Next Up: Ten recruiters coming to the Big 12

This week, will release its Next Up series looking for Power Five football on 10 coaches or recruiting department staffers who could emerge as the next big-time names in the sport. We go to the Big 12.

James Blanchard – Texas Tech

Topic: director of player personnel

Overview: When joey mcguire was renamed texas tech Coach, their first hire was Blanchard and that says a lot about his ability and his importance to the Red Raiders’ recruiting operation. In its first full recruiting class of 2023, Texas Tech’s coaching staff finished No. 23 nationally and fourth in the Big 12 Texas, oklahoma And tcu, who played for the national title. worked at Blanchard boiler And with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, he’s connected throughout the industry and he’s been invaluable in Lubbock.

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Thashard’s Choice – Texas

Topic: backing coach running

Overview: There are a lot of talented people in the Texas building, including the director of recruiting. Brandon Harris But likes — well, likes — here because he’s a big-time up-and-comer who’s doing a terrific job of recruiting. Florida State was trying hard to turn Cedric Baxter But the Longhorns kept him and he cited Choice as a big reason. had a helping hand Bijan Robinson, top 2024 running back jerick gibson is high on the Longhorns, another top Florida running back. Choice has NFL playing experience and is a hot name in the coaching landscape.



Aaron Hodges – TCU

Topic: Director of Recruiting/Defensive Analyst

Overview: Hodges just finished his first season as director of recruiting for the Horned Frogs and TCU and finished with the No. 21 class nationally. It’s a truly solid job for everyone on TCU’s coaching staff and Hodges’ team to work behind the scenes — not to mention the Horned Frogs playing for the national title. Over the years, Hodges started on the ground floor and worked his way up to this position as he is definitely one of the hottest names in that space of the industry.

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Jeff Labey – Oklahoma

Jeff Labey (Brian Terry/The Oklahoman-USA TODAY Network)

Topic: offensive coordinator

Overview: Only 39 years old, Labey is already incredibly well known in coaching circles and appears to be on the fast track to a head coaching job at some point. if so oklahoma Can bounce back after a disappointing first season under the new coach Brent Venables, Still, Laby’s resume with the stop with the Sooners is brighter now than it was there before. ole miss And UCF among others. He’s also shown he can recruit as a layup and Oklahoma’s five-star QB. Jackson Arnold This last recruitment cycle.

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Brian Lepak – Kansas State

Topic: Fullback/Tight End Coach

Overview: Known to be a wise coach who has put in a lot of serious work to gain knowledge of the game at a young age and break the film, Lepak shines as Kansas StateK is the tight ends and fullbacks coach and there are great things to come in his future. after a sporting career Colorado State and Oklahoma, had GA roles with Lepak Indiana and the Sooners spent one season at Southern before coming to Kansas State and moving on to become the position coach. Lepak played an complicating role in the Wildcats’ success last season and can recruit as well.



Bilal Marshall – West Virginia

Topic: receiver coach

Overview: Marshall was in GA West Virginia And then went to VMI for a short time before returning to Morgantown where he is a tremendous asset on staff both in recruiting and on the field. He is highly respected by the players on the team and should only help the recruiting efforts of the Mountaineers, who are heading into the 2024 cycle after West Virginia’s four-star quarterback. Rodney Gallagher and other late runs away from Penn State. He is definitely a rising star in the Big 12 on the field and in recruiting.

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Connor Morgan – Boiler

Topic: Coordinator for Player Personnel

Overview: Baylor has a fast-rising Morgan who started in the recruiting department Alabama and soon became an important part of the coach Dave Aranda And their employees too. Baylor is in a tough spot as high-profile programs are running after top state and regional prospects, but the Bears have guys like Morgan and others who do terrific prospect analysis and it doesn’t go unnoticed. He’s definitely a big riser in an off-field role that should be valuable for years to come.

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Nate Scheilhaus – Iowa State

Topic: offensive coordinator

Overview: The 32-year-old has a huge opportunity in front of him Iowa StateTo spark the Cyclones’ offense, which averaged nearly 20 points per game last season. He has been a prolific recruiter for Iowa State in the all-important Kansas City area as well as regionally. Schelhaase played quarterback at Illinois, He has coaching experience in Champaign and now has a great job at Ames. His star is definitely on the rise.

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Beanie Tonga – Oklahoma State

Topic: player development specialist

Overview: Tonga is Oklahoma StateThe player development specialist is an obscure role but a Tongan native who used to coach at Ephraim (Utah) Snow College does an excellent job of giving Polynesian players a chance to play in Stillwater. The Cowboys have benefited from the players and many others that Tonga has had a hand in recruiting as well as his prior coaching experience, he is an invaluable resource for Oklahoma State as his career continues to flourish .

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Jonathan Wallace – Kansas

Topic: banking coach

Overview: A three-star quarterback prospect in the 2012 class, Wallace played golden brown color So he has SEC connections plus he’s from powerhouse Phenix City (Ala.) Central and then started his coaching career on the ground floor but quickly climbed up the ranks. Wallace went from Bethel College to coach tight ends in the Air Force and is now the running backs coach Kansaswhich has seen a tremendous jump since the coach lance leipold took over. Wallace may also recruit as a three-star Johnny Thompson Jr. The 2023 class was a steal as the entire Jayhawks staff has shown significant improvement over the recruiting mark.


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