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  1. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 25 in the SB Nation FanPulse's top 25 poll for the second straight week Ed Ingram Jersey. The Cowboys defeated West Virginia 20-13 last week for OSU's fourth straight conference win. OSU hosts Bedlam rival No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday night. Baylor is the only other Big 12 team ranked at No. 8.LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia make up the top four. Alabama and OU are the first two out at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Also receiving votes: Iowa State LSU Tigers College Jerseys for Kids, USC, Texas AM, UCF, VirginiaIndividual team site dataHere's a look at where some Big 12 sites across the SBN network voted Big 12 teams:Our Daily Bears, Baylor: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma StateWide Right Natty Lite, Iowa State: Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma StateBring on the Cats, Kansas State: Oklahoma https://www.ltoutletstore.com/Sloan_Wright_Jersey-77, Baylor, Oklahoma StateCrimson and Cream Machine, Oklahoma: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma StateFrogs O' War, TCU: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State Burnt Orange Nation, Texas: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State Viva The Matadors, Texas Tech: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma StateTo have your voice be heard in the SB Nation FanPulse poll throughout the season, sign up here and learn more about it. More OSU fan sign ups will result in Cowboys Ride For Free having its own polling data to see how Cowboy fans rank other teams across the nation.
  2. Oklahoma State has had a fantastic season so far with a 9-1 record and a top-10 ranking in the College Football Playoff Rankings. As we have seen with schools that have moved on from head coaches so far this season, such as Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and TCU, recruiting well is a top priority for a college football program. Oklahoma State is set to sign its highest rated class ever in terms of average recruit ranking of 87.53, according to 247sports With the early signing day approaching on December 15th, let's take a look at some of the top recruits Oklahoma State currently has committed in the class of 2022.Garret Rangel Frisco, TXGarret Rangel is a four-star quarterback from Frisco Lone Star High School. He is six-foot-two and 175 pounds and has been a three-year starter at Lone Star. Rangel played with OU star receiver Marvin Mims his sophomore year and led the Rangers to the state semifinal game. He also played with current Oklahoma State running back Jaden Nixon for two years https://www.kswoutlet.com/Xavier_Loyd_Jersey-166. Rangel passed for over 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns in his breakout sophomore season and has tossed 12 touchdown passes and only one interception through seven games so far this season. I have had the pleasure of covering Rangel for Inside High School Sports since his sophomore season and have seen him play in-person several times. His best attributes are accuracy, football IQ and arm strength. He can push the ball downfield and does so with accuracy and will also occasionally check out of a play at the line of scrimmage. Oklahoma State fans should be excited at the prospect of having Rangel and Nixon in the backfield together for years to come. The duo enjoyed success at the high school level and have enough talent to do so in the Big 12 as well. Rangel and the Rangers face a tough test this weekend against an undefeated College Station squad. Highland Park and Denton Ryan loom large in the coming weeks for the winner of Lone Star and College Station. Ollie Gordon Euless, TXOllie Gordon is a four-star running back from Euless Trinity High School. Gordon burst onto the scene in the playoffs last season for Trinity. He rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the opening round against Keller Timber Creek. Gordon followed that performance with 188 yards and two scores on the ground, 69 yards and a touchdown as a receiver, and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass for Trinity in a win over Midland Legacy. His breakout performance came in the third-round against Allen when he rushed for 455 yards and six touchdowns on 49 carries. Gordon became the leading rusher at Trinity just a few weeks ago and still has a playoff run in front of him. He's a big, physical runner with a surprising burst of speed. I have seen