Every second that ticks by, is another second in this world without sports. No matter how you are filling the void in your heart without sports, everyone is trying desperately to ease the pain. Myself? I like to do a little day drinking and watch tv. I am not big on watching reruns of games I already know the outcome of although Longhorn Network does a great job of showing the Texas/USC Rose Bowl matchup three times a day.
However, Twitter seems to be always buzzing lately with debates and brackets and recently, a tweet from Fox College Football caught my attention and not necessarily in a positive way. Just a couple days ago, they posted this chart listing the best Big 12 recruit (According to 247 Sports) for each current Big 12 team since the year 2000. Obviously, this modern day Big 12 wasn’t the same as it was 20 years ago but it was certainly interesting to see some of these names on this list. Whether you have heard of them or not, I thought it would be fun to do a little lookback at the names on this list. This will be part two as we will go over the last five names on the list.
Kansas State Wildcats
Marvin Simmons (2003 4-Star JUCO OLB from Compton, CA)
Simmons was a top prospect back in 2001 and during his senior year in high school, he flipped his commitment from UCLA to USC. Due to certain circumstances, he ended up at Compton College for a couple of years and played well. When his JUCO time was up, Simmons picked K-State where he played just one season in Manhattan back in 2004. And that pretty much sums up Marvin Simmons.
TCU Horned Frogs
Justin Rogers (2018 4-Star QB from Bossier City, LA)
I remember when Justin Rodgers committed to TCU. Back in May of 2017, TCU came off a mediocre 2016 season with Kenny Hill playing quarterback for the Horned Frogs and even to this day, TCU is a quarterback away from turning things around. Although Max Duggan could be that guy, Justin was supposed to be the guy. Unfortunately for Justin, he suffered a horrible knee injury his senior year of high school and to sum it all up, he was never the same since that injury. He ended up missing most of the 2018 offseason to recover and just about the entire 2018 season outside of his Cheez-It Bowl appearance.
With a over a full year of being on the sidelines, going into the spring of 2019, Justin was in a three-way quarterback battle going against Max Duggan and Alex Delton. And with Michael Collins in the mix as well, Justin entered the 2019 season as the fourth string quarterback. Then just last October, Justin would announce his decision to transfer from TCU and head to UNLV.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Breiden Fehoko (2015 4-Star DT from Honolulu, HI)
In case you don’t know, when Breiden decided to pick Texas Tech, the Red Raiders were atrocious on defense under then head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Breiden was a guy who was going to step in right away and help turn the defense around but instead, things just got worse. Fehoko was started his freshman year and had a decent freshman campaign but he didn’t get better his sophomore season and in fact, you could say that his freshman season was better. But with a new defensive coordinator coming in for his junior season (2017), Breiden decided to transfer to LSU where he sat out the entire 2017 season and then became a contributor to for the Tigers the past two seasons and while he wasn’t a full time starter in Baton Rouge, he ended up getting a championship ring for last season.
Iowa State Cyclones
Allen Lazard (2014 4-Star WR from Urbandale, IA)
I can easily say that Allen Lazard is the best player on this part two list. Hailing from Urbandale, Iowa (which is close to Ames), Allen had plenty of options to go elsewhere but chose staying close to home. And yes, it is rare for Iowa State to get a four-star player now but back in 2014, it just didn’t happen.
You could see flashes from him in his 2014 freshman year as he had almost 600 yards but he doubled his touchdown totals his sophomore season and by the time his junior year rolled around, had already had over 1,400 yards and 9 touchdowns under his belt. But the best was yet to come because when Matt Campbell took over in 2016, Lazard became a household name in the Big 12 with a big 2016 season racking up 1,018 yards and 7 scores. Sure, Iowa State had a 3-9 record that year, but Lazard was a force to be reckoned with.
2017 was a memorable year for him not just because he had a near one-thousand-yard season again and had his highest touchdown total (10) in a season but he finally played for a team that was winning. That 2017 Iowa State team finished 8-5 and won a bowl game. That team was key for the current program that broke through that barrier that the Cyclone program was fighting against for years. He didn’t just have a great season, but he was a crucial part of helping the program turn around and help it get to where it is today. Even with great stats in his college career, Lazard went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But soon he was cut, and the Green Bay Packers signed him, and he has been a Packer ever since. Down the stretch of last season, Allen was becoming a routine target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and looks to take on a bigger role for the 2020 season.
Marquel Combs (2013 4-Star JUCO DT from Woodland Hills, CA)
This will be another short story in case you were wondering. Combs was originally committed to Ole Miss but due to some issues, he ended up playing at Pierce College in California. Back then Kansas was signing JUCO guys left and right under then head coach Charlie Weis. But in September of 2013, Marquel left the program and spent his final year playing at Southeastern.
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