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Recruiting 2013 - Big 12 Needs (OSU to WVU)

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Posted Feb 4, 2013


Recruiting 2013 - What does each Big 12 team need, and what are the concerns this offseason?

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Big 12 Needs - OSU to WVU

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
- 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 

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Oklahoma State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cowboys have a ton of returning talent, but there are still several areas that need to be solidified. The quarterback situation has to be settled this offseason, but it's a good situation with several good options who know what they're doing. Jeremy Smith has to take over and shine at running back in place of Joseph Randle, and he needs the line to be fantastic again despite the loss of center Evan Epstein and guard Lane Taylor. Improvements in the secondary would be a help after giving up 280 yards per game, but three starters are back. Replacing ends Ryan Robinson, Nigel Nicholas and Cooper Bassett will be hard from a front seven that was great at coming up with big plays behind the line.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The stars of the class are are receiver with Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples looking to be part of the great run of OSU targets, but the defensive front could turn out to get the most help. JUCO transfer Sam Wren is a ready-made end, but Naim Mustafaa the best pass rusher in the bunch. Defensive tackle Ben Hughes has the size, while Vincent Taylor has the motor to shine once he beefs up a bit. Safety Jordan Sterns and running backs Corion Webster and Rennie Childs have good upside.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 19. That Class Was Heavy On ... Really, really good skill players. The bulk of the class is on the defensive front with James Castelman leading the group of defensive tackles, and Jimmy Bean is a promising end for down the road while JUCO transfer Ryan Robinson will likely see time right away, but the stars are on offense. With the success of Dez Bryant the Justin Robinson, getting receivers isn’t a problem with Desmond Rolany, Johnny Haynes, and David Glidden all good enough to be the next great Cowboy target. J.W. Walsh is a fantastic quarterback prospect with the potential to do a little of everything for the offense, while Herschel Sims is one of the nation’s top running back recruits.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 17. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. No one is talking much about Oklahoma State's class mainly because Texas and Oklahoma stole all the limelight, but this was a great year for Mike Gundy. The secondary got lots and lots of bodies with eight prospect signed including corner Tommie Saunders and corner Larry Stephens. JUCO transfer Malcolm Murray is a big, skilled corner. Quarterbacks Nathan Sorenson and Johnny Deaton will get their chances right away to compete for the starting gig, while RB Joseph Randle might be too good to keep off the field. Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey will be good starters for the linebacking corps by 2013.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass rushers. The Cowboys weren’t bad at getting into the backfield over the last few years, but they weren’t good at closing. Getting to the quarterback in the pass-happy Big 12 South is a must, and OSU put a priority on bringing in players who can do that. David Paulsen will be a starter on the outside within the next three years, while Anthony Rogers could be special with a little seasoning. Linebackers LeRon Furr and Jordan Barnes can move and will be excellent blitzers.
 
TCU | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Horned Frogs should be a bit more settled now after 12 months of turmoil, but there's still plenty of things to improve on. The offensive line gave up the most sacks in the Big 12, and while that was partly because Trevone Boykin was trying to learn the ropes under center, and partly beause there were problems. Three starters are back up front, losing guard Blaize Foltz and center James Fry. The offense has to find more scoring pop after scoring 17 points or fewer in four of the last six games. Overall, the offense was decent, but it wasn't good enough to keep up the pace.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebacker. It's TCU, so don't get too comfortable with the idea of positions - Gary Patterson will move the talents around. However, the stars are at outside linebacker with Sammy Douglas, Paul Whitmill and Dac Shaw all safety sized with terrific speed and athleticism. The secondary got a boost with Ranthony Texada and George Baltimore, while the offense is bringing in a good one in running back Kyle Hicks. Bryson Burtnett and Charlie Reid are two good tight ends to eventually work the passing game around.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 31. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Call this a training year before going to the Big East, and the fantastic prospects for the passing attack will get time to work. The Horned Frogs went heavy on quarterback last year, but they still got three interesting passers this year with runner Trevone Boykin and 6-5 bomber Dominic Merka to get their chances. This class is loaded, loaded at receiver with Ladarius Brown, Brandon Carter, Cameron White, and David Porter all good enough to play anywhere in the Big 12. This is a big class good enough to rank with anyone in the new league … next season.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 61. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterback. Andy Dalton isn't going to be around forever, and Gary Patterson and his staff have brought in three interesting quarterback prospects to wage a battle for the starting job, possibly, in 2011. Sam Carter is the best of the three with excellent all-around skills, while Matt Brown and Antonio Graves are also good athletes who'll get their shot to shine. Linebackers Marcus Mallett and Blake Roberts fit the Horned Frog mold, but as always, don't assume that any TCU recruit will stick with his original position. Patterson is a master at moving around the talent to the right spots.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 55. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. The Horned Frogs got commitments from a few very nice running backs like Jurell Thompson and Matthew Tucker, and someone has to pave the way for them. The interior of the line wasn’t ignored, Eric Tausch is a good prospect at either guard or center, but the tackles got the attention with three tall, athletic options in Ty Horn, James Dunbar, and John Wooldridge.

