Counting Down The Top 14 2016 Football Recruits In The Big 12

The Big 12 once again had a solid collective effort on National Signing Day, with four schools in ESPN's National Top 25. While Texas blew the field with a fantastic NSD flourish, there's plenty of depth and top-tier commits up and down the conference.

With all of that in mind, let's take a look at the 14 best 2016 recruits who signed with a Pac-12 school. 

14. OLB Bryce Youngquist, Oklahoma Sooners
Youngquist is the first of three Oklahoma commits on this list, spurning assumed favorite Oregon to head to Norman. A top-15 overall outside linebacker, Youngquist has the opportunity to be a front-seven stalwart for the Sooners.

13. OLB Erick Fowler, Texas Longhorns
One of an astounding six Texas commits in the Top 14, Fowler was flipped from LSU on National Signing Day. A consensus top-ten (or better) outside linebacker, Fowler's a stout, vicious hitter at 6'1", 226 pounds.

12. OT Jean Delance, Texas Longhorns
Delance was heavily pursued by a host of top programs, including Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan. Ranked as the #24 overall prospect in Texas by 247Sports, Delance could be an instant starter in Austin.

11. CB Eric Cuffee, Texas Longhorns
Cuffee's value varies depending on the recruiting website you look at, but we've got him as a legit fringe top-100 overall prospect. His upside as a potential shutdown corner is extremely apparent, at least from an athelticism/field awareness standpoint.

10. DT Chris Daniels, Texas Longhorns
Ranked as the #20 defensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports, Daniels chose Texas over Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The Longhorns flipped Daniels from Oklahoma despite offering him a day after he verbally committed to the Sooners.

9. WR Isaiah Graham, TCU Horned Frogs
The #109 overall prospect in the nation according to 247Sports, Graham's a burner and a the type of playmaker who thrives in TCU's wide open offense.

8. OT Austin Myers, TCU Horned Frogs 
The first prospect on this list to crack the ESPN Top 100 (#97), Myers relieved the Horned Frogs' worries that he'd flip with former TCU commit and Manvel teammate D'Eriq King to the Houston Cougars. He's going to be a lynchpin blocker for the Horned Frogs.

7. OT Tramonda Moore, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Moore is a massive mound of man, measuring in at 6'6", 350 pounds. His footwork needs polishing, but he'll be a brick in the middle of OSU's offensive line and clocks in as the #11 offensive tackle in the nation per 247Sports.

6. DT Jordan Elliott, Texas Longhorns
The last to sign on the dotted line on National Signing Day during Texas' whirlwind 24 hours, Elliott decommittted from Michigan five days after visiting Austin on January 22nd. He joins Chris Daniels to make one of the most impressive dual defensive-tackle signings of the class.

5. OLB Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma Sooners
The class is saved! The #3 outside linebacker in the class almost gave Sooners fans the fits with reports that he was wavering towards Notre Dame in the final hours before Signing Day. However, he stuck with his assumed favorite -- giving Oklahoma a chance to breathe easy after whiffing on other top 2016 defensive targets.

4. OL Patrick Hudson, Baylor Bears
A versatile offensive lineman who 247Sports ranks as the #2 offensive guard in the class, Hudson was a coup for Baylor who kept him out of the charging Longhorns' hands. He's the type of lineman that'll thrive in Art Briles' movement-heavy offense.

3. S Brandon Jones, Texas Longhorns
247Sports lists Jones as the #1 safety in the class, and for good reason -- he's a versatile, intelligent playmaker with a nose for the ball. Texas A&M and Baylor were legit contenders for his pledge, but the Longhorns pulled away in the end.

2. WR Devin Duvernay, Baylor Bears
We've got him as the #3 wide receiver on the board, and he's basically a consensus top-four all over the recruiting analysis landscape. Duvernay has the burners to function as both a #1 receiver and trick-play firecracker -- perfect for what Baylor is trying to accomplish year in and year out.

1. OLB Jeffrey McCulloch, Texas Longhorns
McCulloch is the #2 outside linebacker in the class according to ESPN, and that's big news for Texas who had the edge for McCulloch since the get-go. He'll be a defensive quarterback for the team before long.

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