Recruiting 2011 - 5 Big 12 Recruits To Know
Oklahoma WR Trey Metoyer
Oklahoma WR Trey Metoyer
Posted Feb 6, 2011

Along with the league's ten most important new recruits (for now), here are every Big 12 team's five new recruits you should care about.

Recruiting 2011 

5 Big 12 Recruits To Care About

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

The 10 Big 12  Recruits You Should Care About

1. RB Malcolm Brown, Texas

2. RB Brandon Williams, Oklahoma

3. WR Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma

4. RB Hershel Sims, Oklahoma State

5. DT Desmond Jackson, Texas

6. DE Nathan Hughes, Oklahoma

7. LB Steve Edmond, Texas

8. DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

9. RB Kenny Williams, Texas Tech

10. QB J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State

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Five Baylor Recruits You Should Care About
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1. OT Spencer Drango
6-6, 270,'s 20th ranked offensive tackle. Drango is extremely athletic with great feet and good punch. On top of that, he is intelligent and a team player. He plays with discipline and is great in the locker room. He has the frame to play multiple positions in college, but his pass protection makes him a viable tackle prospect. He had one of the best performances at the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Combine.

2. WR Jonathan Lee
6-3, 196,'s 42nd ranked receiver. Big target as receiver, he is not a burner but has good speed. Does a good job of getting behind coverage and considering he is not a small guy it makes his ability to beat coverage even more impressive. Runs good routes most of the times but gets a little sloppy at times. He is not a game breaker, he is not fast enough, but he does have a knack for the big play and getting open.

3. RB B.J. Allen
5-10, 185,'s 45th ranked running back. Has a nice burst and reads the field extremely well. Allen is a fast-twitched athlete who shows tremendous balance. He is a threat in the return game and is also pretty solid in coverage when he lines up at corner back. Because of his big play ability you may want to find spot for him on the offensive side of the ball. He has nice size in his lower body, so it would not be a surprise if he bulks up some and gets a shot at running back in college.

4. DT Suleiman Masumbuko
6-3, 265,'s 36th ranked defensive tackle. Tough, strong, inside run-stuffer, who can also make some plays on the pass rush. Just uses bull rushes at this point, if he can use some other moves he could be very special. A total scrapper and fighter in the trenches, he will beat double teams because he works so hard. Not going to make plays outside the tackles but he will own the inside.

5. DE Beau Blackshear
6-4, 230,'s 112th ranked defensive end. Great frame that could work inside or outside on the defensive line depending on how much more he grows. Plays all up and down the line for his team. Very quick off the snap with great explosion that drives the line of scrimmage backwards. He demands double teams, he has not learned how to beat those yet. On the outside he has solid quickness, but it is not top tier, his quickness on the inside is top tier.

Five Iowa State Recruits You Should Care About
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1. QB Jaquarius Daniels
6-3, 210,'s 61st ranked quarterback. Much of the time his delivery may seem long, but he also had to throw off his back foot a lot leading to a lot of inaccurate passes. But when he has been able to stand up and deliver the ball he looks like a different player. His release is much crisper and the ball leaves his hand with good pop. He has the tools that colleges look to work with. He is big, strong and is a dual-threat who can pull the ball down and run.

2. TE Ernst Brun
6-4, 225, four-star recruit. An undersized tight end for the power running game, or a big receiving tight end in a spread option, Brun plays a traditional tight end as well as wingback, and receiver for his Mt. San Antonio team. He is a very good blocker despite his size and has good strength. He has soft hands and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Adequate speed for his size, but wouldn't be considered a big, fast tight end. Fundamentally sound.

3. RB DeVondrick Nealy
5-10, 175,'s 69th ranked running back. Nealy finished his junior season with 211 carries for 1,903 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 300 yard receiving and three touchdowns. Defensively he totaled 38 tackles. He was named Second Team All State for the 1B Classification. He says he can bench 280-pounds, squat 350 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

4. S Jared Brackens
6-1, 195,'s 101st ranked safety.

5. RB Rob Standard
5-10, 180,'s 102nd ranked running back.

Five Kansas Recruits You Should Care About
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1. QB Brock Berglund
6-3, 200,'s 26th ranked quarterback. One of Berglund's best attributes is his ability to lead the offense. He seems to make consistently smart decisions with the ball. He can deliver accurate passes, but may not have the biggest arm. He is also able to beat you with his feet when pulls the ball down to run. He is not a dual-threat per say, but he can get it done well enough with his legs that defenses will have to respect his rushing ability.

