Which Prospects Committed to Play in the Big 12 This Week?

Scout examines this week's seven new Big 12 Conference 2018 commits.

Baylor Bears - DT Joshua Landry (5/5/17)

Landry, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive lineman from Houston (Texas) Lamar is a promising defensive lineman from a talent-rich Houston-area program who is position-and possibly scheme-versatile at the Power Five conference level. Good burst off the snap combines with low pad level to make Landry a hand full at the point of attack, despite being on a bit on the smaller end of the spectrum for a P5-caliber interior line prospect. 

TCU Horned Frogs - OG John Lanz (5/5/17)

The 6-foot-3, 286-pound offensive lineman from Denton (Texas) Guyer is an easy Power Five conference-caliber prospect with experience at left tackle who projects best to a guard spot in college. Lanz thrives in the run game and is a block-finisher. He keeps a wide base in pass protection and plays with active feet. He can improve his body control at the snap and when engaged. Overall Lanz is a consistent, physical presence on the O-line. He has a real mean streak. 

Kansas State Wildcats - DT Jaylen Pickle (5/7/7)

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman from Cimarron (Kan.) was a great in-state pick-up. He moves very well for his size and shows the ability to dominate the competition. He should be a versatile defender up front with the ability to move around and play some inside at defensive tackle or outside as a strongside defensive end. He has great length as well. He picked KSU over offers from UCF and Wyoming. 

Texas Longhorns - S Caden Sterns (5/7/17)

The 6-foot-1, 173-pound safety from powerhouse Cibolo (Texas) Steele switched from LSU to Texas and instantly became the highest rated defensive commitment in the Big 12. He is an aggressive and bold defender who will make receivers fear catching the ball in his area of coverage. He can run and covers ground quickly. His skills as a receiver make him a threat to make a big play for the defense in 50-50 scenarios. He can close distances quickly, showcasing his range. 

Texas Tech Red Raiders - WR Corey Fulcher (5/9/17)

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver from Dallas (Texas) Lake Highlands is used as a multi-functional weapon in the offense, getting his chance to touch the ball in different ways and more often than not out of the backfield. Fulcher had more rushing yards than receiving yards his junior season, which speaks to his athleticism as a ball carrier in the open field, a rare quality for a receiver with his size and frame. While some of his qualities as a receiver may be hidden for right now, look for him to have a breakout in 2017. 

West Virginia Mountaineers - DE Alex Williams (5/9/17)

Williams is making his second commitment to the Big 12, as he was at one time committed to Iowa State. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end from Pickerington (Ohio) North is strong at the point of attack and can use his size and strength to bully his way into the the offensive backfield to make plays. He looks like he has a good frame to add even more size, and that is good for his college projection, because on tape he looks in the mold of run stopper up front.   

Oklahoma Sooners - CB Starrland Baldwin Jr. (5/11/17)

Baldwin Jr., a 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback from Houston (Texas Cypress Falls is an exciting player on tape and helps his team in a multitude of ways; offense, defense, and special teams. He is electric in the open field with the football in his hands, showing a shiftiness and the ability to make cuts on a dime, and that is exactly the aspects of his game that make him a high-value college cornerback prospect. He has long arms and can start and stop quickly and is very agile. He can hang with receivers. Baldwin will need to add some size, but he is a willing tackler.

Gabe Brooks contributed to this report. 

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