WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Jarred Salubi #21 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Now that the basketball season has officially ended, I'm planning on taking a more in-depth look at football and basketball recruiting for 2013. Over the past few weeks, I've been building a spreadsheet to reflect Baylor's team needs for football recruiting for 2013, an exercise that will obviously change as players leave the program this summer, recruits either make it in or don't, or we have some other kind of unforeseen changes. The spreadsheet isn't fully ready yet, and before I posted it here, I wanted to ask Baylor fans for their take on what our needs will be for next season. It can be as scientific as you want it to be (meaning it can also not be scientific at all). Where do you think Baylor needs to focus its recruiting efforts in 2013? What positions should we target?
For background information, here is the latest roster from BaylorBears.com, and here is my final recruiting breakdown of the 2012 class already signed.
I have the benefit of having looked at this a little bit before, so I'll share my preliminary thoughts. Baylor hit defensive recruiting extremely hard in 2012, so I would expect that situation to be reversed at least slightly in 2013.
- QB: This one is obvious. After next season, Baylor will have 2 scholarship QBs on the entire roster (assuming that Seth Russell makes it in and Terrance Singleton doesn't play QB. We could have as many as 3, the third being Bryce Petty). We already have one QB in the 2013 class and are rumored to be hot and heavy after another. That would bring us to 4 total, which is about where Briles typically keeps his numbers. QB is THE biggest need.
- RB: Baylor took one in 2012 (Devon Chafin) and two in 2011 (B.J. Allen and Jermichael Selders, the latter of whom didn't make it to campus). Former 5* RB Lache Seatrunk also entered the program in 2011 and will have three years to play three beginning in 2012. We lose Salubi in 2013 and Glasco Martin will be a senior the following year, leaving us with 4 RBs on the team. We have one committed or 2013 (Johnny Jefferson) and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see us take another.
- DT: Baylor hit DE hard in 2012 and at least one of the guys from that class or 2011 will probably spin down to play DT (I believe Beau Blackshear has already done so, but I'm not sure), but we'll lose both of our starting DTs (Nick and Kaeron Johnson) after next season and will need warm bodies on the interior of the DL. JUCO Joey Searcy and Zorell Ezell are the only nominal DTs in the 2012 class and Searcy hasn't actually made it to school yet, so DT will probably be our single biggest defensive focus in 2013, if I had to guess.
What do you think?