2. PK Alex Mueller
5-11, 180,'s 6th ranked kicker.

3. RB Darrian Miller
5-11, 195,'s 34th ranked running back.

4. QB Michael Cummings
6-0, 200,'s 72nd ranked quarterback. Good sized quarterback and very athletic. Has a cannon for an arm and throws frozen darts, especially on the run. Deadly when he rolls out defenses can come up and stop the run and he will pass for yards, or if they drop back he will run for a first. Dangerous combination of run ability and passing ability. Needs to work on his passing in the pocket.

5. C Damon Martin
6-5, 265,'s 24th ranked center. Martin does not have that huge frame or wingspan of a true left tackle type, but his versatility make him a hot prospect. He could play anywhere from right tackle to center on the next level. Martin has a strong initial punch and plays with fire. He takes pride in pancaking his man to the ground whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Five Kansas State Recruits You Should Care About
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1. QB Justin Tuggle
6-3, 225, three-star JUCO transfer. Signed with Boston College in 2008 and redshirted. Played for the Eagles in 2009 before transferring to Blinn in January. Will have two years to play two after the 2010 season.

2. DE Meshak Williams
6-3, 231, three-star JUCO transfer.

3. CB Allen Chapman
5-10, 175, three-star JUCO transfer.

4. DE Marquel Bryant
6-3, 219,'s 75th ranked defensive end.

5. DT Lamonte Clark
6-3, 287,'s 95th ranked defensive tackle.

Five Missouri Recruits You Should Care About
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1. DT Sheldon Richardson
6-4, 270, four-star JUCO transfer. The size of a defensive tackle, but the quickness to play end, Richardson has a quick burst off the ball and uses his hands well to beat blockers. His speed is excellent and has the ability to chase down plays from the back side. His best position long term would likely be defensive tackle, but inside or outside, he needs to play with better pad level against the run. Nearly impossible to handle one on one. Turned down Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Oregon, USC, and others.

2. DE Shane Ray
6-3, 225,'s 28th ranked defensive end. Ray played all across the line as a junior, but wherever he lined up he made big plays. At times he has tremendous explosion and that makes him almost impossible to block. But his biggest strength is his will to make the play no matter what. Even on the snaps where he plays too high or struggles with his technique he still battles through to make things happen.

3. QB Corbin Berkstresser
6-4, 220,'s 33rd ranked quarterback. One of the most highly-touted quarterback prospects in the nation who brings an impressive resume to Mizzou. Won 1st-Team All-State honors as a senior after an impressive season that saw him amass 3,369 passing yards and 36 touchdowns, compared to only 6 interceptions … Also showed an ability to impact the game with his feet, as he ran for 712 yards and 12 more scores as he helped lead his team to the state playoffs … Threw for 1,300 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior, while he had 1,800 yards and 10 passing touchdowns as a sophomore … Won 2nd- Team All-Conference honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons, as well.

4. S Cortland Browning
6-2, 185,'s 30th ranked safety. Athletic defensive back prospect who is known for good versatility in coverage schemes and is an aggressive cover man who has good break to the ball. Chose Mizzou over TCU, Texas A&M and Kansas.

5. WR Wesley Leftwich
6-2, 195,'s 76th ranked receiver. Was featured primarily as a wideout, catching 16 passes in 2010 for 257 yards and 4 touchdowns, after catching 17 passes for 376 yards and 5 scores during his junior season … Is considered a receiver with great hands, who is tough with a strong frame and good speed.

Five Oklahoma Recruits You Should Care About
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1. WR Trey Metoyer
6-2, 185,'s 1st ranked receiver. Great size for a receiver and though he does not have elite top end speed he has enough quickness and enough moves to get free from the defender and break long runs. He is a big target as a receiver and runs tight routes, his size and strength allow him to beat jams. He is not a blazing fast receiver but a good sized receiver with good hands and is very reliable. He is also a player that has a flare for making the dramatic catch.

2. RB Brandon Williams
6-0, 190,'s 3rd ranked running back. Has the special ability to be a home run threat every time that he touches the ball. He is a slashing type of runner that hits the seam extremely hard and his explosion allows him to leave defenders sometimes just grasping at air. He brings a little bit of everything to the table. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, he has good speed, and can run with power at times.

