Texas Wins Big 12 Recruiting Battle

AUSTIN (AP) — Charlie Strong went coast to coast to get recruits to fill his first full class at Texas. Oklahoma hopes to have received some players to get the Sooners back to their championship ways.

Defending Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU won’t crack any top 25 lists with their signing classes, but were able to fill specific needs since both have plenty of returning players next season.

While the Big 12 was the power-five conference left out of the first four-team playoff last month, the league was ranked third-best among all conferences for signing day Wednesday by Scout.com.

Here are a few things to know about signing day in the Big 12:

BEST CLASS: While Oklahoma was strong as usual in recruiting, the Sooners’ Red River rival clearly has the league’s best signing class this year. Texas signed 28 players, 10 from out of state — representing six other states outside of Texas, the most since 1980. Scout.com (eighth) and Rivals (12th) both had the Longhorns as the best class in the Big 12. Strong tapped five players from Florida, where he had three previous coaching stints. There was also a running back from California. “The state of Texas will always be our foundation,” Strong said. “I don’t mind going out of state to get into a battle. We knew we were not going to back down.” The Sooners were ranked 14th by both Scout.com and Rivals, with no other Big 12 team in the top 25 of either list.

TOP GROUP: Oklahoma signed four receivers who could have a big impact on new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s pass-happy system. That group includes 160-pound speedster John Humphrey, who passed up offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Clemson and Baylor, and transfer Dede Westbrook, whose 1,487 yards receiver and 13 touchdowns last season topped the junior college ranks. There are also the two tall prep players who had a combined 32 TD catches as seniors. “We wanted to get more speed and quickness in some of the inside spots,” coach Bob Stoops said. “And then we had a couple of guys that could go up and get the ball outside as well.”

SUNSHINE TO THE MOUNTAINS: The Longhorns weren’t the only team using connections in Florida to get recruits. West Virginia drew six of its 21 signees from the Sunshine State. That included an offensive lineman who is the younger brother of Mountaineers running backs coach JaJuan Seider, two signees from the high school where WVU assistant coach Damon Cogdell was the longtime head coach, and another Florida kid whose father is a former Mountaineers linebacker.

TEXAS TECH RAID?: Two standout players from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas were committed to other Big 12 programs. Instead, receiver J.F. Thomas and cornerback Jamile Johnson both switched and signed with Texas Tech. They followed their high school coach to Lubbock, with former South Oak Cliff coach Emmett Jones having started there Sunday in his new role as director of player development. Thomas had long ago committed to TCU, but the four-star recruit switched after visiting Texas Tech last weekend. Johnson had been committed to Texas.

REPLACING WATERS: Only one quarterback was among the 24 players who signed with Kansas State. But Kansas kid Alex Delton is already enrolled in school and will be given the chance to compete with three other returners to be Jake Waters’ successor. Coach Bill Snyder can’t recall ever starting a freshman, but said Delton will “be competitive because of the things that he’s capable of doing.” Asked why more quarterbacks weren’t signed, Snyder said the Wildcats didn’t find anyone else they felt could make them better.

The 2015 football recruiting classes for Big 12 schools in alphabetical order, with position, height, weight and school:

BAYLOR

Baylor’s 2015 football recruiting class in alphabetical order, with position, height, weight and school:

Henry Black, db, 5-11, 180, Woodlawn HS, Shreveport, La.

Riley Daniel, ol, 6-5, 310, Ringling (Okla.) HS

Dominic DeSouza, ol, 6-7, 300, City College of San Francisco

Drew Galitz, p/k, 5-10, 180, Rowlett (Texas) HS

JaMycal Hasty, rb, 5-8, 185, Longview (Texas) HS

Jameson Houston, db, 6-1, 190, St. Michael’s Academy, Austin, Texas

Tyrone Hunt, dl, 6-3, 235, Arp (Texas) HS

Clay Johnston lb, 6-2, 200, Wylie HS, Abilene, Texas

Devonte Jones, c, 6-2 305, Bellaire HS, Houston

Lenoy Jones Jr., lb, 5-10, 215, Midway HS, Waco, Texas

J.W. Ketchum, db, 6-0, 190, Lamar HS, Houston

Blake Lynch, wr, 6-2, 195, Gilmer (Texas) HS

Tony Nicholson, db, 5-9, 170, South Grand Prairie HS, Grand Prairie, Texas

Eric Ogor, lb, 6-0, 215, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas

Maurice Porter, ol, 6-7, 315, Navarro (Texas) College

Jarrett Stidham, qb, 6-3, 195, Stephenville (Texas) HS

Devontre Stricklin, wr, 6-1, 180, Midway HS, Waco, Texas

Sam Tecklenburg, ath, 6-3, 280, Plano (Texas) HS

Jordan Tolbert, db, 5-10, 160, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas

Jordan Williams, lb, 6-0, 210, Paris (Texas) HS

IOWA STATE

Landen Akers, wr, 6-0, 175, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jack Bergstrom, db, 6-0, 175, Johnston (Iowa) HS

Stephon Brown, db, 6-0, 170, Osceola HS, Kissimmee, Fla.

