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Recruiting 2012 - Big 12 Team Rankings

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Posted Feb 4, 2012


Ranking and analyzing the 2012 Big 12 Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2012 

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Recruiting Team


QB – Connor Brewer, Texas
RB – Benjamin Catalon, TCU
RB – Johnathan Gray, Texas
WR – Cayleb Jones, Texas
WR – Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma
TE – Griffin Gilbert, TCU
OT – Kennedy Estelle , Texas
OG – Curtis Riser, Texas
C – Ty Darlington, Oklahoma
OG – Michael Starts, Texas Tech
OT – Camrhon Hughes, Texas
PK – Ethan Perry, TCU

DE – Devonte Fields, TCU
DT – Paul Boyette, Texas
DT – Malcom Brown, Texas
DE – Javonte Magee, Baylor
OLB – Torshiro Davis,Texas
MLB – Dalton Santos, Texas
OLB – Peter Jinkens, Texas
CB – Bryson Echols, Texas
S – Adrian Colbert, Texas
S – Derrick Woods, Oklahoma
CB – Kendall Sanders, Texas
P – No Punters Signed

1. Texas | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class
 
The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Production. Mack Brown opens the door and gets any in-state five-star talent he wants, but considering the top five-caliber recruiting classes year after year after year, the wins have to start coming. This year's haul has no shortage of can't-miss prospects with the secondary getting the most talent. The safeties will be strong, but the corners will be even better a slew of prospects coming in that would be instant starters for just about anyone else.

Team Concerns For 2012: Linebacker. The recruiting class is bringing in the normal allotment of killers, but the linebacking corps needs to be replenished from last year's class. Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho are done, meaning Tevin Jackson, Steve Edmond, and Kendall Thompson – three top gets from 2011 – have to step up. Overall, this was a young, YOUNG, team that needed a year to rebuild and reload. Now everything should be in place.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Enough is enough. The defense that led the Big 12, and finished 11th in the nation despite playing in a conference loaded with top offenses, will be fantastic. It's deep, talented, and full of next-level playmakers even with tackle Kheeston Randall, MLB Keenan Robinson, and WLB Emmanuel Acho gone. End Jackson Jeffcoat should be in for a huge year, while Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom form a good corner tandem for a great secondary. And then there's the offense. David Ash is expected to take the starting quarterback job by the horns, but he'll have to fight to keep it. Malcolm Brown has the ability and potential to be the program's best back since Cedric Benson, while the receiving corps of Jaxon Shipley, Marquise Goodwin, and Mike Davis could be the best Texas has had in a decade. The O line that started four underclassmen should be a rock. The biggest loss might be clutch kicker Justin Tucker. 

2. Texas Tech | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2012: Offensive consistency. Defense, schmefense. No one in the Big 12 outside of Texas, and occasionally Oklahoma, can stop anyone, and Texas Tech will always need to win by bringing more firepower to the field. The pieces are there, but everyone has to be better. The O line could use a little retooling, and more pop would be nice from the receivers, but with ten starters back on defense it's time to start winning.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Are the Red Raiders going to be able to overcome the nightmarish end to the 2011 season? QB Seth Doege is a veteran who struggled to keep the chains moving, but he's a good talent who could be far better if the receivers can help him out a bit more. All the top targets return except for Adam James – that Adam James – with Eric Ward looking like a star in the making. RB DeAndre Washington showed flashes, and now he'll get more chances behind a nice-looking line that gets three starters back. The defense was the biggest problem, finishing 114th in the nation in 117th in scoring. Experience won't be an issue with ten starters returning – only losing end Scott Smith – but the pass rush has to be better and the linebackers have to be better factors.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Running backs. This class might be the one that allows Tommy Tuberville to balance out the attack a bit more, but the running backs have to be as good as advertised. This is a huge, HUGE class with plenty of options for just about every position. The defensive line got a major influx of talent with JUCO transfers Dennell Wesley and Leon Mackey brought in to play aright away, and linebacker Branden Jackson was a big-time Signing Day pickup. Most importantly, though, this might be the best class of running backs in decades with Kenny Williams, Bradley Marquez, Deandre Washington and Ronnie Daniels all more than just pass catchers; they can run the rock. 

