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Big 12 Football: Who Is Set to Clean Up in Big 12 Football Recruiting?

Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterJanuary 14, 2013

National signing day is on February 6—that's the day coaches, players and fans find out who their new players, teammates and fan favorites are if the prospects actually sign that day. It's also a day full of headaches and disappointments when many longtime commits or soft verbals flip to another school. 

The Big 12, as of today, only has four teams in the top 20 team rankings on Scout.com: Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Who is cleaning up more, Texas or Oklahoma?

Texas has the most top-rated commits with four Top 100 players, including 5-star offensive tackle Kent Perkins and 5-star offensive/defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. Texas' class has two 5-star and eight 4-star prospects.

The class looks good but is a little light on defensive players, and Robinson, for what it's worth, is a soft verbal. I like this class a lot, but I can't help but ignore some top-notch talent like Ricky Seals-Jones decommitting from Texas

Oklahoma, on the other hand, has 20 commits compared to Texas' 13. The Sooners don't have nearly the star quality as Texas—11 of their prospects are 3-stars. But what's interesting to note is that Oklahoma did get both 5-star running back Keith Ford and 4-star quarterback Cody Thomas (6'5", 220) out of Texas. 

The Sooners have loaded up on quality at skill positions which is probably the smart thing to do in the Big 12—if you have a very good quarterback and running back and some playmakers on the defense, you should have great success.

Stoops has two JUCOs at line positions and this bodes well for Oklahoma. Both Josiah St. John and Quincy Russell (Trinity Valley, Texas) have experience as tackles and should play right away—this will definitely help fill in Lane Johnson's void.  

Legendary head coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State goes heavy on JUCOs, and despite their tendency to not help out a team's overall class ranking, their experience both on and off the field are getting more appreciated by coaches every year. Both St. John and Russell combined to receive over 20 offers from FBS schools. 

Texas needs to beef up its body count to around 18 or 20 if it wants to have a great 2013 campaign—last season the Horns signed a class of 28 so this year's class won't approach 25. 

While its No.15 ranking is decent, 13 commits is not up to Texas standards at this point in the recruiting season. Moreover, Texas A&M, the SEC's newest darling, is cleaning up big time with a currently-ranked No. 2 class.  

Right now, Oklahoma looks to be getting more of what it needs than Texas. Things could change very quickly but until that happens, right now, Oklahoma has the potential to clean up while Texas A&M keeps up its scorched earth policy in the state of Texas.  

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