Gordon play several times and he told me last year that he only runs about 90% of his speed capacity to allow himself to kick into another gear and separate from the defense when he needs to. Gordon is a player who should get playing time not long after arriving on campus. He is too good of an athlete to leave on the sideline. He could play several different positions, but his home is at running back and Oklahoma State will lose several players at that position next year. I expect Gordon to get a good amount of carries next season for Oklahoma State. Talyn Shettron Edmond, OKTalyn Shettron is a six-foot-three, 185-pound receiver from Edmond Santa Fe High School. Shettron flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Oklahoma State after the Cowboys offered his brother, tight end Tabry Shettron. Talyn also had offers from Baylor and Auburn among plenty of others.Shettron is ranked as the 95th best player in the nation and is a four-star recruit. He finished with well over 1,000 receiving yards for Santa Fe last season. Shettron is fast and can jump. He does a great job of high pointing the ball. He can make contested catches and plays physical. He is a good blocker on the edge. His first step needs some work, but he is a good route runner once he gets into the route. Shettron has great straight-line speed but needs to work on his lateral fluidity to better leverage defensive backs.Shettron should have a good chance to play right away with top receiver Tay Martin likely heading to the NFL. The Cowboys will be left with a talented young group of Brennan Presley, Bryson and Blaine Green, and Rashod Owens.Braylin Presley Bixby, OKBraylin Presley is a five-foot-seven https://www.kswoutlet.com/Nick_Lenners_Jersey-127, 155-pound wide receiver from Bixby High School and is the younger brother of current OSU receiver Brennan Presley. At just five-foot-seven, Presley's height might normally have been a bit of concern for colleges in the recruiting process. Brennan dispelled those concerns with a productive first year-and-a-half at OSU, and Brennan is listed as being just an inch taller than Braylin.Presley is ranked as the 439th best player in the class of 2022 and is a three-star recruit. 247sports has Presley ranked as the 241st best player in the class and a four-star recruit. Presley chose OSU over offers from Baylor and West Virginia among others.Presley is a track star who can also run the ball. His size means he likely won't take many handoffs at OSU aside from the occasional jet sweep. He has well over 1,000 all-purpose yards so far this season with over 600 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards through seven games. Presley likely won't get as much playing time early in his career as his brother, but he will make a big impact on the field at some point for OSU.Dylahn McKinney Colleyville, TXDylahn McKinney is a six-foot-tall, 175-pound defensive back from Colleyville Heritage High School. McKinney is the 707th ranked prospect in the class of 2022 and chose OSU over offers from Arkansas and Baylor among others.McKinney is one of those prospects that jumped out on film for the OSU coaching staff. He is a ball hawk with the makeup of a great cover cornerback. Quarterbacks routinely avoid throwing at McKinney because it usually doesn't end well for them when they do. I think McKinney is underrated and will be an excellent defender for Oklahoma State.Because of the depth Oklahoma State currently has in the back end of its defense Jacardia Wright Jersey, I don't think McKinney gets a ton of playing time his first year or two on campus. When he does get on the field, he has the potential to become an all-conference talent. The OSU coaching staff will have to mold McKinney, but he could end up as the crown jewel of the class, much like James Washington years ago.
  3. In our final installment in the statistical miniseries, we look at how superb our special teams was, as well as the stats that we couldn't put into just one category https://www.gboutletstore.com/Nolan_Smith_Jersey-58. Special TeamsFumbles Recovered - 11This is actually tied for second in the conference and 24th nationally with West Virginia. The real shocker here is Kansas - yes Kansas - led the Big 12 in fumble recoveries this season with 12. The Minnesota Golden Gophers led the nation with 16 fumble recoveries.Kickoff Return Defense - 18.28 yards per returnThe Pokes' ridiculously low kickoff return defense is good for both the conference lead, as well as 19th in the nation. Bowling Green, out of the MAC, led the nation