Iowa State came into this past weekend with only one commitment. Granted, that one pledge was from four-star athlete Allen Lazard. However, the Cyclones were quite a bit behind the rest of the conference.
La Porte (Texas) cornerback Victor Holmes committed to Iowa State on Sunday.
That changed with a pair of defensive back pledges over the weekend. On Saturday, cornerback De'Monte Ruth of Dallas (Texas) Wilmer-Hutchins pulled the trigger. A day later, another Texan in La Porte cornerback Victor Holmes followed suit.
While both of the players’ only offers were from Iowa State, they were both receiving quite a bit of other interest as well. Holmes, a big and speedy cover man, was close to offers from both Baylor and TCU. However, the Houston-area product wanted to head a little further from home.
Even if Holmes does receive the offers from the two in-state programs, don’t look for him to switch his pledge.
“He really just knew Iowa State was the right place,” Victor Holmes Sr. said of his son. “He’s fully committed to them. They were excited when he committed and he’s sticking with it.”
Other than Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech were the only other two Big 12 programs to receive commitments over the past week and both came last Wednesday. Rockdale (Texas) offensive line Josh Pelzel pledged to the Bears while four-star Dallas (Texas) Lincoln athlete Derrick Neal committed to the Red Raiders.
Where does the Big 12 talent come from?
On Monday, 247Sports took a look at what states the SEC recruited the most heavily. With four player from the Lone Star State making commitments over the past seven days it made sense to take a deeper look at the Big 12 as well.
With four schools in the Big 12 in the state of Texas and the state being the top talent producer every year, it is no surprise that the most offers from the conference have gone out to Texans. However, the rest of the list is a bit surprising.
TOP STATES WITH 2014 BIG 12 OFFERS
1 Texas – 123
2 Florida – 71
3 Georgia – 43
4 California – 30
5 Ohio – 26
6 Illinois – 18
7 Kansas – 17
8 Louisiana – 16
9 Missouri – 10
10 Oklahoma – 9
*While Texas Tech and Baylor have offered the most players from Texas with 63 and 57, respectively, the No. 3 team is a bit of a surprise with Oklahoma having extended offers to 46 players from the state.
The schools to offers the least number of Texans so far are Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and West Virginia with 12, 14, 15 and 15, respectively.
*Texas, which has more in-state players on its roster than any other conference school, is tied at the top with Oklahoma State with offering nine prospects from the state of Louisiana. It is a loaded year in the Pelican State so it’s a bit surprising it is only No. 8 on the list. Neither Iowa State or Kansas has offered anyone from Louisiana at this point.
*West Virginia has easily offered more players from both Florida and Georgia than any other school in the conference. The Mountaineers have extended offers to 47 prospects from the Sunshine State and 26 from the Peach State. The next closest in Florida is both Iowa State and Oklahoma with 12 while Oklahoma State is next in Georgia with nine. Baylor and Oklahoma State have not extended offers in Florida while neither Baylor or Kansas has offered a player from Georgia.
*Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia have not offered any prospects from Missouri while Iowa State, Texas and West Virginia have not offered any Oklahomans.
*Ohio is not usually known as fertile recruiting ground for the Big 12 but almost every offer in the state came from newcomer West Virginia, where is makes sense geographically. On the other hand, Illinois, another state not often heavily recruited by Big 12 programs, has players offered by every school in the conference except for Baylor and Texas.
*The states of California, Kansas and Texas are the only states to have prospects with offers from every Big 12 school. Running back Joe Mixon is the only offer from California for two different schools. Offensive lineman Braden Smith was the only Kansas prospect offered by two schools as well.