Preview of NSD: Flipping through the watch and making predictions for the upcoming Big 12 games

National Signing Day, the most important day of the recruiting calendar, is quickly approaching. There is a great deal of anticipation surrounding the decisions of uncommitted prospects and the likelihood of some who have verbally committed to reconsider their choices. In this article, we will explore the significant storylines and important prospects fans should be following in the Big 12 conference.

The biggest question currently looming over the Big 12 is whether Texas can successfully flip high four-star safety Xavier Filsaime from Florida. Filsaime has been committed to Florida since April, but the Longhorns have not given up on persuading him to change his commitment. He recently visited Austin, indicating that a potential flip is still on the table, but it is not a clear-cut situation. Filsaime has worked hard to keep other Florida recruits committed to the Gators despite recent decommitments, making it evident that his loyalty to Florida runs deep. This is a situation that will likely come down to the wire as National Signing Day approaches.

In terms of team rankings, the Big 12 has historically seen consistency in the top spots, with Oklahoma and Texas typically occupying the first and second positions in recruiting cycles. However, in recent years, Texas has edged out Oklahoma for the top spot, and it appears that the Longhorns are in a favorable position heading into the final week of recruiting for the 2024 class. The Longhorns currently have 21 commits, compared to 27 for Oklahoma, giving them the opportunity to add more players and solidify their position at the top. Texas Tech currently sits in third place in the conference rankings and has a five-star commit in Temple (Texas) Lake Belton receiver Micah Hudson.

Speaking of Hudson, he is an exciting prospect who possesses the skills to make an immediate impact in Texas Tech’s offense. With impressive statistics from his high school career and a track record of playmaking ability, Hudson is a player to watch in the Big 12. Another standout player is Oklahoma commit Derrick Stone, a dominant force along the defensive line who has showcased his prowess at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. Texas also has a formidable recruit in five-star defensive end Jaydon Simmons, who narrowly chose the Longhorns over a serious push from LSU.

As National Signing Day approaches, there are several potential flips and uncertainties to monitor. Four-star cornerback Javin Simpkins, committed to Oklahoma, has recently received significant interest from Arizona State, raising questions about the stability of his commitment. Similarly, four-star Miami legacy Vincent Pickett, who committed to the Hurricanes in October, is being pursued by UCF, indicating the possibility of a last-minute flip. Additionally, rumors surrounding the recruitment of high four-star defensive end Jacob McKinley from Lafayette, Louisiana, suggest that he may not sign next week as LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and others continue to vie for his commitment.

In terms of predictions, there is a general anticipation that there will be unforeseen changes in the Texas recruiting landscape, with the top 10 players in the state leaving room for unexpected moves. Additionally, the Big 12 may experience relative quiet compared to other conferences, as there are a limited number of uncommitted prospects in the Rivals250 expected to end up in the conference.

In conclusion, National Signing Day brings with it a great deal of excitement and unpredictability, especially within the Big 12 conference. As prospects make their final decisions and potential flips are considered, fans are eagerly anticipating the outcomes as they wait to see how their favorite teams will be shaped heading into the next recruiting cycle.