surrendering a measly 15. These six blocked kicks were good for fourth in the nation, behind Texas State, who had eight and Georgia Southern and Michigan, who both had seven. Texas was right behind the Pokes with five blocked kicks, good for second in the conference. Vincent Taylor accounted for four of the six blocked kicks, including this one that should have won him the Piesman Trophy.Net Punting - 41.07 yards per puntTangent mini-rant time. I hate how a punter is considered "good" based on how far he kicks the ball. I think we should judge a punter's worth based primarily on his touchbacks Javon Bullard Jersey, fair catches and kicks inside the 20. If that is how we judge the skill of a punter, Zach Sinor probably would have won the Ray Guy Award, or at least have been a finalist. I'm not saying punting yards are worthless, but to me, it doesn't quite paint an accurate picture of a punter's skill.That being said, Sinor and the coverage team had the Pokes in the top 10 this season, finishing in ninth place nationally and second in the conference, behind Texas, who finished fourth in the nation.Punt Return Defense - 0.94 yards per returnSomebody give the special teams coach a raise, because that is astounding coverage on the punts. The Pokes were second in the nation, coming in only behind North Carolina, who allowed a jaw-dropping 0.22 yards per game.Punt Returns - 10.86 yards per gameThe Cowboys narrowly edged out Kansas State for the conference lead. This was also enough to claim the 22nd spot, with Texas AM generating 25.36 return yards per game to claim the best spot in the nation. Kansas was dead last in the nation, averaging -1.43 yards per game. Oh Kansas. The Cowboys once again turn up in the top 10 of another category, as they averaged 0.85 turnovers forced a game. Kansas State bested the Cowboys, forcing 1.00 turnovers a game, and earned the 4th best spot in the nation. Western Michigan and Washington both tied for the best turnover margin with a 1.29 on the season.Turnovers Lost - 14Once again, the Fighting Bill Snyders bested the Cowboys in this category, losing two less turnovers than Mike Gundy's group. However, 14 lost turnovers on the year means the Cowboys are the 12th best in the country, while Kansas State is the 5th best in the nation. The P.J. Fleck-led Western Michigan Broncos took care of the ball the best, only turning it over eight times in 14 games. While this would normally be an offensive stat, we had a few fumbles on special teams, as well as one on defense, so I decided to put it in the overall team section.Winning Percentage - 76.9OU obviously claims the top spot in the conference, with an 84.6 winning percentage - which was the fifth best winning percentage in the country. West Virginia and Oklahoma State were tied for second best in the conference and 12th best in the nation. Big 12 refs were pretty happy to throw the flags this season, as the 643 total yards the Cowboys were penalized were the lowest in the conference this season. In comparison, UConn led the nation in fewest penalty yards with a grand total of 339. Yikes.Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game - 49.46 Bouncing off the previous stat, Oklahoma State had more than double of Navy's national best 24.36 penalty yards per game, but it was still low enough to claim conference victory. So out of 47 categories that stats were kept in, the Cowboys made the top 25 nationally or was the best in the conference in 22 of those. This team is only primed to get better next year. In fact, Campus Insiders ranked OSU #4 in their Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2017 Mekhi Mews Jersey. People continually say the Big 12 is "trash" or "overrated" but, looking at the stats, the Big 12 is not that bad at all.
  4. Oklahoma State is on Recruit WatchTwo of Oklahoma State's 2020 running back targets are set to make some big announcements later this week.We start with Isaiah Jacobs, three-star back out of Owasso, Oklahoma, who is set to announce his top-five schools on Friday.Jacobs is the younger brother of Josh Jacobs, former Alabama running back now running for the Oakland Raiders. OSU is one of 15 schools to have offered Jacobs, including Michigan, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Colorado Trey Paster Jersey, Maryland, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State.If I had to venture a guess based on what I've seen, I expect OSU, Arkansas, Michigan, and Ole Miss to be in the top-five, along with one school that has yet to offer; Alabama. It's felt for a long time as though