Big 12 Football Recruiting: 2016 Classes That’ll Erupt By 2017

    A few Big 12 football teams landed top 25 recruiting classes. Here are three that could produce big early on.

    February 11, 2016

    A few Big 12 football teams landed top 25 recruiting classes. Here are three that could produce big early on.


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    It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already over. It seemed as though the 2016 recruiting cycle was going to go on forever. But National Signing Day came and went in the blink of an eye.

    Now there’s no more speculation as to where certain 2016 prospects will land. No, now is the time to analyze the different recruiting classes and see how each team shook out. There were a few Big 12 teams who did fairly well.

    Below are three 2016 recruiting classes from the conference that could have a major impact on college football by 2017.

    3. Baylor

    Another terrific class from Art Briles, but the youngest of the Bears must evolved quickly to leave a mark in their first two seasons in Waco.

    All things being equal, Briles has tended to employ a lot of upperclassmen in the starting lineup. So, while the new generation of offensive linemen, like Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez and Branton Autry, is compelling, their path up the pecking order could be determined by this season’s four new starters up front. It’s at the skill positions that the Bears will never shy away from youth, encouraging news for three four-star gems, RB Kameron Martin and wideouts Devin Duvernay and Tren’Davian Dickson.

    2. Oklahoma

    With a fair amount of upperclassmen returning in 2016, especially on defense, there’ll be heated competition for jobs in Norman in 2017.

    Fresno, Calif. LB Caleb Kelly will be on the tarmac by the time he’s a sophomore. Look for him to letter this season and then become an anchor performer on D a little over a year from now. CB Jordan Parker is another of Oklahoma’s young defenders likely to be on the fast track to the top of the depth chart in the early stages of his career. RB Abdul Adams’ trajectory will depend on the career decisions of current Sooners Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.

    1. Texas

    How quickly the 2016 class develops could hinge on who’s in charge in 2017.

    If Charlie Strong makes it to his fourth year in Austin, the newest crop of Longhorns figures to mature quickly. The rookies were handpicked by the staff to contribute early and play a key role in the program’s turnaround. In two years, the Horns could have the Big 12’s scariest corps of linebackers, headed by last year’s star, Malik Jefferson, and this February’s jewel, Erick Fowler. And if the ongoing saga at quarterback isn’t solved in 2016, four-star Shane Buechele could be a contender for one of the highest profile jobs in the game.

    MORE: 2016 Big 12 Composite College Football Schedule: Ranking Every Game

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