abilene, Texas)
No. 113 J.W. Walsh, QB (Denton, Texas)
No. 148 Desmond Roland, WR (Dallas, Texas)

5. Texas A&M Aggies (22 signees)
The dichotomy of this class is interesting. On offense, the focus was on the line of scrimmage as four of the seven offensive signees slated to block for A&M. On defense, 10 of the 12 signees will be playing in the back seven. The focus of both sides of the ball seems clear. The secondary is the most impressive unit, with nationally ranked DB Floyd Ravern and League City’s safety Howard Matthews leading the way. Of course, Ravern will need to overcome one of the most bizarre NSD stories this recruiting editor has ever heard – his mother forged his signature on an LOI to Ole Miss.

Nationally rated recruits:

No. 202 Floyd Ravern, CB (Reserve, La.)

6. Kansas Jayhawks (26 signees)
Turner Gill did an excellent job landing talent this recruiting session. He went into Missouri and pulled one of the Showme State’s best in running back Darrian Miller. Six offensive lineman, five linebackers and five defensive backs add tremendous depth to key positions of need.

Nationally rated signees:

No. 196 Darrian Miller, RB, Kansas

7. Missouri Tigers (17 signees)
Disappointing, and small, class by recent standards, but Gary Pinkel always finds talent.

8. Baylor Bears (19 signees)
Solid year for the Bears – as in, not last in the league.

9. Kansas State Wildcats (25 signees)
Tons of JUCO's and helped themselves at QB – sound familiar?

10. Iowa State Cyclones (22 signees)
22-man class headlined by four Sunshine State prospects.

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