National Signing Day is almost here, so it’s time once again to look back and evaluate how the Big 12’s top recruits from four years ago have panned out. Yesterday, we re-ranked the league’s 2013 recruiting classes. Today, we’re assessing the 25 ESPN 300 recruits who signed with Big 12 schools that year.
This 2013 group produced more busts than booms. Nearly half of them ended up transferring or getting dismissed from their programs. But a few highly touted stars lived up to the hype.
Five more ESPN 300 recruits from the 2013 class eventually transferred to Big 12 schools: TCU RB Derrick Green (No. 38 in the 300), Kansas WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez (111), West Virginia G Kyle Bosch (157), and TCU WRs John Diarse (223) and Taj Williams (224).
But today, we’re focusing on the ESPN 300 recruits who signed with Big 12 schools as freshmen. Here’s how their college careers have gone:
17. C Darius James, Texas: Started just two games over two injury-filled years at Texas before electing to transfer to Auburn, where he became the Tigers’ starting left tackle this season.
27. RB Keith Ford, Oklahoma: Left Oklahoma after two seasons to transfer to Texas A&M. Produced 669 rushing yards and six TDs in his junior season with the Aggies.
35. WR Robbie Rhodes, Baylor: Caught 10 passes as a freshman before getting kicked off the team in June 2014 due to drug-related issues. Transferred to Bowling Green but was dismissed from the program in June 2016 for violating team rules.
76. T Kent Perkins, Texas: A quality 34-game starter for the Longhorns at right guard and right tackle who earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior.
113. T Jake Raulerson, Texas: The leader of Texas’ 2013 recruiting class logged five starts in three years with the program. Went to Arkansas as a grad transfer and started eight games for the Razorbacks in 2016.
119. WR Jacorey Warrick, Texas: Earned a starting role as a senior after three seasons as a reserve and caught 30 passes for 360 yards and three TDs while also returning kickoffs and punts.
137. DE D.J. Ward, Oklahoma: Broke into the starting lineup as a junior with five starts this season. Two career sacks in 31 games.
148. CB Antwuan Davis, Texas: Fifth-year senior has played in 31 games over three seasons and earned five starts in 2015.
151. LB Deoundrei Davis, Texas: One of the 10 players Charlie Strong dismissed from the program in 2014, Davis never played a down after redshirting as a freshman.
152. G Tevin Lawson, TCU: Played in 31 games over three seasons at TCU as a backup defensive tackle. Transferred to Nicholls State for his senior year but did not record any stats this season.
166. WR Ra’Shaad Samples, Oklahoma State: Transferred to Houston after recording three receptions in six games. Samples has yet to play in a game at UH due to multiple concussions.
178. QB Cody Thomas, Oklahoma: Started three games in 2014 but gave up football after the 2015 season to focus on his baseball career. The Los Angeles Dodgers made the outfielder a 13th-round pick, and he hit 16 home runs in 52 games for the Ogden Raptors at the rookie level in 2016.
180. QB Chris Johnson, Baylor: Switched to playing receiver in 2015 before having to start three games at quarterback after Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham went down. Johnson transferred to Houston in 2016 and played in six games as a tight end.
198. WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia: After producing a combined 1,838 receiving yards and 17 TDs on 23 yards per catch over the last two seasons, Gibson elected to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
199. ATH Stanvon Taylor, Oklahoma: Played in 33 games but never developed into a starter at defensive back and logged just 16 career tackles.
214. WR Jake Oliver, Texas: After three years as a backup, Oliver got his shot in 2016 and finished second on the team in receptions with 33 for 358 yards.
220. RB Kyle Hicks, TCU: Broke out as a team leader and playmaker as a junior with 1,459 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs this season.
240. WR Dannon Cavil, Oklahoma: Did not appear in a game in two years at OU, and transferred to UTSA. Missed part of 2016 season with an injury and did not record a catch.
241. ILB Darrien Howard, West Virginia: Earned a starting role as a senior and recorded 66 tackles and six tackles for loss at the Mountaineers’ nose tackle.
245. WR Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State: After a big junior year with 766 receiving yards and five TDs, Ateman sat out this season with a foot injury and took a medical redshirt to return in 2017.
252. G Andrew Billings, Baylor: Became one of the nation’s best nose tackles and won Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. Billings went pro early and was a fourth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, but sat out his rookie year after suffering a torn meniscus during training camp.
253. ATH Chevoski Collins, Texas: Another player Strong dismissed from the team in 2014, Collins was an NJCAA All-American at cornerback for Scottsdale Community College in 2015 but went unsigned last year.
272. DT Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State: After an exceptional All-Big 12 junior season in which he racked up 13 tackles for loss, seven sacks and four blocked kicks, Taylor elected to enter the NFL draft.
284. DE Matt Dimon, Oklahoma: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle for the Sooners in 2015, but an Achilles injury ended his 2016 season and he left the program in November.
293. S Hatari Byrd, Oklahoma: Dismissed from the program in the spring of 2016 after playing in 30 games (two starts) over three years. Recorded 41 tackles in nine games at Texas A&M-Commerce this season.