Baylor football is winless, but the Bears continue to get good news on the recruiting front.
This week, Baylor earned a spot in an elite recruit’s eight finalists. The Bears also added a key special teams recruit in a major position of need heading forward. That could mean good things for when the Bears start winning games.
Here’s how Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class looks heading into Week 7:
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 29 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12 with 19 commits. The Bears are behind Texas, Oklahoma and TCU. Baylor has one 4-star commit and five in the top 500.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 125
- 5-star offers: 2
- 4-star offers: 47
- In-state recruits offered: 65
- Florida recruits offered: 24
- Louisiana recruits offered: 5
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- Georgia recruits offered: 3
- New Jersey recruits offered: 3
- WR Joshua Fleeks, 4 stars, Cedar Hill (Texas)
- APB Craig Williams, 3 stars, Crosby (Texas)
- WR Kalon Barnes, 3 stars, Silsbee (Texas)
- ATH Stanley Hackett, 3 stars, Sam Rayburn (Pasadena, Texas)
- OT Connor Galvin, 3 stars, Katy (Texas)
- DT Joshua Landry, 3 stars, Lamar (Houston, Texas)
- TE Bralen Taylor, 3 stars, Cuero (Texas)
- TE Christoph Henle, 3 stars, The Oakridge School (Arlington, Texas)
- S Christian Morgan, 3 stars, Porter (Texas)
- OLB Joseph Ogunbanjo, 3 stars, Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas)
- S JT Woods, 3 stars, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
- OT Casey Phillips, 3 stars, Franklin (Texas)
- OT Jackson Kimble, 3 stars, Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
- WR Jackson Gleeson, 3 stars, Mansfield (Texas)
- ATH Mark Milton, 3 stars, Clear Brook (Friendswood, Texas)
- OT Ylijaah Hall, 3 stars, Bryan (Texas)
- TE Ben Sims, 3 stars, Clark (San Antonio, Texas)
- WDE Marje Smith, 3 stars, Marshall (Texas)
- P Isaac Power, unranked, Ponderosa (Parker, Colo.)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star QB Gerry Bohanon, Earle (Ark.)
Until he commits somewhere else, Bohanon is Baylor’s top priority in the Class of 2018. The Bears don’t have a quarterback in the class yet, and Bohanon has been their top target since the beginning of the recruiting cycle.
However, Bohanon – long considered a Baylor lean – opened up his recruitment last week. That might not bode well for the Bears’ chances. However, the staff continues to push for his commitment.
4-star DT Bobby Brown, Lamar (Arlington, Texas)
Brown probably isn’t going to Baylor. Alabama and Oklahoma are considered the favorites for his services. However, Brown is the Bears’ highest-ranked target. This week, he put Baylor in his final eight.
Even if Brown doesn’t attend Baylor, the fact that a top player has winless Baylor in his finalists bodes well. He has offers from every major school in the country, but Matt Rhule has made an impression on him. That’s great news for the future, when Baylor has results to show.
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Bush – along with Bohanon – is considered one of Baylor’s top targets in the class. The Bears are competing with Texas for the 4-star receiver” services. This week, Bush received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey, becoming the first player from his high school to make the game.
If it comes down to Texas and Baylor, the Bears are in a good spot. Texas appears to be chasing Terrace Marshall, the No. 1 overall wide receiver. Having their sights elsewhere could allow Baylor to slip in and make a case for immediate playing time. Bush could be a starter in 2018 next to Denzel Mims.
DE Azur Kamara, Arizona Western CC (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Baylor just offered the top-40 junior college prospect Azur Kamara from Arizona Western. That community college ranks No. 3 in the national rankings, only behind the vaunted East Mississippi Community College and Iowa Western.
Kamara is one of the team’s best defensive players, posting 7 tackles for loss and 5 sacks through four games. However, the Bears are competing with several programs for his services, including Florida State and Tennessee.
QB Terry Wilson, Garden City CC (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Rhule has long said the Bears will take two quarterbacks in the Class of 2018 – a high school recruit and probably a transfer or junior college player. Wilson seems to be the natural fit for the latter after transferring to an elite junior college from Oregon.
Wilson is averaging 203 passing yards per game for the defending national champion junior college program. His 12 touchdown to 8 interception ratio leaves a little to be desired, but Wilson would be a fit for quarterback depth.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 2 (Williams, Hackett)
- TE: 3 (Taylor, Henle, Sims)
- WR: 4 (Fleeks, Barnes, Gleeson, Milton)
- OL: 4 (Galvin, Phillips, Kimble, Hall)
- DL: 2 (Landry, Smith)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 1 (Ogunbanjo)
- CB: 0
- S: 2 (Morgan, Woods)
- P: 1 (Power)
Here’s a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state:
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