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Big 12 mailbag: Recruiting sleepers, Oscar snubs

In today’s Big 12 mailbag, we discuss recruiting sleepers, hot seats, Oscar snubs and much more.

Olson: First name that came to mind for me is Oklahoma running back commit Kennedy Brooks. He didn't make thefinal ESPN 300, and I bet we're going to end up regretting that. The kid rushed for 2,800 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior and was one of the best players in the DFW area the past two years. He walks into a perfect situation at OU where he can get a lot of carries early. We might be talking about him a lot in 2017.

Olson: The Cyclones have already brought in ESPN's No. 4 ranked junior college receiver, Matthew Eaton, as a midyear transfer and I suspect the 6-foot-4 pass-catcher has a chance to be another big outside target for Jacob Park. Getting him in for the spring gives Matt Campbell a better sense of what this guy can do for Iowa State's offense, so I'm interested to see if he steps up.

Olson: I'm not surprised I'm getting this question every week in the mailbag. Getting to 20 commits in four weeks is quite a feat, as is flipping three legit ESPN 300 players. Too many people are sleeping on their Charlie Brewer take at QB, too. Clearly kids on official visits are really connecting with Matt Rhule, the staff he put together and the vision Baylor is using to sell the program. Their ability to forge those relationships in such a short amount of time makes me think they'll be able to do some impressive things over the next 12 months with their 2018 class.

Olson: I think that's the idea, yeah. Johnson was ESPN's No. 1 ranked junior college linebacker and should have a shot at starting immediately for this team, even with the talent Texas returns at linebacker. Malik Jefferson needs to be playing outside and causing problems as a pass rusher.

Olson: I'm sure we'll bring that series back this summer, yes. I already know where I'll be starting my road trip with for Week 1: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at FedEx Field. That's going to be a great matchup. And Week 2 obviously has to be Oklahoma going to the Horseshoe.

Olson: No. I think coaches who already have a statue outside of their stadium are fairly immune from hot seat talk. I was as shocked as anybody by TCU's disappointing 2016 season, and at this point it feels safe to assume a strong bounce-back year is coming from the Frogs.

Olson: I did not personally witness this myself -- I was in Waco that day -- but I heard this did occur and ESPN's box score does seem to confirm it. If Charlie Strong wins that game, keeps it close against TCU and wins his bowl game...is he still the head coach of Texas today? And where is Tom Herman coaching right now if Strong survives? LSU or Oregon? These what-ifs are fun.

Olson: Central Market. But I'm not quite wealthy enough to shop at either of those grocery stores on a weekly basis. Central Market's meat department, deli, bakery and produce are far superior to Whole Foods.

Olson: I would have to go "Anchorman" in the No. 1 spot, personally. I'm not totally sure where to go after that, probably "Elf" or "Step Brothers." Two Will Ferrell performances I very much enjoyed that are underrated: "The Other Guys" and his Ashley Schaeffer character in "Eastbound & Down."

Olson: Ah, good, I was hoping for some Oscar questions today. I think "Deadpool" was the bigger snub. Getting getting released way back in February hurt its chances, since most of these Academy Award nominees are strategically timed to come out at the end of the year to create the most late buzz. Ohio State winning it all as the No. 4 seed sorta killed that 2014 debate, but would TCU or Baylor have been a more challenging foe for Oregon in the semifinal than Florida State? Yes, no doubt in my mind.

Olson: The biggest snub to me was Amy Adams not getting a best actress nod for her performance in "Arrival," one of my favorite films of the year. My very preliminary picks of who I think should win, not who I think will win: "Moonlight" for best picture, Denis Villeneuve for director, Casey Affleck for best actor and Emma Stone for best actress.

Olson: Oh, this one's easy. It's Marcus Smart. Give that guy a lifetime achievement award for his Oscar-worthy flops.