Texas | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: It has to keep being said over and over and over again - can the Longhorns play up to their talent level? No one in the nation has more athletes and more prep superstars, but it doesn't matter if everyone doesn't start playing up to their potential. The biggest question is whether or not Mack Brown can actually find a way to take the team back to the level the program should be at after a disappointing year. The offense will be more than fine with ten starters returning, but it won't matter if the run defense isn't far stronger and far more effective after getting gashed time and again. Losing Alex Okafor and massive tackle Brandon Moore won't help the cause, but it's simple; the Longhorns have to be tougher and more physical.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. After coming up with the nation's best class last season, there aren't a ton of holes to fill with this year's haul - it's not a top-shelf class. However, Mack Brown got his share of terrific talents for a few key spots. If Kent Perkins isn't the nation's best tackle prospect, he's close, while guard Rami Hammad and center Darius Hames are as strong as any linemen talents in America. the passing game didn't get elite of the elite receivers, but Jake Oliver and Jacorey Warrick would be class stars for just about anyone else, and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is a future star.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 1. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 3. That Class Was Heavy On ... Malcolm Brown. It’s Texas, so there’s the normal dizzying array of four and five-star talents across the board – the secondary, defensive line, and receiving corps are LOADED with this class - but the two things that truly matter are 1) the offensive line and 2) Malcolm Brown. The running back-by-committee thing hasn’t worked too well since Jamaal Charles left, and the hope is for the 220-pound Brown to be the fast thumper who can take over the ground game. Will the Longhorns finally have the front five to pave the way? Garrett Greanlea and Sedrick Flowers aren’t going to be ready right away, but they’ll need to be anchors as soon as possible. Fun stat: every recruit is from Texas.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 2. That Class Was Heavy On ... Phenomenal talent. The Texas haul of players would've been gushed over even more if it wasn't for Florida's epic class. The offensive backfield got a few players, but there's superstar power everywhere else with Mike Davis and Darius White leading a terrific group of six receiver recruits. DE Jackson Jeffcoat was the big pre-Signing Day story picking the Longhorns over Florida, Oklahoma and USC, while Reggie Wilson is every bit the star end prospect. Mack Brown stole Ohio linebacker Jordan Hicks away from Ohio State, Florida, USC, and Alabama, and got Tulsa safety Demarco Cobbs from Alabama and Oklahoma's clutches. Corner Adrian White should be in the NFL in five years.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 3. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. The Longhorns loaded up with elite players all across the board with the bulk of the star power coming on the defensive front. Alex Okafor will be a killer after he spends a few years in the weight room, and Calvin Howell and Derek Johnson will battle it out for the honor of being the next great Longhorn defensive tackle. Kyle Kriegel is a potential pass rushing terror, while Dominique Jones is a tweener who’ll see time on an All-Big 12 team before he’s through.

