Pulaski Academy wide receiver Neal Barlow (6-7, 200) talks about how he will attend the University…
Big 12 Recruiting Notebook
BAYLOR Did not have anyone on campus this past weekend as they were at UCONN. They do however, plan on hosting a few over the next couple of weeks. One that they would really like to land is three star prospect Colton Nash of Sulphur Springs. The 6-6 230 pound DE has other Big 12 offers and he would be a steal if Baylor can pull him away from Colorado and Kansas. Quote By Nash to Scout.com "I really like Coach Young. I met him at the Baylor camp at Tyler JC. I did good there and that's how they offered me. Since then, they started recruiting me hard. They get a ton of kids from East Texas that do well there and I think I can be another one." COLORADO In front of a near sellout crowd, Colorado upset 2lst ranked West Virginia in overtime 17-14. On hand to witness the defeat was CU target Nosa Eguae. Eguae was so taken back by the "electricity" at Folsom Field, he committed shortly after his visit. It is a soft verbal as he wants to take other visits, but he has been a long time lean towards CU and felt he needed to commit. Quote by Equae to Scout.com "I just got back from Colorado and I would say that they are my number one school right now. The game was crazy. I was sitting in the student section and you could tell how much support the fans give the team. I loved the environment." IOWA STATE Another Big 12 team that was on the road this past weekend was the Iowa State Cyclones. They lost their 13th straight away game this past weekend to UNLV. There is however, an upside and a down side to them losing. The downside is the fact that they lost. But optimistically speaking, the loss was on the road and their weren't any prospects on campus to witness it. Also Rice lost. The relevancy of that is, both ISU and Rice are after three star QB Kenneth Guiton and both are his final two schools. Both teams are 2-2 with an upset victory. Guiton has already taken his visit to ISU. Quote by Guiton to CycloneSportsReport.com "Right now Iowa State and Rice are my two top schools," said Guiton. "I've been to Rice a few times on unofficial visits and in a few weeks I will likely take an official visit there. I might make a decision soon after that." As far as the game.... "The game atmosphere was really great. The crowd was packed and I don't think I saw an empty spot," he said. "We also got to go down on the sidelines which was really fun." KANSAS The Kansas Jayhawks took a recruiting hit when 6-6 WR Neal Barlow de-committed and verbally committed to Arkansas. The Arkansas native was one of the Jayhawks prime targets as Coach Mangino and Co. were looking to take only one tall red zone threat/possession type of WR. They have also offered WRs Uzoma Nwachukwu who is committed to Texas A&M and Brady Brown who is committed to Vanderbilt. Both Nwachukwu and Brown fit the mold of Barlow. With that said, KU has turned the heat up on Terdemda Ussery who they have also offer. Ussery is 6-5, has natural hands, and can run. If they do not land a WR of this mold, they are still on the short list of three start WRs Skylar Scott and Bryant Allen- both have game changing ability. Quote by Barlow to HawgsIllustrated.com "Really the biggest factor was just seeing the new (Arkansas) offense in action and talking to some of the players up there about how things were going," Barlow said. "After I committed to Kansas, it just didn't feel right for some reason so I did some more research on different teams and just feel like Arkansas is the best place for me." KANSAS STATE Kansas State has ten commitments, however, their highest ranked commit, DT Robert Thomas, has been flirting with Arkansas. The 6-0 300 pound DT out of Muskogee, OK recently took an unofficial visit to Arkansas. He was wearing an Arkansas t-shirt and walked away from the visit very impressed. Quote by Thomas to HawgsIllustrated.com "Arkansas has a great coaching staff that is really down to earth," Thomas said. "All the fans are pretty amazing and all of their facilities are amazing. They are really nice." He later added... "Arkansas is still in the picture," Thomas said. "We'll see at the end." MISSOURI Missouri is looking to take one RB in this class and they really want it to be four star Ronnie Wingo. Wingo was recently dropped by Oklahoma-who was thought to be one of his favorites. He will be visiting MU December 19th. Quote by Wingo to Scout.com "I haven't been to any games yet," said Wingo. "I have set up two official visits. I am going to Alabama December 12 and Missouri December 19. I