Big 12/SEC primer: National Signing Day

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Bold Prediction for the Big 12: Kliff Kingsbury saw a lot of success as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. He’ll see similar success as head coach at Texas Tech.


Biggest Need: Offensive linemen to protect the talented skill-position players.

Biggest Recruit: ESPN 150 receiver Robbie Rhodes (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest) has the tools to be not only a starter but also an all-conference player as a freshman.

Iowa State

Biggest Need: With only one commit at the position, the Cyclones need linebackers.

Biggest Recruit: Four-star offensive tackle Shawn Curtis (Orlando, Fla./Olympia), at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, should be a future leader for the Cyclones’ offensive line.


Biggest Need: The Jayhawks need a running back or two.

Biggest Recruit: Juco defensive tackle Marquel Combs (Memphis, Tenn./Pierce College) is the No. 3 junior college prospect in the country for a reason. He’s a run-stopper.

Kansas State

Biggest Need: Running back, just like its Sunflower State counterpart.

Biggest Recruit: Linebacker Nick Ramirez (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) is the only four-star commit, but three-star junior college quarterback Jake Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western Community College) might be the sleeper of the class.


Biggest Need: Linebacker is a huge necessity.

Biggest Recruit: If ESPN 150 running back Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch) stays healthy, he could have a promising college career -- which could lead to an NFL opportunity.

Oklahoma State

Biggest Need: The Cowboys need help at quarterback and linebacker.

Biggest Recruit: ESPN 300 receivers Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) and Marcell Ateman (Wylie, Texas/Wylie East) bring different dynamics but similar results to the football field.


Biggest Need: Playmaking wide receivers.

Biggest Recruit: ESPN 300 running back Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin) has the potential to be outstanding, but three-star athlete Ty Slanina (East Bernard, Texas/East Bernard) could be stellar at several spots.


Biggest Need: While Texas is strong on the offensive line, it needs defensive linemen.

Biggest Recruit: ESPN 150 center Darius James (Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights) leads a very talented class of Longhorns offensive linemen.

Texas Tech

Biggest Need: The Red Raiders could use more defensive tackles.

Biggest Recruit: Quarterback Davis Webb (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), an Elite 11 finalist last summer, could be special under the wing of Kliff Kingsbury.

West Virginia

Biggest Need: Players in the secondary.

Biggest Recruit: ESPN 300 inside linebacker Darrien Howard (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) has the tools to shut down a lot of plays before they even get started.


Texas A&M

Biggest need: With 32 commitments, the Aggies don't need much more out of this class. Their main goal is just to make sure they don't get any negative surprises on national signing day. Defensive backs and linebackers would be a welcome addition.

Biggest recruit: Stealing Ricky Seals-Jones, from Sealy (Texas) High, from the Texas Longhorns was an in-state coup. It's hard for Aggies fans not to get excited when imagining him in their already potent offense. -- Dave Hooker