Jacobs would commit to the Tide if they ever offer. They haven't yet, and might not considering they already have two running backs committed in the class. But it's still something to keep an eye on.Jacobs is the No. 11 ranked player in the state and the No. 59 ranked running back nationally according to 247 Sports' composite. The bigger announcement regards four-star all purpose back Daniyel Ngata out of Folsom, California, who will announce his decision this coming Sunday. Oklahoma State was among the five final schools in contention for Ngata, along with Texas AM, Clemson, Arizona State, and Utah. Ngata made official visits to AM, and ASU, and unofficials to Clemson and Utah.For a long time, AM was considered the favorite, but according to 247 crystal balls, it's a little more murky. Arizona State is now the favorite with five of the nine votes leaning Sun Devils. Three of the picks are now undecided.Oklahoma State, AM, and Arizona State have been pushing the hardest, according to Ngata in an interview with Brandon Huffman of 247Sports. For the Cowboys, it's not just the coaches who have been involved with his recruitment."Everybody at Oklahoma State hits me up, all the recruits and commits," said Ngata. "I met Shane on my visit and he is hitting me up all the time. I enjoyed my time there. It was a college town and everybody loves it there https://www.cgboutlet.com/Chris_Street_Jersey-72. They have a good atmosphere there."I haven't felt good about OSU's chances for awhile, and to be honest, with him making his decision this week, I feel even less so. Had he made the decision after Under Armour All-American Game, of which he and Illingworth are both participants, I might have felt better.I'll lean with the "experts" at 247 Sports and say ASU or AM are the landing spot here. But it's still important to keep an eye on it.What's going on with Offensive Line Recruiting?Oklahoma State became the first D1 schoolthat includes Group of 5 and FCS teamsto make a scholarship offer to class of 2020 offensive guard Jake Henry.Henry is an unranked prospect out of Tulsa, Oklahoma that plays left tackle for Union.Henry is the second offensive lineman to pick up an offer from Oklahoma State in the month of October, joining JUCO offensive tackle Jeremy Flax from Independence CC in Kansas. When OSU landed their fourth offensive line commit for 2020 back on August 2nd, it felt like the coaches landed their fill of lineman for the class. Yet here we are with offers going out late to an unranked guy and a JUCO.It makes me wonder if something is going on. Are the guys on the roster not up to snuff? Not developing fast enough? The position is loaded with underclassmen, with 13 of the 20 offensive linemen are all redshirt sophomores or younger.Do they expect guys to leave early? Two guysMarcus Keyes and Johnny Wilsonwill for sure run out of eligibility at the end of the season. The five juniors and redshirt juniors. Do the coaches think some are gone?Or does the coaching staff think one of the four lineman currently committed for 2020Eli Russ, Trent Pullen, Cade Bennett, Monroe Millsmight decommit? Mills did tear his ACL and will miss his senior season. Is there reason to think he might never play again?I honestly don't know the answer. Maybe the decided they just wanted to add a fifth guy. But it's something to keep an eye on moving forward.New OffersLet's run down Oklahoma State's two latest offers, both the wide receiver prospects.First up is class of 2021 pass catcher Hal Presley. Oklahoma State joins Arizona, TCU, Virginia, Kansas, Illinois, Tulsa, and Liberty in offering the Arlington, Texas prospect.As a junior, Presley leads Mansfield Summit in catches and receiving yards and has five touchdowns. He also completed one pass attempt that went for 43 yards and a TD. That's after a sophomore season where Presley nabbed 24 passes for 407 yards and five TDs. The other offer went to class of 2022 receiver Jordan Hudson out of Garland, Texas.I am very excited to say that I have just received my third offer from the University of Oklahoma State!!! Special thanks to the OSU coaching staff for this opportunity. Hudson doesn't have a 247 Sports profile that we can find, but here's what we could find about him.Oklahoma State and Kansas are the first schools to offer.As a sophomore, Hudson is the Garland Owls' leading receiver Trond Grizzell Jersey. He's caught 56 passes in seven games for 865 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's also got 99 return yards on two kick offs and two punts.Check out his highlight reel here.
