Tag:Big 12
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:48 am
 

Big 12 junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st was the first day Junior College players can sign with schools across the country and the faxes are already in for several commitments. Here's a list of each Big 12 team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Baylor

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Eddie Lackey
Corsicana JUCO (Texas) defensive tackle Joey Searcy

Iowa State

Iowa Western C.C. (Iowa) defensive end Cory Morrissey
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive back Clifford Stokes

Kansas

None.

Kansas State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) wide receiver Marquez Clark
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed
Navarro J.C. (Texas) offensive lineman Tavon Rooks

Oklahoma

Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Kasseim Everett
Fort Scott C.C. (Kan.) tight end Brannon Green

Oklahoma State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Calvin Barnett
Scottsdale C.C. (Ariz.) tight end Blake Jackson

TCU

None.

Texas

Northwest Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Donald Hawkins
East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Brandon Moore

Texas Tech

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Lee Adams
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) wide receiver Javon Bell
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) Rashad Fortenberry
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) Sadale Foster
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) linebacker Chris Payne
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Will Smith
Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Austin Stewart

West Virginia

None.
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Cornerback Kevin Peterson commits to Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma's recruiting class got a little bit bigger on Sunday as Wagoner (Okla.) cornerback Kevin Peterson committed to the Sooners in the middle of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Norman in some time.

"My decision (to commit) was a collection of everything really," Peterson told SoonerScoop.com. "Talking to coach (Willie) Martinez through the day, what he had to say - it really stood out to me."

The 6-foot, 170-pounder had been on the Sooners' radar for a while but had not received an offer. With interest picking up in Peterson following the conclusion of his senior season, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M had extended offers before the one he finally wanted came through in Oklahoma.

"They said eventually they could see me at either, they could see me playing either (corner) position," he said. "They just said we just have to get you in the program and handle the weight room."

Peterson becomes the 17th commitment for the Sooners class of 2012 and second defensive back. He led his team to a state title two weeks ago and racked up 36 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

"He proves to be an outstanding cover corner," analyst Tom Lemming said. :Shows a nose for the ball, a smooth backpedal, and can turn and run with the best of them. Shows excellent lateral agility and the explosive burst needed to play major college ball."
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Oklahoma State adds commitment from Trace Clark

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State has been a school known mostly for their offense under head coach Mike Gundy. That doesn't mean he can't recruit good defensive players however, as this year's opportunistic defense can attest to. Wichita (Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark was identified early as a priority by the coaching staff and their hard work in selling him on the program paid off Thursday with a commitment.

"Just the feeling that I got when I was down at my official visit," Clark told OStateIllustrated.com of what all factored into his decision. "I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players also and so I just had a good feeling from that trip. I came home and sat down with my parents and talked about each and every one of the schools and what I liked about each of them and how they were different. Then on Sunday about a week after my visit we just really looked at it hard and decided that Oklahoma State would be the best place for me and was the best option out of all of those schools."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end had offers from across the country but had narrowed his focus on Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and, of course, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff recruited Clark heavily throughout the process and was a key factor in him deciding to commit.

"From a football perspective I think the coaching really played a big part because I was comfortable with Coach Gundy and I really like Coach Young the position coach," he said. He's been calling me each week and we talk and I really think that I could play well under him and he could get me where I need to be. He said that the possibility for playing time my first year is there but they're not going to give anything to me so it'll be mine to work and fight for and I thought that could also be good for me."

Clark becomes the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012 and fourth defensive end headed to Stillwater. He posted 106 tackles and six sacks as a senior this season.

"Not yet a dominating player but shows that kind of potential," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He possesses good lateral quickness, is excellent in pursuit, is a sure tackler, can disengage quickly, and shows a big-time closing burst. Not super fast but very, very quick."

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Weis lands first commitment at Kansas in Parmalee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Charlie Weis is known mostly for his recruiting prowess and it didn't take long for him to strike upon arriving in Lawrence. Overland Park (Kan.) wide receiver Tre Parmalee is very familiar with Weis and after his hiring at Kansas, made the easy decision to commit after he was extended an offer.

"I talked with my parents about it and how it all unfolded," Parmalee told JayhawkSlant.com. "I felt Kansas was the best place to be and it was close to home. Plus I know some good friends that are also looking at KU."

Parmalee's father, Bernie, is a tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and was on Weis' staff at Notre Dame for five years. His high school coach, Tim Grunhard, will also be headed to Kansas as offensive line coach to further enhance the school's attractiveness for the former Northern Illinois commit.

"I really liked Northern Illinois and all of their coaches," Parmalee said. "But Kansas is close to home and I have always wanted to play for coach Weis. I want to be a part of rebuilding the program."

The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is the Jayhawks seventh commitment for the class of 2012, five of whom are on the offensive side of the ball.

"He runs tremendous routes, shows terrific hands and blazing speed," analyst Tom Lemming said of Parmalee. "In fact, coaches at Bishop Miege said he has the best hands and ran the best routes they've ever seen at the high school level."

Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Texas shores up secondary with two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been moving aggressively to wrap up their 2012 recruiting class and added two defensive backs over the weekend in Brownwood (Texas) cornerback Kevin Vaccaro and Mineral Wells (Texas) safety Adrian Colbert, both committing to the Longhorns on Sunday.

