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College Football Recruiting Rankings, 2012: Texas Finishes Second Only To Alabama

The University of Texas won the Big 12 Conference easily and came close to taking the top spot nationally with its 2012 recruiting class during Wednesday's National Signing Day. According to SB Nation's rankings, the Longhorns finished No. 2 in the nation, behind only Alabama.

The SB Nation recruiting class ranking is an average of the four major recruiting services' rankings (Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN). Based on those numbers, the Longhorns finished No. 2 ( gave Texas its No. 1 ranking) with its 28-man class, the second largest in the Top 10 behind only Miami, who came in at No. 8 with a whopping 33 players signing Wednesday.

More: Texas Recruiting 2012 - The Narrative

As always, the battle between Texas and Oklahoma rages on atop the Big 12, but there was little doubt that the Horns crushed the Sooners this February - OU finished No. 9 overall in SB Nation's rankings (ESPN rated the Sooners No. 11, the lowest of their four marks), good for second place in the Big 12. The only other Big 12 school to place in the SB Nation Top 25 was Texas Tech, who earned the No. 24 spot. Former conference member and hated rival Texas A&M made a strong SEC debut in recruiting, finishing at No. 14. The Big 12 finished with three total Top 25 classes, just one third the number of SEC schools (nine).

For a complete look at SB Nation's Top 25 recruiting classes, click here.

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