3. Oklahoma | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class
 
The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Oklahoma isn't slipping under Bob Stoops, but it's having to work a bit harder lately to not only bring in the four and five-star types, but keep everyone happy. The Sooners need running back help, and now. Everything was supposed to be set, but Jermie Calhoun, Jonathon Miller, and Brandon Williams all bolted and Dominique Whaley is coming off an injury. The receivers are flocking to Norman with the biggest boost to come when Trey Metoyer, a top recruit last year, is ready to roll after spending a year at the Hargrave Military Academy.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive back. The inconsistencies against Baylor and Texas Tech were costly, and while the secondary only loses corner Jamell Fleming, the pass D has to be tighter. With Landry Jones coming back and with a few terrific recruiting classes about to mature, OU doesn't have any major worries.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Let's try this again. As always, Oklahoma has the talent and the potential to win the national title, but will this finally be the season Bob Stoops can get the program over the hump? Getting Landry Jones back for his senior year was a huge piece of the puzzle, and welcoming back Mark Stoops as an assistant coach should put the bite back in the D. Four starters return to an underappreciated offensive line, but the O needs Roy Finch and others to step up and shine for the ground game until Blake Bell can pound it in. Jaz Reynolds and Kenny Stills should blow up and be among the nation's best receiving tandems.

The defense that broke down in key parts last year loses leader Travis Lewis at linebacker and has to go on without pass rushing end Frank Alexander, but eight starters are back with good depth expected on the line and in the secondary to form a good rotation. Michael Hunnicutt should be among the nation's top kickers, while Tress Way is an all-star caliber punter. 

4. Oklahoma State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Pass catchers. Oklahoma State is becoming known for developing top-shelf receivers, and the recruits are noticing with several good ones signing on along with JUCO transfer Blake Jackson and some excellent tight ends. Last year's class brought in a ton of top skill prospects, and this year's class looks even stronger in the receiving corps. The defense went strong on pass rushers a few years ago, and this year's haul will be for the next cycle once the 2009 group is done.

Team Concerns For 2012: A pitch-catch combination that can make up for the loss of Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon. The Cowboys have top receiver prospects to spare, but all eyes will be on Clint Chelf to see if he can get everyone the ball. The pass rush that was so terrific last year has to replace both ends, and strong safety Markelle Martin will be missed on the defensive side more than Blackmon will on offense.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Cowboys aren't going to fall off the map, but they're going to take a step back after losing QB Brandon Weeden and two-time Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon. Clint Chelf will get the first look at quarterback, and he'll get a star back to in Joseph Randle to take the heat off. Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson have to shine in place of Blackmon. Losing three starters off the offensive line is a big deal, and Josh Cooper will be missed after thriving on the other side of Blackmon. The defense was better and more aggressive than it got credit for, and now it has to replace both ends and leader Markelle Martin, who might be the first strong safety taken in the draft. All three starting linebackers, and leading tacker Daytawion Lowe at free safety, return. Quinn Sharp will be in the hunt for both the Lou Groza and the Ray Guy awards.

5.TCU | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Time to develop. It's a positive that the big question mark around TCU is whether or not it can keep on winning after bringing in several top talents, after years of cranking out big seasons by developing prospects no one else wanted. TCU isn't getting a Texas-like class of players, but it's getting more of the four-star types than normal and it's paying off in the passing game. This year, Gary Patterson is able to look towards the future rather than fill in a ton of holes, and now he gets to sell the idea of playing in the Big 12.

Team Concerns For 2012: Safety. The passing game will be as effective as any in the Big 12, and the backfield is beyond loaded with terrific rushing options to help keep pace in shootouts. However, a leader of a linebacker has to step up in place of Tank Carder, and safeties need to emerge to replace Johnny Fobbs and Tekerrein Cuba. Finding another good corner to replace Greg McCoy is a must.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: TCU will be entering the Big 12 world with an offense built to keep up the pace with any high-octane passing game. Casey Pachall will be one of the league's most talented bombers, and his receivers Brandon Carter, Skye Dawson, and Josh Boyce are special. Throw in the running back trio of Ed Wesley, Matthew Tucker, and Waymon James, and the attack should explode once the line jells. After taking a year off, the defense has the potential to be back up to TCU's normal standards with seven starters returning. The front four should be devastating, however, heart-and-soul linebacker Tank Carder is gone along with key safeties Johnny Fobbs and Tekerrein Cuba.   

6. Baylor | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Defensive backs. Maybe it's time Baylor started playing a little defense. You can't win in the Big 12 if you can't score, and as the Bears figured out last year, you can't win big unless you can come up with a few stops. After years of keying on offensive firepower, with wildly successful results, head coach Art Briles is going hard after defensive prospects with the line getting a little bit of attention and the secondary getting a host of speedy options.

