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November 8, 2004
The Big 12 turned in a good week and especially a good weekend with two conference powers picking up major commitments. It started first when the Nebraska Cornhuskers landed a commitment from the nation's No. 2 running back Marlon Lucky. It then continued when Texas landed a pledge from one of the nation's best athletes, Henry Melton. Rivals.com national analyst Jeremy Crabtree breaks down the entire top 25 in the team rankings, along with a few teams to keep an eye on.
Down but not out for long:
Notre Dame: The Irish pulled off a big win at Tennessee, and a victory like that can really help with Notre Dame's national recruiting efforts.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys collapsed against Texas and that might hurt with some Lone Star State prospects, but OSU does such a great job in Houston and in the Dallas Metroplex that you have to think they'll still make a run at a top 25 class.
Wisconsin: The Badgers have two of the best recruiting assistant coaches in the business - Rob Ianello and Bret Beliema - and that's enough to allow them to capitalize on a great season on the field. They have a shot at a top 20 class then the smoke clears.
Utah: Yes, the Utes can also recruit with the best of them. They already have a great quarterback, a great receiver and one of the nation's best kickers. The only thing that could possibly keep them out of the top 25 would be the questions on whether or not their coach will remain in Salt Lake City.
Florida State: The Noles always close strong, and there is little doubt they will again this recruiting class. There is just too many blue-chippers on their list for that not to happen.
UTEP: Mike Price has UTEP back in the national top 25 and the Miners are really starting to pop up all over the place with many of the top prospects in the Lone Star State. UTEP won't finish in the top 25, but they're going to end up being a thorn in the side of many Big 12 North teams that usually get visits from prospects that teams like OU, Texas and A&M don't pursue heavily. Many of these types of prospects will end up taking visits to UTEP instead.