Don't lament, Longhorn football fans--the University of Texas is currently on track to bring in the best recruiting class of high school football seniors in 2012.
The Sporting News listed out their "125 for 2012" and for all those who are hoping for Texas to continue to struggle in football, forget it--UT already has 18 commitments for next year and many are from this list. Texas A&M, another Big 12 school, is currently listed second by TSN with a whopping 22 commitments. The rest of the current top 10 are: Michigan, Miami, Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Auburn and Texas Tech.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are mentioned on the lists of contending schools for some of the top 125 but, after that, only Missouri has made a dent--no other Big 12 schools are mentioned. (Missouri is in the running for #3 prospect Dorial Green-Beckham, a WR from Springfield, MO, and has a commitment from #125 Donavin Newsom, a LB from Parkway North in St. Louis.)
Recruiting lists are like preseason polls in college sports, yet they do provide a glimpse into where the power elite resides in college football. Clearly, in the Big 12, a championship run has to go through the state of Texas and those in the middle to back of the pack (Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State) are still hard-pressed to get the talent to compete.