Thursday Daily Bears Report: The Best is Yet to Come

Ronald Martinez

With National Signing Day in the books, Baylor is poised to score even more points in the future.

I'm busy, guys. I'm really, really busy. And really, really tired. That said, I always have time for Baylor sports, and this week is a big one on that front. Let's get to it.

National Signing Day Roundup

The big news right now is the fact that we welcomed 23 new football signees the the Baylor family yesterday. The day was quiet for the most part, since Baylor wrapped up its recruiting early and wasn't left anxiously waiting for signees who had yet to reveal their full intentions. It's disappointing that safety John Bonney decided to stick with his commitment to Texas, but otherwise everything went swimmingly but for a few hiccups that we'll address later in the post.

The official 2014 class as it appears right now:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous School) Video
Blake Blackmar OL 6-5 325 Fr. Houston, Texas (Clear Lake HS) Highlights
Jourdan Blake DB 5-11 180 Fr. Princeton, Texas (Princeton HS) Highlights
Jarell Broxton* OL 6-5 325 Jr. Gaithersburg, Md. (Lackawanna College) Highlights
Grant Campbell* LB 6-0 230 Jr. Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College) Highlights
KD Cannon WR 5-11 160 Fr. Mount Pleasant, Texas (Mount Pleasant HS) Highlights
Jordan Feuerbacher* TE 6-3 250 Fr. Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood Park HS) Highlights
Davion Hall* WR 6-2 190 Fr. Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau HS) Highlights
Jamie Jacobs DE 6-3 225 Fr. Waco, Texas (Midway HS) Highlights
Devonte Jones OL 6-2 305 Fr. Houston, Texas (Bellaire HS) Highlights
Xavier Jones DE 6-3 235 Fr. Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia West HS) Highlights
Patrick Lawrence OL 6-5 275 Fr. Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie HS) Highlights
Ira Lewis DL 6-3 280 Fr. Houston, Texas (Lamar HS) Highlights
Blake Mahon TE 6-5 245 Fr. Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS) Highlights
Josh Malin DE 6-5 265 Fr. Cibilo, Texas (Steele HS) Highlights
Andrew Morris DT 6-1 290 Fr. Mesquite, Texas (John Horn HS) Highlights
Josh Pelzel OL 6-6 335 Fr. Rockdale, Texas (Rockdale HS) Highlights
Chris Platt WR 5-9 160 Fr. Willis, Texas (Willis HS) Highlights
Chris Sanders* DB 5-11 180 Jr. Tucker, Georgia (Eastern Arizona College) Highlights
Verkedric Vaughns DB 5-9 170 Fr. Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS) Highlights
Chance Waz DB 5-10 175 Fr. Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS) Highlights
Terence Williams* RB 6-3 220 Fr. Ennis, Texas (Ennis HS) Highlights
Tion Wright* CB 5-8 170 So. Amarillo, Texas (Moorpark College) Highlights
Ishmael Zamora WR 6-4 195 Fr. Houston, Texas (Elsik HS)

Highlights

(Source: Baylorbears.com)

The class features four junior college transfers that are set to contribute immediately. Most of us here at ODB are extremely excited about Jarrell Broxton, a mauling guard out of Lackawanna College. Broxton is projected to contend with Laquan McGowan and one of both Muir brothers for Cyril Richardson's position at left guard this spring. As the spring game approaches, keep your eyes peeled for news on this particular position battle.

Transfer linebacker Grant Campbell looks like a new and improved Eddie Lackey on paper, and he is expected to begin contributing immediately as an outside linebacker. Chris Sanders and Tion Wright top off the crop of transfers as probable immediate contributors at corner. Sanders is a talented ex-Georgia Bulldog who brings an ambiguous personal history but a lot of talent to the position, and I trust Briles and Baylor to take care of him more than pretty much any other coach and school in the country.

Three other players in the class are already on campus. We've heard plenty about Davion Hall, but Terence Williams and Jordan Feuerbacher are both integral parts of the class who will be integrated into the Briles machine early. Feuerbacher is a physical and quick tight end who can make waves in the receiving game, and Terence Williams is a bruising power back. I can personally attest to Williams' skill; I saw him play as a junior during my senior year of high school. His speed was impressive, but even more baffling was his ability to shake off tacklers in a way reminiscent of Clarence BEEFTANK himself. We may have a more savage version of Glasco Martin in this one.

T'Kevian Rockwell (future All-Name Team member) and James David both failed to sign today. Initial reports say that David is held back by academic issues and signed with Navarro. Rockwell's issue is hazy to me at the moment, but hopefully it is resolved soon and we'll see the four-star defender suit up in the fall.

Some of my other personal favorites from the class (besides the obvious in WR K.D. Cannon) include Verkedric Vaughns and Chris Platt. Vaughns hails from Mesquite Poteet and played both receiver and corner in high school, and has the physical tools and competitive spirit to be an excellent performer after some time with Kaz. Platt is a national top 300 recruit with the speed to burn defenses in a way similar to Tevin Reese, who will be one of our most-missed graduates. All in all, it looks to be a fantastic class that may eventually be overshadowed by 2015.

Ubben and Friends: NSD Links

What you need to know about the Big 12's recruiting classes

What you need to know about who each team will be bringing in next fall.

2014 Big 12 Recruiting All-Name Team

These are the best names of players you'll hopefully be hearing from often in the years to come.

Receivers highlight Baylor's Signing Day class
All of the fireworks surrounding Baylor's 2014 class of signees happened months ago. Since then, there hasn't been much to report.

Brice Cherry: National Signing Day fax machine's time to shine

Other Relevant Thing(s)

Baseball is picked sixth of nine teams in the Big 12 preseason poll.

MBB heads to Norman on Saturday. Tipoff against the Sooners is at 6:00 PM Central.

The Lady Bears take on Oklahoma State in the Ferrell Center for a second contest with the Cowgirls. Tipoff is at 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Leftovers

I'm putting this here because it might be the first time a Baylor fan has wanted to hear good news from Aggieland. I've had my dog, a standard poodle (go ahead, judge me) named Penny, since around first grade, and I found out night before last that she has significant lesions in the lining of her stomach that are indicative of cancer. The vet sent some tests to a friend at A&M and we'll hear back on Friday. I know that there are bigger problems in the world, but I've never lost a pet and after moving several times throughout my childhood, I am more emotionally invested in this lousy dog than I've ever been in most friendships. If our fears are confirmed, I'll get to see her for the last time on Saturday. If you read this far, then you got the honor of hearing about the best dog ever. Of all time.

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