Recruiting 2013 - Big 12 Needs & Concerns

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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 - Baylor to OU

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
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Baylor | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bears would be deadly if they ever had a defense. The focus has been solely on the offense for the last few seasons under Art Briles, while the defense finished second-to-last in the nation hurt mostly by the second-worst pass defense. It has to start with a better pass rush after struggling throughout last season at getting into the backfield and bothering quarterbacks. Needing to replace both starting tackles, but getting all the ends back, the line has some work to do. The offense is loaded again, but the quarterback situation will be in the spotlight.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After yet another year without anything happening in the secondary, the Bears went heavy on defensive backs for the second year in a row. Austin Jupe might be good enough to start at safety right now, while Travon Blanchard and Taion Sells are good prospects to boost up the defensive backfield. Linebackers Xavier Phillips and Raaquan Davis are going to be factors, while Brian Nance could see time in the rotation in a hurry. Of course, Baylor is the hot program at the moment because of the offense, and landing Robbie Rhodes - arguably the nation's top receiver prospect - shows just how good the program is getting. Landing quarterback Chris Johnson was also a coup.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 35. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running backs. With Jay Finley gone, Baylor might be hoping one of its young new recruits can shine right away. B.J. Allen, Jermichael Selders, and Anthony Webb aren’t thumpers, but they’re slick speedsters who can tear off yards in chunks. The passing game got a big pickup with Jonathan Lee, a big target who has No. 1 potential. The instant help is for the secondary with three JUCO transfers and good-looking prep safety Jermarcus Johnson all to be thrown into the rotation immediately.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 51. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Art Briles was looking to build up on the front lines and signed a few nice defensive line prospects in tackle Dominique Jones and end Kedrick Dial. On the offensive side, tackle Troy Baker needs to be a starter within three years, while JUCO transfer Robert Griffin will be needed at tackle to protect the other Robert Griffin, the team's star quarterback. Guard Xavier Ruben is a good athlete for his size and could be the unsung signing for the offense. Helping out the passing game will be Eddie Johnson, a tall, talented wide receiver, and Antwan Goodley, a speedy target who'll get time to develop.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was Heavy On ... the passing game. Being in the Big 12 South with all the big-time passing attacks, head coach Art Briles wasted no time in going hard after defensive backs, bringing in several decent safeties, but his reputation as a top offensive head coach helped land a ton of really good, really surprising prospect. Do the receivers want to play with star sophomore QB Robert Griffin? Oh yeah. Darius Jones is a smallish, quick playmaker who could be a No. 1 target right away, but Skyler Scott, Tevin Reese, Willie Jefferson and Glasco Martin are all good enough to emerge as future stars in the system. QB Bryce Petty will be a superstar in a few years.

Kansas | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Jake Heaps, are you ready to shine? The Jayhawks didn't exactly get the Charlie Weis passing game rolling finishing last in the nation in efficiency averaging just 149 yards per game. Heaps, the former superstar recruit for BYU, needs to take the offense by the horns, but Michael Cummings showed he could run a bit last year when he was thrown to the wolves. The offensive line needs to be better and has to replace three starters, but James Sims is a nice back to use to take the heat off the passing attack. The miserable pass rush has to start finding ways into the backfield, and the Big 12's worst run defense has to be far more physical.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO. Charlie Weis needs to improve his team in a hurry, and he's looking at the junior colleges to do it. Marquel Combs is a sure-thing defensive tackle starter out of California, while end Chris Martin is a ready-made pass rusher out of City College of California. Cassius Sendish, Kevin Short and Dexter McDonald are being brought in to help the secondary right away, while Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas are going to help out the receiver depth. There are some decent prep talents coming in, too, with quarterback Jordan Darling and tight end Ben Johnson to eventually be a pitch-and-catch option.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Safeties. The Jayhawks need answers for the offense, and the hope will be for either Brock Berglund or Michael Cummings to be a playmaker at quarterback as soon as humanly possible. Running backs Darrian Miller and Anthony Pierson should add some flash to the backfield early on. In the big class, the emphasis was on the safeties with six brought in with JUCO transfer Tnde Bakare expected to start right away and Marquis Jackson and Alex Matlock big, dangerous prospects for down the road.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive line. Mark Mangino concentrated on the secondary last year, and Turner Gill, with little time to work, beefed up the defensive front with six prospects headed up by Jeremiah Edwards, a potentially dangerous interior pass rusher, and speedy end Jaqwaylin Arps. Both are from Texas. JUCO transfer Quinn Meachem will push hard for Todd Reesing's vacated starting quarterback job, while the running back tandem of Brandon Bourbon and James Sims might be too good to keep off the field.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 46. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Jayhawks went out to get better on defense, and it did with LB Huldon Tharp, three JUCO defensive ends, end Kevin Young, and tackle Randall Dent all coming in to form the foundation for the future of the defense, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with six prospects led by corner Prinz Kande, a speedy, big coverman, while the safeties are all terrific led by JUCO transfer Calvin Rubles and true freshmen Bradley McDougald and Darian Kelly. 

Kansas State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Wildcats always seem to find ways to reload under Bill Snyder, but the defense has way too much work to do after leading the Big 12 in scoring D and finishing second in run defense. Nine starters are gone with a wholesale change on the front seven, but having safeties Jarard Milo and Ty Zimmerman back will be a nice place to start. Of course, replacing Collin Klein is going to be next to impossible - at least from a leadership standpoint - meaning the offensive line has to be the star with all five starters returning. It would be nice if the passing game was a wee bit stronger now that Klein isn't there to rely on running the ball.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive ends. JUCO transfer Jake Waters has the potential to fight for the starting quarterback job right away, while Jesse Ertz fits what Bill Snyder likes to do. However, this class is big for the defensive side with end Tanner Wood one of the best recruits to come to Manhattan in a while, and JUCO transfer Devon Nash and Jamone Boyd making this a good haul of linemen. JUCO transfers De'Vondre Campbell and Nate Jackson will start soon at linebacker and corner, respectively, while linebacker Nick Ramirez is a future leader in the middle.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. As always, Bill Snyder went hard after the JUCO transfers with corner Allen Chapman a lockdown defender and safeties Kip Daily and Nigel Malone ready for right now, and defensive end Meshak Williams a great-looking end to put in the rotation. The offensive backfield got a few new options with JUCO transfers Justin Tuggle and Angelo Pease two fast, mobile players who can handle the offense this year. Daniel Sams is a prep pickup who’ll be groomed for the near future.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 84. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. If it's Kansas State there are going to be Junior College transfers. Overall this is a mediocre class with the bulk of the players for the near future coming in last year, especially in the secondary, and Bill Snyder is going for the immediate boost to get the program back over the hump and into Big 12 South title contention. Matthew Pearson will start somewhere in the secondary and Adam Davis will be used from Day One on the line as a pass rusher. In the freshman class, linebackers Tre Walker and Laton Dowling will be the keys to the 2013 Wildcat defense.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 89. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. If you’re going to try to compete in the Big 12, you need good defensive backs. Kansas State didn’t exactly break the recruiting bank on star prospects, but the secondary got the most help with safeties Thomas Ferguson and Carlton Callendar the best in the class. Throw in JUCO transfer Troy Butler and corner Courtney Thompson, along with safeties Joseph Bonugli and Torrell Miller, and the Wildcats are thinking defense first with this class.

Iowa State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cyclones have to find more pop on offense. The attack was able to come up big against some of the weaker defenses, but it didn't do enough on a consistent basis to make much noise in the second half of the season. The quarterback play has to be more efficient and more effective. The defense has to find a way to get into someone's backfield after finishing 112th in the nation in sacks and 103rd in tackles for loss. With just five starters returning, there are plenty of openings, especially on the line. The kickoff return game was the worst in the Big 12 and needs more out of Jarvis West..

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Cyclones need more firepower to keep up with the Big 12 powerhouses, and they went hard after quarterbacks bringing in three options in Joel Lanning, Trevor Hodge and Alton Meeks. The line is getting the big reinforcements with tackle Jake Campos the star of the clas, and Shawn Curtis out of Orlando a decent prospect who just needs a little time in the weight room. JUCO tackle Rodney Coe and prepster J.D. Waggoner add talent to the defensive front.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. Apparently, head coach Paul Rhoads is looking to branch out and looking for more options to play around with. Three quarterbacks were brought in with an eye both to 2011, with JUCO transfer Steele Jantz, and to the future with Jaquarius Daniels and Sam Richardson getting time to groom. JUCO transfer tight end Ernst Brun will be a part of the offense right away, while the hope will be for at least one new receiver, probably Quenton Bundrage or Tad Ecby, to be ready. Running backs DeVondrick Nealy and Rob Standard fit the Cyclone mold.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After going after wide receivers last year, second-year head coach Paul Rhoads made sure the defensive shelves were stocked bringing in six key prospects including JUCO transfer Anthony Young, who might be penciled in at one corner spot, and JUCO safety Durrell Evans. For the offense, Shontrelle Johnson leads a good-looking group of running backs and JUCO transfers Chris Young and Albert Gary will be counted on in the receiving corps.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 73. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. New head coach Paul Rhoads might be a defensive coach by nature, but he and his staff went after offense with the passing game getting the most help. Running backs James White and Beau Blankenship will be a major part of the attack soon, but the goal is to get the new receivers into the mix as soon as possible. Five wide receivers and tight end Willie Scott were added, with Donnie Jennert the best prospect with 6-6 size and good speed, while JUCO transfer Josh Bellamy has field-stretching wheels.

Oklahoma | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Sooners have to make sure that Blake Bell can ball. Everyone knows him as the Belldozer, and there isn't a more physical quarterback in America, but if it really is Bell who takes over for Landry Jones, he needs keep the nation's 12th-ranked passing game rolling behind a line that loses tackle Lane Johnson but gets foru starters back. The defense has to be up to Stoops snuff after finishing last in the Big 12 in tackles for loss and turning in a surprisingly soft season against the run. The three starters lost off the defensive front is a problem, and not having safety Tony Jefferson or linebacker Tom Wort to rely on after they chose to leave early for the next level.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Bob Stoops went big on defensive linemen a few years ago, and now he's restocking the shelves for a few years from now led by Kerrick Hughes out of Dallas, who has the talent to be the next great OU defensive tackle. D.J. Ward and Matt Dimon are terrific end prospects who should soon be key parts of the pass rush, while JUCO transfer Quincy Russell could b used right away. The secondary is getting some help, too, with safety Hatari Byrd and corner Stanvon Taylor. Offensively, can Keith Ford become a part of the puzzle early on? He has the talent to make a big impact right out of the box.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 11. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 17. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. It’s more about quality than quantity across the board with some of the nation’s top prospects at most of the key positions. Kendal Thompson isn’t the typical OU star passer, but he has good skills. Brandon Williams might be the nation’s best running back in the 2011 class, and if Trey Metoyer isn’t the No. 1 receiver, he’s in the top three. Defensively, the line is loaded with some special prospects led by 6-5, 300-pound Jordan Phillips for the inside and pass rushing terror Nathan Hughes on the end. Dan Tapko will be a part of the end rotation soon, while Jordan Wade could be a special tackle with a little bit of time in the weight room.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 3. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive talent. Bob Stoops went after defensive backs last season, and this year he was out to step up the skill positions. Blake Bell will sit and wait his turn at quarterback with Landry Jones the likely starter for the next few seasons, but when it's his time, he should become a star. Brennan Clay and Roy Finch are runners who can fly, and Kenny Stills and Justin McCay lead an all-star cast of receivers who should bring in more firepower in the next few seasons. Defensively, OU came up with a big early story on Signing Day getting top linebacker Corey Nelson to change his commitment from Texas A&M. The Nelson signing overshadowed the addition of Tony Jefferson, a speedy outside linebacker from California who could've gone anywhere and played running back if he wanted.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 8. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Everyone in the Big 12 went heavy on the secondary, seeing it as a must after the offensive explosion of this year, but Oklahoma got the best ones of the bunch. Gabe Lynn might be the nation’s best corner, and Marcus Trice isn’t all that far behind. Javon Harris and Kevin Brent will be starting safeties by 2011, while Demontre Hurst and Marshall Musil are interesting prospects.

Recruiting 2013 - Big 12 Needs & Concerns - OSU to WVU