Team Concerns For 2012: The loss of Robert Griffin III Might not be as devastating as it might seem. Nick Florence can play, and even with Kendall Wright gone and without Terrance Ganaway to hand off to, the offense should be explosive. The defense that didn't stop anyone last year has to get by without Tracy Robertson and Nicolas Jean-Baptiste on the defensive interior, but most of the back seven is back and all the pass rushers on the outside return.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Is it the offense or the parts? Remember, Art Briles' teams put up huge numbers at Houston before taking over at Baylor, but Robert Griffin took things to another level. Nick Florence has the unenviable task of replacing the Heisman winner, and he won't have Kendall Wright to throw to or Terrance Ganaway to hand off to. Three starters return up front and Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese are good receivers, but there's a ton of turnover. The defense that was so awful – finishing 116th in the nation – loses both starting tackles, but nine starters are back after trotting out six sophomores. The punting game was among the worst in America, but Spencer Roth is back along with PK Aaron Jones.

7. Kansas State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... It's Kansas State, so as always the focus is on bringing in as many ready-made JUCO players as possible to win right now. This isn't going to be a huge signing class, and there won't be as many JUCO signees as normal, but Bill Snyder will try to gets instant starters for both lines while hoping to find the right fit at quarterback in Tay Bender for down the road. However, Snyder is 72, and it's questionable whether or not he'll still want to be coaching by the time the freshmen are done.

Team Concerns For 2012: Three starters are needed for an offensive line that did a great job throughout last year. There's been some good developing going on, so there might not be as much of a learning curve as it might seem, but Snyder will still come up with a few JUCO prospects just in case. The secondary gets back ball-hawking corner Nigel Malone, but loses playmaking free safety Tysyn Hartman and corner David Garnett.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: What can Bill Snyder do for an encore? After nearly getting to the BCS by winning close game after close game, the team needs to find more offensive weapons and has to be even stronger on defense. Collin Klein will get the hype as one of college football's best running quarterbacks, but he'll have a patchwork line in front of him. John Hubert is a quick back who should do even more, while Brodrick Smith and Chris Harper are big targets who should do more as Klein expands the passing attack. The D has to find a playmaker in the secondary to replace Tysyn Hartman and corner David Garrett, but Nigel Malone should be among the nation's top defensive backs. Arthur Brown is a terrific linebacker to build around, but three starters are gone off the front seven. 

8. Iowa State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Receivers. Iowa State will never get the four and five-star prospects the other Big 12 teams bring in, so it's all about strength in numbers. The Cyclones will sign several receivers to try to improve an always-mediocre passing game, while the defense will concentrate mostly on the line. The last few classes have been working on the skill players, and soon it all has to start paying off. It might take one more year, though.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defensive line loses three starters and gets really young, really fast. Top corner Leonard Johnson will be sorely missed, but most of the key parts are back. The offense has to replace an NFL talent in tackle Kelechi Osemele and right guard Hayward Hicks, and the receiving corps needs help with Darius Reynolds and Darius Darks gone.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Cyclones came up with one of the most important wins of 2011, beating Oklahoma State, and went to a bowl game. There's a ceiling on what the program can do, but the hope is to do a bit more with a veteran team returning led by QB Jared Barnett. He'll be without receivers Darius Reynolds and Darius Darks, but he'll get Josh Lenz back. LT Kelechi Osemele is impossible to replace, but three starters are back up front. The defense that wasn't too bad at times gets back tackling machines A.J. Klein and Jake Knott to form one of the nation's best linebacking duos, and they'll have plenty of work to do with three starters gone from the line. CB Leonard Johnson and SS Ter'Ran Benton are done.

9. Kansas | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Firepower. The biggest recruit was new head coach Charlie Weis, but he doesn't have the pieces in place to start firing away with the better Big 12 offenses. Weis has already improved the passing game for now and the near future with Dayne Crist transferring from Notre Dame and former No. 1 quarterback recruit Jake Heaps coming in from BYU. This year, though, he'll be doing whatever he can to bring in a few JUCO targets and start to use the short time he's had to work to bring in enough talent to salvage some sort of a class.

Team Concerns For 2012: Weis is starting to clean house with a few players being booted/leaving. 2012 isn't looking like an improvement from 2011, and it might take at least two years to get the offense where it needs to be. Defensively, though, most of the key starters are back including linebacker Darius Willis in the middle to work around. Crist has to stay healthy on creaky knees, and the running game has to work from Day One.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: New head coach Charlie Weis will try to crank up his decided schematic advantage with Dayne Crist trying to pull a Russell Wilson as a free agent quarterback, and with BYU's Jake Heaps coming in for next year – pushing Jordan Webb out and effectively off the team. Weis is cleaning house, giving the boot to ten players including one-time star running back recruit, Darrian Miller. James Sims will have to carry most of the load, while the attack will mostly focus around the passing game. Crist has a knee problem and isn't going to move much, meaning the line that struggled so much last year has to be better in a hurry despite losing starting LT Jeff Spikes. The defense eight starters back including great-looking MLB Darius Willis, but there's a long way to go to be halfway decent after finishing dead last in America in total defense and scoring D.