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Recapping A Wild Week In Big 12 Recruiting

The Big 12 had a huge week in recruiting, and we’ve got everything you need to know about it right here.

Peter G Aiken

It’s been an active couple of days in the college football recruiting world. Summer is finally officially here, and with summer comes one of the most important parts of recruiting: camp season. Schools, clothing brands, and recruiting websites are all hosting a ton of recruit camps for players to show of their talents, and this means more kids are getting noticed and offered scholarships.

This, in turn, means that far more recruits commit during the summer, especially early in the summer. That’s held true this year, and this past week has been as busy as any this year on the recruiting trail. From Pitt landing nine recruits in a day to massive weeks of movement for quite a few schools in the Big 12, there’s been so much news, and a lot of the time, it’s easy to lose track of all that happens on the recruiting trail. We’ve got you covered, with a concise recap of all the Big 12 recruiting news since last Friday.

Baylor

Baylor has picked up three commits in the past week. They started off the week with a commit from Tyrone Brown Jr. on Sunday, and continued the momentum on Tuesday with commitments from Solomon Turner and Will Williams.

Brown Jr. and Williams are both outside linebackers. Brown, a Beaumont, TX product is one of the highest ranked players in Baylor’s class thus far, coming in at 594th. Williams isn’t yet ranted, but Baylor likes his athleticism and versatility quite a bit at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, and thinks he’d make for a great edge rusher. Brown is more of a traditional balanced OLB, but h can disrupt the quarterback as well.

Turner, a safety from Plano, TX, is ranked 1127th nationally. He, like Williams, is very raw, but Baylor loves his speed and aggressiveness. He’s got good range, and his athleticism makes him a possible free safety in the future.

These commitments give Baylor nine total in the 2019 class, and move them to 41st in the team rankings. That’s good enough for seventh in the Big 12.

Iowa State

Just one new commitment for Iowa State, and it’s Fresno, CA, athlete Leonard Glass. Glass is ranked 1012th nationally, though Iowa State thinks he’s better than at. As evidenced by his athlete tag, he’s a versatile recruit, that plays just about everywhere for his high school team. At 5-foot-9, 173 pounds, Glass will likely serve as a running back, or an h-back in Ames.

His speed and elusiveness make that a pretty obvious fit, and if Iowa State can figure out how to use him, he’ll be super dangerous. He’s the 11th commitment in Iowa State’s class, and his pledge puts the class at 34th nationally, and fifth in the Big 12.

Kansas State

Kansas State landed a 2018 recruit. I’m not sure how they managed to do it, but they did, because all things are possible through Bill Snyder. I wrote about the new pledge, linebacker Cody Fletcher, earlier this week.

Oklahoma State

Of all the classes in the Big 12, none, save for maybe Texas Tech, have been as busy as Oklahoma State this past week. After a fast start to June, that saw four commits in the first two weeks, the Cowboys continued their momentum last Friday, when they landed Joe Michalski. It continued Sunday with Cole Birmingham, Monday with Preston Wilson, and Wednesday with Taylor Miterko.

Seven days, four commits, four offensive linemen. Cole Birmingham, the highest ranked of the bunch, is a 6-foot-5, 294 pound tackle from Katy, TX, and comes in at 589th nationally. Behind him is Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 274 pound Argyle, TX product, ranked 773rd nationally. Just one spot behind him in the rankings is Miterko, a 6-foot-6, 270 pounder from Carlsbad, NM. Oakland Park, KS tackle Joe Michalski rounds out the group, at 1416th nationally.

This week was all about filling needs for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, despite getting off to a quick start in the 2019 class, were still without any presence up front. They changed that this week, and have landed the offensive linemen that they desperately needed. These commitments give them 15 total, and put them at 25th nationally, or fourth in the Big 12.

TCU

TCU quietly has one of the best classes in the Big 12, and it got even better this past week, despite adding just one commitment. That one commitment was a huge one, as they added Melissa, TX receiver Kennedy Lewis. Lewis, ranked 713th nationally, is a perfect fit for TCU’s offense. He’s big, at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, but he has the speed and ability to chase down deep balls that Patterson loves.

