To say that it’s been a busy week in Big 12 recruiting would be a pretty massive understatement. After a bunch of spring games last weekend (even with a few cancellations), and a ton of visits, it was one of the most active weeks in recruiting in several months. Let’s take a look at who announced their commitments, and which schools won the week.
It’s not hard to pick a winner from the last week of recruiting. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last week, you’ve seen Lincoln Riley’s eye emojis fill the internet, as Oklahoma picked up a whopping six 2019 commitments since April 13th, as well as a 2020 running back.
The commitment explosion jumped Oklahoma up into the top spot in the national team rankings, and filled a number of crucial needs for the class.
The first dominos started falling for the Sooners when wide receivers Arjei Henderson and Theo Wease both recommitted after decommitting from Oklahoma last year. The momentum continued that day, when safety Jamal Morris committed to the Sooners. 2019 running back Jaylon Knighton also pledged later that same day.
Just a day later, the Sooners added another, when defensive lineman Derek Green announced his commitment to Oklahoma. After a short, one day break, Lincoln Riley was at it again, landing a pledge from another safety: Jarian Jones.
The fireworks seem to have concluded three days ago, when outside linebacker Jonathan Perkins announced his commitment.
In the span of five days, the Sooners managed to address their need for wideouts, safeties, an interior defender and an athletic edge rusher, while also adding a workhorse back for 2020. Pretty solid week, if you ask me.
Baylor picked up their first commitment since February on April 17th, when Humble, TX outside linebacker Tyrone Brown announced his commitment.
Brown is the fourth member of Baylor’s class, and the first linebacker. It will likely be a defense heavy class, as three of the first four commitments (Brown, Hakeem Vance and TJ Franklin) are all defenders.
The Horned Frogs picked up their quarterback for the 2019 class, as they landed four-star Iowa product Max Duggan. TCU’s quarterback recruiting has been outstanding the past couple years, and this is yet another in a long line of impressive quarterback prospects to pick TCU.
It isn’t surprising to see TCU go outside of Texas for a quarterback in this class, as the top quarterback in the state, Grant Gunnell is likely headed to LSU or Ohio State. Outside of him, it’s not a great QB class in the state, so many Big 12 teams will likely have to look elsewhere for their signal caller.