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2006 Big 12 Recruiting Rankings

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 11, 2006


Ranking the 2006 Big 12 recruiting classes and trying to figure out what it all means to the college football world.



1.
Texas
The class is heavy on ... Balance. You name a position, and Texas got at least one recruit who'd be the star of the class at about 100 other places. From Jevan Snead and Sherrod Harris at quarterback to RB Vondrell McGee to offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb to DE Eddie Jones to DT Lamarr Houston to CB Ken Beasley, Texas recruited like a national champion.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OT J'Marcus Webb
The player you might care about this year ... QB Jevan Snead
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The cupboard is well stocked once again. You'd expect a team with the success Texas had to recruit well, and this class showed that last year's national title might not be the last in the Mack Brown era. With Vince Young off to the NFL, Jevan Snead and Sherrod Harris go from being solid quarterback prospects to front and center in the derby to take over the nation's number one team.

2. Oklahoma
The class is heavy on ... Offensive linemen. It's a splashy class with plenty of big names and top skill players, but the heart of the group is on the front line where seven offensive line prospects were brought in including 300+ pound JUCO transfers Brandon Walker and Sherrone Moore to provide instant depth. Cory Brandon should be the best of the bunch once he fills out his frame.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Gerald McCoy
The player you might care about this year ... RB DeMarco Murray
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Last year's slip from the elite of the elite on the field meant nothing in the recruiting wars. Texas might have the Big 12's number one class, but it's close with OU getting several NFL caliber prospects. DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu should provide instant depth in the backfield behind Adrian Peterson as they're groomed to take over the starting roles in 2007 when/if Peterson leaves.

3. Oklahoma State
The class is heavy on ... Receivers and linebackers. You can't throw the ball like Mike Gundy wants to without good receivers, and he got them hauling in five prospects with JUCO transfer Anthony Parks sure to be a factor, and likely a number two option behind D'Juan Woods, this year. Linebackers is also a strength of the class with Donnell Williams, Adrian Hamilton, Justin Grant, Orie Lemon and Patrick Lavine to be the foundation of the defense by 2007.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DE Ugo Chinasa
The player you might care about this year ... QB Alex Cate
What it all means to the real world of college football ... That was a collective "aw crap" you heard from the rest of the Big 12. This is a fantastic class that showed that Oklahoma State won't be a pushover and has the pieces in place to turn into a major player. It might take at least two years before even considering challenging for the Big 12 South, but there's a big enough upgrade in all-around talent to think things should start to change right away.

4. Texas A&M
The class is heavy on ... Running back and receiver. The Aggie backfield might already be set for this year with Courtney Lewis and Jorvorskie Lane, and the future is also bright with Michael Goodson, Trent Hines and Latrael Cooper coming in. The biggest impact is made at receiver where six prospects are coming in with JUCO transfer Torey Degrate expected to add depth right away and speedy E.J. Shankle and Kenny Brown to be the stars of the future.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Michael Goodson
The player you might care about this year ... LB Misi Tupe
What it all means to the real world of college football ... If Dennis Franchione's job is in trouble, this class didn't show it. In the harsh recruiting world, many had to get into the negative when it came to the program's problems under Coach Fran. Even so, to get a player like Michael Goodson and defensive help from top prospects like tackle Leslie Ray, end Cody Williams and linebackers Anthony Lewis and Misi Tupe shows that the coaching staff can sell.

5. Nebraska
The class is heavy on ... Offensive linemen. Nowhere has the Nebraska program slipped more than in the running game and on the offensive line, and Bill Callahan looked to rectify that with six very big recruits. Size isn't a problem for the incoming 300 pounders, but they'll have to learn how to pass block in the Huskers' balanced system.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Seth Jensen
The player you might care about this year ... WR Maurice Purify
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Callahan wants to win and win now. Yeah, all coaches do, but this recruiting class isn't looking much towards the future with seven JUCO transfers to go along with all the of last year's massive haul of talent to try to officially become a Big 12 player right now. If nothing else, this class provides depth to spare.

6. Texas Tech
The class is heavy on ... Offensive linemen and defensive ends. All the flash and dash of the Texas Tech offense can't operate without a good line up front, and head coach Mike Leach looked to secure things with seven recruits for the front line led by 335-pound JUCO transfer Ofa Mohetau. Chris Olson, Buddy Brumit and Dimitri Lott need to be the stars of the line by 2008. On the other side of the ball, six defensive ends were brought in headlined by Dwayne Bazile, who has room on his 6-3 frame to grow into a 250+ pound playmaker.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Taylor Potts
The player you might care about this year ... OL Ofa Mohetau
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Texas Tech cares about defense, too. Twenty defensive players were recruited meaning this class will make or break the 2008 season. On offense, Taylor Potts is more than just a consolation prize after being in the hunt for some of the elite of the elite big name quarterbacks. It takes a while for a quarterback to get the Mike Leach system, but the big, strong Potts might turn into the 2007 starter if he lives up to the hype.