  5. What is going on right now? I'll wait Jacob Bosco Jersey, go ahead and figure it out. Still stumped? Currently Iona and BYU are battling it out to make it into the NCAA tournament. Earlier Western Kentucky beat Mississippi Valley State to earn their place in the dance. Western God Damn Kentucky. Know their record? 16-18. Did they dominate the conference? Hell no, 7-9. Who's dick did they suck? Tomorrow Vermont and Lamar go at it, as well as South Florida and Cal, to try and get their place in the tourney. Does any part of that last sentence get your dick hard?What's that? There aren't play-in games, their round one? Like hell. That's marketing trying to fuck with your brain son https://www.bcoutletstore.com/Austin_Riggs_Jersey-81, that's CBS trying to milk another few hundred thousand out of the tournament, and that's society crumbling. Oh I hear you, and your "King you ignorant dick, I love the NCAA tourney more than life, I love college basketball, and I want 124 teams". Well, you are what's wrong with society. As it is the regular season is diminished enough, the tourney is too big, and most of the teams don't deserve their invites.But that's an arguement for another day. I'm here to argue with all those dickwads who want to pretend the first four games are "Round 1", and think that having these games is a good thing.Want to read ranting, cursing, and penis jokes? Click the jump........I've tried to decide on the best way to go about showing you why these games suck, why their not round one, and have settled on a list.Reason 1: Having 68 teams was just a money making scheme:Find someone who will argue with me on this. Otherwise who gives a shit about having four extra crap teams. I could maybe get behind calling this crap "Round 1", if they were all 16th seeds fighting for a spot, that I could understand. But having so called 14th seeds and 12 seeds going at it is the stupid. You know what would make sense? Dumping all the damn 16th seeds and replacing them with the extra 14th and 12th seeds. So why the hell to we have these games? To get CBS more advertising dollars, give Buffalo Wild Wings a few extra beer sales, and give TRU tv a reason for existingReason 2: Play in games are lame:First off, who here actually believes any of these 4 teams will win more than one game in the tourney? Guaranteed to first round flame outs. So you can try and push this drama shit down my throat, but I just don't give a fuck anymore. You know when the drama starts? When I'm one fucking win away from hitting a 6 team parlay and cleaning up, only to see god damn Kansas drop a game to Northern fucking Iowa and cost me 2 grand. There's your drama. If you don't actually bet on the fucking thing nobody gives a shit, and these play in games simply delay my ability to enter a tourney pool. Oh, and to further my point, BYU is losing to Iona by 15 at the half. So what happens now? BYU makes a comeback and ESPN shows Doug Gotlieb and his 9 brackets talking about BYU making a run now, or BYU loses and we hear about how Iona is under-seeded. But at the end of the day, who here gives a rat's ass about Iona playing BYU?Reason 3: The games water down an already too big tournament:It's too big by like 36 teams. Yeah, I said it. We should start with the second round. And only conference champions should be allowed. We all know the regular season doesn't matter. All a team has to do is load their non con with pussies, win half of your conference games, or have the "it" factor the selection committee looks for. Cutting the tourney down makes it more interesting, increases the value of the regular season, which in turn could help attendance.Reason 4: They don't follow the tournament format:Except for these first four games, every round reduces the field by half, until we have a winner. These games are play in games, end of story. Calling that shit round one is like calling Mark Mangino svelte, you can fool some people but anyone who's seen him will laugh. Sorta like calling these shit games round one, they don't look of feel like tourney games, and they fuck the system up. If you want to call them the "First Four" so be it Ben Bywater Jersey, but to continue to shove this round one shit down my throat makes me not want to watch the god damn thing. Are we gonna call the sweet sixteen round 4? Is the final round 7? Hell no, so please, give that shit up.I don't even know if any of what I just wrote makes any sense, and I don't care. I haven't written anything in a bit and just couldn't take this "Round 1" shit any longer. And it's halftime of the second game. Two more to go. Remember this boys and girl, everything that glitters is not gold, and this shit that CBS is shoving up our ass is pyrite. Let me just leave you with this, you know that tourney challenge you're in?
