Early Signing Period: Big 12 Report Card

What an unprecedented early subscription period this December, particularly in the Big 12 where there have been major coaching changes in Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech, and many other big names have turned up as possible candidates elsewhere.

Here’s a look back at which teams thrived during the initial window and what to expect in February:

LARGE TEAM RANKINGS 12

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BAYLOR

Dave Aranda and his staff place great emphasis on their own ratings and prioritize the deep and talented state of Texas in their recruiting havens. The Bears made a splash on National Signing Day by beating the Longhorns to Rivals250 wide receiver Armani Winfield as well as the latest additions from local defensive lineman Devonte Tezino and state gems like Devyn Bobby (DeSoto); Jordan Nabors (Rockwall-Heath) and Kaden Sieracki (The Woodlands).

Grade: B.

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STATE OF IOWA

While Matt Campbell‘s name was among those around for some of the prominent coaching jobs open across the country, remains in Ames with the Cyclones clinging to a top-25 class nationwide.

Iowa State has signed a four-star quartet, including legacy NFL quarterback Rocco Becht from Florida along with state defensive tackle Hunter Deyo. Twenty of Iowa State’s 21 pledges signed in December with the exception of R. Mason Thomas, who will officially visit Oklahoma in January. Campbell has a solid foundation in place and closing with a top-25 class speaks volumes.

Grade: B +

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KANSAS

Launch Leipold surely he came out with groundbreaking performances on the pitch that instill confidence in the direction of the Kansas football program going forward. Leipold and his staff are continuing to restructure the roster and should hammer the transfer portal this offseason.

As of December, the Jayhawks signed just six prospects, two of which were three-star prospects. In other words, there is more work to be done.

Grade: incomplete

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STATE OF KANSAS

The state of Kansas sits just outside the top 60 recruiting classes in 2022 with a class of 17 men. However, only eight signatories are rated three stars or better with Pennsylvania OL Jalen Klemm and Oklahoma DE Donovan Rieman as the team’s top-rated recruits.

The Wildcats are emphasizing skill position players, namely defenders, along with trench supply. Quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers are also areas of need.

Grade: D.

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OKLAHOMA

Nick Evers (Sam Spiegelman)

New coach of the Sooners Brent Venables he had little time to shift his focus from Clemson’s defensive coordinator to the Oklahoma head coach. But he was able to score a late engagement from Rivals250 quarterback Nick Evers, overturn West Texas linebacker Kobie McKinzie back from Texas rival, and wrap in Florida’s elite catcher Jayden Gibson, once a Gators and prospect. in the top 50 in the country.

In February, Venables will be looking to ink the precious Rivals100 ATH Gentry Williams, who didn’t sign early, and add more pieces on both lines to close the loop.

Grade: A-

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STATE OF OKLAHOMA

There has been no real drama in Stillwater with the exception of the signing of four-star ship defender in the state Desean Brown, a strong hold for Mike Gundy and Co. after a sensational year on that side of the ball. Over the course of the cycle, Oklahoma State secured a pair of four-star backs in Ollie Gordon and CJ Brown, both of whom are great athletic playmakers off the backfield to shake off the Cowboys’ onslaught.

Mason Gilkey and Braylin Presley are also expected to rejuvenate the Poke offense along with summer flip Talyn Shettron, the No. 1 in the state for 2022.

Grade: B +

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TCU

Sonny Dykes wasted no time in bolstering TCU’s early signing class after moving inside the Dallas Metroplex from SMU, where he was continuing to build a signature class full of four-star and national-level talent from the area and around the world. state.

Unsurprisingly, Dykes and his ace staff didn’t miss a beat. He brought with him Rashaad Champions and the Horned Frogs quickly signed four-star Michael Ibukun-Okeyode, Chace Biddle and Jordan Hudson, high-level recruits who have been on SMU staff. With nine signers before Christmas, expect Dykes and Co. to finish big and take full advantage of the portal as well.

Grade: B +

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TEXAS

What a five-day stretch it was on the Forty Acres with former Ohio state five-star QB Quinn Ewers announcing his intention to return to Texas; five-star OT Kelvin Banks got involved with the Longhorns later Mario cristobal he left for Miami and both Neto Umeozulu and Cameron Williams followed him.

On NSD, the Longhorns overturned athlete Xavion Brice from rival Oklahoma and added intriguing hometown board defender Ethan Burke from neighboring Austin Westlake. They also overturned Rivals100 on the corner of Terrance Brooks Jr., a Texas A&M legacy, from the state of Ohio. The momentum is real and Steve Sarkisian and his staff have them in abundance in 2022.

Grade: A +

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TEXAS TECH

First year as a Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire started racing and there were consequences in the current 2022 and 2023 class. McGuire quickly assembled his staff with strong ties to Lone Star State and helped keep the Red Raiders class intact. They also overturned several prominent figures in the state such as Joseph Adedire (TCU), Landon Hullaby (Oregon), and Ty Kana (USC). The best is yet to come to Lubbock.

Grade: C +

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VIRGINIA OF THE WEST

The Mountaineers finished on a positive note in December, punctuating their 2022 tally with four engagements in the last three days leading up to National Signing Day, including four-star JUCO defensive defender Hershey McLaurin and three-star JUCO wide receiver. Jeremiah Allen.

The West Virginia class is located at No. 22 nationally and could strengthen his position with essential points such as quarterback, running back and defensive line.

Grade: C.

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