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Big 12 Signing Day Blitz (cont.)

Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 4:09PM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 4:40PM
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By John Talman, Special to SI.com, Rivals.com

5. Colorado

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Headliner: Without a doubt, one of the most highly rated prospects in the past few years within the borders of Colorado has been offensive tackle Ryan Miller. The five-star prospect was an October commitment for the Buffaloes and is by far the biggest commitment during the Dan Hawkins era at CU. Miller was a two-time All-Colorado selection and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state.

Sleeper: Junior college defensive tackle Chris Perry from Oakland (Calif.) Laney College picked up scholarship offers from California and Oregon late in the process. Bottom line, the Buffaloes may have received a signature from one of the bigger junior college steals.

Overview: The Buffaloes definitely filled a lot of needs with a large class and showed the efforts of a full year by Hawkins and his staff. The addition of top California prospects such as Markques Simas and P.T. Gates is a bonus, too.

6. Missouri

Headliner: Harrisonville, Mo., defensive end Michael Keck turned down a host of scholarship offers from schools in the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 to stay at home and play for the Tigers. Regarded as the nation's No. 4 weakside defensive end prospect, Keck will bring a high motor and physical presence to the Tigers defense. He registered more than 260 tackles between his junior and senior seasons.

Sleeper: An injury kept Arlington (Texas) Seguin receiver Kendall Irving from being rated higher, but when he's healthy, he can be a dynamic player. A speedy slot-receiver type, Irving should get valuable experience in his first years.

Overview: The Tigers received commitments from eight of the top 15 prospects in the state of Missouri. Commitments from Keck and four-star running back Derrick Washington were two huge pickups within the top five.

7. Texas A&M

Headliner: Despite not being ranked as high as others, there may not be a more impressive prospect as far as production as running back Bradley Stephens. Stephens reeled off an impressive 7,803 rushing yards over his high school career. The Rivals250 recruit will surely have competition against the likes of Texas A&M duo Jorvorskie Lane and Mike Goodson.

Sleeper: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill wasn't one of the most talked-about prospects in the country or the state of Texas, but the 6-4, 193-pounder was one of the five fastest quarterbacks at the Texas A&M Nike Training Camp. Playing in a run-based offense at Big Spring, Tannehill is improving as a passer, but his running ability should make for a bright future with the Aggies.

Overview: Though the class doesn't rank as high as the 2005 and '06 groups, it still fills numerous defensive needs with four-star end Von Miller and four-star linebacker Derrick Stephens. Defensive lineman Brandon Joiner and tight end Frank Avery are also prospects who have a chance to be good with the Aggies later on in their careers.

8. Kansas State

Headliner: A physically imposing prospect, the 6-3, 215-pound Lamark Brown is one of the nation's most college-ready prospects. Brown, who has the body of a linebacker, will be a receiver at K-State. With his body, size and speed, he should be an instant mismatch for any defensive back in the Big 12.

Sleeper: Though maybe a little undersized at the linebacker position, Brandon Walls has all the tools to be a great player at Kansas State. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was one of the fastest player in the Dallas Metroplex, and his coach says he's one of the fastest defensive players he has coached. Despite being just a three-star product, he'll be one to watch and could exceed expectations.

Overview: The Wildcats went all over the country and in the big three states of Florida, Texas, and California. Landing solid junior college prospects in former Oklahoma signee Chris Patterson and four-star safety Gary Chandler makes this class an effective one. Also, KSU will add tons of depth to their class, signing the biggest class in the Big 12 with 33 prospects.

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