3. DE Nathan Hughes
6-5, 257,'s 5th ranked defensive end. Nice sized defensive end he plays with a lot of heart and intensity. An absolute disrupter at defensive end against the run and pass. Only real knock is he loses his feet at times, but considering he gets multiple blockers then it is understandable. Has a ton of talent and can make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

4. DT Jordan Phillips
6-5, 300,'s 6th ranked defensive tackle. Phillips is a freak athlete. For a big man he moves extremely well and even splits out wide as a tight end at times in high school. he is strong at the point of attack and uses his hands well. He will be a terror on the next level because of the mismatches he should create with his strength and size.

5. TE Max Stevenson
6-5, 215,'s 11th ranked tight end. Tall receiver, he is a bit on the thin size but is still young. Good running tight end, he lines up as a receiver most of the time. Very good downfield blocker, he has some upper body strength because he knocks the defenders back when he hits them. Knows how to coil up and deliver a big block.

Five Oklahoma State Recruits You Should Care About
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1. RB Hershel Sims
5-9, 190,'s 5th ranked running back. Sims is a home-run back who makes big plays in big games. He has some very sick moves in the open field making him one of the toughest players in the game to bring down in a one-on-one scenario. He will remind many people of LaDainian Tomlinson, because he has great hands so he is also able to make some big plays in the passing game. Runs with good power despite his size, but is more of a threat outside the tackles at this point in his career.

2. QB J.W. Walsh
6-2, 200,'s 5th ranked quarterback. Strong armed quarterback who will get stronger. He throws a nice tight pass, does very well on fly patterns and patterns between the hash. He knows how to get just enough loft on the pass to get it over defenders and into his receivers hands. he moves well and is a threat to beat you running the ball, which makes defenses keep a close eye on him as a scrambler.

3. WR Desmond Roland
6-2, 190,'s 15th ranked receiver. As a senior, Roland spent a large majority of his time at running back and rushed for 1,300 yards and 21 scores to help lead Lake Highlands to a 7-4 record and a berth in the playoffs.

4. LB Ryan Simmons
6-1, 218,'s 15th ranked middle linebacker. Solid-sized linebacker, he is about average sized. Does a great job of squaring up for the tackle and completing the play. Sure handed tackler with few misses on tackles. Has great range inside of the tackles, but does not make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

5. OG Travis Cross
6-5, 270,'s 11th ranked guard. It is hard to give a great breakdown on Cross, because he does a lot of everything. He could be an excellent guard in college because he moves well, but has the size and reach up front to also play tackle. He is effective at run blocking and pass blocking and can run. He plays with a high motor and has the mean streak that you look for in a lineman. He takes every snap with the defender across from him very seriously, every snap.

Five Texas Recruits You Should Care About
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1. RB Malcolm Brown
6-1, 220,'s 2nd ranked running back. When you watch Brown you feel like you are seeing exactly what a running back is supposed to be. He has great size and runs with authority. When he sees a hole or has to get past a defender he makes one move and then explodes making him an elusive back with size. He also has tremendous balance which allows him to stay on his feet when lower his shoulder to deliver a blow or spinning away from defenders.

2. LB Steve Edmond
6-3, 225,'s 2nd ranked middle linebacker. Edmond is a man amongst boys on the defensive side of the ball in high school and he is bigger, faster, and stronger than most of the players that he ever lines up against and he dominates them like a top prospect should. He has excellent size and his range makes him a candidate to be an excellent middle linebacker prospect. In time he could also be a terror on the edge at defensive end.

3. DT Desmon Jackson
6-1, 275,'s 5th ranked defensive tackle. Jackson will remind some people of former prep All-American defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. He has a similar game. He is not bigger than most of those who line up across from him, but he is stronger than most of them in the pads. He keeps a great pad level and his explosiveness and pure speed makes him hard to block, earning him the nickname 'Tank'. He make a lot of plays behind the line. He commands a double team. He uses his hands like a pro.

4. WR Jaxon Shipley
6-0, 170,'s 6th ranked receiver. He has the hands that you would expect to see when you read the name Shipley on the back of his jersey. He is a talented and efficient receiver and runs some of the best routes that you will see out of any other top receiver. He also has the ability to make some of the more athletic plays. He will need to develop some more strength to combat some of the more physical college level defenders.

