Big 12 Football Recruiting: Top Five

LonghornDigest.com takes a look at recruiting rankings for the last five classes. Which Big 12 schools recruited the best over that five-year period?

1) Texas

2008 — 16

2009 — 7

2010 — 3

2011 — 3

2012 — 1

Average Rank: 6


2) Oklahoma

2008 — 13

2009 — 10

2010 — 2

2011 — 15

2012 — 10

Average Rank: 10


3) Oklahoma State

2008 — 40

2009 — 45

2010 — 18

2011 — 18

2012 — 23

Average Rank: 28.8


4) Texas Tech

2008 — 59

2009 — 30

2010 — 36

2011 — 13

2012 — 24

Average Rank: 32.4


5) West Virginia

2008 — 36

2009 — 22

2010 — 30

2011 — 53

2012 — 26

Average Rank: 33.4



Thoughts

No surprises at the top. Take out Texas's 2008 class, which was ranked 16th, and the Longhorns have achieved an average rank of 3.5 over the past four years with three straight top three classes. Since Scout.com started ranking classes in 2002, no other school has accomplished that feat. And Texas hadn't landed the nation's No. 1 class since the 2002 group that included Vince Young and propelled the Longhorns to the 2005 BCS National Championship.

It isn't a shock to see Oklahoma at No. 2 with a bullet, either. Oklahoma has annually recruited better than any Big 12 team sans Texas, with the Sooners' 2010 class actually beating the Longhorns out by a spot. In fact, out of the last five years, Oklahoma has beaten Texas for the top class twice.

Oklahoma State has emerged as the third-best recruiting team in the conference. Over the past five years, they've averaged just outside of a top-25 class, but the Cowboys have stepped up even further in the last three years, stringing together three-straight top-25 groups. With the Cowboys currently sitting at No. 17 for 2013, that streak should reach four years.

And Tommy Tuberville has elevated the recruiting profile of the Red Raiders the past couple of years, landing two top-25 classes and the Big 12's only top-15 class of the last five years not belonging to Texas or Oklahoma.

Big 12 newcomers West Virginia have been remarkably consistent as well, bringing in four classes ranked between 22 and 36 in the past five years. The best class, the 2009 one, brought in Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, the primary tools of the Mountaineers' Air Raid offense.


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