Though Oklahoma missed out on five-star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on Friday when he committed to rival Texas, there could still be some late theatrics for the Sooners on Signing Day.
We break down recruiting in the Big 12 in a special edition of the Big 12 Blitz.
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Over the weekend, Colorado hosted its final official visit lineup. On Sunday, some news emerged with the commitments of late-blooming LaMirada, Calif., athlete Justin Torres and Phenix City, Ala., athlete Cordary Clark. Clark's trip was a last-minute change of plans after previously scheduling a Western Kentucky official. The Buffalos also have a few players still out there that they could land Wednesday. Colorado also faces the challenge of holding onto 3-star quarterback commit Munchie Legaux. He took an official visit to Cincinnati over the weekend and reportedly had a very good trip.
Currently with 27 public commitments, Iowa State doesn't have a lot of room for much of a final push. There are a couple of players that could still fall into the fold. One prospect that will fit into the Cyclones' plans is El Dorado (Kan.) Butler County C.C. running back Albert Gary - who actually projects at wide receiver for the Cyclones. Iowa State has also been in heavy communication with Paul Dancy out Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio C.C. The strongside defensive end will decide on Signing Day between Iowa State and Colorado State. The Cyclones could be in a great position to land him if they extend a firm offer to the junior college prospect.
Kansas picked up a big commitment from four-star running back Brandon Bourbon. Bourbon decommitted from Stanford and committed to Kansas after enjoying his official two weeks ago. Bourbon is the second four-star in the 2010 class heading to Lawrence. A new name emerged for the Jayhwaks prior to the weekend - sleeper defensive line prospect Keba Agostinho. The three-star prospect visited KU, and a commitment is all but imminent. His emergence coincided with the hire of new defensive coordinator Buddy Wyatt. Kansas hoped to leave a similar impression on offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele of Chicago, Ill. Ebbele was in town on an official visit and is deciding between Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois.
Things have been relatively quiet for Kansas State. The Wildcats landed most of their recruits early in the process. The Wildcats are still hoping to lure at least one more quality junior college offensive linemen, and that player could be John Cullen. The problem with landing Cullen is that almost everybody else wants him, too. K-State has also picked up grayshirt commits from quality in-state kids like Curry Sexton, Deveon Dinwiddie and Colorado athlete Kyle Klein. Most recently, Kansas State picked up a sign-and-place commitment from wide receiver James Cunningham out of League City (Texas) Clear Springs. Cunningham will sign with the Wildcats but plans to head to Blinn Junior College first to work on his academics.
Signing Day looks as though it will be anticlimactic for Mizzou, but Gary Pinkel and his staff like that just fine. Pinkel has assembled his best signing class at Missouri. The Tigers' success in state and in East Texas led to a class that is currently in the national top 20. This past weekend, Missouri shifted its focus towards the class of 2011. The Tigers hosted more than 50 prospects for their first junior day. Among those in attendance were in-state standouts Darrian Miller, Wesley Leftwich, and Robert Standard.
The 2010 class is not yet finished for Nebraska and could get a big boost on Signing Day. Five-star defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa is set to make his decision on Wednesday between Nebraska, Oregon State and UCLA. The Huskers are expected to have as strong a shot as anyone. Nebraska will also be eyeing the decision of four-star quarterback Brion Carnes, who will choose between Nebraska and Western Kentucky after visiting each school over the past two weekends. Along with its high hopes for the class of 2010, Bo Pelini's staff is giving cause for optimism in the class of 2011 as well. Last week dual-threat quarterback Jamal Turner of Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston committed, joining current 2011 commits Ryne Reeves and Tyler Moore.
Though the Sooners missed out on five-star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on Friday when he committed to rival Texas, there could still be some late theatrics on Signing Day. The Sooners have worked hard to turn Texas A&M commit Corey Nelson, and there were even rumors that he had committed late last week. Those rumors proved to be inaccurate, but it remains to be seen where Nelson will actually sign on Wednesday. Along with Nelson, Oklahoma would love to close with junior college offensive tackle John Cullen. Cullen will make his decision between Utah, Kansas State, Oklahoma and USC.
Oklahoma State is another Big 12 program that has already begun to work on the class of 2011, but the biggest news of the weekend was the presence of a 2010 visitor. Rivals250 safety Ahmad Dixon has had a wild recruitment that has seen him commit and decommit from three schools: Baylor, Texas and Tennessee. As it stands now, Dixon is still being courted by USC and now Oklahoma State. With 28 commits already, the Cowboys have very limited room left for the class of 2010. However, they would make the numbers work for Dixon if he decides to switch from his Baylor commitment.
Friday was a huge day for Texas and seemingly put strong finishing touches on the Texas class of 2010. On the day, Texas landed two five-star prospects in defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and linebacker Jordan Hicks out of Ohio. Texas wasn't done yet, though. The Longhorns got Arkansas kicker commit William Russ to visit Austin and were able to turn him as well. Russ is the 25th commitment in the 2010 class and will likely be the last before Texas turns its attention toward 2011.
The home stretch has been a nervous drive for Texas A&M because the status of a few of its commitments is very shaky. Corey Nelson, Jarrett Fobbs and Brandon Jackson have all received strong pushes from out-of-state programs like Oklahoma and LSU. Fobbs had a good visit to Texas A&M and looks to be firm in his status. Jackson is still mulling over his options and is strongly considering the home-state Tigers of LSU, assuming the numbers work out there. Nelson could be the player most in danger of switching. Oklahoma has made a very strong push for the four-star linebacker.
With the sudden departure of Mike Leach as head coach, Texas Tech has seen a lot of turnover on its commitment list. This weekend was a big one in securing more quality numbers for the 2010 class. Four-star cornerback Tre'vante Porter re-committed to the Red Raiders after backing out of his initial commitment. A pair of South Florida teammates - Phillip Warren and Lavaughn Whigham - from Miami (Fla.) Southridge also joined the commit list. Warren is a cornerback, and Whigham plays wide receiver. An official visit over the weekend from Lucky Radley out of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft put Texas Tech in his final three along with North Carolina and Utah. Another name to watch is four-star commit Kadron Boone, who visited LSU over the weekend. Boone will choose between LSU, Louisville, Georgia, West Virginia and Texas Tech on Wednesday.