Things are starting to heat up down the recruiting homestretch as the Feb. 3 signing day date is fast approaching. This week's Big 12 Recruiting Show hits on a number of hot topics...
TCU Adds Army Bowl Commitment
Ross Blacklock, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle from Fort Bend (Texas) Elkins put on a TCU cap in front of a national television audience on Saturday, picking the Horned Frogs over schools like Texas A&M and LSU.
Blacklock is a mammoth four-star rated interior defensive line prospect, who should be able to come in from day one and compete.
Army Eval: It did not take but about 3 seconds to see that this kid passes the eyeball test of what a defensive tackle should look like. He is just flat out big. He is a load for offensive linemen to try to move around and will be a true gap plugger on the next level. I think he could make the transition to more of a nose to use his size to his advantage and eat up space in college. That being said he does not lack for quickness for a player who is well over 300 pounds. He has a good get off and that combination of first step ability and size creates some mismatches that an offense will have to account for. His best friends on the team are going to be the linebackers, who will be able to play much cleaner because this four-star is on the field.
Big 12 Army Bowl Standouts
Blacklock was not the only prospect to note for Big 12 country in the prestigious all-American tilt.
Taking the opening kickoff back about 50 yards was Baylor-bound Top 100 wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson. Dickson was solid all week in practice and should project out to be the next big star in that high octane Bears offense.
TCU also featured the possible future of the offense in Sewo Olonilua, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound monster running back. Olonilua has been a wire-to-wire four-star on Scout, but has been rated as an athlete. It now looks like he will get the first crack on offense and he will be a tremendous red-zone option right out of the gates and compete for immediate playing time.
Huge Visit Weekend for Texas, OSU
When talking about the importance of the recruiting weekend you can start in Austin, but Stillwater will also play host to some serious talent as well.
Currently the 'Horns are working on what is the biggest official visit weekend of the year, bringing in Top 100 players like Brandon Jones, Deontay Anderson and Jeffrey McCulloch among a host of others.
The Pokes will not be bringing in the numbers that UT is, but it is still a big weekend for Mike Gundy and his staff as some of its key targets are dropping in. Namely Scout 300 members like wide receiver Quartney Davis and offensive lineman Tramonda Moore. Moore is a big in-state target that is viewed as by many to be a true Bedlam Rivalry battle.