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Recruiting 2013 - Big 12 Team Rankings

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Posted Feb 7, 2013


Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Big 12 Recruiting Classes

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1. 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 four-star corner L.J. Moore on Signing Day to go along 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.

2. 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 paltry 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.

3. 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, and gettng local defensive tackle Andrew Billings was a great late pickup.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 because 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.

9. 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 class, 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.

10. 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.