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Mid-Summer Report Card: Grading Big 12 recruiting

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The 2024 recruiting cycle has reached the mid-point, which means that many recruiting classes across the country are filling up fast. Here’s how each team in the Big 12 has fared up to this point.

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BAYLOR

Brock Jackson

Brock Jackson (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Dave Aranda and Baylor have added commitments from 12 prospects to this point, with the bulk of the class coming from the Lone Star State. Four-star linebacker Brock Jackson is the highest-ranked commitment. Wide receiver Jadon Porter and safety Kristopher Wokomah are talented recruits that could see jumps in the rankings before it’s all said and done. There’s not a ton of high-end talent in this class, but the Bears are building a respectable and solid class.

Grade: C+

Baylor’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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BYU

Ryner Swanson

Ryner Swanson (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Aside from a commitment from four-star tight end Ryner Swanson, the Cougars have failed to make much of a wave on the trail. BYU missed out on four-star quarterback Isaac Wilson, the younger brother of former Cougars star Zach Wilson, which provided a tough pill to swallow. Of the other seven pledges in the class, only two are rated at least a three-star.

Head coach Kalani Sitake is a program builder, but the recruiting desperately needs an uptick going into the Big 12. Swanson is the one big bright spot for the class, and the Cougars deserve props for beating out Texas and Oregon for the West Coast tight end.

Grade: D+

BYU’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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CINCINNATI

Samaj Jones

Samaj Jones (Rivals.com)

The Bearcats underwent change at the top with Luke Fickell leaving for Wisconsin and Scott Satterfield taking over following a stint at Louisville. Satterfield showed what he can do on the trail with adequate support at Louisville, which is promising for his tenure at Cincinnati.

But the Bearcats lack any blue chip prospects in the class as it stands. High three-star quarterback Samaj Jones and Simeon Coleman are the building blocks in Satterfield’s first full class going into the Big 12.

Grade: C

Cincinnati’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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HOUSTON

Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams (Rivals.com)

Houston has the opportunity to become a force on the recruiting trail as the Cougars move into the Big 12. Already in one of the most talented footprints in the nation, Houston now has the ability to sell recruits on staying home and playing in the Power Five. The flip of Rivals250 safety Maurice Williams from LSU showcases what the Cougars can do moving forward.

But the Cougars only have seven commitments – including just one four-star. Speedster Heath McRee and defensive end Zion Taylor were big wins for the staff, suggesting that the Cougars can potentially get on a roll before the end of the cycle.

Grade: C+

Houston’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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IOWA STATE

Cooper Alexander

Cooper Alexander (Rivals.com)

Matt Campbell has more than earned the benefit of the doubt during his tenure with the Cyclones. But Iowa State is lacking big-time firepower in its 2024 class as it stands in early July. The class does feature 15 commitments, but only one is rated a 5.7 or higher: three-star Oklahoma tight end Cooper Alexander.

Grade: C

Iowa State’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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KANSAS

Dakyus Brinkley

Dakyus Brinkley (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

The tide has turned for the Jayhawks on the recruiting trail ever since Lance Leipold took over in Lawrence. All of a sudden, Kansas is a contender for impressive talent, and Leipold’s staff have done a terrific job closing with top priorities.

Four-star Texans Dakyus Brinkley and Damani Maxson headline the class. Harry Stewart is a talented back out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and the Jayhawks went into Big Ten territory to land Jalen Todd. Kansas is worth paying attention to in the recruiting landscape.

Grade: B

Kansas’ commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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KANSAS STATE

Kaedin Massey

Kaedin Massey (Parker Thune)

Kansas State has proven to play above its recruiting ranking, evidenced by winning the Big 12 last season. But there’s not a ton to write home about the Wildcats’ class to this point. K-State has just seven pledges right now, with in-state three-star lineman Kaedin Massey as the headliner. Chris Klieman knows how to build a program, but he has his work cut out for him between now and signing day.

