At this point in the 2013 recruiting cycle, each program has a handful of targets remaining and there’s always one among those that you can identify as the “most important”. Here’s a look at each Big 12 program’s “most important” target heading down the stretch run.
Andrew Billings is the most important remaining target for both Texas and Baylor in the 2013 cycle.
Andrew Billings, DT, (Waco, Texas/Waco) – The four-star tackle and highest-ranked uncommitted recruit in the state of Texas is also on this list for the University of Texas. The Longhorns appear to be the leader but it would be major win for Baylor to keep him in Waco to play his college ball.
Blake McClain, CB, (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) – With 24 commitments, the Cyclone are almost full. However, with the loss of cornerback Jalen Barnes to Houston, look for Iowa State to make a run at Kentucky pledge McClain.
Isaiah Johnson, S, (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) – The Jayhawks went heavy on the junior college prospect again this year and nine of them are already enrolled. Johnson committed to KU in early December and was solid until a recent Texas Tech offer. Kansas needs to now make sure it holds off the Red Raiders for the defender with three years of eligibility.
Bobby Leath, DT, (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) – The Wildcats have hit the junior college ranks hard once again but Billy Snyder and company could use a big high school defensive tackle and Leath fits the mold.
L.J. Moore, CB, (Fresno, Calif./Central East) – The Sooners hosted the Top247 prospect as he was in Norman the weekend of Jan. 11 but Arizona State and Oregon State are going to be tough to beat. Oklahoma will likely land sleeper defensive tackle Matthew Romar soon though.
Vili Leveni, DE, (Hurst, Texas/L.D. Bell) – The Dallas-area defender is committed to Utah but was high on the Cowboys before he made that pledge. His teammate and friend Jesse Robinson is committed to Oklahoma State and Leveni will visit Stillwater next weekend. The Cowboys still have an outside shot at four-star receiver Jordan Cunningham as well.
Damarious Randall, CB, (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa C.C.) – The junior college All-American visited TCU a week ago before heading to Arizona State this past weekend. Kansas and Louisville could also provide competition for the cornerback that recorded eight interceptions this season and has three years of eligibility remaining.
Andrew Billings, DT, (Waco, Texas/Waco) – The Longhorns have been in a battle with Baylor and TCU for the two-way standout but look to be the leader. Junior college offensive tackle Desmond Harrison is also a big target left on the board.
Devin Lauderdale, WR, (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) – The former Texas Tech pledge has looked at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State but new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and company would love to get the speedy wide receiver back in the fold in Lubbock.
Shelton Gibson, WR, (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) – Gibson is technically already a West Virginia commit but Ohio State and Tennessee are making a strong push for the No. 182 prospect in the country. Six of the Mountaineers’ top seven receivers are gone from last year so keeping Gibson is huge. The top remaining uncommitted target is four-star cornerback Lamar Robbins.