February 14, 2007

Rivals.com top 10 Big 12 recruiters

Texas pulled in the top recruiting class in the Big 12 and placed two coaches on Rivals.com's list of top 10 recruiters in the conference, including Big 12 recruiter of the year Mac McWhorter.

Oklahoma's Brent Venables also did well recruiting in the state of Texas this year, helping the Sooners reel in another talented class.

Big 12 2007 Recruiter of the Year
Mac McWhorter, Texas


McWhorter is the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Longhorns. He signed four of the nation's best offensive linemen, a four-star running back and averaged 4.2 stars per signing. He actually had five blue-chip offensive line commits, but Matt Nader had to give up football for health reasons. McWhorter's headliner was Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie five-star offensive guard Tray Allen. Texas finished with the nation's No. 5 class, and McWhorter's commitments were key to the Longhorns' recruiting success.

The rest of the top 10, in alphabetical order
Clint Bowen, Kansas


Bowen, who has been one of the top recruiters for KU for some time, had another solid season. He was primarily responsible for six signees that averaged 3.0 stars. Bowen, KU's safety coach and special team's coordinator, pulled in four-star cornerback Ryan Murphy and went into Texas to steal away running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson and junior college safety Patrick Resby.
Bill Busch, Nebraska


Busch, Nebraska's safeties and special teams coordinator, became the Cornhuskers ace recruiter after John Blake's departure. Busch signed seven players, including six from the Phoenix area, with an average star rating of 3.5. Busch is perhaps best known for signing quarterback Alex Smith at Utah, but his efforts helped Nebraska finish with the nation's No. 13 recruiting class.
James Franklin, Kansas State


A former two-time top 25 national recruiter while at Maryland, Franklin quickly made his mark in Manhattan. Franklin, the Wildcats' offensive coordinator, landed nine players in this year's class. He helped keep the class intact despite numerous changes on the coaching staff. Franklin did a masterful job in Kansas, but he also pulled in quality players from Florida and two top 100 junior college players in California.
Jim Bob Helduser, Texas A&M


Helduser, the offensive line coach at Texas A&M, has always been a fixture in Texas. He made his presence felt this recruiting period with four signings that averaged 3.0 stars. The headliner was four-star linebacker Derrick Stephens, but other quality additions like offensive lineman Evan Eike and tight end Harold Turnage are impressive.
Andy Hill, Missouri


Hill, considered the dean of coaches who recruit Kansas City, did another masterful job this season. He landed seven players with an average of 3.14 stars. Hill was responsible for landing four-star Rivals100 defensive end Michael Keck and four-star running back Derrick Washington. He even crossed the Kansas state line to pull in three-star defensive back Trey Hobson and sleeper Andrew Gachkar.
Dana Holgorsen, Texas Tech


Tech's class finished strong thanks to Holgorsen. Considering the Raiders lost offensive coaches to Arizona in mid-December and in early January, the strong finish is more impressive. Holgorsen, Tech's offensive coordinator and inside receiver coach, brought in five three-star prospects and the Red Raiders' lone four-star recruit in Lonnie Edwards. Jacob Amie, Mickey Okafor, Tyrone Sonier, Jacoby Franks and Taylor Charbonnet are all high-quality players that were signed by Holgorsen.
Curtis Luper, Oklahoma State


Luper, who coaches OSU's running backs, recruits South Dallas for the Cowboys. Luper came up with two major gets this season. He signed Rivals100 defensive end Richetti Jones and Rivals250 athlete William Cole. Luper also kept the Cowboys in the hunt for guys like Christian Scott, Graig Cooper and Gerald Jones until the end of the recruiting process. While he doesn't measure up with other recruiters this year as far as quantity, Luper's average of 4.0 stars is a quality matched by few.
Ken Rucker, Texas


Few had a better recruiting résumé than Rucker, Texas' running back coach. Rucker landed five players with an average star rating of 4.0. He did a masterful job in East Texas, pulling in five-star defensive back Curtis Brown of Gilmer and four-star offensive lineman Michael Huey of Kilgore. Four-star running back Cody Johnson of Waller, Texas, and Foswhitt Whittaker of Pearland, Texas, were also great pickups.
Brent Venables, Oklahoma


Long considered the ace recruiter for Bob Stoops, Venables was back with a vengeance this season. The Sooners' defensive coordinator snagged a very early commitment from the nation's No. 2 junior college player in five-star linebacker Mike Reed. Venables then did well in Dallas, pulling in four-star Jamell Fleming. Venables also landed two local players in Austin Box and super sleeper Londell Taylor. Venables averaged 3.75 stars per player, helping OU finish in the national top 15 again.

-- Recruiters profiles by Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Jeremy Crabtree.

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