don't know where else I am going yet." NEBRASKA Nebraska had a bye last week which gives them a much needed break before heading into its home contest against Virginia Tech. This week's game has major implications as far as rankings are concerned-Nebraska is 3-0 and Virginia Tech was once ranked in the top 25 and are now in the receiving votes. If NU wins, they should crack the top 25. Not only is it good from a ranking standpoint, it is also great from a recruiting standpoint. NU will be hosting some top tier prospects this weekend. Scheduled for visits are: five star prospects RB David Oku and DT Corey Adams, four star DE Keenan Graham and S Daytawion Lowe, and three star S Alex Logan and S Lester White. This game is also nationally televised and recruits will be in front of the tube watching. Quote by Oku to BigRedReport.com "Oh yes sir, I'm still coming in for that game. I'm going to Tennessee this weekend, then I'm coming to Nebraska for the Virginia Tech game, and so is Daytawion Lowe. None of that has changed, we are both coming to see what Nebraska is all about." He added.... "I've kept up with what Nebraska has done this year, I see they have put in on some schools. They had 300 and something rushing yards last game and I liked that a lot." OKLAHOMA The nations second ranked team is almost full with their 2009 class-with the exception of a few key targets that will likely commit later down the road. However, things never stop or slow down in recruiting-if you are full in one class, you go to the next. So Oklahoma has done just that. The Sooners are after some high profile juniors and this week, one said he was on the verge of a commitment. Skyline's 6-2 175 pound WR Mike Davis has expressed his interest. Quote By Davis to SoonersIllustrated.com "They just like me or whatever. They like everything about me. They are really interested in me and stuff (like that). When the offer rolls in they asked me if I am going to take it, and I told them yeah, because I like OU." OKLAHOMA STATE The Cowboys had a bye this past weekend which allowed the coaches to get on the road to start eyeballing some high school senior and junior prospects. The Cowboys Assistant Head and RB Coach Curtis Luper was on hand to witness Desoto vs Duncanville. By NCAA regulations, Luper could not speak on who he was looking at. However by process of elimination, is it fare to assume OSU had their eyes on one of the following; 2010 prospects Darius Terrell who has four BCS level offers, CB Adrian White, DT Brandon Forge, or RB Marcus Murphy. Luper left at the half. TEXAS Like Oklahoma, Texas is pretty full with its 2009 class and have also turned to the class of 2010. Guys that have an interest and should be watched closely are: Top ranked QB Connor Wood from Second Baptist, RB sensation Lache Seastrunk from Temple, WR Jordan Leslie from Tomball, OL Chad Lindsay from The Woodlands, and OT Jake Matthews from Elkins. Matthews is the son of Bruce Matthew; NFL Hall of Famer from the Houston Oilers and USC. He has a great bloodline and several colleges went after him on the first day they could. TEXAS TECH The Raiders picked up two commitments this weekend when three star SLB Kerry Hyder and three star CB Yahshua Williams pulled the trigger. Quote by Kerry Hyder to RaiderPower.com "I committed to Texas Tech on Sunday," Kerry said. "While I was there, I talked to Coach Sadler, Coach McNeill, Coach Leach, pretty much everyone. They were really excited when I told them that I wanted to commit." Williams was also a big pick up as he was also being recruited by the Raiders Big 12 foe Nebraska. Williams was set to visit the Huskers this weekend but he committed before getting the chance to take a look. Texas A&M Rumors had been swirling that WR Uzoma Nwachukwu was in attendance at the Aggies last home against Miami. AggiesWebsider.com confirmed that he wasn't. Nwachuku also revealed to AW that OU, Notre Dame, Kansas, Nebraska, and others are still calling. He said he'll answer his phone and says he won't shut any doors until the recruiting process is over. The Aggies also had DE Chris Henderson in the stands. Hendersons commitment to the Aggies was wavering but the visit has firmed up his commitment. Henderson told AW that he enjoyed his time and things have firmed up. Also on hand were Stanford TE commit Jordan Navjar, RB Christine Michael, Dexter Pratt and Brandal Jackson. From the 2010 class QB Case McCoy, LB Shaun Lewis of Hightower, S Luke Municie of Klein Oak, S Ahmad Dixon of Waco Midway, and DE Joseph Okafor of Bellaire.
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