Three-Point Stance: Big 12 weight room, elite 2022 prospects; playmakers
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three Point Stance is measuring the strength of the teams in the Big 12 on and off the field, looks at some big-time 2022 prospects on defense to keep an eye on and names the top 10 playmaking defenders returning to college football.
1. Checking out the Big 12 weight room
Let’s wrap it up with our weight room metaphor with the Big 12. These categories speak for themselves.
Oklahoma — The Sooners are it in the Big 12 and that doesn’t look like it will change much with Texas up and down. I expect many more Big 12 titles coming up.
STRONG AND STEADY
Texas — The Longhorns could be in another category below this one if you want to argue but they remain the second best power program in the conference. However it’s puzzling that they haven’t broken through under Tom Herman.
Baylor — This was a tough call because they were a force under Matt Rhule and a lot is unknown with new coach Dave Aranda. Time will tell.
Okahoma State — The Pokes are always in contention it seems and Mike Gundy is a terrific coach.
ON THE COME UP
Kansas State — The Wildcats had a good season last year and new coach Chris Klieman has them moving in the right direction.
NEEDS MORE GYM TIME
TCU — Gary Patterson is a great coach and TCU has been up and down in recent years so they were just on the edge of come up. I just don’t know if it has the roster talent.
West Virginia — I like Neal Brown as a coach but I expected more from the Mountaineers last season. I’m not sure how far away they are from being a contender.
Kansas — Les Miles has them on the come up in recruiting but until the results on the field happens, the Jayhawks will remain in this category.
2. Sneak peek at some elite 2022 defensive players
On Tuesday I highlighted some 2022 offensive players as we get close to releasing our first rankings for the class. Now I take a look on defense and this 2022 class is special on that side of the ball.
DE Tyre West — West is a big and physical kid who moves well and could end up being a defensive tackle down the line.
CB Khamauri Rogers — Rogers may be skinny but he’s long and very good in coverage and already committed to LSU.
DE Dani Dennis-Sutton — A big athletic end with a huge frame to fill out, Dennis-Sutton is a monster.
LB Shawn Murphy — Murphy is a guided missile at linebacker who has good size and can cover a ton of ground.
DT Travis Shaw — Shaw is tall and massive but moves like a defensive end and can chase the passer.
S Domani Jackson — Jackson looks like the next dynamic defender out of California with good size and great range.
LB Gabe Powers — Powers is a huge linebacker who plays all over the field and could already be a hybrid in the right defense.
DT Walter Nolan — Want to see a dominating defensive tackle? Nolan could be the best one we’ve seen in a few years.
DE Shemar Stewart — Stewart is a physical specimen with all the tools you want from an edge rusher.
CB Jaheim Singletary — Singletary is long, fast and loves to be out on an island. His competitive nature is excellent and he wants to be great.
3. Top returning defensive playmakers in college football
On Tuesday, I revealed my list of the top playmakers on offense returning to college football. But what about the defense? Here you go.