Hakeem Butler, wr, 6-6, 215, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

Josh Coleman, dt, 6-2, 250, University Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

Sheldon Croney, rb, 5-11, 210, Ridgeview HS, Bakersfield, Calif.

Dominic DeLira, qb, 6-1, 180, Lake Travis HS, Austin, Texas

Carson Epps, wr, 6-1, 205, Jenks (Okla.) HS

Jared Gescheidler, lb, 6-2, 245, Gilbert (Iowa) HS

Julian Good-Jones, ol, 6-5, 275, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

De’Amontae Jackson, de, 6-0, 285, North Marion HS, Ocala, Fla.

Denver Johnson, wr, 6-3, 215, Casady School, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jarnor Jones, db, 6-3, 205, Georgia Military Academy, Milledgeville, Ga.

Bobby Leath, dt, 6-3, 310, Coffeyville (Kan.) CC

Bobby McMillen, lb, 6-1, 215, Central HS, Naperville, Ill.

Bryce Meeker, ol, 6-5, 300, Prairie HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Seth Nerness, de, 6-4, 235, Southlake Christian Academy, Huntersville, N.C.

Jaypee Philbert, ol, 6-4, 305, Coffeyville (Kan.) CC

Wyatt Rhoads, wr, 6-0, 160, Gilbert (Iowa) HS

Patrick Scoggins, ol, 6-2, 295, Long Beach (Calif.) CC

Marcel Spears, lb, 6-1, 215, North HS, Olathe, Kan.

Joshua Thomas, rb, 5-11, 230, Buford (Ga.) HS

Demond Tucker, dt, 6-1, 285, Copiah-Lincoln CC, Wesson, Miss.

Jordan Wallace, db, 6-1, 180, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas

Jomal Wiltz, db, 5-10, 170, Trinity Valley CC, Athens, Texas

KANSAS

Dorance Armstrong Jr., DL, 6-foot-4, 225, North Shore, HS, Houston, Texas

Shola Ayinde, DB, 6-foot, 170, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas

D’Andre Banks, OL, 6-foot-3, 325, Trinity Valley CC, Killeen, Texas

Bazie Bates IV, DB, 6-foot-1, 190, Trinity Valley CC, Allen, Texas

Jeremiah Booker, WR, 6-foot-2, 195, College Station HS, College Station, Texas

Jacky Dezir, DL, 6-foot-1, 300, College of DuPage, Chicago, Illinois

Denzel Feaster, DB, 6-foot-3, 195, Manor HS, Austin, Texas

Aaron Garza, OL, 6-foot-3, 290, Sherman HS, Sherman, Texas

Chase Harrell, WR, 6-foot-4, 205, Hargrave HS, Huffman, Texas

Ke’aun Kinner, RB, 5-foot-9, 185, Navarro JC, Little Elm, Texas

Taylor Martin, RB, 5-foot-10, 180, Dunbar HS, Fort Worth, Texas

Clyde McCauley III, OL, 6-foot-5, 275, Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas

Tyrone Miller Jr., DB, 6-foot, 180, Saline HS, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Emmanuel Moore, WR, 6-foot, 200, Northwest HS, Haslet, Texas

Osaze Ogbebor, LB, 6-foot-1, 210, Heritage HS, McKinney, Texas

Marnez Ogletree, DB, 5-foot-10, 190, Fullerton College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Jayson Rhodes, OL, 6-foot-4, 285, Blinn College, Deer Park, Texas

Shaquille Richmond, DB, 6-foot, 180, Mansfield Timberview HS, Grand Prairie, Texas

Steven Sims Jr., WR, 5-foot-10, 165, Travis HS, Houston, Texas

Will Smith, OL, 6-foot-3, 315, Butler CC, Shawnee, Kansas

Carter Stanley, QB, 6-foot-2, 188, Vero Beach HS, Vero Beach, Florida

Jace Sternberger, TE, 6-foot-4, 225, Kingfisher HS, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

