PFB - Big 12 Recruiting Update: Texas Takes Over Top-Ranked Class in Conference

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Tom Herman and his Texas staff took the wide world of recruiting by storm this week by adding three commitments — all three rated as top-250 four-star prospects — to their 2020 recruiting class. The surge now has the Longhorns sitting atop the latest Big 12 recruiting rankings despite holding fewer commitments than three other conference foes.

TEAM TOTAL COMMITS TOTAL POINTS
Texas 15 255.90
Oklahoma 15 236.75
Iowa State 19 182.57
Kansas 24 182.45
Oklahoma State 14 171.05
Kansas State 18 169.40
Texas Tech 15 165.53
TCU 11 161.31
West Virginia 12 152.02
Baylor 13 151.31

How Texas has risen has been a steady diet of selectiveness. The Horns’ entire recruiting class, save for three players, are rated inside the top-250 of the national rankings, a tactic that gives them a 93.10 national per-player average that will have them squarely in the top-5 nationally by signing day. Here’s a look at the updated rankings sorted by per-player commitment averages.

Rank Team Per-player avg.
1 Texas 93.10
2 OU 91.22
3 TCU 87.60
4 Oklahoma State 86.07
5 West Virginia 85.55
6 Texas Tech 85.29
7 Iowa State 85.23
8 Baylor 84.91
9 Kansas State 84.53
10 Kansas 84.15

Here’s what you may have missed in the Big 12 over the last week.

1. Texas surge is real


Texas added a five-star running back (Bijan Robertson) to kick off the month, and it’s been gravy since. Over the last week, four-star safety Jerrin Thompson followed suit by pledging to Texas (over OSU and others). Defensive ends Princely Umanmielen and cornerback Ethan Pouncey, both four-star recruits, also committed. Texas’ class now ranks sixth nationally.

2. Kansas keeps adding (two!)


Les Miles landing his biggest fish yet. Last week, four-star linebacker Brennon Scott out of Bishop Dunne in Dallas, Texas, committed to the Jayhawks. Several days later, defensive end Chris Jones from Florida, a three-star recruit, joined him. Scott is the sixth-highest-rated defensive pledge at KU in the program’s history.

3. Tech adds another talented defensive player


Tech moved up one spot in the per-player-average rankings this week, jumping past Iowa State with the addition of three-star defensive end Philip Blidi. Blidi is the seventh defensive pledge for Tech in its 15-man recruiting class, and the latest example of Tech’s new staff prioritizing defensive talent.




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