5. CB Josh Turner
5-11, 170,'s 6th ranked cornerback. Turner stands out at wide receiver and corner in high school but plans to make the move to defense in college. He is a corner who has excellent coverage skills and he will be able to come up and support the run. He has great hips and flexibility and is very smooth. He will need to get stronger for press coverages and he has the type of frame that will fill out nicely. He will only become better as he develops his game in college.

Five Texas A&M Recruits You Should Care About
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1. S Howard Matthews
6-2, 200,'s 13th ranked safety. Plays wide receiver and safety, safety is his projected position. He is a speedy player with long strides and he has a knack for making plays all over the field. He is a leader on the field and directs traffic on defense. He is a safety who could spin down into a linebacker slot if he gets thicker. Plays very smart football, has good instincts for what is going on and anticipating where the play will be.

2. DE Shayvion Hatten
6-5, 270,'s 29th ranked defensive end. An aggressive lineman that has a quick get off the ball and a nice wingspan. He plays in a pretty balanced offense and seems to be equally adept at pass blocking and run blocking assignments. He also plays the game with a a mean streak. He has a nice frame to add weight and will likely play at over 300 pounds in college. He could play inside or outside. Also an excellent defender and could easily end up on that side of the ball in college.

3. S Devonta Burns
6-0, 200,'s 21st ranked safety. Burns is a lightning in a bottle type of player who loves to put pressures on offenses off of the blitz. He approaches the point of contact with reckless abandon and is able to save his team yards by making tackles behind the "zero point". He is also a factor on special teams as he gets down the field quickly and forces the play. He will need to work on his coverage skills, but he will be a clear factor in the box.

4. QB Johnny Manziel
6-0, 175,'s 22nd ranked quarterback. Great athlete playing quarterback, who also has an above average arm and can zip the short and intermediate routes. At times Manziel tries to do too much and will try to make something out of nothing, this causes turnovers at times. Does not have a great feel for the rush but when he sees it he can get out of it with ease. Deadly running the ball, he has above average speed and moves.

5. DE Brandon Alexander
6-6, 240,'s 24th ranked defensive end. Alexander is a long and tall defensive end that has great quickness and the ability to stay low to blow past offensive linemen. He has a long wingspan and can reach out and snag ball carriers from a distance. He has the penchant for making a big play. Because of his frame he would be the perfect fit to be a big defensive end a 3-4 type of scheme, but could play in any defense.

Five Texas Tech Recruits You Should Care About
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1. S Marcus Roberson
6-0, 180,'s 4th ranked safety. Roberson can be considered a big corner or a thin safety depending on where he ends up playing. He is outstanding in coverage, although he gets a little too close with his hands on jerseys at times. He is physical with the receivers and can turn and run with them well. Should become more of a factor against the run as he gains size and strength in the weight room, but with his height and frame, his size overall is a plus

2. C Tony Morales
6-4, 300,'s 3rd ranked center. Morales fires off of the ball and initiates contact on the other side of the line with great consistency. He plays with a low pad level which allows him to win way more battles than he loses. He has a nice wide frame and moves his feet well, which allows him to make blocks on the second level. A road-grader.

3. RB Kenny Williams
5-10, 206,'s 12th ranked running back. Big running back, he is very strong between the tackles as he can break tackles and has good balance to keep on going. Does a great job of churning his legs to work for extra yards. He can change direction and cut to a different direction but he is best going straight at the defense. Only thing lacking is true breakaway speed and he is not far off from that.

4. RB Bradley Marquez
5-11, 185,'s 16th ranked running back. Marquez is a complete, all-around back who can break big plays when he runs the ball, but he can also torch the defense by splitting out wide as a slot receiver. That versatility will make him a valuable commodity in college as he will likely be able to play a role at both positions as well as in the return game. He runs with good authority and shows tremendous vision on the cut-back.

5. DE Branden Jackson
6-4, 225,'s 7th ranked defensive end. Jackson is a very instinctive athlete who played out of position. At the next level he could be a dangerous force as an outside linebacker or speed rusher off the edge. Jackson is outstanding in pursuit. He can cover in the flats or hook/curl zone. Solid against the run and will get after the quarterback. He is still raw, but there is plenty to work with.