Daily Bullets (February 16)

Happy “Trae Young’s recruitment is FINALLY over today” day!

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Combine Invites

Berry Tramel writes about how the demise of the Big 12 is forthcoming because of recruiting struggles.

The SEC, ACC and Big Ten each have 14 schools. So that’s 4.7 per SEC member, 4.3 per ACC member and 3.6 per Big Ten member. The Pac-12 has 12 schools, so that’s 3.9 per member.

And the Big 12 has 1.9 per member. Now, OU’s Joe Mixon and Baylor’s Ishmael Zamora would have received invites, but off-field issues kept them from Indianapolis. But even counting them, that’s just 21; 2.1 per school.

The SEC has 2-1/2 times that rate of combine invites. The Pac-12 twice as many. That’s not sustainable. And the Big 12 was wiped out in recruiting earlier this month. Recruiting problems will hasten the breakup of the Big 12 more quickly than anything other than television revenue dips. And TV revenue hasn’t been dipping. [NewsOK]

I don’t necessarily disagree, but I’m not totally sure how a lack of recruiting will break up the Big 12.

The Sterns Snub

On which Big 12 players got snubbed from the Combine.

The Big 12 took a hit defensively in combine selection — no doubt related to the overall quality of play on that side of the ball. But individuals still rose to a high level. The notable omissions are aplenty, from Lee to defensive backs Fish Smithson of Kansas, Orion Stewart of Baylor and Denzel Johnson of TCU.

I’m most surprised, though, by the absence of Sterns, an instinctive and athletic safety who played in the Senior Bowl last month. He’s a high-character prospect who led the Cowboys in tackles for three consecutive seasons, each year exceeding 100 stops. His 325 career tackles placed him fourth nationally among defensive backs active in 2016 and landed Sterns a spot on the All-Big 12 first team. [ESPN]

Shockingly I agree.

PFF Loves Mason Rudolph More than Us

And we love Mason Rudolph a lot.

If there’s a quarterback who could unseat Mayfield as the best of the best in the Big 12 next year, it’s Rudolph. Finishing 2016 as the second-highest-graded quarterback in the country at 92.3, Rudolph looked at times like the best QB in the nation. He’s one of the best deep-ball passers in the country, leading the country with a 125.4 quarterback rating on deep throws. Rudolph was a little inconsistent at times last year but when he’s at his best, he’s as good as Mayfield and can challenge him as the best QB in the Big 12. [PFF]

I honestly cannot believe Rudolph is already a senior and only has 12 13 14 15 games left before turning pro.

OSU and NCAA Notes

There are many (many) things to fret about in politics (particularly right now), this is not one of them … Baylor got some good news (!) … Ben Kercheval wrote about Gundy in his singlet, and it is terrific … Baseball starts tomorrow.

Impressive.

This is awesome.

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  • OSU Student

    I hope Young commits to OU. I don’t think he’d be a good fit here, but he’d be another handful on a team full of handfuls in Lawrence. In Norman, he’d quickly fall off into irrelevancy.

    • No Ruckus

      True. Speaking of basketball I hope LeBron doesn’t sign with okc ever bc he wouldn’t fit into billy Donovan’s system

      • OSU Student

        You don’t have to worry about that. You have a better chance of being struck by lighting twice tonight (no storms in OK tonight) than there is a chance of him coming to OKC.

    • David Einstein

      KU is a handful of #3 rankings…

  • HereComesBullet

    Trae is going to OU.

  • oSutoothdoctor

    I don’t think recruiting will break up the Big 12. I think it’s the horrendous leadership will be it’s demise. Time will tell.

  • Chino_05

    “There are many (many) things to fret about in politics (particularly right now), this is not one of them”
    That’s fake news folks!