Both players had flown under the radar for some but Texas coaches had kept tabs with both of them as they went through their senior seasons. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Vaccaro is the younger brother of current Longhorn defensive back Kenny Vaccaro and held offers from Nevada and Wake Forest among others. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Colbert held several major BCS offers from schools and had been committed to Baylor but he quickly flipped to Texas after visiting Austin over the weekend.

The pair give the Longhorns 25 commitments for the class of 2012, at least four of which will wind up playing for secondary coach Duane Akina.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:54 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 1:54 am
 

Sooners add California receiver Derrick Woods

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma has built quite a successful pipeline from the state of California to Norman and it paid off once again with their latest pledge. Inglewood (Calif.) wide receiver Derrick Woods made things official Tuesday and committed to the Sooners.

“I have been thinking about it for a minute now,” Woods told 247sports. “I just felt it was the right place for me. I felt I had connected well with the coaches and the players and it was just about that time.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder has been coveted by the offensive staff for Oklahoma for some time. Woods also held offers from Alabama, California, Florida, Oregon and USC but felt the heart of the country was the right place for him primarily due to his relationship with his future position coach.

“Coach (Jay) Norvell and I have a great relationship and we pretty much just talk about the things that Oklahoma has and the things that I will bring to the offense," he said. "Once we got that across, and I talked it over with my parents and my coaches and they felt OU was a good place for me and so did I, so that is how it came together. They also have a good quarterback."

Woods is the 17th commitment for Oklahoma's class of 2012 and 11th on offense. He is rated as the 9th-best wide receiver in the country this year by MaxPreps.

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:46 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Texas two-step as Longhorns add to class late

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A recruit making a commitment to Texas in the month of December is pretty rare given that Mack Brown usually has the entire class locked up by the end of the spring. The Longhorns added two players over the weekend however, as Athens (Texas) athlete Kendall Sanders and Clear Springs (Texas) wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Johnson has been on a wild ride the past month with his recruitment. Originally a Texas Tech commitment, he pledged to Texas A&M following the team's Thanksgiving night loss to Texas. The Longhorns got involved with a late offer and after head coach Mike Sherman was let go, it was only a matter of time before he committed elsewhere.

“I picked Texas because I've grown up loving the program,” Johnson told Hookem.com. “It's an honor to receive an offer from Texas. It really is a dream come true.”

Sanders also went through much the same process as Johnson. Maxpreps' 23rd-ranked athlete decommitted from Oklahoma State on Monday after being a part of the the Cowboys class since right after Signing Day in February. But Sanders simply had to change his pledge once the Longhorns coaching staff extended the four-star an offer.

"Really, I was like Texas?! Texas?! It was my dream," he told Orangebloods.com. "I got this opportunity to see my dream, take it or go somewhere else? So I was like, I have to go with my dream. I have to complete my dream."

Both players add to what will likely be the top wide receiver groups in the country with MaxPreps 2nd-ranked receiver Cayleb Jones and 13th-ranked Thomas Johnson. Texas has 21 commitments for the class of 2012, which is ranked second overall.

"Sanders shows very good speed to the ball, great range, and he's an aggressive defender who attacks the line of scrimmage in run support and delivers hard hits," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can read and react with the best of them and does a good job when playing the ball. Considered to be one of the top three prospects in northeast Texas and is an explosive ball player who reads and reacts well and is as active as they come."

Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Texas A&M class could fall but maybe not by much

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Following a heart-breaking loss to rival Texas that seemed to sum up a season of frustrations, many following Texas A&M football thought it was only a matter of time before head coach Mike Sherman would be let go by the school. They didn't have to wait long, as it was announced Thursday night that he was being let go by the school.

Though it was a rough first few years in College Station, the former NFL coach seemed to hit his stride with the program in the second half of 2010 and the Aggies came into the season ranked in the top 10 with hopes of competing for a Big 12 title and BCS bowl. Several second half implosions later and Sherman is gone and the once promising A&M recruiting class for 2012 might be picked apart.

While former coach Dennis Franchione had recruited well if you go by the rankings, coaching was an issue. It took awhile for Sherman clean up and get up to speed on the recruiting front but appeared to be making significant progress. With the success of last season, 2012 and 2013 especially, appeared to breakthrough classes as the Aggies also gained the additional advantage of being able to pitch playing in the SEC to Texas players.

As with all firings, things are too early to tell with a recruiting class right now but it would surprise no one if A&M's currently 8th-ranked class of 2012 slipped a little. Currently sitting at 24 members almost two months from Signing Day, the group has top 100 players such as running back Trey Williams and a strong offensive lean to the group. With a contact period underway and plenty of coaches doing home visits, you can bet that schools have contacted Aggie commits to gauge their interest. Missouri and Oklahoma Statein particular could be someone to watch out for in terms of stealing a few commitments.

Because Sherman was an offensive coach, it possible several players will look elsewhere. Based on comments from many of the commitments however, it's clear there is a strong bond among the Aggies' class of 2012. The current staff has done a great job selling the school and despite the firing, most of the players should stick around on Signing Day. The key to keeping a top 15 (or higher) class will be on the administration and how quickly they can bring in a new head coach.

If anything, the departure of Mike Sherman will set Texas A&M back with the class of 2013 as the new coach comes in and has to quickly establish the lay of the land while maintaining what is already a very good group of players in 2012. The Aggies should be fine if they find the right guy but then again, that's been said time and time before.



 
 
 
 
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