Four teams from the Big 12 are included in Baseball America’s 2013 top-25 recruiting class rankings, including three teams in the top 10. This is a strong sign that baseball is alive and well in the country’s mid section and that the SEC and Pac-12 aren’t the only college conferences that play quality baseball.
The Texas Longhorns may have finished at the bottom of the Big 12 standings a year ago, their worst season in the Big 12 era, but coach Augie Garrido and his UT staff brought in the country’s second best recruiting class in 2013, according to Baseball America, a biweekly publication that covers baseball news at all levels, professional and amateur.
The Longhorns’ 2013 recruiting class of 13 includes five players who also were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. All five have elected not to sign an MLB contract this year and gain some more experience by playing college ball instead. Texas has won seven Big 12 championships.
Oklahoma State‘s 2013 recruiting class, the first under new head coach and Oklahoma State alum Josh Holliday, conists of 18 players and is touted as the country’s No. 4 recruiting class this year. That is the highest ranking for the program since Baseball America started publishing its recruiting class rankings in 2000.
Oklahoma also recording its highest ranking among NCAA Division I recruiting classes, coming in 10th. The Sooners also have a new head coach. Pete Hughes has replaced Sunny Golloway, who left to take the same position at Auburn..
TCU, which completed its first season in the Big 12 in 2013, is ranked 17th. Florida has the nation’s top baseball recruiting class, according to Baseball America, followed by Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.
The 2014 Big 12 baseball season begins Feb. 14.