Grade: C

Kansas State’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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OKLAHOMA

Davon Mitchell

Davon Mitchell (Rivals.com)

The Sooners are always toward the top of the recruiting rankings. Brent Venables and staff are again thriving on the trail, with elite tight end prospect Davon Mitchell becoming the latest to announce for Oklahoma – and he reclassified to the 2024 class in the process. In addition, Oklahoma flipped four-star pass catcher Ivan Carreron and feature blue chip talents such as Jaydan Hardy, Michael Hawkins and Zion Kearney.

Oklahoma also remains in the mix for elite talents such as five-star defensive linemen Williams Nwaneri and David Stone, along with running backs Taylor Tatum and Caden Durham.

Grade: A

Oklahoma’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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OKLAHOMA STATE

Landyn Cleveland

Landyn Cleveland (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Mike Gundy and the Pokes have pulled in some talented defensive prospects out of the Lone Star State this cycle. Landyn Cleveland and David Kabongo form an exciting tandem in the secondary and linebacker Jonathan Agumadu offers an intriguing ceiling. The Cowboys do not feature a four-star in their class but the staff has added quality talent to this point.

Grade: C+

Oklahoma State’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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TCU

Hauss Hejny

Hauss Hejny (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Sonny Dykes and the Horned Frogs turned heads in a big way during the first season at the helm, playing for a national title. The staff has carried some of that momentum over to the recruiting trail. Four-star quarterback Hauss Hejny is an athletic player behind center that has a state title to his name.

Around him, the Horned Frogs have commitments from four-star wideout Gekyle Baker, four-star all-purpose back Jeremy Payne and four-star offensive lineman Tobias Steppes, among others. There’s a lot to like about the class that is being built in Fort Worth.

Grade: B+

TCU’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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TEXAS

Jordon Johnson-Rubell

Jordon Johnson-Rubell (KiddRyno/Rivals.com)

The Longhorns are always among the nation’s elite on the recruiting trail, and that is more of the same in the 2024 cycle. Steve Sarkisian and his staff went on a hot streak toward the end of June and early July.

Jordon Johnson-Rubell, Parker Livingstone, Jerrick Gibson and Aeryn Hampton were among those, with Johnson-Rubell and Hampton both committing live on Rivals.

Texas remains in the hunt for five-stars Colin Simmons and Ryan Wingo and elite four-star Corian Gipson, among other top targets.

Grade: A

Texas’ commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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TEXAS TECH

Will Hammond

Will Hammond (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Joey McGuire has immediately elevated the recruiting in Lubbock. His staff emphasizes evaluations and relationships with both paying dividends on the trail. As it currently stands, the Red Raiders hold commitments from four-star QB Will Hammond, four-star OL Holton Hendrix, and a host of potential risers such as OT Ellis Davis and pass rusher Cheta Ofili.

Add in the fact that Texas Tech is the frontrunner to eventually land five-star Micah Hudson – which would boost the grade to an A – and there is potentially more noise to be had as the cycle continues.

Grade: B

Texas Tech’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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UCF

Stacy Gage

Stacy Gage (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

UCF has taken full advantage of its transition to the Power Five level already on the recruiting trail. Gus Malzahn has made the Golden Knights a threat for blue chip talent in the Southeast. Rivals250 running back Stacy Gage is the clear headliner, but UCF also has pledges from four other four-stars. Most recently, Malzahn and staff beat out Florida State for tight end Kylan Fox.

The Golden Knights have my full attention. With a fertile recruiting footprint and a former SEC head coach at the helm, there’s no doubt that UCF will be a force to be dealt with as the program kicks off a new era in the Big 12.

Grade: B+

UCF’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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WEST VIRGINIA

Brandon Rehmann

Brandon Rehmann

Neal Brown and the Mountaineers have landed pledges from 18 commitments and sit inside the top-35 nationally in the rankings. But the haul is more based on quantity than quality. Four-star wideout Brandon Rehmann is the lone blue chip talent in the class to this point. High three-star Obinna Onwuka and defensive back Israel Boyce are promising prospects.

Grade: C+

West Virginia’s commitment list: 2024 | 2025

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