Each year I do this and each year I will admit that I become less and less familiar with the overall conference. I used to cover the entire league when he had the publication BG12 Recruiting, but now I'm more invested in following Oklahoma State, and more just Oklahoma and Texas high school and junior college prospects.
One area that I am more knowledgeable of is junior college as I have a great source to take advantage of in my son and the rest of the NEO A&M football staff.
That said, here are my thoughts on the Big 12.
1. Oklahoma - I hate to say it but from a pure talent standpoint they had the best class by far. Creed Humphrey of Shawnee, McKinney, Texas guard Tyrese Robinson, and Adrian Ealy from Louisiana are outstanding offensive line building blocks. I love Humphrey, as he's athletic, tough and plays the OL with a DL attitude. Kennedy Brooks may have been one of the three best backs in Texas. My favorite Oklahoma recruit for OU is corner Tre Brown of Tulsa Union as he is fast and makes plays. I have questions about Justin Broiles (speed) and Levi Draper (senior season). Plenty of talent overall.
2. Texas - It's close but new Texas coach Tom Herman didn't fall into the trap of grab bagging guys. He was careful and took some of the Houston recruits he knew and knew had good habits and attitudes. Derek Kerstetter, the OSU OL de-commit, was one of those. Nice close with Tyler John WR Damian Miller and NEO DT Jamari Chisholm.
3. Oklahoma State
4. TCU - Frogs got a good class with highlight wide receivers like Omar Manning and Jalen Reagor but OSU WR class is better and the proof is TCU was still recruiting two of them the night before signing day. Wes Harris is the kind of OL that Oklahoma State needed to get.
5. Iowa State - Yes, Iowa State. The Cyclones went coast to coast and they got the biggest things they needed for the future in a quarterback in Devon Moore, who Campbell and staff had recruited at Toledo. They got a big junior college DT in Ray Lima (6-3, 310). It's a good class that has talent and filled out the depth chart.
6. Baylor - Okay, Matt Ruhle made a nice recovery, but there isn't anybody that just jumps off the page as a difference maker. They got serviceable players, however, I must admit I am not as familiar with the trio from New Jersey and the corner Harrison Hand is listed by some as a four-star.
7. West Virginia - A solid class for Dana Holgorsen and the one I'm anxious to see what the Mountaineers do with is the big California J.C. athlete David Sills. Local linebacker Maverick Wolfley not only has a good name but is a ferocious tackler.
8. Kansas - Best class by far for David Beaty and his staff and running back Dominic Williams of Frisco (Independence), Texas is a difference maker. Lots of defensive help too.
9. Kansas State - A typical Bill Snyder/Kansas State class as they will win games, dipped into the jucos a lot, grabbed some local players, and I love one of their last pickups in Southmoore defensive back Gervarrius Owens. He was truly one of my favorite players in-state. I'd take him 10 times over some other defenders.
10. Texas Tech - Jack Anderson is an excellent lineman on offense, but after that I wasn't tremendously impressed.