College football recruiting recap: Texas, Penn State, Utah spring upsets in front of talent

Justin K. Aller

There's nothing better than knocking off a ranked conference powerhouse in front of recruits.

Hook' em

What a weekend it was for the embattled Texas Longhorns. Texas dominated Oklahoma, re-positioned itself as a true contender for the Big XII title after a terrible start, and did so in front of tons of top recruits.

Not only did recruits react strongly to the effort, but one star went ahead and committed. And recruits now have more to think about when considering Texas or Oklahoma.

(Really) Happy Valley

Penn State's upset of Michigan was a small one, being only a three-point favorite. But the recruiting impact might be anything but. Already with momentum from the NCAA's decision to reduce the scholarship sanctions, Happy Valley was insane on Saturday night.

Tight end Mike Gesicki, who many believe is the top tight end nationally, certainly enjoyed himself. PSU just might end up landing him over Ohio State.


  • Missouri got a huge road win at Georgia, but probably lost its quarterback for a while to injury. Still, the win should help out Missouri -- the only SEC program without a four-star recruit. The win, and the season Missouri is having, likely removes any whispers about coach Gary Pinkel being on the hot seat, and certainty at the head coaching position makes a big different on the recruiting trail.
  • Markell Pack, a Florida State receiver commitment from Mississippi, did end up visiting Ole Miss. He was unsure when I texted with him Thursday.
  • Oregon soundly beating Washington on the road isn't just good for the Ducks' chances at a national title, but also to keep Washington's recruiting efforts down. On the flip side, Washington can sell playing time and a need for a greater level of recruit.
  • Five-star running back Joe Mixon took in a dominating Wisconsin win over Northwestern.
  • Will Michigan's lackluster play impact its recruiting? Probably not all that much. The Wolverines aren't in jeopardy of missing a bowl or anything drastic and have most of their class already sewn up.
  • Kansas State continued its strong tradition of cleaning up from the Kansas JUCOs by grabbing offensive tackle Luke Hayes.
  • Utah knocked off Stanford, earning its first big Pac-12 win since joining the league, and added three-star running back Dacorius Law, of Haines City (Fla.) who was on a visit.
  • Texas Tech improved to 6-0 on the young season. This isn't yet showing up in its recruiting, but it is important for Texas Tech to be able to compete against conference foes TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma State for recruits.
  • Miami added four-star slot receiver Braxton Berrios. Berrios is a very good prospect.

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