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Big 12's top recruiters

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Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 3:00PM; Updated: Monday February 19, 2007 4:30PM
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Oklahoma's Brent Venables enjoyed great success in the Lone Star State this season.
Oklahoma's Brent Venables enjoyed great success in the Lone Star State this season.
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By Jeremy Crabtree, Special to SI.com, Rivals.com

Texas pulled in the top recruiting class in the Big 12 and placed two coaches on Rivals.com's list of top 10 recruiters in the conference, including Big 12 Recruiter of the Year Mac McWhorter.

Oklahoma's Brent Venables also did well recruiting in the state of Texas this year, helping the Sooners reel in another talented class.

Here are Rivals.com's top 10 recruiters in the Big 12 for the class of 2007 (in alphabetical order).

Big 12 Recruiter of the Year, Mac McWhorter, Texas: McWhorter is the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Longhorns. He signed four of the nation's best offensive linemen, a four-star running back and averaged 4.2 stars per signing. He actually had five blue-chip offensive line commits, but Matt Nader had to give up football for health reasons. McWhorter's headliner was Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie five-star offensive guard Tray Allen. Texas finished with the nation's No. 5 class, and McWhorter's commitments were key to the Longhorns' recruiting success.

Clint Bowen, Kansas: Bowen, who has been one of the top recruiters for KU for some time, had another solid season. He was primarily responsible for six signees that averaged 3.0 stars. Bowen, KU's safety coach and special team's coordinator, pulled in four-star cornerback Ryan Murphy and went into Texas to steal away running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson and junior college safety Patrick Resby.

Bill Busch, Nebraska: Busch, Nebraska's safeties and special teams coordinator, became the Cornhuskers ace recruiter after John Blake's departure. Busch signed seven players, including six from the Phoenix area, with an average star rating of 3.5. Busch is perhaps best known for signing quarterback Alex Smith at Utah, but his efforts helped Nebraska finish with the nation's No. 13 recruiting class.

James Franklin, Kansas State: A former two-time top 25 national recruiter while at Maryland, Franklin quickly made his mark in Manhattan. Franklin, the Wildcats' offensive coordinator, landed nine players in this year's class. He helped keep the class intact despite numerous changes on the coaching staff. Franklin did a masterful job in Kansas, but he also pulled in quality players from Florida and two top 100 junior college players in California.

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