  6. In the most recent edition of the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, Oklahoma State Cowboys saw itself move up four spots without playing a single snap.It's not exactly a big surprise, as four teamsOhio State, Penn State, Oregon, and Wisconsindisappeared from the poll with the Big Ten and Pac-12 not playing football this fall.But, that doesn't mean every voter just moved OSU up four spots in their individual polls. There was actually a decent amount of movement. Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald moved OSU up five spots Jaelen Gill Jersey, from No. 11 to No. 6, which was the highest anyone ranked the Cowboys this past week. Adam Zucker of CBS Sports Network provided the Cowboys with their biggest bump up from the preseason, moving the Cowboys up 12 spots from 23rd to 11th. There was one guy who apparently saw something he didn't like. Colten Bartholomew of the Wisconsin State Journal, moved the Cowboys down from 19 to 22, the lowest anyone had OSU ranked this week.Everyone works their poll differently, so I'll assume Bartholomew didn't move OSU down so much as he moved other teams up Phil Jurkovec Jersey. Like, for instance, West Virginia, who has actually played and won a game this season. He has the Mountaineers ranked two spots ahead of OSU at No. 21.It's early in the season. I try not to read too much into polls at this point. But, an impressive win Saturday against Tulsa could go a long way to convincing pollstersand fans for that matterthat OSU is for real this season https://www.bceoutlet.com/Women-34.
  7. Trae Young just announced he will stay home and attend OU to play basketball. Good for him.Oklahoma State appeared to be a long shot, as many people predicted the contest to get Young was between two other Big 12 teams Cade Ballard Jersey, Kansas and Oklahoma. Here's why the move doesn't hurt the Cowboys.On the roster right now, the Cowboys have two true point guards: Jawun Evans and Brandon Averette.They also have Thomas Dziagwa, Tavarius Shine, Phil Forte, Lindy Waters, Davon Dillard and Jeffrey Carroll who are all guards on the roster.Zack Dawson and Amauri Hardy in the 2017 PG commitment class. Dawson and Hardy both have four-star rankings, according to ESPN. They also have two power forwards in the 2017 class, Latravian Glover and Souleymane Diakite. Yankuba Sima has transferred in from St. Johns, and will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season. Who are the Cowboys losing this year? The seniors leaving are Phil Forte and Leyton Hammonds https://www.abkoutletstore.com/Darius_Richardson_Jersey-95. Jawun Evans seems to be a toss up as to if he leaves for the draft or not. Jeffrey Carroll is a long shot to go to the draft in my mind. Other than that, I don't see a lot of players leaving the team. There may be a surprise player that transfers out, but for the most part, the team is staying intact. So, it isn't the worst thing in the world that Young decided to take his talents to that other school in Oklahoma. If he is as good as advertised, Young will likely be a one-and-done. Joel Penfield referenced Ben Simmons and LSU in our Slack chat. Be the star of a bad team, and get drafted high. Would I have liked to see Young in orange and black? Yes. It's going to be just as fun beating him too. Young likely didn't pick OSU because of the depth of guards on the roster. Same at Kansas. OU was the only place he could go and be guaranteed a starting spot.So good luck to Young in Norman. I'm sure the 10s of fans will love to watch you play.Less than 5 minutes until tip between OU-TXJohn Walker (February 15 Isaiah Filisi Jersey, 2017The Cowboys will be just fine without the five-star PG. Brad Underwood will mold his team to be bigger and better than it is this year. Just watch.
