You probably won’t be surprised to learn that 2019’s recruiting class was a little more than the sum of its parts.
There’s a reason for that: this was the first recruiting class in more than a decade in which a majority of the top players were coming from an established power conference.
That’s not to say that the class isn’t talented, though.
It’s just that it’s a little smaller than the ones from the past few years, as well as the two that followed.
The 2018 class included top talent from Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Kansas, aswell as four other big-name recruits.
2019 had the most top-25 recruits in program history, with three of them coming from a power conference and four others coming from one.
The 2019 class ranked No. 1 in the country by recruiting rankings at 247Sports.
The top 10 players on the 2019 class were all top-15 prospects.
The four-star class from 2019 is still very much in the mix, but it was only ranked among the top 20 for one of those four top-50 recruits, the six-star wide receiver who went to Kansas.
With that, let’s look at the top 100 prospects on the 2020 class.
(Rankings from 247Sports, 247Sports Composite, Rivals, ESPN and Scout are taken from the 247Sports composite rankings, which include each school’s best and worst prospects and rankings of all current players in each of the Big 12’s 10 conferences.)
Malik Monk, RB, Louisville (247Sports) – The top player on the 2018 class was Kentucky’s Mitch Trubisky, who left the Wildcats for the ACC to join the Rams.
Trubiski had the best freshman season in school history (4,922 yards) and had one of the best rushing seasons in school anno 2020.
He had a strong senior season in 2019, rushing for 1,063 yards on 921 carries (7.4 per carry) and 11 touchdowns.
In 2020, he was a four-time All-ACC selection.
Dalvin Cook, RB/WR, Florida (247 Sports) – Cook had a breakout sophomore campaign, running for 1 and 9 TDs on 48 catches (14.8 per catch), averaging 9.1 yards per reception, and breaking the single-season school record with seven touchdowns.
He also had three interceptions.
Jourdan Lewis, RB (247 Composite) – Lewis was the top-rated wide receiver in 2019 by 247Sports and also the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by 247.
He played at Florida from 2016-20, and had a solid senior season (1,823 yards on 823 receptions, 7.8 yards per catch, 13 TDs), averaging 15.3 yards per punt return.
Devin Smith, QB, Alabama (247) – Smith had a productive freshman season at Alabama, throwing for 3,099 yards and 19 TDs on 41 completions (61.6 percent) and completing 65.9 percent of his passes.
He was also one of just three players to have three or more interceptions and also had two forced fumbles.
Tyvis Powell, RB-WR, Baylor (247Composite) – Powell played at Baylor from 2016 to 2017, leading the Bears in receiving with 2,037 yards on 39 receptions (68.2 percent) for 12 touchdowns and also having a pair of fumble recoveries.
Isaiah McKenzie, RB / WR, Washington (247.com) – McKenzie played for the Huskies from 2016 until 2017, and was a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 selection.
He rushed for 1 in every game for Washington, and also broke the single game school record for receiving yards (2,983).
Jordan Phillips, RB – Phillips played at Washington from 2016 through 2018, where he broke the school record and became the first Washington running back since 2010 to break that record (2:03:00).
He was a three-time all-state pick and also was a consensus All-Big 12 selection, as was the nation’s top tight end, Jordan Reed.
Jadon Robertson, WR (247com) – Robertson was one of two players in program anno 2018 to lead the conference in receiving (1) and receiving yards per game (9.2 yards per attempt).
He also was one or two of the nation, and Pac-12, top-three receiving tight ends.
Michael Sam, QB (247 Media Composite) – Sam started at Texas Tech from 2015-16 and led the Longhorns to their first bowl win since 2009.
He led the nation in passing touchdowns in his sophomore season, completing 54.5 percent of the passes (22-of-37).
Jalen Saunders, WR, TCU (247sports)