ESPN ranked the top 10 true freshman in the Big 12, and Iowa State’s Allen Lazard almost tops the charts.
Here’s what the Big 12 blog had to say about Lazard.
The gem of Iowa State’s recruiting class has not disappointed this preseason. He is already getting first-team reps alongside Quenton Bundrage and E.J. Bibbs. If he continues to progress, Lazard could round out a dynamic pass-catching trio.
Lazard was only beat out by West Virginia free safety Dravon Henry, who was a four-star recruit and the Pennsylvania’s best athlete in the class of 2014 according to 247Sports. Henry was offered by over 30 schools such as Florida State, Nebraska, Baylor, Tennessee, UCLA, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
Iowa State’s wide receiver beat out two other at the same position: Baylor’s K.D. Cannon (3) and Texas’ Armanti Foreman (4). The blog suggests that Cannon could be lost in the mix of Baylor’s other wide receivers and Foreman has been fortunate to stand out among all the dismissals — potentially even starting in their season opener.
Kansas running back Corey Avery at five could be the second coming of James Sims, which the Jayhawks would love if Avery could even produce half of Sims’ stats from last season.
The Mountaineers were the only school that had two true freshmen on the list. Quarterback William Crest (8). Considering Clint Trickett’s injury history, there’s a chance that we can see Crest under center.
Other players that round out the entire list are Oklahoma fullback Dimitri Flowers (6), Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington (7), Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (9), and TCU wide receiver Emanuel Porter (10).