It's always recruiting season around here. That's why the weekly missive from Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., is so eagerly awaited.
Here are some Big 12-related tidbits for Tuesday.
T Cody Whitehair
Scouts Grade: 45
Kansas State lands 2011 in-state lineman Cody Whitehair
A 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair of Abilene, Kan., has committed to the Wildcats for the Class of 2011.
He also received early offers from Oregon State and Colorado State.
TE Austin Haywood
Scouts Grade: 82
ESPNU150 Rank: 46
Position Rank: 3
Austin Haywood (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) was recently evaluated by the Scouts, Inc. staff and is now rated as the nation's No. 46 prospect and third ranked tight end.
ESPN's Craig Haubert said of the news, "The month of November has now seen its second prospect impressively leap into the ESPNU 150. First defensive end Adrian Hubbard [Norcross, Ga.] impressed with senior year film and made the big splash and now tight end Austin Haywood has done the same."
"With a recent evaluation as an offensive prospect, Haywood has proved to be worthy of a 150 ranking and is a great sleeper pick-up for Oklahoma. He is a big kid who possesses good speed and can be a serious match-up problem in the passing attack. With the Jermaine Gresham era over, a player like Haywood could be just what is needed to try and replace the very talented Sooner."
ILB Victor Burnett
Culver City, Calif.
Culver City H.S.
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 20
Washington has gained a commitment from Victor Burnett, a three-star 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker from Culver Senior (Culver City, Calif.), for the Class of 2010.
Burnett chose Washington over Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Oregon State. He is also holding scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Washington State, Tennessee, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.
He told ESPN's Greg Biggins, "I just bonded the best with the coaching staff there and that was a big deal for me. They're such an intense staff and that stood out to me. I've seen a lot of improvement and progression this year with the team and I think the coaches will be able to get the most out of me as a player and person."
During his junior season, Burnett was credited with 182 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Washington now has 23 pledges.
TE Brandon Williams
Joliet Junior College (IL)
Joliet College (Ill.) product Brandon Williams has committed to sign as part of Oregon's Class of 2010, ESPN affiliate Web site DuckTerritory.com reports.
He selected the Ducks over scholarship offers from Baylor, Toledo, Central Michigan and Wyoming. Programs including Kansas State, Arizona and Florida State expressed late interest.
"I decided that this was the place for me, and informed the coaches before I left today (Sunday). I'm definitely committed. I have some other visits set up, but I'm going to cancel those first thing tomorrow," Williams said.
OLB Anthony Beard
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 85
Three-star outside linebacker Anthony Beard picks Mustangs
SMU has landed Anthony Beard, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound outside linebacker from Lumberton, Texas, for the Class of 2010.
Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Wyoming and Colorado State had also offered the three-star prospect.