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Big 12 Recruiting Update: OU Nabs an OSU Pledge, Iowa State Adds Another QB

OSU fell one spot in the rankings this week after losing Walker to OU.



OU cannibalized its in-state foe over the weekend in the world of recruiting, taking a bite out of OSU’s class by grabbing OKC-area star Brynden Walker — a long-time OSU pledge — and adding him to the Sooners’ 2020 recruiting class.

The move only extends OU’s lead in the conference’s recruiting rankings in the cycle and bumps OSU down a rung in the process.

Elsewhere in the Big 12 this past week, Iowa State and Texas Tech had a strong week by grabbing a combined six commitments and making a move up the rankings. Here’s an updated look at the standings on a points-only basis.

1 Oklahoma 216.11 90.83
2 Kansas 170.86 83.43
3 Kansas St. 166.08 84.36
4 Oklahoma St. 161.38 86.49
5 Iowa St. 155.03 85.17
6 Texas 153.04 93.39
7 TCU 152.00 87.67
8 Texas Tech 139.87 85.23
9 Baylor 137.50 84.96
10 West Virginia 134.07 85.42


And here’s another, different look sorted by a per-recruit commitment average, a more telling and predictive look at how the final conference rankings might ultimately look by December.

1 Texas 93.39 153.04
2 Oklahoma 90.83 216.11
3 TCU 87.67 152.00
4 Oklahoma St. 86.49 161.38
5 West Virginia 85.42 134.07
6 Texas Tech 85.23 139.87
7 Iowa St. 85.17 155.03
8 Baylor 84.96 137.50
9 Kansas St. 84.36 166.08
10 Kansas 83.43 170.86

As we did last week, here’s a look at some notable storylines to unfold over the last week.

1. Brynden Walker flips to OU from OSU

I wrote a column on the whole situation that posted Monday. Go read it.

Sunshine and rainbows included.

2. Kansas strikes again in NOLA

With OSU being bumped down, Kansas moved up to No. 2 in the recruiting rankings this week. The move was supplemented by yet another addition from the New Orleans area when three-star linebacker Taiwan Berryhill became the second prospect from the area (and fourth from the state) to commit to the Jayhawks. Les Miles loves him players from The Boot!

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3. Iowa State gets (another) QB

Last week, Iowa State was a big mover because it added a commitment from pro-style quarterback Aidan Bouman — the highest-rated pledge in its 2020 class. This week, the Cyclones struck again by adding another QB prospect in Hunter Dekkers, who is the current lowest-rated offensive pledge for Iowa State in the class. Dekkers is a 6-2, 223 pound prospect from Iowa. He committed to the Cyclones over K-State, Purdue, Indiana and others.

A day after his pledge, Blinn College receiver Xavier Hutchinson followed suit. Probably not a coincidence! Iowa State has gunslingers galore. Oh, and a guy named Brock Purdy who just might be the most underrated passer in the conference.

4. Texas Tech, moving

Of Texas Tech’s 11 commitments in the cycle, nine were netted in the month of June. The Red Raiders, led by new coach Matt Wells, capped the month by landing commitments from cornerback Ryan Frank and safety Je’Vaun Dabon over the last week.




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