Despite recruiting being in a near dead period, the Big 12 is still having a great start to the month on the recruiting trail. Seven of the ten teams have picked up commitments in the past ten days, and a few have picked up several, even after having big months in June as well. With the Early Signing Period roughly five months away, and the season about two months away, it’s a crucial time to land recruits. Let’s take a look at who the Big 12 has added since June 1st, and where the teams stand in the conference rankings.
Can anyone unseat the Sooners? They’ve been atop the conference rankings for nearly the entire cycle, and with a little under ten spots left in the class, it’s only going to improve. After a huge June that saw them land four big commitments, July got off to a good start for Oklahoma as well, as they landed cornerback Woodi Washington on July 6th.
Washington, a Tennessee native, picked Oklahoma over offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame, among others. The Sooners had long been considered leaders for Washington, and despite a good visit to Ohio State in June, Oklahoma was where he wanted to be. Washington is the 182nd ranked player nationally, and the 19th best cornerback, according to 247Sports.
Texas has had a great start to July. After a bit of a slow June, with just two commitments, the Longhorns jumped out to three commitments in the first seven days of the month, and could be in for a couple more before August rolls around. The fireworks got started a little early, when California safety Chris Adimora announced his pledge on July 1st.
They didn’t stop there, as just a week later, on July 7th, Oklahoma receiver Demariyon Houston and Texas cornerback Marques Caldwell both joined the class. These three new commitments are ranked 200th, 178th, and 699th respectively in the 247Sports composite. After the three new pledges, Texas has jumped up to 10th in the country, despite having just 13 commitments.
3. Iowa State
The 2019 class couldn’t be going much better for Iowa State. After their surprise breakout season last year, Matt Campbell has turned that momentum into positive progress on the recruiting trail, and that has carried them all the way into a great start to July. Like Texas, Iowa State has landed three new commitment thus far. Their first came on July 2nd, when Ohio lineman Jarrod Hufford committed to the Cyclones.
Four days later, Iowa State landed what could be one of the bigger commitments in school history, as 4-star Illinois running back Jirehl Brock joined the class. Ranked 212th nationally, Brock is a massive get for ISU, and could be the heir apparent to David Montgomery. Just a day later, Iowa State added JUCO linebacker Johnson, giving them 18 commitments and moving them to 25th in the nation.
Just one spot behind Iowa State in the national rankings sits TCU. The Horned Frogs always recruit fairly well, but they may need to pick up the pace in 2019 to keep that streak. They started off July the right way if they want to increase that pace, when they landed a pledge from Texas defensive end Colt Ellison.
Ellison, ranked 399th nationally, gives TCU 15 commitments, and their third defensive lineman, along with end Myron Warren and tackle Karter Johnson.
5. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is yet to land a commitment in July. They hold 15 commitments in their class, and after a massive June, it’s not surprising to see them take a little break.
6. Texas Tech
The most active Big 12 team in June is at it again. It took the Red Raiders a few days, but on July 9th, they got the month’s recruiting started with two commitments, from Texas cornerback Alex Hogan and another Texan, in safety Brandon Joseph. Ranked 767th and 1070th in the 247Sports composite rankings respectively, these two give Tech 15 2019 commitments and put them at 38th in the team rankings.
Baylor doesn’t have a July commitment yet. They sit at 41st in the team rankings with 12 commitments, and seem primed for a big couple of months before December rolls around.
8. West Virginia
In typical Holgorsen fashion, West Virginia is off to a bit of a slow start in this class. They have just seven commitments, and sit at 71st in the country because of that. However, things may be looking up in Morgantown, as the Mountaineers landed Georgia athlete Winston Wright on July 2nd. Wright, ranked 752nd nationally is expected to play receiver at WVU.
9. Kansas State
Bill Snyder can’t keep getting away with this. For what feels like the millionth time, the Wizard has found an underrecruited, raw, freak athlete that’ll surely dominate three years from now in Manhattan. This time, it’s Florida linebacker Yahweh Jeudy, the 1789th ranked player in the 2019 class. He’s blazing fast, and while he doesn’t have a ton of technical skills, he’s got a ton of potential.
His pledge is Kansas State’s sixth in 2019, as they sit at 76th nationally.
Kansas hasn’t landed a recruit in July yet. They have just two in the entire class, and sit at 104th in the country. Your guess for what their plan is here is as good as mine.