  8. Texas Tech has filled its football head coaching vacancy just weeks after parting with former head coach Matt Wells, and the hire is a former Baylor assistant coach.Joey McGuire will leave Baylor immediately to assume his role as head football coach at Texas Tech. Sonny Cumbie will continue to serve as the interim head football coach for the rest of the season https://www.aroutletstore.com/Donte_Buckner_Jersey-99, but McGuire will likely spend the next few weeks getting settled in Lubbock and hitting the recruiting trail ahead of the early signing period.We have our guy. Let's gooooooo! In 1997, McGuire took a job as an assistant at Cedar Hill High School and was promoted to head coach at Cedar Hill in 2003. McGuire won three State Championships at Cedar Hill before leaving to become an assistant coach on Matt Rhule's staff at Baylor in December of 2016. McGuire spent the last five years as an assistant at Baylor before making the jump to head coach at Texas Tech. Why Oklahoma State Fans Should CareWhen McGuire was hired to take over as the head coach at Cedar Hill, he took a program that had not won a playoff game in school history and hadn't had a winning season in eight years and turned it into a perennial powerhouse, amassing a record of 141-42. McGuire's job now is the same beast but a different animal. Turning around a Big 12 program will be more complex than turning a Texas 6A program around, but McGuire has done it before. He knows how to build a program from the bottom up. That's not to mention the two transitional periods he helped guide Baylor through. When McGuire got to Baylor, it was going through possibly the toughest stretch it's ever experienced in program history. The fallout from the scandal and the departure of Art Briles was massive and Baylor won just one game in McGuire's first season on the staff. Baylor got it turned around and it culminated in a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2019. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State fans, this isn't another Matt Wells type hire. McGuire has the all the tools to rebuild Texas Tech into a contending program again. It comes at a perfect time for Texas Tech fans with the makeup of the Big 12 set to change with Oklahoma and Texas set to leave the conference. Ask anyone who knows anything about football in the state of Texas and they should know who Joey McGuire is A.J. Reed Jersey. McGuire was a 2020 inductee to the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor and has strong relationships with high school coaches in every corner of the state. McGuire has long been considered one of the best recruiters in the state of Texas. His strongest ties are in the talent rich Dallas Fort Worth metroplex when he coached for 21 years. Recruiting the Lone Star State is critical for every Big 12 team other than maybe Iowa State and West Virginia. The Texas and Oklahoma schools wouldn't be able to compete at the power five level without talent from the state of Texas. The Kansas schools would struggle without Texan talent. Ask Nebraska how life in the Big Ten is going without a pipeline to Texas. For those schools located in Texas, keeping Texan talent home should be the top recruiting priority. Texas Tech hasn't been recruiting the Lone Star State well as of late. In the 2021 class, the Red Raiders have just four commitments in the top 1,000 players. Of those four, two are from Oklahoma and two are from Texas. Texas Tech's class currently ranks 75th in the nation and ninth in the Big 12 https://www.aroutletstore.com/Ray_Curry_Jr_Jersey-91, ahead of only Kansas. McGuire, on the other hand, has played a role in keeping Baylor in the top half of the Big 12 in recruiting class rankings since he arrived in Waco. Bringing in McGuire shows that Texas Tech recognizes its problem and the athletic department just made the best hire it could to address the issue.It looks like McGuire is already putting in work on the recruiting trail just hours after it was announced he would be the head football coach at Texas Tech. Hebron High School athlete Carson Dean announced an offer from Texas Tech on Twitter and tagged McGuire in the tweet. Blessed to receive an offer to Texas Tech! Traylor almost exclusively recruits the state of Texas at UTSA. He has been an expert at identifying under-recruited talent and turning those players into stars at UTSA. Quarterback Frank Harris, running back Sincere McCormack and receiver Zakhari Franklin form a three-headed monster on offense that has powered UTSA to a 9-0 record. All three are from the state of Texas and Franklin is from Cedar Hill. Obviously McGuire will need to recruit above UTSA, but the blueprint is there. Sonny Dykes' formula at SMU has also revived the Mustangs program. The campaign has helped in recruiting local kids to stay home and play for the Mustangs. SMU has put up billboards in every city around the metroplex that has pictures of SMU players from that city. I passed one last weekend driving down Interstate 635 in Mesquite. On top of that, the Mustangs have cleaned up the transfer portal leftovers from schools like Texas and Oklahoma. Ra'Shaad Samples, son of legendary Duncanville High School head coach Reginald Samples, has been a big part of that recruiting effort https://www.aroutletstore.com/Noah_Gatlin_Jersey-21. Samples was named by 247sports as a top-30 recruiter in the nation and has been instrumental in helping Dykes revive the SMU football program. McGuire will need someone like Samples on his staff to help him rebuild the talent at Texas Tech.Put on for our city. #PonyUpDallas Houston coming to the conference adds another power five mouth to feed in the state and will certainly take talented recruits from the Houston area away from the Red Raiders. It will take time, but Joey McGuire is the last person Big 12 fans should bet against when it comes to building up Texas Tech's program.