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Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:13 pm

CB Zack Sanchez switches from Baylor to Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There had been some question as to whether or not cornerback Zack Sanchez would switch his commitment from Baylor to Oklahoma in recent weeks, and Sanchez has put the speculation to an end.

Sanchez took to his Twitter account on Monday to make the announcement official.

Sanchez had originally committed to Baylor when Oklahoma didn't show much interest in him, but that changed once Mike Stoops replaced Willie Martinez as the Sooners secondary coach. Sanchez took an official visit to Norman over the weekend, and obviously he enjoyed the trip.

The 6-foot-1 170-pound corner becomes the 21st member of Oklahoma's 2012 class, and the second player to hop on board Monday, following tight end Sam Grant.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:44 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 6:26 pm

5-star OL Zach Banner chooses USC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

USC added a very large man to its offensive line on Monday afternoon.

Five-star, 6-foot-8, 295-pound offensive lineman Zach Banner announced on Monday that he has committed to USC. Obviously, this is big news for the Trojans both literally and figuratively, as Banner is one of the most coveted offensive lineman prospects in the country.

Banner has some impressive bloodlines as well. The Lakewood, Washington product is the biological son of former NFL and Washington offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy. Needless to say, if Banner can go on to have a career similar to that of his father's, then this will be a fantastic pickup for the Trojans.

According to MaxPreps' Tom Lemming, while Banner may not be the most polished offensive lineman in the 2012 class, he has the most upside. 

Banner chose USC over Washington and Oklahoma.

Photo credit: Jeff Napier, MaxPreps 
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:46 pm

TE Sam Grant chooses Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma has added a tight end to its 2012 class.

According to SoonerScoop.com, Sam Grant of Ohio's St. Edward High School has committed to the Sooners.

Grant is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end and is considered a three-star prospect. He's commitment number 20 for the Sooners this year, and he's also the fourth tight end in the class, joining Brannon Green, Laith Harlow, and Taylor McNamara

Grant had narrowed his options down to Oklahoma and Michigan before choosing the Sooners on Monday. 
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:01 pm

Dalton Santos switches to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we mentioned on Saturday when we told you about Daje Johnson committing to Texas this weekend, switching his commitment from TCU, he might not be the only recruit to have a change of heart in Austin this weekend. Turns out, he wasn't.

Linebacker Dalton Santos, who had originally committed to Tennessee, changed his commitment to Texas on Sunday--going from one UT to another.

"He committed to Texas this morning and he's fired up to be a Longhorn," Dalton's father, Albert Santos, told Orangebloods.com.

An Under Armour All-American, Santos is a 6-foot-3, 252 pound linebacker out of Van, Texas. He was considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the state of Texas this season. Tom Lemming of MaxPreps called Santos "one of the more physical defensive players in the state, he's very athletic with good tools, he will come right at you on every play, and never backs down."

Santos is the 26th member of Texas' 2012 class.
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:29 pm

Texas lands Daje Johnson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas' 2012 recruiting class, which is already ranked as the second best in the country by MaxPreps, got a bit stronger on Saturday.

Four-star athlete Daje Johnson tweeted on Saturday that he had commited to the Longhorns while visiting the campus this weekend. The announcement makes Johnson the 25th commitment in Texas' class.

Johnson is an all-purpose player that can play either offense or defense for the Longhorns. During his senior year at Pflugerville Hendrickson, Johnson rushed for 2,075 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught another 6 touchdowns, and even returned 3 touchdowns on special teams.

Johnson had previously committed to play at TCU, but it seems his visit to Austin changed his mind.

Though signing day is on Wednesday, it's also possible that Johnson won't be the last commitment Texas lands before then. Linebacker Dalton Santos and defensive end Bryce Cottrell are also in Austin on a visit this weekend. Both players have already committed to Tennessee and Oregon respectively. 
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:27 pm

Wisconsin picks up local kid Musso

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Leo Musso won't have to drive very far to get from home to his new school.

The Waunakee, Wisconsin native, a suburb of Madison, committed to Wisconsin on Friday after receiving a scholarship offer earlier this week. Playing in Camp Randall Stadium won't be much an adjustment for the high school running back, as his high school team has won the last three Wisconsin Division Two state championships inside the stadium.

"It's one of the best feelings ever," Musso told BadgerBlitz.com about his commitment to Wisconsin.

Musso had been being recruited by Paul Chryst, who left Wisconsin to become the head coach at Pitt. Once Chryst left for Pitt he continued to recruit Musso, and Musso was planning on visiting Pitt this weekend. However, once the offer from Wisconsin came in, he decided he'd rather stay home and play for the program he grew up rooting for.

Though he was a running back in high school, it's likely Musso will move to the defensive side of the ball at Wisconsin, possibly at safety. 
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:36 pm

Nebraska adds RB Imani Cross

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Running back Imani Cross of North Hall in Gainesville, Georgia committed to Nebraska on Thursday night, bringing Bo Pelini's 2012 class to 14 commits.

Cross had been down to Nebraska and Kentucky but committed to the Cornhuskers after an in-home visit from Pelini on Thursday night.

"It's official, he's a Cornhusker," Cross' father, Tim Cross, told HuskerOnline. "It's Nebraska. Great people, great atmosphere, coaches, coach (Ron) Brown, coach (Bo) Pelini, coach (Tim) Beck, I mean everything - all of the above."

"Because we weren't there for the official visit, him being so far from home, we wanted to be sure it was okay for him. It is okay. It's okay with us. It's his decision. And we support our son in whatever he wants to do. He had the other place, Kentucky, deep in his heart as well, but the deciding factor was the relationship and the definite place was where he'd be playing. It was as a Cornhusker and we got that cleared up tonight. It wasn't going to be a long drawn out process for him to make a decision."

Cross rushed for 1,706 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 games for North Hall in 2011, averaging 8.9 yards per carry and 170.6 yards per game.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:08 pm

Baylor adds its 23rd commitment in Levels

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Baylor picked up its 23rd commitment on Thursday as cornerback Patrick Levels of Roosevelt high school in Dallas committed to the Bears. The 5'9 175-pound corner had offers from UTEP, Central Arkansas, Morgan State and Northern Colorado, but it seems as if the appeal of playing in a BCS conference along with other factors played a role in his choosing Baylor.

He made an official visit to Waco on January 13th.

Levels runs a 4.62 40-yard dash and was measured as having a 34.4-inch vertical leap, which will no doubt come in handy while defending some of the larger receivers in the Big 12.

Levels is the fourth defensive back to commit to Baylor this season, along with Terrell Burt, Aiavion Edwards, and Ryan Reid. It's a position that is very important in the pass-happy Big 12, and Art Briles is certainly focusing on the area as he tried to improve the Baylor defense. 
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