Texas Tech | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Kliff Kingsbury has to get his defense to start coming up with more big plays. There were big improvements after some rocky years, but the Red Raiders still came up with a pathetic three recovered fumbles - with none in the last six games - while finishing last in the league in turnover margin. It'll start with the pass rush that wasn't effective enough on a regular basis. The offense is always going to bomb away, and it'll be a stunner if it doesn't lead the league in passing, but getting more from the Big 12-worst ground attack would make things easier.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. Kliff Kingsbury needs receivers for his high-powered offense to work with, and he got them led by Dylan Cantrell, a big, fast playmaker. Devin Lauderdale and tight end Gary Moore are just a few of the good pass catchers with a high ceiling. is quarterback Davis Webb the right guy to run the attack in a few years? He has the tools and the talent to be a statistical star. The secondary got the biggest boost for the defense with corners Maurice Chandler and Dee Paul leading the way.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was Heavy On ... Instant help for the defense. Will Texas Tech be patient enough to let last year's terrific recruiting class mature? Tommy Tuberville is on the hot seat after the 2011 collapse, but he came up with a whopper of a recruiting season and is doing another good job this year. However, he needs the defense to improve in a big hurry, and that means the 2009 and 2010 classes of good defenders have to start producing, and this year's group of prospects must fill in the gaps. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 15. That 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.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 41. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. Tommy Tuberville's first class made the most noise keeping QB Scotty Young, but he loaded up the defense with eight linemen including 288-pound JUCO transfer Donald Langley at one tackle spot and fellow JUCOers Lawrence Rumph and Scott Smith on the ends. Overshadowed but still important were key offensive tackles Aleon Calhoun and Beau Carpenter, two big bodies who fit the system. Tuberville also beefed up the secondary with eight recruits including safety Russell Polk and corner Tre'Vante Porter.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 30. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Tech can’t beat Texas or Oklahoma without being able to slow down the pass, and it made sure the defense got plenty of attention to try to upgrade the secondary. D.J. Johnson and Yahshua Williams are very big corners who’ll get time to develop. Adding more size are safeties Will Ford and Terrence Bullitt, while Daniel Cobb will be in the starting mix in a few years.

West Virginia | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The team needs to get its fight back. The Mountaineer defense was miserable in a conference full of miserable defenses finishing last in the league in scoring and pass efficiency defense. The front line got shoved around time and again, bottoming out in the bowl loss to Syracuse to end the season on a sour note. Of course, the offense needs to come up with some new stars after losing Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey - but Dana Holgorsen will get everything ramped up. The punting game has to replace Corey Smith after finishing last in the Big 12 in net yards.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebackers. Of course Dana Holgorsen is going to bring in the offensive prospects, and he cranked it up on receivers with Shelton Gibson a find out of Ohio and JUCO transfer Ronald Carswell a possible instant answer for the loss of Stedman Bailey. Running backs Wendell Smallwood and Deshawn Coleman are going to eventually handle the ground game, while JUCO transfer Dreamius Smith will get a chance in the rotation right away. However, the Mountaineers need defensive help, and they got it at linebacker with Darrien Howard along with Al-Rasheed Benton and Marvin Gross all athletic and talented.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 24. That Class Was Heavy On ... More receivers. Head coach Dana Holgorsen got a few nice prospects last year for the offense, but this year he's loading up on receivers and pass catchers to make his high-octane attack shine. The offense had more than its share of star prospect from recent classes, but the talent is flowing to assure that the passing game remains among the nation's most dangerous. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 46. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. While all the talk about the coaching changes helped bring in offensive stars who want to be a part of the Dana Holgorsen attack, led by running backs Andrew Buie and Vernard Roberts and receivers Dante Caldwell and K.J. Myers, but the defense got the best all-around talents with JUCO transfer Shaq Rowell ready to roll right away at defensive tackle and linebacker Joshua Francis a strong JUCO transfer who’ll be used in a variety of ways. Safeties Terrell Chestnut, Shaquille Petteway, and Nick Kwiatkoski are all going to be factors in the next three years.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 35. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. West Virginia? Wide Receivers? Bill Stewart came up with several excellent, dangerous targets led by Ivan McCartney out of Florida. The 6-1, 175-pound playmaker spurned Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee to come to Morgantown, but Deon Long might end up playing earlier on. The Mountaineers also came up with several good defensive back prospects starting with safety Latwan Anderson, a flash of lightning who hits like a ton of bricks and chose WVU over Ohio State.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 24. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill position players. The Mountaineers have roped in a slew of speedy, dynamic backs and receivers, who can go a long with the ball. What else is new? This class, which is particularly heavy on outstanding wideouts, is tailored-made for an offense that hopes to throw the ball more than in the past. Logan Heastie was fielding interest from the likes of Florida and USC, so he might waste little time getting on the field. 

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