- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Here are the signing day capsules for Big 12 Conference teams:



Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Tren’Davian Dickson, WR, Navasota, Texas.

Best of the rest: Devin Duvernay, WR, Sachse, Texas; Patrick Hudson, OL, Silsbee, Texas; Kameron Martin, RB, Port Arthur, Texas; Zach Smith, QB, Grandview, Texas.

Late addition: Cornerback Parrish Cobb had committed to Oklahoma before his senior season at Waco’s La Vega High, but decided to stay at home. He had 56 tackles and four interceptions as La Vega went 16-0 and won a Texas Class 4A state championship.

One that got away: Brandon Jones, considered by many to be the nation’s top safety, signed with Texas after having Baylor as one of his finalists.

How they’ll fit in: Dickson, who set a Texas prep record with 76 career TDs receiving, and Duvernay, who Briles called the fastest player he has ever signed, should be able to contribute right away to a receiving corps still loaded even with All-American Corey Coleman bypassing his senior season. Hudson (6-foot-4, 325 pounds) is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country, filling an immediate need with junior college transfer B.J. Autry (6-3, 320) and local standout J.P Urquidez (6-6, 300) from Copperas Cove.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: DB D’Andre Payne. He played as a freshman at Tennessee after turning down offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson and others coming out of high school. Payne spent a year at Arizona Western focused on academics before landing at Iowa State, where he is expected to make an immediate impact.

Best of the rest: At 6-foot-8 and 285 pounds, Sean Foster has the pedigree to become Iowa State’s future left tackle. Eyioma Uwazurike has potential as a defensive end, and quarterback Jacob Park is a former Georgia Bulldog who at the very least gives the Cyclones a backup to incumbent Joel Lanning.

Late addition: Twin defensive linemen Jaquan and Joshua Baily, both 6-foot-3 from Jacksonville, Florida. Iowa State always seems to be in need of line help, and getting two three-star recruits from Florida on signing day was considered a coup.

One that got away: John Raridon, a tackle from nearby West Des Moines, Iowa, chose Nebraska over the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes.

How they’ll fit in: Campbell signed players from nearly 20 states, a sign that he intends to have a national footprint in recruiting. His offensive philosophy will be more run-focused that former coach Paul Rhoads, and no one is quite sure how the Cyclones will attack defensively. But Campbell now has some fresh talent to bolster a veteran group.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Kyle Mayberry, CB, Tulsa, Okla.; Maciah Long, LB, Houston; Chris Hughes, OL, Harker Heights, Texas.

Best of the rest: Khalil Herbert, RB, Plantation, Fla.; Isi Holani, DT, Riverside, Calif.; Julian Chandler, CB, Missouri City, Texas; Ian Peterson, CB, Round Rock, Texas.

Late addition: Tyriek Starks, QB, New Orleans.

One that got away: Amani Bledsoe, DE, Lawrence, Kan., chose Oklahoma over his hometown school. Bledsoe was the consensus top-ranked prospect from Kansas this year.

How they’ll fit in: The Jayhawks struggled mightily on defense last season, and Mayberry and Long have the chops to start immediately. Mayberry was one of the most decorated prospects in Oklahoma this past season while Long led Houston’s North Shore to a Texas state title as a quarterback, though he’ll play linebacker for the Jayhawks.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Skylar Thompson, QB, Independence, Mo.; Blake Hickey, OL, Godley, Texas.

Best of the rest: Corey Sutton, WR, Charlotte, N.C.; Byron Pringle, WR, El Dorado, Kan.; Nick Lenners, TE, Lincoln, Neb.; Bronson Massie, DE, Lufkin, Texas; Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, Okla.; Isaiah Harris, WR, Fort Worth, Texas.

Late addition: Raymond Price, DT, Norwalk, Calif.

One that got away: Zach Shackelford, OL, Belton, Texas, committed to Kansas State but flipped to the Longhorns, even after a rare in-home visit from Snyder.

How they’ll fit in: The focus for Kansas State is replacing an experienced offensive line while finding the next playmaker at wide receiver. Hickey has added nearly 20 pounds since first talking with the Wildcats, and could see early playing time at guard or tackle alongside late signee Breontae Matthews. Three-star junior college product Byron Pringle has potential to help Kansas State at wide receiver after enrolling early. Meanwhile, with three capable QBs already on the roster, Thompson is a redshirt candidate despite being the jewel of the class.



Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Zach Farrar, WR, Southlake Carroll (Texas).

Best of the rest: Austin Kendall, QB, Waxhaw, N.C.

Late addition: Mykel Jones, WR, Patterson (La.).

One that got away: DB Calvin Bundage, who chose Oklahoma State.

How they’ll fit in: Some of the linebackers and receivers will need to play immediately, and Stoops is confident that they will be able to.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Tramonda Moore, OL, Oklahoma City.

Best of the rest: Keondre Wudtee, QB, Bossier City, La.

Late addition: Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond, Okla.

One that got away: WR Quartney Davis, who chose Texas A&M.;

How they’ll fit in: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy filled holes on the offensive line and got a quarterback of the future in Wudtee.



Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Isaiah Graham, WR, Bastrop, Louisiana.

Best of the rest: Isaiah Chambers, DE, MacArthur High, Houston; Ross Blacklock, DT, Missouri City, Texas; Austin Myers, OT, Manvel, Texas; Sewo Olonilua, RB, Kingwood, Texas.

Late addition: Camron Williams, WR, Skyline High, Dallas.

One that got away: Four-star RB Kyle Porter, who ran for 1,938 yards and 36 TDs as a senior at Katy, Texas, chose Texas after considering TCU.

How they’ll fit in: With record-setting receiver Josh Doctson gone after an injury-shortened senior season, the Frogs added four receivers - the most players at any position in the class. Along with Graham and the transfers was Dylan Thomas, from Paschal High just down the street from the TCU campus. Former Texas A&M; quarterback Kenny Hill is the front-runner to replace departed Trevone Boykin after sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. But dual-threat Brennen Wooten from San Angelo, Texas, is the only quarterback signee this spring, and is already on campus as an early enrollee to go through spring practice.



Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Best of the rest: Jeffrey McCollough, LB, Houston; Erick Fowler, LB, Manor, Texas.

Late addition: Jordan Elliott, DT, Houston.

One that got away: Patrick Hudson, OL, Silsbee, Texas, who stuck with his early commitment to Baylor.

How they’ll fit in: The Longhorns had two significant needs, defensive tackle and quarterback, and nailed both. Texas’ best DT from last season, Hassan Ridgeway, is leaving for the NFL and experienced depth is woefully thin. Daniels (6-4, 328 pounds) and Elliott (6-3, 322) and the three other freshmen tackles will immediately compete for playing time. Jones (6-0, 195) is a big get to help he backside of a defense in the pass-happy Big 12.

“We knew we had to shore it up on defense,” Strong said. “We had to get guys inside … Big body guys. That’s how you win.”

Buechele (6-1, 190) will have his chance to take over at quarterback. His competition is senior Tyrone Swoopes and sophomore Jerrod Heard, who have struggled.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: T.J. Vasher, WR, Wichita Falls, Texas

Best of the rest: Derrick Willies, WR, San Bernardino, California/Trinity Valley CC/Iowa

Late addition: Douglas Coleman, WR, Zachary, Louisiana. “We found his tape late, tremendous offensive player,” Kingsbury said. “When you look at what he did as a wide receiver, state champion, great length, can really fly. Shocked he wasn’t recruited more highly, honestly.”

One that got away: Yasir Durant, OL, San Diego State.

How they’ll fit in: Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, whose team ranked near the bottom in major defensive categories last season, said most of the defensive linemen signed Wednesday will get a chance to earn playing time. The Red Raiders lost seven to graduation.



Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: LB Brendan Ferns, LB, St. Clairsville, Ohio; Steven Smothers, WR, Reisterstown, Maryland.

Best of the rest: Justin Crawford, RB, Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Late addition: Craig Smith, OL, Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

One that got away: Tyrhee Pratt, QB, Charleston, West Virginia. Pratt said he needs to think about his decision and remains unsigned.

How they’ll fit in: The Mountaineers must replace Big 12 rushing champion Wendell Smallwood, who has declared for the NFL draft. Rushel Shell is the top returning rusher, and he’ll be joined in the competition for the starting job by Crawford and fellow signees Martell Pettaway and Kennedy McKoy.

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