January 24, 2007

Big 12: Uncharacteristic finish for Texas

While many thought Texas' class was locked up weeks ago, it now appears the Longhorns will have some excitement down the home stretch.


Texas Tech fans are hoping a longtime commit won't change his mind.


Texas A&M lost a 2007 commitment, but picked up their first pledge for the 2008 class.


Read about these topics and more in this week's version of the Big 12 Blitz.





Baylor | Colorado | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri

Nebraska | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M

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Baylor






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The Bears continue to inch closer to finalizing their class. The latest commitment, No. 24 for Baylor, came from sleeper athlete Elliot Coffey from Fort Bend (Texas) Clements. Baylor will most likely put the talented prospect on defense as either a safety or cornerback. Coffey's has the bloodlines to be a star. His father, Ken Coffey, played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. Bears commit Chris Tate also continues to be pursued by Houston, and it appears that Tate didn't make his previously scheduled visit to Waco. It's up in the air, but sources say Tate may be close to changing his pledge to Houston.
Colorado






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It took longer than most expected, but James Davis is starting to pick up some college options. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound athlete from Monrovia (Calif.) took an official visit to Colorado last weekend. "It was pretty cool," Davis said of his time in Boulder. "But they are talking about me greyshirting. I'm looking to enroll and possibly playing next fall, so I don't know about that." Davis' former high school teammate Cha'Pelle Brown served as his player host for the weekend. "It was good to see him and hang out with him. I had pretty high expectations going into my trip, but I actually liked my prior trip out to Cal better. It was during the season and I got to go on the field and watch them get prepared for the game and all that."

Iowa State






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Trey Beysinger, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound multisport athlete from Dallas (Tex.) Carter High School, will visit Iowa State this coming weekend. Iowa State has moved up dramatically in Baysinger's eyes, with offensive coordinator Robert McFarland making a great impression on the big athlete despite late competition from Tulsa and Kansas State. Baysinger has already visited Baylor and Kansas, and will visit Ames Jan. 26. "I want to see how the town is responding to the coaching change, if they're optimistic," Baysinger said. "My friend at Tulsa (Cornelius Arnett) says at Tulsa that all the boosters are putting up the money, and all the town is rallying behind the team. That's what I'm looking for."
Kansas






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Klein (Texas) Forest receiver Johnathan Wilson turned in good numbers this season and colleges came calling. He was supposed to take a visit last weekend to Iowa, but ended up in Lawrence. It looks like the Jayhawks were able to land the Houston prospect and keep him from taking other visits. "After the visit I talked to my parents and then talked with my high school coach," Wilson said. "I thought about it, and it just made perfect sense. I had a great feeling about Kansas. It was the right place for me to be, so I went ahead and committed."
Kansas State






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Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall cornerback Kendrick Matthews committed to Kansas State before his junior year ended. He decided to join high school teammate Tyrone Sonier. However, Sonier recently switched his pledge from K-State to Texas Tech. It doesn't look like KSU fans have to worry about Matthews. "I spoke with Kendrick today at track practice," Marshall assistant coach Michael O'Guin said. "I just was talking to him to see where his head was. There's been a lot of things happening, so I was wanting to know. He told me he was a solid commitment to Kansas State. He will be signing with them in a couple weeks." Matthews played host to K-State defensive line coach Mo Latimore last week.
Missouri






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Jacob Amie has spent most of the recruiting period as a soft verbal to Texas Tech, but as Signing Day approaches he said things are still wide open. Now it looks like the three-star receiver will take an official visit to Missouri this weekend. "I'm still very interested in Missouri," said Amie. "I'd love to take a visit. I'm going to try my best to. I know they were recruiting me heavily and offered me the first day they saw me play football. I'm going to do my best to get up there next weekend. I'm still a soft verbal to Texas Tech. That can all change. I've been looking a lot at Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Missouri."
Nebraska






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After receiving a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Chris Perry, the Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge former Husker recruit made a commitment back to Miami. He says he'll be signing with the Hurricanes, but still won't say the commitment is 100 percent. Four-star cornerback David Ross continues to take trips to Arizona and Oregon State, but keeps saying he's 100 percent solid with his commitment to NU. With one spot remaining, the most likely commit appears to be Curenski Gilleylen. However, Gilleylen still has Tennessee and Oklahoma State in his top three.
Oklahoma






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With all the rumors swirling around in Dallas, it wasn't a surprise to see Bob Stoops there earlier this week. But the news is not what some people wanted it to be. Stoops was in Dallas recruiting junior prospects for the class of 2008. Among his numerous stops was a trip to see Texas' top junior wide receiver, Dan Buckner, at Allen. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound receiver - who reminds many of current Sooner freshman Adron Tennell - saw his high school play host to several college coaches on Monday. However, he was quick to note the presence of Stoops. "I think today there were coaches from Texas A&M, Indiana, SMU, Oklahoma, and a coach from Louisville," Buckner said. "It was Bob Stoops from OU and Stan Eggen and Dennis Franchione from Texas A&M."

Oklahoma State






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When he committed to the Cowboys back in early November, several Oklahoma State fans were thrilled that Mike Gundy was willing to give Mustang High School's Josh Cooper the opportunity of his dreams. When the coaching staff hosted several prospects this past weekend for official visits, Cooper was one of them. "I talked to (coach Gundy) before I left. He just told me it was going to be a great place to be for the next four or five years. He was excited to have me coming up there," Cooper said. "There was a lot of good food, I know that. We never stopped eating and, I don't know, we just toured the facilities and hung out with my host (Zac Robinson). He's a good guy and he's pretty cool. It was just a lot of fun."
Texas






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Nobody expected a wild ride into Signing Day for the Longhorns. Texas had pretty much sealed up its class more than a month ago. However, this past weekend they received a switch from Oklahoma State commit Tyrell Higgins and a few other surprises. After that, Oklahoma commit James Kirkendoll opened up his recruitment and is expected to make his intentions known this weekend when he visits Austin. The Horns also picked up former Missouri commit Ian Harris, a tight end from San Antonio. Four-star safety Christian Scott appears to be the final target.
Texas A&M






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It was a bittersweet Tuesday. The Aggies lost a commitment from the 2007 class and gained a 2008 pledge. Three-star running back Shawnbrey McNeal shocked many with a surprise switch to Miami. The talented runner said that he had to follow his heart, and the Hurricanes' offer just came along late. On the flip side of things, A&M picked up their first commitment for the 2008 class. Junior offensive tackle Britt Mitchell made a commitment to the Aggies this week. Mitchell (6-8, 300) says the reason he committed so early was because it was the "only college I wanted to go to." The junior commit is from Roscoe, Texas.
Texas Tech






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One of the most followed prospects for Red Raiders fans has been longtime commit Jacob Amie. The talented prospect says he is still a "soft verbal" to the Red Raiders. Amie says he's still giving Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Missouri a hard look. It remains to be seen how many of those schools still have available spots for the talented East Texas receiver. Amie is possibly planning to continue his visits over the next few weeks. Tech also landed its latest commitment from sleeper defensive tackle Bobby Agoucha. The talented prospect may have flown under the radar with other programs, but he stands at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds and is originally from the Houston area.


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