7. Kansas State
The class is heavy on ... Defensive tackles. JUCO transfer Brandon Balkcom is the only name of note, but new head coach Ron Prince is hoping for strength in numbers with five tackles coming in. The strength of the class is in the backfield with QB Josh Freeman, who everyone else wanted as a defensive back, and running backs James Johnson and Leon Patton.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ...QB Josh Freeman
The player you might care about this year ... RB James Johnson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Kansas State has never been a monster recruiter, but this isn't a bad class. The future is there with Freeman for the offense, along with a big commitment to the lines. Even with seven JUCO transfers this wasn't necessarily a quick fix class, but there are enough good new pieces to hope for a better team this year.

8. Colorado
The class is heavy on ... Offensive line. New head man Dan Hawkins loaded up on the line with seven recruits with massive 340-pound JUCO transfer Erick Faatagi the star of the bunch. There aren't a lot of sure-thing prospects on the line, but there are enough good ones to develop over the next few years.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Cody Hodges
The player you might care about this year ... RB Thomas Perez
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Considering the hiring of Hawkins came in the last minute of the recruiting game, this was a decent class helped immensely by Cody Hawkins, the son of the head coach, switching his commitment from Boise State to CU. Outside of RB Thomas Perez, this isn't a class loaded with a lot of speed; that'll have to come next year.

9. Kansas
The class is heavy on ... Safeties. The Jayhawks only got three, but they're good and very, very fast. Anthony Webb and Olaitan Oguntodu flirt with the 4.4 range and Jeremy Terry isn't far off. Don't expect them to shine right away, but these three carry the hopes for the 2008 secondary.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Donte Bean
The player you might care about this year ... TE Marc Jones
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Generating more points is obviously a big deal with special attention paid to the skill players. Todd Reesing and Tyler Lawrence will wage a big battle for the starting quarterback job over the next few years considering how inconsistent the position was this year. RB Donte Bean is the most talented player in the class, and receiver Xavier Rambo should be the team's top target by 2008.

10. Missouri
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. With immediate help from JUCO transfers Tremane Vaghns and Paul Simpson, along with talented freshman Jeremy Maclin and two other recruits, head coach Gary Pinkel went after targets for his young array of signal callers to work with. Corner was also addressed with five new corners with JUCO transfers Justin Brown and Castine Bridges big, strong and fast enough to start right away.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB J.P. Tillman
The player you might care about this year ... CB Justin Brown
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Did Pinkel's somewhat shaky job security prove to be an issue? This isn't the type of class that'll make Mizzou a Big 12 superpower, but there are enough talented recruits in key spots to add some instant help. QB J.P. Tillman is the most interesting recruit. The top player in the class won't want to sit for all that long behind Chase Daniel.

11. Baylor
The class is heavy on ... Safety. You don't get better by losing players like Maurice Lane and Willie Andrews, so there'll be pressure on the four new recruits to fill a huge hole in the Baylor secondary that often uses three safeties. JUCO transfers Brandon Stiggers and Jwaun Ward are big defenders who'll need to play big roles right off the bat.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Adrian Johnson
The player you might care about this year ... S Brandon Stiggers
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Head coach Guy Morriss brought in his best class yet showing that the program continues on the upswing. Baylor will never outrecruit Texas, Oklahoma, and the rest of the Big 12 big powers, but it did a fantastic job of getting several good prospects. With five top JUCO transfers, all for the defense, the better-than-expected D might not slip much.

12. Iowa State
The class is heavy on ... The defensive back seven. There aren't any showstoppers outside of, possibly, CB Devin McDowell and LB Fred Garrin, but there are a lot of prospects to work with. 11 players were brought in for the back seven with three corners, four safeties and four linebackers. Running back was also addressed with four prospects headlined by Josh Johnson and the speedy Mitchell Moore.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Derron Montgomery
The player you might care about this year ... OT Ahtyba Rubin
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Head coach Dan McCarney has always done more with less, but this isn't a class that'll get anyone shaking in their boots. With Nebraska and Kansas getting better, the Big 12 South improving more and more, and Missouri, Kansas State and Colorado solid, there aren't enough sure-things in the 2006 Cyclone class to assure a big future.