For all the talk about the trouble the Big 12 is having in recruiting in recent years, the conference is currently beating everyone but the SEC on the recruiting trail for 2018.
According to ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton, the Big 12 has the second-most commitments per team from 4- and 5-star recruits. Big 12 teams average 5.5 blue-chip commits in the ESPN recruiting rankings. Only SEC teams average more blue-chip commits (7.2).
Most 4-star & 5-star commits by Power 5 Conference: #SEC 101 (Also best — 7.2 average per school) #B1G 74 (5.3 average per school) #ACC 60 (4.3 average per school) #Big12 55 (2nd best — 5.5 average per school) #Pac12 44 (3.7 average per school)
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 14, 2017
The media buzz during the offseason was that the Big 12 faced a major talent deficit compared to some of the other conferences. However, with the Big 12 could be on the way to reversing that narrative if it can start recruiting at this high of a level consistently.
Leading the way for the Big 12 are Texas and Oklahoma. The Longhorns have the No. 2-ranked class in the country, according to ESPN. That’s a dramatic increase from their No. 33 overall rankings in 2017. Oklahoma is ranked No. 6. Not far behind is TCU, which has the No. 15 class in ESPN’s rankings.
It’s the same story in the 247Sports Composite rankings, which compile rankings from all the major recruiting services into one ranking. Here is how many 4- and 5-star recruits each Big 12 team has committed for 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite.
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