3 - Teams ranked in the top 30 nationally 12 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the Big 12 3 - Five-star prospects coming to the Big 12 8 - Four-star prospects coming to the Big 12 3 - Three-star ranked prospects coming to the Big 12 5 - Number of states represented by Rivals150 Big 12 recruits 7 - Rivals150 recruits from Texas coming to the Big 12, most of any state
The recruitment of LeBryan Nash turned into quite a battle. The winner, Oklahoma State, got the early jump on Kansas and Baylor because the five-star wing's brother Byron Eaton played for the Pokes and because of assistant Butch Pierre's close relationship with Nash's summer coach, Tony Johnson.
Baylor became strong during the middle of the recruitment but ended up focusing its efforts on Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello. Kansas made a late rally and nearly got Nash to change his mind after visiting for the Late Night festivities.
However, an argument can be made that the best recruiting battle in the conference is one which has yet to reach a resolution. Five-star Ben McLemore is still on the board and the native of St. Louis has become the center of an intense recruiting battle between Kansas and Missouri. McLemore had originally hoped to sign early and the general consensus is that he favors Kansas. But, many in his family feel that Missouri is the best place for him and have convinced him to hold off until the spring before making a decision.
Tech strong in Texas
Pat Knight and his staff at Texas Tech took what could prove to be an effective approach to the class of 2011. Rather than waste time chasing well-known targets, the Red Raiders focused on the state of Texas and went to work on some guys with high-major ability but had been overlooked. The results won't be known for a few years, but Knight feels his class of five Texans - Kevin Wagner, Terran Petteway, Jordan Tolbert, Toddrick Gotcher and Hershey Robinson - is the best group that he has ever signed during his time as head coach in Lubbock.
No center of attention
If not for Kansas State's signing of three-star center Adrian Diaz, the Big 12 would have completely whiffed on signing a center prospect. Size is certainly at a premium, but it's not often you see a conference with 12 teams come so close to being entirely shut out at such a needed position.