Brandon Stewart, DB, 6-foot, 175, Trinity Valley CC, Cedar Hill, Texas

Ryan Willis, QB, 6-foot-5, 205, Bishop Miege HS, Overland Park, Kansas

KANSAS STATE

Evan Applegate, OL, 6-6, 270, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kansas

Kyle Ball, LB, 6-2, 230, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kansas

Alex Barnes, RB, 6-0, 210, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg, Kansas

Tyler Burns, ATH, 5-11, 200, Trinity Academy HS, Wichita, Kansas

Evan Curl, OL, 6-5, 280, Flower Mound HS, Flower Mound, Texas

Alex Delton, QB, 6-1, 190, Hays HS, Hays, Kansas

Trey Dishon, DL, 6-3, 295, Horton HS, Horton, KS

Johnathan Durham, DB, 6-0, 175, Aledo HS, Aledo, Texas

Bryce English, DL, 5-11, 318, DeSoto, HS, DeSoto, Texas

Scott Frantz, OL, 6-5, 275, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kansas

Denzel Goolsby, WR, 6-0, 191, Bishop Carroll HS, Wichita, Kansas

Kalin Heath, RB, 6-2, 190, Cartersville HS, Cartersville, Georgia

Adam Holtorf, OL, 6-4, 268, Seward HS, Seward, Nebraska

Justin Hughes, LB, 6-1, 206, Tucker HS, Tucker, Georgia

Chase Johnston, LB, 6-3, 225, Carl Junction HS, Carl Junction, Missouri

Joshua Little, DE, 6-3, 230, Trinity Christian Academy (Florida), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tyler Mitchell, OL, 6-5, 280, Montgomery Academy HS, Mathews, Alabama

Darreyl Patterson, DB, 6-0, 165, Lawton HS, Lawton, Oklahoma

Zach Reuter, WR, 6-3, 190, Rock Bridge HS, Columbia, Missouri

Duke Shelley, DB, 5-10, 175, Tucker HS, Tucker, Georgia

Elijah Sullivan, LB, 6-1, 204, Tucker HS, Tucker, Georgia

Reggie Walker, DE, 6-3, 232, Ponchatoula HS, Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Isaiah Zuber, WR, 6-1, 180, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Aulelio Olomua, DE, 6-5, 245, Mesa CC, Mesa, Arizona

OKLAHOMA

Rodney Anderson, rb, 6-1, 205, Katy (Texas) HS

Gabriel Campbell, de, 6-6, 260, Yazoo City HS, Yazoo, Miss.

Jamal Danley, ot, 6-5, 305, East Mississippi CC

Ricky DeBerry, de, 6-2, 240, Atlee HS, Mechanicsville, VA

Bobby Evans, ot, 6-5, 270, Allen (Texas) HS

Cody Ford, og, 6-4, 322, Pineville (La.) HS

Neville Gallimore, dt, 6-3, 303, Canada Prep Football Academy

Dahu Green, wr, 6-5, 190, Westmoore HS, Oklahoma City

Kahill Haughton, s, 6-1, 178, Midway HS, Waco, Texas

Dominique Hearne, og, 6-3, 288, Lancaster (Texas) HS

John Humphrey, Jr., wr, 6-0, 160, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas

William Johnson, cb, 6-0, 180, Monroe College, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Kenneth Mann, de, 6-4, 240, Burleson (Texas) HS

P.J. Mbanasor, cb, 6-1, 180, Hendrickson HS, Pflugerville, Texas

Arthur McGinnis, lb, 6-2, 225, Warren Easton HS, New Orleans

Prentice McKinney, db, 6-2, 180, South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas

A.D. Miller, wr, 6-3, 175, Dallas

Marquise Overton, dt, 6-1, 300, Jenks (Okla.) HS

Dru Samia, og, 6-5, 280, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif.

Austin Seibert, k, 5-10, 195, Belleville West HS, Belleville, Ill.