He’s not an immediate impact player, but he’ll be great down the road, when he improves his route tree. His commitment gives TCU 14 in the 2019 class, and moves them to 24th in the country, and third in the Big 12.

Texas

Like TCU, Texas added just one recruit in the past week. After picking up a big commit from four-star receiver Jake Smith earlier this month, Texas added their second commit of the month on June 16th, when defensive end Peter Mpagi announced his commitment to the Longhorns. Ranked 686th nationally, Mpagi is a 6-foot-5, 225 pound edge rusher from Richmond, TX.

If you couldn’t tell from his frame, Mpagi is a pure speed rusher. He’s excellent at pressuring the quarterback, and a non-factor against the run. He has a pretty solid move set, and can blow past tackles with consistency, but until he adds more muscle, which he will, he’s just a situational pass rush specialist. His commitment gives Texas ten in 2019, and moves them to 15th in the nation, just second in the Big 12, behind Oklahoma.

Texas Tech

Last, but certainly not least is Texas Tech. The Red Raiders went wild this past week, landing a whopping seven commits, all of which came in the span of just three days. From the 15th to the 18th, Tech added Trevor Roberson, Maverick McIvor, Markel Reed, Simon Gonzalez, Tyrique Matthews, Trey Cleveland and Keeyon Stewart. To keep this from getting convoluted, we’ll look at each individually.

Trevor Roberson: Roberson, an offensive tackle from Wellington, TX is 6-foot-11 (what), and 335 pounds. He’s ranked 534th nationally, and could contribute immediately in Lubbock, both because he’s really solid and because Texas Tech’s line depth is horrendous.

Maverick McIvor: McIvor is the quarterback of this class for Texas Tech. If there’s one thing I can’t fault Kliff Kingsbury for during his time in Lubbock, it would be his quarterback recruiting, and McIvor is no different. The 6-foot-3, 195 pound San Angelo product is ranked 706th nationally, and 16th among quarterbacks. He’s a Texas Tech quarterback, so he’ll go on to throw for a billion yards three years from now.

Markel Reed: Reed is one of two defensive backs in this group of recent commits. He’s ranked 1044th in the country, and hails from Temple, TX. At 6-foot-1, 166 pounds, he’s a pretty traditional cornerback. He’s extremely fast, and has the tools to develop into a starter at some point in his career.

Simon Gonzalez: Gonzalez is the first, and probably the only tight end in Tech’s 2019 class. Like most Texas Tech tight ends, he’s a pass catcher first, and his 6-foot-3, 222 pound frame illustrates that. Ranked 1114th nationally, Gonzalez is probably more of a receiver than he is a tight end, and he’ll show that in Lubbock.

Tyrique Matthews: Matthews is the second linebacker in the class, along with Bryce Robinson, who committed just a few days before Matthews did. Ranked 1181st and standing just 5-foot-10, Matthews is an underrated, undersized middle linebacker. He’s going to be a tackling machine for Tech when he develops, because he has a ton of speed and strength.

Trey Cleveland: 6-foot-3 Arlington, TX receiver Trey Cleveland is the third wideout in the class, along with Cameron Cantrell and Le’Vontae Shenault. He’s a great combination with the other two, as Cantrell is more of a slot receiver, and Shenault is more of an after-the-catch playmaker. Cleveland is a true number one receiver, and will be very good with some route work. He’s fast, and has very solid hands.

Keeyon Stewart: The last of the group, Stewart is a 5-foot-11 cornerback from Houston. He comes in at 1312nd nationally, but that’s mainly because of a lack of experience. He’s raw, but he’s a fantastic athlete, and Texas Tech is extremely excited about his ceiling. Stewart may develop into a very solid slot or nickel corner, if not a number one corner.

All in all, these commitments give Tech 11 in the 2019 class, and move them to 36th nationally, and sixth in the Big 12. This may be Kliff Kingsbury’s final class, and if he doesn’t want it to be, he’ll need to keep the wins coming, both in recruiting and on the field.

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