It’s almost that time of year again! Football is ba…, well sort of. Spring football is just right around the corner across Big 12 country and what better way to kick things off with a little watch list? Dozens of early enrollees are already on campus and I thought that before we kick off spring ball, I would give you one early enrollee to watch for each Big 12 team for spring practice.
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WR Troy Omeire (Sugar Land, TX)
With Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson gone, there will be some big shoes to fill at the wide receiver position. While other guys have shown flashes at times, nobody has been that consistent guy at wide out. Heck, even Collin Johnson was spotty last season although injuries played a key part in that. Maybe Brennan Eagles could be that guy, but incoming freshman Troy Omeire could see some early playing time this season in a young receiver room. Troy is an explosive player who has big play capability and getting on campus early to work with quarterback Sam Ehlinger will only help him to get a head start.
OG Mose Jeffery (Kilgore J.C)
It’s no secret that Baylor has struggled on the offensive line for years and that has been their Achilles heel during Matt Rhule’s tenure there. With a new staff in place and with Joe Wickline overseeing the offensive line, I could imagine some changes coming with certain rotations. With Sam Tecklenburg gone at one of the guard spots, incoming JUCO guard Mose Jeffery may be someone who could slide into the rotation and out of the small group of early enrollees, he probably has the best shot at seeing early playing time.
OT Brandon Coleman (Trinity Valley C.C.)
Much like their rival Baylor, TCU struggled up front last season and now has a new offensive line coach in Jarrett Anderson who was previously the inside receivers/tight ends coach. Of course, replacing nearly, the entire offensive line from last season puts a great need there and JUCO tackle Brandon Coleman is someone to keep track of during spring ball to take the reins at one of the two tackle spots possibly.
ILB Krishon Merriweather (Garden City C.C.)
You want to talk about some big shoes to fill? How about trying to replace All-Big 12 linebacker Jordyn Brooks? That’s what Krishon Merriweather will likely be trying to do this season. Merriweather is the number three ranked JUCO inside linebacker in the country and led the nation in tackles at the JUCO level with 153.
DT Perrion Winfrey (Iowa Western C.C.)
Perrion comes in as the number one ranked JUCO defensive tackle and that is exactly the type of guy that the Sooners need. With no Neville Gallimore holding down the middle of the defensive line, Perrion is someone who will likely be called upon early or at the very least, be in the rotation up front.
QB Shane Illingworth (Norco, CA)
Rated as the sixth pro style quarterback in the country, Shane comes in with high expectations and to be honest with you, he deserves it. I went backed and watched film on all the incoming Big 12 quarterbacks for the 2020 cycle and Shane was probably the best pure passer I watched on tape. If Spencer Sanders gets injured or starts to struggle, maybe Shane will be the guy to back him up in year one.
CB Karon Prunty (Portsmouth, VA)
I could have gone receiver here with Lawrence Arnold but with Andrew Parchment and Stephon Robinson Jr. coming back, I feel better about the wide out group. However, losing Hasan Defense at corner hurts and while the Jayhawks have Corione Harris at one of the corner spots, there is still another corner spot to be taken. Maybe Karon doesn’t see the field much in 2020 but adding depth at corner is still crucial in this conference.
OG Dawson Delforge (Butler C.C.)
Kansas State is going to have to reshuffle a bit on offense because they are losing a lot of key pieces from last year’s team. That includes the offensive line where they lose just about everyone up front. Dawson comes in for a position of need and with experience already under his belt, he is likely in line for some early action in the fall and this spring will only help him get better.
DT Latrell Bankston (Hutchinson C.C.)
This was one of the more obvious choices. Ray Lima is gone to clog up those lanes in the middle of the defense and Latrell comes in as the third ranked JUCO defensive tackle in the country. I am not saying he will be the next Ray Lima or be as good as him but there is no doubt that he will play a big role in trying to fill those shoes.
CB Jackie Matthews (Gulf Coast C.C.)
I was seriously tempted to go quarterback here but with a retool needed in the secondary, I went corner. Jackie is ranked as the fifteenth best corner for the 2020 JUCO class. He is not the long-term solution by any means, but he is the short-term answer that the Mountaineers likely need for the fall.
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