Antoine Stephens, cb, 6-2, 187, Justin F. Kimball HS, Dallas

Will Sunderland, Jr., s, 6-2, 186, Midwest City (Okla.) HS

Dede Westbrook, wr, 6-1, 170, Blinn College (Texas)

Dalton Wood, te, 6-4, 250, McAlester (Okla.) HS

OKLAHOMA STATE

Taaj Bakari, dt, 6-2, 295, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

Bryce Balous, s, 5-11, 185, North HS, McKinney, Texas

Louis Brown, de, 6-6, 210, Burton, Texas

Jordan Burton, lb, 6-3, 210, Kilgore HS, Longview, Texas

Jeff Carr, rb, 5-9, 170, Temple (Texas) HS

Chris Carson, rb, 6-2, 200, Butler (Kan.) CC

Darrion Daniels, dt, 6-3, 290, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas

Za’Carrius Green, s, 5-11, 190, Duncanville (Texas) HS

Antwan Hadley, db, 6-3, 210, Butler (Kan.) CC

Kevin Henry, lb, 6-1, 205, Central HS, Baton Rouge, La.

Michael Hunter, db, 6-1, 195, Indiana

Matthew Kellerman, OL, 6-5, 295, Butler (Kan.) CC

Marcus Keyes, ol, 6-5, 280, Port Allen (La.) HS

John Kolar, qb, 6-4, 185, Norman North (Okla.) HS

Motekiai Maile, dt, 6-4, 305, Tyler (Texas) JC

Todd Mays, ath, 6-0, 200, East Mississippi CC

Jalen McCleskey, wr, 5-10, 160, St. Paul’s HS, Covington, La.

Kenneth McGruder, s, 6-1, 190, Taylor HS, Alief, Texas

Brandon Pertile, ol, 6-6, 300, Mesa (Fla.) CC

Victor Salako, ol, 6-6, 315, UAB

Vaimoe Sekona, og, 6-4, 285, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.

Johnny Wilson, og, 6-3, 295, Midland Christian HS, Midland, Texas

TEXAS

Kris Boyd, db, 5-11, 184, Gilmer (Texas) HS

John Burt, wr, 6-2, 184, Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla.

Cecil Cherry, lb, 6-1, 244, Victory Christian HS, Frostproof, Fla.

Devonaire Clarington, te, 6-5, 229, Booker T. Washington HS, Miami

Davante Davis, db, 6-3, 191, Booker T. Washington HS, Miami

DeShon Elliott, db, 6-0, 204, Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas

Breckyn Hager, lb, 6-2, 205, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas

Holton Hill, db, 6-2, 180, Lamar HS, Houston

Brandon Hodges, ol, 6-5, 295, East Mississippi CC

Tristian Houston, rb, 5-10, 198, North Shore HS, Galena Park, Texas

Malik Jefferson, lb, 6-1, 222, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas

Gilbert Johnson, wr, 6-3, 186, Georgia Prep Academy, Homestead, Fla.

Kirk Johnson, rb, 5-11, 194, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.

Du’Vonta Lampkin, dt, 6-3, 293, Cypress Falls HS, Houston

P.J. Locke, db, 5-10, 189, Central HS, Beaumont, Texas

Kai Locksley, qb, 6-3, 188, Gilman School, Baltimore

Ronnie Major, ol, 6-6, 297, Huntsville (Texas) HS

DeAndre McNeal, ath, 6-1, 228, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas

Ryan Newsome, wr, 6-6, 297, Huntsville (Texas) HS

Tristan Nickelson, ol, 6-8, 312, Navarro CC

Charles Omenihu, de, 6-5, 231, Rowlett (Texas) HS

Garrett Thomas, ol, 6-7, 296, Many (La.) HS

Cameron Townsend, lb, 6-1, 193, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas

Patrick Vahe, ol, 6-2, 299, Trinity HS, Euless, Texas

Quincy Vasser, de, 6-3, 259, Navarro CC

Chris Warren III, rb, 6-2, 239, Rockwall (Texas) HS

Anthony Wheeler, lb, 6-2, 219, Skyline HS, Dallas

Connor Williams, ol, 6-4, 291, Coppell (Texas) HS

TCU

Jaelan Austin, wr, 6-0, 192, South Grand Prairie HS, Grand Prairie, Texas

Sam Awolope ot, 6-6, 265, Fort Bend Marshall HS, Missouri City, Texas

David Bolisomi, ot, 6-6, 290, Ryan HS, Denton, Texas

Joseph Broadnax, dt, 6-0, 305, Bryan Adams HS, Dallas

Alec Dunham, lb, 6-1, 213, Oakhurst HS, Coldspring, Texas

Arico Evans, s, 6-2, 190, Hillcrest HS, Dallas

Mike Freeze, lb, 6-3, 220, Graham (Texas) HS

Tipa Galea’i, de, 6-5, 220, Trinity HS, Euless, Texas

Jeff Gladney, cb, 6-0, 175, New Boston (Texas) HS

Tre’Vontae Hights, wr, 6-3, 180, Yoakum (Texas) HS

Cordel Iwuagwu, og, 6-3, 290, Westfield HS, Houston

Tony James, wr, 5-10, 165, Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas

Julius Lewis, cb, 5-10, 170, Mansfield (Texas) HS

Jozie Milton, c, 6-2, 310, Silliman Institute, Clinton, La.

