February 8, 2007

Big 12 Signing Day dream team

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While there may have been a few conferences across the country that attracted more top prospects, the Big 12 certainly pulled in its fair share of talent.


Four of the conference's schools were rated among the top 30 recruiting classes in the country. Those included Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Many of the prospects that those four schools signed made the Big 12 Signing Day Dream Team.


Texas is certainly a school that has several players on the list. The Longhorns signed the nation's No. 5 rated recruiting class. Therefore, it's no surprise that five UT signees made this list. Those include five-star prospects Tray Allen and Curtis Brown.


Oklahoma and Nebraska battled it out for the No. 2 spot in the Big 12 team rankings. The Huskers and Sooners finished the year No. 13 and No. 14, respectively. Those teams had a combined six players on this list.


Oklahoma State did extremely well recruiting the state of Texas. The Cowboys landed prospects like Rivals100 receiver Dez Bryant and defensive end Richetti Jones.


Here is a look at who we would choose if we could select a Signing Day lineup from the Big 12 conference:
















































































Big 12 Signing Day Dream Team
Offense Defense
QB:
Keith Nichol

6-2, 195, Lowell (Mich.) Lowell

Oklahoma

Armed with great tools and athleticism, Nichol will be tough in a wide-open offense.
DE:
Michael Keck

6-5, 215, Harrisonville (Mo.) Harrisonville

Missouri

Not a thick frame yet, but Keck just makes plays.
RB:
Bradley Stephens

5-10, 185, McAllen (Texas) Memorial

Texas A&M

Stephens has been one of the most productive Texas running backs in years.
DE:
Richetti Jones

6-3, 234, Dallas (Texas) Lincoln

Oklahoma State

Jones was one of the nation's best pure pass rushers the last two seasons.
RB:
Cody Johnson

5-10, 225, Waller (Texas) Waller

Texas

Fitting the "big back" category, Johnson still has enough speed to avoid being caught from behind.
DT:
Terrence Moore

6-3, 267, New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35

Nebraska

Moore wasn't as highly ranked as others, but has the potential to be a great one.
WR:
Dez Bryant

6-1, 195, Lufkin, Texas

Oklahoma State

Upon qualifying, Bryant could see playing time extremely early for the Cowboys.
DT:
Ahmad Jones

6-2, 319, Silsbee (Texas) Silsbee

Oklahoma State

Jones has a very impressive future as a defensive tackle.
WR:
Niles Paul

6-2, 210, Omaha (Neb.) North

Nebraska

Paul has the size and hands to be a strong possession receiver early in his Nebraska career.
LB:
Austin Box

6-3, 215, Enid (Okla.) Enid

Oklahoma

Speedy defensive player would add athleticism to any group of linebackers.
TE:
Blaine Irby

6-2, 224, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

Texas

Has experience at several positions, but has good speed for a tight end.
LB:
Derrick Stephens

6-3, 220, Houston (Texas) Cy Falls

Texas A&M

One of the hardest working and more physically imposing linebackers in Texas.
OL:
Ryan Miller

6-6, 278, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine

Colorado

Miller's strength and ability to get up field made him a national recruiting target.
LB:
Keenan Robinson

6-3, 211, Plano (Texas) East

Texas

Robinson is an athletic player and a student of the game.
OL:
Tray Allen

6-4, 305, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie

Texas

Could play anywhere along the line, but looks great as a guard.
CB:
Curtis Brown

6-0, 174, Gilmer (Texas) Gilmer

Texas

Jones can lock down receivers or be a dangerous returner.
OL:
Michael Huey

6-5, 290, Kilgore (Texas) Kilgore

Texas

Huey's nastiness works well with his high motor.
CB:
Ryan Murphy

5-10, 171, Lawrence (Kan.) Free State

Kansas

Murphy is expected to be a receiver, but had 16 interceptions in two seasons at Free State.
OL:
Jason Hannan

6-4, 277, Waxahachie (Texas) Waxahachie

Oklahoma

Hannan's stock rose after he proved he could learn the center position.
S:
Christian Scott

6-0, 185, Dallas (Texas) Skyline

Texas

Armed with the speed to play offense, he combines that with a love for defense.
OL:
Lonnie Edwards

6-5, 305, Brownsboro (Texas) Brownsboro

Texas Tech

Edwards is an athletic drive-blocker who should succeed at Tech
S:
Desmond Jackson

5-11, 187, Seguin (Texas) Seguin

Oklahoma

Cornerback moves with a body for the safety position.


ATH:
Lamark Brown

6-3, 215, St. Louis (Mo.) Hazelwood West

Kansas State

In a year full of athletes, Brown is rare because of his linebacker frame and receiver speed.







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