Baylor Football Recruiting Notes: December 2013

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

November was a quiet month for the Bears on the recruiting trail probably more notable for who we didn't lose than who we gained. December could be much, much different.

Changing things up this month with the burgeoning 2015 class now deserving its own major section. 2014 is still probably the biggest concern for our coaching staff at this point, but 2015 is taking off!

2014 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: 18, Commits: 26

OFFENSE: QB (0/0), RB (1/2), WR (3/4), TE (2/2), OL (5/5)

RB: Terence Williams (signed FAA)
WR: K.D. Cannon
WR: Davion Hall (signed FAA)
WR: Ishmael Zamora
WR: Chris Platt
TE: Jordan Feuerbacher (signed FAA)
TE: Blake Mahon
OL: Devonte Jones
OL: Josh Pelzel
OL: Blake Blackmar
OL: Patrick Lawrence
OL: Jarell Broxton (JUCO) (signed LOI)

DEFENSE: DT (3/4), DE (2/2), LB (3/3), NB (1/1), CB (3/3), S (1/2)

DT: Andrew Morris
DT: Ira Lewis
DT: Josh Malin
DE: Xavier Jones
DE/LB: Jamie Jacobs II
MLB: James David
OLB: Cordell Dorsey
OLB: Grant Campbell (JUCO) (signed LOI)
NB/S: T'Kevian Rockwell
ATH/CB: Jourdan Blake
CB: Verkedric Vaughns
CB: Chris Sanders (JUCO) (signed LOI)
CB: Tion Wright (JUCO) (signed LOI)
S: Chance Waz

Grayshirts: DE Greg Roberts, OL Stefan Beard (check out the October Thread for a primer on grayshirting)

Remaining Needs (I think): None glaring. Possibly RB/DE.

2014 Wish List:

Position: Recruit Name w/ profile link (Crystal Ball Prediction)

DE: Solomon Thomas

Players Removed (who did not commit to us): CB Trai Mosley (Nebraska), DT Zaycoven Henderson (Texas), RB Corey Avery, CB John Plattenburg (UCLA), QB Randall Cunningham, Jr. (uncommitted), LB Christian Sam (Arizona State), DE Victor Evans (Ole Miss), OL Connor Mayes (Minnesota), OL Ty Barrett (TCU), OL Jovan Pruitt (Arkansas), S John Bonney (Texas)

2015 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: Unknown, Commits: 3

ATH/QB: Chad President
ATH/WR: Blake Lynch
OL: Ronnie Major

247Sports' Crystal Ball:

Baylor's 2014 Crystal Ball Prediction List (2014 and 2015) / Mark Moore's Predictions

Check back on these often; the predictions update every day.

UPDATES:

Baylor is bringing in a HUGE group of prospects for both 2014 and 2015 to the game Saturday.  The names we're hearing bandied about are impressive, to say the least.  When/if I see confirmation of those names, I'll post them here.  If you see something I don't, please share in the comments!

2014 Recruiting:

Monday, December 16 starts a new quiet period lasting until the second week in January.  We've never had this period before in recruiting.  As a result of the rule change, every staff in America is out on the road.  I'll try to pen down the in-home visits we've done so far.

One notable visit was to WR/S Davion Hall's house.

Worth noting that he tagged Feuerbacher, who has already signed his LOI and FAA and will be Hall's roommate when they get here in January.

JUCO DE Demetrius Hill (12/13): Weather kept him out of Waco this past weekend (for the Texas game).  Is now visiting officially this coming weekend.

WR K.D. Cannon (12/4): Will be there Saturday.

2015 Recruiting:

RB Ronald Jones II (12/23): Baylor offered last week.  I missed it.  His HUDL videos are pretty incredible.

CB Jordan Tolbert (12/23): Baylor offered the Houston commit.

QB Jarrett Stidham (12/6): Rivals is reporting that he will visit for Texas.

DB Kris Boyd (12/6): Rivals is reporting that he will visit for Texas.

DE James Lockhart (12/6): Rivals is reporting that he will visit for Texas.

WR Ryan Newsome (12/5): Visiting for Texas. Aledo game rescheduled for Monday, so he can make it. Visited for OU. Visited for Iowa State. Visited for Texas Tech. Baylor leads with Oregon and Oklahoma. We offered on 11/15.

DT/DE Ethan Horne (12/3): Visiting for the Texas game.

RB Juwan Washington (12/3) Visiting for the Texas game.

S Jerek Capdeville (12/3): Visiting for the Texas game.

WR James Proche (12/3): Coming to Baylor vs. UT this weekend.

2016 Recruiting:

TE Kaden Smith (12/13):  We offered.  Check out his offer list already.

OT Gregory Little (12/11): Nothing little about him. We offered.

OTHER NOTES:

Baylor recruits in the Rivals Texas Top 100:

3. KD Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant
15. Davion Hall, ATH, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau
26. T'Kevian Rockwell, OLB, Wylie
31. James David, ILB, Rockdale
50. Terence Williams, RB, Ennis
65. Jourdan Blake, ATH, Princeton
67. Josh Pelzel, OL, Rockdale
93. Ishmael Zamora, WR, Alief Elsik
94. Jordan Feuerbacher, TE, Humble Kingwood Park
99. Blake Blackmar, OL, Houston Clear Lake

Baylor recruits in the 247Sports Top247:

43. K.D. Cannon
48. Davion Hall (+3)
202. Terence Williams (+143)

247Sports Texas Top 100:

5. Cannon
7. Hall
13. Zamora
25. Williams
29. Rockwell
46. David
53. Platt
54. Dorsey
79. Pelzel
84. Feuerbacher

I'm going to put together a list of the players we have playing in the various All-American games at some point.  The obvious names -- Hall, Cannon -- will be there.  Others have been recognized, though.

RECRUITING FOCUS: 2015

With 24 recruits committed as part of the 2014 class as of this moment and spots extremely limited, we're probably either done or extremely close to it.  Like maybe 1 spot remaining close.  That probably closes the book, barring something crazy happening or a spot opening up due to unforeseen attrition or a decommit, on the 2014 class.

I believe strongly that most of the recruiting attention we will spend right now is focused on two things: 1) keeping our 2014 class together, as a whole, and 2) laying the groundwork for 2015. With Baylor's strong start to this season, we could be slowing things down a bit to see if we can pull an A&M in 2012 by capitalizing on our momentum and turning a few heads. We'll just have to see. I think we have about 3 spots left in this class, at this moment.

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