A Closer Look at the Big 12's 2018 Recruiting

Scout takes a closer look at Big 12 Conference recruiting in the 2018 cycle.

Big 12 Recruiting Standings

RK School Commits Points Top 100 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star Star AVG
11 Texas 8 1386 1 0 6 2 3.75
17 Oklahoma State 11 1154 0 0 2 7 3.00
18 Oklahoma 7 1025 2 1 1 5 3.43
20 Baylor 12 966 0 0 1 10 3.00
26 Kansas 8 745 0 0 3 1 2.88
31 TCU 6 663 1 0 1 5 3.17
37 West Virginia 5 550 0 0 1 4 3.20
50 Texas Tech 4 320 0 0 1 1 2.75
56 Iowa State 5 259 0 0 0 3 2.60
t92. Kansas State 1 20 0 0 0 0 2.00

1. Texas - UT is in familiar territory at the top of the conference rankings, and it was recent run of commits pushing it to the top. Longhorns fans should be excited about quarterback prospects Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, as both are Scout Top 150-level talents and are helping to build chemistry with other top recruits in the class. 

2. Oklahoma State - OSU does a great job with its evaluations. Both Mason Rudolph and James Washington were three-star prospects who have been developed into potential first rounders. The class already has good depth with 11 commits. It has done a great job getting offensive linemen like OG Bryce Bray, OT Hunter Anthony, and C Tyrese Williams on board early. 

3. Oklahoma - The Sooners put together the conference's best 2017 class finishing at No. 6 nationally. It is back after it again in 2018, but has suffered a couple of setbacks when QB Cameron Rising and DE Ron Tatum III both committed to UT. T.J. Pledger is an exciting four-star running back who will continue OU's longstanding tradition of inking the nation's most coveted RBs. 

4. Baylor - Baylor head coach Matt Rhule and his staff deserve a pat on the back for its efforts. It closed impressively in 2017 and has started off 2018 with a bang by tapping into well-established in-state ties. Safety pledge Christian Morgan has the nations highest Nike+ Football rating (144.00) and has earned an invite to The Opening Finals. 

5. Kansas - The surprise team at No. 5 is the Jayhawks, who have dipped into the talent rich states of Louisiana and Texas to bolster its 2018 efforts with talented players other P5 programs covet. It has a trio of four-stars from Louisiana on its commit list in RB Anthony Williams, CB Corione Harris, and WR Devonta Jason

6. TCU - TCU always assembles solid recruiting classes with sound next level talent, especially in the defensive backfield and that takes center stage in 2018 as it boasts four-star safety Atanza Vongor and three-star CB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard in the class. 

7. West Virginia - The class is led by four-star RB pledge Leddie Brown, who is the total package at the position with 6-foot-1, 190-pound size and speed to burn. WVU has five commits from five different states. 

8. Texas Tech - All four of Texas Tech's early commitments are wide receivers. Keep an eye on Denton (Texas) Ryan's Gabriel Douglas, who is one of the top on the field talents nationally at the position.  

9. Iowa State - The Cyclones staff is working the trail hard to uncover program changers and it has found an exciting one-two recruiting punch on offense in QB Re-al Mitchell and WR Sterling Galban

10. Kansas State - KSU gets an early start on its class with an in-state pledge from Jaylen Pickle, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle. The Wildcats always prioritize in-state recruiting to build up its roster.   

Top-Rated Commit - Offense

http://www.scout.com/player/194203-brey-walker

Brey Walker, a 6-foot-7, 299-pound offensive tackle from Southmoore (Okla.) has been a long-time commit to Oklahoma. He checks in as a Scout five-star prospect and the No. 14 prospect overall in the Scout Top 100. Walker is the No. 1 recruit in the Sooner State.

Walker is a prospect with a scary upside. A championship-level wrestler he understands how to use his leverage to gain the upper hand, and has continued to develop a mean streak for finishing blocks and playing with a sustained level of aggression. 

Brey Walker Highlights: 

Top-Rated Commit - Defense

http://www.scout.com/player/199162-caden-sterns

Caden Sterns, a 6-foot-1, 173-pound defender from Cibolo (Texas) Steele became the highest rated defensive commitment in the conference when he flipped to Texas from LSU

Sterns is the definition of safety, a prospect who has the length and range to patrol and defend the wide-open passing games within the conference and the attitude to come downhill when needed. An athlete with a strong pedigree as his brother Jordan Sterns was an All-Conference performer at Oklahoma State. 

Caden Sterns Highlights 


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