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Big 12 Football Recruiting: Predicting the Biggest Big 12 Recruiting Flips

Feb. 1, 2012; Tempe AZ, USA; Corona del Sol Aztecs offensive lineman Andrus Peat (right) speaks at a press conference at Corona del Sol High School to announce his decision to play college football for the Stanford Cardinal. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterFebruary 5, 2013

In less than 24 hours, a select amount of teenagers across the country are going to be signing their names to financial aid contracts that bind them to a school for at least one year. And because national signing day will be filled with such monumental decisions, there will be drama.

Most football fans hate the drawn-out speeches, live animal acts, selection of visors and strip teases that reveal the school's team jersey he will be wearing—can't they just make their announcement and be done with it?

No, they can't.  

For the first time (probably) in their lives, these teenagers hold all the power and we adults are at their mercy. Why? Because despite these teenagers making commitments to schools up to six months ago, somebody—an adult, of course—got to them and made them change their minds. 

Suffer, we must.

If you're a fan of a BCS team, chances are, one of your prospects will flip. Your team is about to suffer a setback while your rivals are celebrating a poach. Sometimes the flip comes out of nowhere; sometimes it's fairly predictable.

Right now, several Big 12 schools have some highly prized prospects who will be signing their paperwork on Wednesday. But will those prospects' paperwork have the the school's letterhead of the teams to which they are currently committed?

Big 12 commits will flip. Some will be a forward flip (positive for the Big 12) and some will be a backward flip (negative for the Big 12). 

Get your score cards ready. The gymnastics portion of national signing day has already begun. 

  • Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, committed to Texas. Robinson will flip to either USC or Alabama.


  • Safety Isaiah Johnson, committed to Kansas. I can't see head coach Charlie Weis keeping Johnson since he has picked up an offer from Texas Tech. Wisconsin may also steal him at the last minute.


  • Receiver Robbie Rhodes, committed to Baylor. Texas already lost 5-star receiver Ricky Seals-Jones to Texas A&M so Rhodes should be on the Longhorns' radar since Baylor has had some trouble hanging on to its verbal commits. 


  • Receiver Fred Ross, committed to Oklahoma State. Ross had a great visit at Mississippi State, and a flip would be a huge loss to the Pokes. 


Finally, a great poach from the SEC could get the Big 12's swag back after Texas A&M poached from the Big 12.

  • Receiver Derrick Griffin, committed to Texas A&M. Could Griffin be wavering?  He has said he may look around at other schools according to an ESPN report and, let's be honest here, Johnny Football will probably be gone after this season. Texas might snag Griffin, who may not like sharing the huddle with Ricky Seals-Jones.


We all hate negative recruiting—coaches have told me that they like to sell recruits on the positive aspects of their respective schools.

But nothing beats a little negative recruiting to get your team right back in the thick of it, right football fans?

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