There are many ways to look at a recruiting class. There are the Scout.com class rankings, which comprise a view at a class's strength, and depth. But it's also interesting to take a look at the league as a whole to see who brought in the top quarterback, running back, wide receiver, etc.
Which player represented the top guy landed by the Big 12 at his respective position? Those players were determined by their Scout.com rankings. In the case of multiple four stars, or three stars, the players were chosen by positional rank. And in the case of a position where multiple players are listed — like at defensive end — the No. 1 receiver listed is the top-ranked end, No. 2 DE listed is the second-best end, etc.
BEST OF THE BIG 12, DEFENSE
DT Poona Ford, Hilton Head (S.C.) — Texas
DT Chris Nelson, Victory Christian Academy (Fla.) — Texas
OLB Edwin Freeman, Arlington Bowie — Texas
OLB Gyasi Akem, Broken Aaron (Okla.) — Oklahoma State
CB Chris Hardeman, Alief Taylor — Oklahoma State
S Steven Parker, Jenks (Okla.) — Oklahoma
S John Bonney, Houston Lamar — Texas