Conference breakdown: Movement all over Big 12 in June
While there weren't many splash commitments in the Big 12 during June, several league teams still scored major pickups. Perhaps the most notable movement has come from Texas taking advantage of Baylor’s ongoing turmoil, but other programs were also able to make a few significant moves.
Kansas has been working hard to get a foothold in recruiting hotbeds and, for now, has four-star Louisiana cornerback Michael Lee in the fold following his commitment in early June. Just days ago, defensive ends Troy James and JUCO prospect Jamie Tago committed, giving the Jayhawks two potential bookends on the defensive line in this class. Similarly, Robert Topps and Akayleb Evans gave Kansas two defensive backs with their commitments on June 22. Linebacker Kyron Johnson and offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson should give added depth and upside to KU’s class at their respective positions.
Kansas State's June harvest may not have produced a particularly exciting haul, but the Wildcats did start making progress filling out a class that had gotten off to an otherwise slow start. In-state three-star offensive linemen Josh Rivas and Ben Adler look to be the anchors up front early on for Bill Snyder's class. Aidan Mills, Harrison Creed, Bernard Goodwater and Eli Huggins also all committed halfway through June with little fanfare but help K-State build some momentum after 2016 yielded a relatively lean class.
Iowa State has been pounding the pavement near and far in an effort to fill out its 2017 class. This month, the Cyclones added a local athletic three-star offensive lineman in Alex Kleinon. He joins fellow lineman Caleb Chandler and JUCO defensive back Octavious Morgan, as three-star commitments in the last month. Safety Jordan Ulmer, Texas defensive end Deven Lamp and Oklahoma tight end Charlie Kolar round out the recent adds to the Cyclones' class.
It was a quiet month for Oklahoma, which has already made a good deal of headway with its 2017 class. The Sooners still picked up a commitment from North Carolina product, tight end Jeremiah Hall. Oklahoma has certainly made the passing game a priority, and Hall is sneaky-quick despite his stout build. The Sooners also snagged a kicker in this class with Reeves Mundschau.
Oklahoma State also received a flurry of commitments in June. Of its six commitments during the month, five came from Texas. Mammoth interior lineman Dan Moore joined fellow big man Derek Kerstetter to give OSU its first two offensive line commits in the class. Lamarcus Morton joins previous commits Tracin and Tylan Wallace at the wide receiver position in the hopes the trio can bring a more dynamic element to the passing game. Spencer Misko will look to do the same at tight end, while Kris McCune should be a very serviceable safety. Ten OSU commits in this class now hail from Texas.
Texas was fortunate to have three four-star prospects fall into its lap with Baylor’s release of 2016 recruits that had signed letters of intent. Wide receiver Devin Duvernay might be the most exciting of the bunch, bringing speed and an instant playmaker to an offense that is looking to pick up its pace – particularly in the passing game. Patrick Hudson and J.P. Urquidez give Texas a boost up front and Devin’s twin brother, Donovan Duvernay, adds another able body to a secondary that picked up Under Armour All-Americans Brandon Jones and Eric Cuffee in last year’s class.
Speedster Trestan Ebner gave TCU a versatile offensive weapon with his announcement earlier in the month. A former SMU commit, Ebner is a nice complementary piece in this class to long and lanky receiver RJ Sneed, who has been committed for some time. Cornerback Josh Thompson, who became a popular name late on the spring camp circuit, committed to the Horned Frogs over other options from numerous top programs that took interest in him as of late. Ebner’s teammate, athlete Lakendrick Van Zandt, and Louisiana defensive end Dennis Collins are TCU's other recent commits.
Jack Anderson has long been the marquee commitment in Texas Tech's 2017 class, but he’s recently got some help on the offensive line with the additions of Will Farrar, Casey Verhulst and Jared Hocker. Farrar had committed – and decommitted – from UCLA earlier this spring, while Hocker is a flip from Kansas. All three have some aspects in their game that could use some polish, but all three are big-bodied prospects that can find a home up front in a spread offense. Cornerback Adrian Frye also joined Texas Tech’s commitment list earlier this month.
Mike Harley’s recent commitment instantly became West Virginia's most impactful one in 2017 with his announcement just days ago. The four-star wide receiver is the most recent in a long-running tradition of speedy, however slight, pass-catchers in Morgantown. Harley can be a lethal slot receiver, but plays with enough quickness and explosiveness that he could find work on the outside in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. A quartet of defensive backs also added their names to the Mountaineers’ commits in June; three-stars DeAmante King and Eugene Brown as well as two-star Collin Smith.