Breylin Mitchell, de, 6-4, 255, Round Rock (Texas) HS

DeShawn Raymond, cb, 6-1, 180, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, La.

Niko Small, s, 5-10, 187, Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas

Jarrison Stewart, wr, 5-11, 177, Horn HS, Mesquite, Texas

Semaj Thomas, lb, 6-2, 225, Southwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas

KaVontae Turpin, wr, 5-9, 165, Neville HS, Monroe, La.

Montrel Wilson, s, 6-3, 198, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas

TEXAS TECH

Madison Akamnonu, ol, 6-6, 270, Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas

Paul Banks, cb, 6-1, 175, Navarro JC

Tony Brown, wr, 6-1, 187, La Mirada (Calif.) High School

Joseph Clark, cb, 5-9, 160, Chapel Hill HS, Tyler, Texas

Keke Coutee, wr, 5-10, 170, Lufkin (Texas) HS

Corey Dauphine, rb, 5-11, 185, Memorial HS, Port Arthur, Texas

Conner Dyer, ol, 6-5, 265, Horn HS, Mesquite, Texas

Trace Ellison, ol, 6-5, 285, Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas

Breiden Fehoko, dl, 6-3, 295, Farrington HS, Honolulu

Jonathan Giles, wr, 5-11, 180, Fort Bend Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas

Lonzell Gilmore, dl, 6-3, 220, Spring (Texas) HS

D’Vonta Hinton, lb, 5-10, 210, Texas City (Texas) HS

Jamile Johnson, cb, 6-0, 205, South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas

Quan Shorts, wr, 6-2, 195, Atascocita HS, Humble, Texas

Terence Steele, ol, 6-6, 300, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas

Christian Taylor, s, 6-1, 180, Jersey Village HS, Houston

J.F. Thomas, wr, 6-4, 180, South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas

Donta Thompson, wr, 6-5, 215, Ennis (Texas) HS

Broderick Washington, dl, 6-3, 295, Longview (Texas) HS

Cody Wheeler, ol, 6-4, 300, Allen (Texas) HS

WEST VIRGINIA

Jacquez Adams, ath, 6-0, 170, Franklin HS, Reisterstown, Md.

Jordan Adams, db, 6-1, 175, Franklin HS, Reisterstown, Md.

Chris Chugunov, qb, 6-1, 200, Montgomery HS, Skillman, N.J.

Tyrek Cole, db, 5-10, 160, Miramar (Fla.) HS

Rasul Douglas, db, 6-2, 197, Nassau (N.Y.) CC

Rob Dowdy, ol, 6-6, 270, Westerville (Ohio) South HS

Jovon Durante, wr, 6-1, 180, Miramar (Fla.) HS

Larry Jefferson, dl, 6-5, 230, Itawamba (Miss.) CC

Gary Jennings, wr, 6-2, 195, Colonial Forge HS, Stafford, Va.

Matt Jones, ol, 6-3, 325, Hubbard (Ohio) HS

Deamonte Lindsay, db, 6-2, 190, Martinsburg (W.Va.) HS

David Long, lb, 6-0, 205, Winton Woods HS, Cincinnati

Colton McKivitz, ol, 6-7, 275, Union Local HS, Belmont, Ohio

Xavier Pegues, dl, 6-3, 285, Itawamba (Miss.) CC

Jah’Shaun Seider, ol, 6-3, 264, Glades Central HS, Belle Glade, Fla.

Adam Shuler II, dl, 6-5, 250, Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla.

Alec Shriner, dl, 6-3, 280, Oviedo (Fla.) HS

David Sills, qb, 6-3, 180, Eastern Christian HS, Elkton, Md.

Ka’Raun White, wr, 6-2, 190, Lackawanna (Pa.) CC

Kevin Williams, db, 6-0, 185, Blanche Ely HS, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Stone Wolfley, te-fb, 6-4, 240, Morgantown (W.Va.) HS

(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

More From CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Drip Pan: CBS Local App
Drip Pan: Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE