5 Big 12 Recruits You Need To Know

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Posted Feb 6, 2013


Every Big 12 team's five new recruits you need to know.



Recruiting 2013 

5 Big 12 Recruits To Care About


Recruiting 2012 

- Baylor | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
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1. WR Robbie Rhodes
2nd ranked receiver, five stars

A special athlete at the position. He already has the frame and physical presence of an All-BCS Conference player to go with elite level 21.06 200-meter top end speed. He runs crisp routes and has good hands. He is not afraid to track balls over the middle of the field, but is at his best getting down the field and making the big-time plays. He is the type of receiver that can dominate and stretch field to completely take over a game.

2. DT Andrew Billings
12th ranked defensive tackle, four stars

One of the most physically imposing players in the entire country. The first thing that jumps out is his superior strength. Whether he lines up on the offensive line or the defensive line he plays each and every play with a chip on his shoulder. When he gets his hands on the opposition he makes them pay. He moves extremely well for a bigger bodied player and will be a force in college.
 
3. QB Chris Johnson
29th ranked quarterback, four stars

Elite level type of athlete, who could play other positions if needed. He already plays offense, defense and special teams in high school. Right now he is most special with the ball in his hands as a runner. He has solid speed and size to take on defenders. He can also make people miss. He shows nice touch on his deep throws, and that combination of skills will which will help him spread out defenses. He is progressing as a thrower.

4. S Austin Jupe
25th ranked safety, four stars

5. RB Johnny Jefferson
48th ranked running back, three stars

- Iowa State | Signing Class

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1. OT Jake Campos
19th ranked offensive tackle, four stars

2. QB Joel Lanning
65th ranked quarterback, three stars

3. OT Shawn Curtis
75th ranked offensive tackle, three stars

4. LB Justin Webster
80th ranked outside linebacker, three stars

5. DE J.D. Waggoner
103rd ranked defensive end, three stars

- Kansas | Signing Class

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1. DE Chris Martin
JUCO transfer, four stars

Was the No. 1-ranked prep outside linebacker prospect in the nation in the 2010 recruiting class. He signed with Cal but transferred to Florida a few months later. He did not play in a game for the Gators his freshman year due to transfer rules, and then left Florida to go the junior college route for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

2. DT Marquel Combs
JUCO transfer, four stars

Combs lines up as the nose guard in LA Pierce's base 3-4. He is often double and triple teamed without giving ground in the running game. He has a strong base and can occupy two blockers at once. He has a quick first step, and on the rare occasions he only faces one blocker, he can beat him off the snap often. More of a straight ahead bull rusher than a change of directions pursuit player, Combs is a load in the middle.

3. QB Jordan Darling
75th ranked quarterback, three stars

4. DE Andrew Bolton
JUCO transfer, three stars

5. LB Marcus Jenkins-Moore
JUCO transfer, three stars

- Kansas State | Signing Class

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1. DE Tanner Wood
30th ranked defensive end, four stars

2. LB Nick Ramirez
15th ranked middle linebacker, three stars

3. OT Chance Allen
37th ranked offensive tackle, three stars

4. DE Jamone Boyd
36th ranked defensive end, three stars

5. LB Isaiah Williams
74th ranked outside linebacker, three stars

- Oklahoma | Signing Class

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1. RB Keith Ford
5th ranked running back, five stars

A bruising running back. He has quick feet and can make people miss in the open field and tacklers tend to slide right off of him. One of the key attributes to his running style is vision. He hits the hole hard and once he sees an opening, he explodes, which makes it difficult to get a clean shot on him. He does not waste movements. He shows patience, letting things set up before he puts his foot on the gas. He can stop and start.

2. QB Cody Thomas
8th ranked quarterback, four stars

Plays in a fast-paced spread the ball around offense and does a good job of picking defenses apart. He is tall and because he plays with good posture and presence he almost seems even taller in the pocket. He needs to more consistently use his lower body with his throws, but it is evident he has a good strong arm, because he can still make all of the throws. He is also a top level baseball prospect. His ceiling is high in both sports.

3. S Hatari Byrd
13th ranked safety, four stars

He’s one of the most physical safeties and with a massive upper body, some feel Byrd will move to linebacker in college. Byrd has under-rated cover skills however and has loose hips and the ability to turn and run with tight ends and receivers. His strengths are definitely as an in the box run stuffer and he’s the kind of intimidating hitter you want in your secondary. He’s a true enforcer and has the makeup to play early in his college career.

4. DE D.J. Ward
11th ranked defensive end, four stars

He gets after the quarterback and will get sacks. He gets his hands in the air to bat down balls at the line of scrimmage. He pursues the run well and his long arms and strong hands allow him to drag down ball carriers from out of nowhere. He brings a little bit of everything to the table and is versatile. Deceptively long and lean right now, but after he gets in a college strength and conditioning program he will be a monster.

5. CB Stanvon Taylor
20th ranked cornerback, four stars

Taylor is a talented two-way prospect who has great athleticism and legit top-end speed. On defense he can cut on a dime and has great closing ability and he will also play physical in run support. On offense he uses his speed and athletic ability to make big plays. He plays with a high energy level at all times and seems to take all facets of the game seriously.

- Oklahoma State | Signing Class

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1. WR Marcell Ateman
25th ranked receiver, four stars

2. WR Ra'Shaad Samples
29th ranked receiver, four stars

3. DE Naim Mustafaa
28th ranked defensive end, four stars

4. RB Corion Webster
43rd ranked running back, three stars

5. S Jordan Sterns
30th ranked safety, four stars

- Texas | Signing Class

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1. QB Tyrone Swoopes
6th ranked quarterback, four stars

An impressive specimen. He does not play against a high level of competition in high school, but he completely dominates. He is most often compared to Vince Young or Terrelle Pryor and he has a similar skill set. A long-strider, he glides across the field and can score in a hurry. With the ball in his hands he has the “it” factor of a special player. As a thrower he will have some things to polish, but the ball just jumps out of his hand.
 
2. OT Kent Perkins
2nd ranked tackle, five stars

A natural fit at right tackle, but is versatile and consistent enough that he could slide around to any position. He will have the size to play interior line positions if need be. A very natural and smooth player. He gets off the line quickly and squares up through the hole, but at times when he pulls he can struggle locking on to defenders. Rarely beaten in pass protection and usually controls the line of scrimmage on run plays.

3. C Darius James
1st ranked center, four stars

Not your typical high school center. He is huge, having the necessary size right now to play on the interior of a college line. He moves extremely well for a player with his size and gets off the line quickly. He makes it to the second level with ease and because he has quick feet he is a devastating pull blocker. His feet rarely stop moving at the point of contact and that allows him to stay on blocks until the whistle blows.

4. CB Antwuan Davis
14th ranked cornerback, four stars

A physical cornerback, who is not afraid to come up and support the run. He gets in and out of his breaks quickly and has the natural instinctual ability to close distances quickly, a skill that has allowed many college corners to prosper. He is not extremely smooth with his ability to turn an run, but does have elite level 10.44 100-meter top-end speed. He has nice size at the position and will not be overmatched by big receivers.

5. OG Rami Hammad
10th ranked outside linebacker, four stars

- TCU | Signing Class

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1. RB Kyle Hicks
21st ranked running back, four stars

Hicks started as a sophomore as a corner and he showed that he had D1 type abilities at that position, but after the graduation of the team's top RB he moved to offense and he is now the premier playmaker. He has great acceleration and the hips to make quick open field moves. He can catch the ball out of the slot and has good hands. because he has quick feet he will make tacklers miss in the open field. A great all-around athlete.

2. C Patrick Morris
8th ranked center, three stars

3. LB Sammy Douglas
28th ranked outside linebacker, three stars

4. LB Dac Shaw
33rd ranked outside linebacker, three stars

5. RB Trevorris Johnson
45th ranked running back, three stars

- Texas Tech | Signing Class

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1. WR Dylan Cantrell
36th ranked receiver, four stars

2. QB Davis Webb
37th ranked quarterback, three stars

3. OG Joshua Outlaw
27th ranked guard, three stars

4. WR Devin Lauderdale
51st ranked receiver, three stars

5. CB Maurice Chandler
65th ranked cornerback, three stars

- West Virginia | Signing Class

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1. LB Darrien Howard
12th ranked middle linebacker, four stars

Struggled during his career with being disciplined in keeping off weight and his physical conditioning. Plays game with a high motor and is physically tough. When is solid shape has the ability to man the middle of a defense warding off blockers, stepping over track and getting into pursuit. Shows great hands and could also play fullback or tight end at the college level.

2. WR Shelton Gibson
19th ranked receiver, four stars

3. S Daryl Worley
33rd ranked safety, three stars

4. RB Wendell Smallwood
50th ranked running back, three stars

5. LB Al-Rasheed Benton
29th ranked middle linebacker, three stars