Oklahoma, Texas post top-10 classes

Complete Big 12 signing lists

Oklahoma: A-
Eight ESPN 150 prospects
The Sooners added teammates ESPN 150 WR Jameel Owens (Muskogee, Okla.) and Stacy McGee (Muskogee, Okla.) down the stretch to an already impressive class. Right now we believe RB Jermie Calhoun (Van, Texas) is special and will join an already outstanding stable of Sooners running backs and contribute quickly. However, DE R.J. Washington (Keller, Texas/Fossil Ridge) is right on his heels as the premier player in this class. There is going to be no shortage of playmaking wideouts in Norman anytime soon. WR Josh Jarboe (Decatur, Ga./Cedar Grove) made a statement throughout the week at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Texas: A-
Nine ESPN 150 prospects
Same old class, different year -- and we mean that in a good way. Texas continues to grab who it wants, when it wants, particularly within its state. This is one of those classes in which there is no clear-cut guy separating himself from the rest of the pack. ESPN 150 receivers D.J. Grant (Austin, Texas/LBJ) and Dan Buckner (Allen, Texas) are special with Grant being the faster of the two. One of the things that separates a Texas recruiting class from many others is that the bottom half is always loaded with quality and sometimes even upper-echelon players who Texas is able to keep away from some of the up-and-comers in the conference. Keep an eye on S Blake Gideon (Leander, Texas) who was first-team all-state in 5A this year as being one of those gems.

Nebraska: B-
One ESPN 150 prospect
The Cornhuskers had a strong class in the spring of 2007, but it imploded shortly after Bill Callahan's future looked bleak. New head coach Bo Pelini did a good job down the stretch of luring prospects back and signing linebacker Will Compton (Bonne Terre, Mo./North County) and defensive end Josh Williams (Denton, Texas). ESPN 150 offensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) stayed strong with his in-state commitment as did projected outside linebacker Sean Fisher (Omaha, Neb./Millard). Old Cornhusker fans have to be pleased with a pledge from 210-pound power back Collins Okafor (Omaha, Neb./Westside) and Scouts Inc.'s No.1-rated fullback/H-back prospect Kyler Reed (Overland Park, Kan./Saint Thomas Aquinas).

Colorado: B-
Three ESPN 150 prospects
Colorado has put together one of the surprise classes of 2008 after going 6-7 last fall. ESPN 150 linebackers Jon Major (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) and Lynn Katoa (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood) and No. 5 guard Max Tuioti-Mariner (Corona, Calif.) headed a top-heavy class heading into signing day. The addition of No. 2 running back prospect Darrell Scott (Moorpark,Calif./St. Bonaventure) was big; the Buffs beat conference foe Texas for his services. Tuioti-Mariner could be opening up holes for Scott and Ray Polk (Phoenix/Brophy), a back with a good size-to-speed ratio. Tight end Ryan Deehan (Poway, Calif.) is currently Colorado's fourth top-25 positional prospect in this class and possesses great size and receiving skills.

Texas A&M: B-
Three ESPN 150 prospects
Heading into signing day, most would have assumed -- with a subpar 2007 season, a coaching change and rival Texas dominating the recruiting landscape -- that the Aggies would have suffered on the recruiting trail. But they put together a solid class despite losing some key guys on signing day. Ninth-ranked running back Cyrus Gray (Dallas/DeSoto) possesses the skills to get on the field early as does athlete Derrick Hall (Beaumont, Texas/Central).

Missouri: C+
One ESPN 150 prospect
Gary Pinkel needed to find a future quarterback to replace Chase Daniel, and he got one in Blaine Gabbert (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West), who's one of the best in the country when healthy . Tight end Andrew Jones (Smithville, Mo.) is also a huge pickup with the production we saw out of the position this year from senior Martin Rucker and junior Chase Coffman. The Tigers have doubled the amount of prospects rated 77 or higher from last year with quality players like athlete Gahn McGaffie (Galena, Texas) and receiver Jerrell Jackson (Houston/Jeff Davis). One of the more underrated players in the country is safety Kenji Jackson (Mansfield, Texas), and lining up next to him at corner or safety during his career in Columbia will be Robert Steeples (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit), another talented defensive back with a good blend of size and speed.

Oklahoma State: C
One ESPN 150 prospect
This is a large prep class with eight juco prospects joining as well to bolster both offensive and defensive units, particularly on the defensive line. This is a class that added depth to just about every position on the field. Safety Markelle Martin (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) is tall and rangy with excellent diagnostic skills. Six-foot-six, 235-pound defensive end Jeremy Gray (Sherman, Texas) is only just beginning to fill out his frame and could be a nice addition to young Derek Burton or Richetti Jones along the front.

Kansas: C
No ESPN 150 prospects
The Jayhawks' 12-1 record paid dividends on the recruiting trail in 2008; Kansas' recruiting class could be one of its better ones in recent years. Massive defensive tackle Darius Parish (Wichita, Kan./North) was a huge in-state pickup and an example of the good overall quality (No. 9 defensive tackle) in this class. Fellow in-stater Tanner Hawkinson (McPherson, Kan.) could be the Jayhawks' next best 2008 prospect in terms of value with his athletic receiving skills. Kansas did do a good job landing future receivers for quarterback Todd Reesing since the depth at the position is filled with upperclassmen. Daymond Patterson (Garland, Texas/North Mesquite) may be small, but he is a potential playmaker at receiver and in the return game. Sean Ransburg (Harrisonville, Mo.) is more of an athlete than a true wide receiver but has upside at the position with his great speed.

Baylor: C
One ESPN 150 prospect
This class had some bright spots but lost a few key players heading down the stretch for new coach Art Briles. QB Robert Griffin (Copperas Cove, Texas) was Briles' first coup; he followed the coach to Baylor after previously being committed to Houston. Griffin is a great athlete with a big arm. He is raw, though, and needs to learn how to be a passer who can also run and beat you with his legs.

Kansas State: C-
No ESPN 150 prospects
Inside linebacker Blake Slaughter (Missouri City, Texas/Lawrence E. Elkins) and a host of junior college defenders will try to bolster a disappointing defense from a year ago. Running back Jarell Childs (Kansas City, Mo./Oak Park) is physically ready to carry the rock and should be a productive downhill runner for the Wildcats if the defensive coaches don't take him first at linebacker. Collin Klein (Loveland, Colo.) is a potentially underrated signal-caller in this class with great size and the arm strength to develop at the next level.

Iowa State: C-
No ESPN 150 prospects
Sedrick Johnson (Arp, Texas) was a big sign; he gives Iowa State four prospects with scouting grades of 77 or higher -- better than its two previous seasons combined. Projected receiver Lonzie Range (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) and running back Jeremiah Schwartz (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) are good out-of-state pickups. Schwartz could be physically mature enough to make an immediate impact carrying the ball for the Cyclones, and he is a potential steal, considering Iowa State was the only school recruiting the prospect as a tailback. On defense Jake McDonough (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), ESPN's No. 1-rated defensive player in the state of Iowa this year, is a solid pickup at end.

Texas Tech: D+
No ESPN 150 prospects
Losing Keanon Cooper (Dallas/Skyline) down the stretch really hurt. Defensive end Joey Fowler (Oklahoma City, Okla./Westmoore) is a high-motor guy with a great frame to add bulk. Nine of Tech's signees are on the defensive side of the ball, including safety Cody Davis (Stephenville, Texas), who fills a position need on this roster. QB Seth Doege (Wolfforth, Texas) is an underrated prospect who can develop in Tech's system.