Big 12 Recruiting Notebook

In this week's edition, an interesting battle took place last week between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats. Although the Jayhawks were victorious last week, could the Wildcats soon be changing their fortune? What is the latest on Jeff Byers? Who is the other Colorado lineman quickly grabbing attention?

The Kansas Jayhawks enjoyed their most successful week under Coach Mangino on the recruiting trail this past week with the commitments of Todd Haselhorst and Jim Reuber and the transfer addition of Air Force lineman Matt Anderson. Two reasons stand out in why this was so huge for Mangino: 1. Haselhorst is a top five prospect in Kansas and his decision before the season started while help out tremendously 2. The Jayhawks won both prospects over offers from in state rival Kansas State.

"I knew after visiting Kansas State that is the fifth ranked program in the nation wasn't more impressive then Kansas then I belonged in Lawerence," commented Haselhorst.

Reuber was considered the second best tight end available in the state of Texas at the time of his commitment by many (behind Tate Casey). He comes from a very talented area in Plano, Texas, and was a great start for the Jayhawks in the lone star state.

It is becoming apparent that a Kansas/Missouri battle is emering for linebacker Mike Rivera currently plans on making a late summer decision, possibly within a week, and holds offers from Missouri and Kansas. Expect him to make last minute visits to both Lawerence and Columbia.

Lafeyette, Missouri has two tremendous prospects in quarterback Taylor Bennett and wide receiver J.R. Kraemer. Bennett, who did not start as a junior, has really taken off this summer in camps and should receive a few offers after showcasing his talents in upcoming games. Boise State could be the first program to offer. Kraemer, who projects as a tight end on the collegiate level, has delayed his decision until at least midway through the season. It is believed that he is awaiting to see if the Missouri Tigers will be offering after evaluating his first couple games.

Expect news soon on Jeff Byer's narrowed list. I'm hearing that he will name five schools that he is highly interested in, and will keep two or three schools on the backburner for visits. Expect him to begin official visits in the month of September.

Another lineman in the state of Colorado to look out for is Air Force Academy lineman Jeff Kendall. After recently returning from Eugene, Oregon with an offer from the Ducks, Kendall is very high on playing in the Pac Ten. His decision is likley to come sooner than later.

Oklahoma State scored big with the commitment of quarterback Bobby Reid. With ten commitments already in hand, expect the Cowboys to be a little more selective in their remaining commitments. They are still looking for a big time tailback in this class, and have begun to make noise with Ja'Kouri Williams. Also, watch for the Cowboys to keep a close eye on DJ Wolfe's interest in the recruitment of Adrian Peterson.

Under Head Coach Bob Stoops, the Oklahoma Sooners are rapidly replacing Penn State as "Linebacker University." Proof has been shown in many linebacker's listing Oklahoma without an offer, including national top 100 linebacker Brian Toal. The Sooners are also sitting very well with Chris Patterson of Chicago.


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