Texas tops list of Big 12 recruiting classes on Signing Day

Texas and Oklahoma lead the way for the Big 12 on Signing Day. Scout breaks down the conference's recruiting haul.

Best Class

There are still some big fish that Big 12 programs are out to catch, but as of now it's Texas which holds the title of top class in the conference.

The Longhorns currently have two commitments with the potential to add to that group later.

The duo is headlined by James Banks, Scout's 45th ranked prospect in 2016. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center from La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere has the size, length and defensive feel to be a very good player for Shaka Smart given his significant upside.

Texas also has a commitment from Jacob Young, Scout's 85th ranked prospect in 2016. The Houston Yates shooting guard is small at 6-foot-1 but should be a high level scorer in Austin.

Banks and Young should both help Texas, but Smart and company are still in the hunt for five-star center Jarrett Allen and four-star shooting guard Andrew Jones, both of which would help the Longhorns take their class to the next level.

Other Winners

Oklahoma State added a post with upside in Gorjok Gak on Tuesday who Scout ranks as a four-star prospect along with another four-star last week in Lindy Waters.

Oklahoma's three-man class starts with Scout's 33rd ranked prospect in Kameron McGusty, a four-star shooting guard out of Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes. McGusty is an aggressive wing whose size, length and ability to get to the basket make him an exciting prospect.

The Sooners also added a local three-star small forward in Kristian Doolittle and a JUCO point guard in Darrion Strong.

Baylor is bringing in a productive power forward in Mark Vital, who is ranked 95th nationally in 2016. Vital is an undersized four who is a very good athlete with a high motor.

Who Will Help the Most as a Freshman

Look for Kameron McGusty to play a big role early at Oklahoma.

The Sooners will lose All-American scorer Buddy Hield after this season and McGusty could really help right away. His combination of size, length, athleticism and versatile scoring ability will be welcome additions to OU's roster.

Two of Iowa State's four commitments - power forward Emmanuel Malou and point guard Donovan Jackson - are junior college prospects who figure to be in the mix for playing time in Norman.

Top to Bottom

1). Texas
2). Oklahoma State
3). Oklahoma 
4). Baylor 
5). Iowa State 
6). West Virginia 
7). Kansas State 
8). Kansas 
9). Texas Tech 
10). TCU

How the league stacks up

This isn't the Big 12's best haul. While Kansas, Texas and Baylor have some important targets still on the board, heading into Signing Day it's a subpar group nationally.

There are just six four-star prospects headed the Big 12's way as of today. In comparison, Duke, Virginia, Michigan State and Mississippi State are all signing four four-star or better prospects.

The ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12, Big East and American all have better classes, on paper.

Even though the Big 12 has work to do, there is still plenty of opportunity for the conference. Kansas is working on Andrew Jones, Taurean ThompsonMarques Bolden, Josh Jackson and Udoka Azubuike, Texas still could land Jarrett Allen and Jones, while Baylor is targeting Jones as well.


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