Recruiting is a year-round game. If a team falls behind, it will surely catch up to them on the field in the future. How each school will ultimately fair, comes down to signing day, February 1st. A good recruiting class can make a program, while a bad one can break it. Even though most of the work is already done, there’s still plenty to look for in the Big 12 this signing day, and we’ve got you covered on what to watch. Rankings come courtesy of 247sports.com.
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Sure, everybody would like to finish strong, but there are a couple of coaches that need it a little more than others.
Say what you will about Charlie Strong, but he can recruit. The Texas 2016 class finished in the top 10, and if new head coach Tom Herman wants to match that, he’s got some work to do leading up to National Signing Day. The Longhorns are ranked 25th, seven spots behind in-state rival Texas A&M. Fortunately, it looks like Texas will land three of their four top outstanding targets. Four-star recruits K’Lavon Chaisson and Stephan Zabie and three-star recruit Jordan Pouncey should give the Longhorns a boost as we head towards the 2017 finish line.
Someone else in need of a strong finish is coach Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineer’s season didn’t live up to the promise it showed early on, and they are going to continue to have a hard time getting over the hump in the Big 12 if they can’t recruit better. The last three years the WVU recruiting classes have finished in the high 30’s, but this year they need to make up about 15-20 spots if they even want to finish that high. Unfortunately, for the Mountaineers, 4-star recruit Danny Davis seems to have narrowed his choice to Wisconsin and Kentucky and it doesn’t seem like WVU will make much of a closing splash.
The good news for the Mountaineers is that they already have a loaded roster and this class largely address the needs they do have. Lamonte McDougle’s commitment last night was one the coaching staff was really hoping for.
NOTE FROM THE LGG STAFF
Enjoy Signing Day 2017. It’s an exciting, dramatic, and enjoyable day, and we’ll have all kinds of coverage here all day on Wednesday, as well as a round-up when the dust settles. Please keep in mind this Signing Day that no matter how persuasive you are, you should not tweet at recruits, and doubly shouldn’t tweet at a recruit that didn’t pick your favorite school. Keep in mind that these kids are just that, kids, and they’re making huge life choices, there’s no reason to harass them for their choice, even if they really should have picked your school.