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Barring something crazy happening this afternoon, Baylor Football has its 2013 class intact and ready to go. Everyone expected to sign did so, and the class as a whole looks poised to continue the Bears' upward momentum for years to come.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Cl.||Hometown (Previous School)||Video|
|Andrew Billings||DL||6-0||305||Fr.||Waco, Texas (Waco HS)||Highlights|
|Travon Blanchard||LB||6-1||185||Fr.||Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark HS)||Highlights|
|Byron Bonds||DL||6-1||280||Fr.||Allen, Texas (Allen HS)||Highlights|
|Terell Brooks||DL||6-4||305||Jr.||Duncanville, Texas (Navarro College)||Highlights|
|Raaquan Davis||LB||6-1||205||Fr.||Rockwall, Texas (Heath HS)||Highlights|
|Kyle Fulks||DB||5-8||160||Fr.||Katy, Texas (Katy HS)||Highlights|
|Kiante' Griffin*||WR||6-0||200||Fr.||Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)||Highlights|
|Wesley Harris||DB||6-0||175||Fr.||Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest HS)||Highlights|
|Johnny Jefferson||RB||5-9||195||Fr.||Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker HS)||Highlights|
|Chris Johnson*||QB||6-4||195||Fr.||Bryan, Texas (Bryan HS)||Highlights|
|Quan Jones||WR||6-3||200||Fr.||Wylie, Texas (East HS)||Highlights|
|Austin Jupe||DB||6-0||180||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas (East Central HS)||Highlights|
|Darius Moore||OL||6-2||275||Fr.||Missouri City, Texas (Marshall HS)||Highlights|
|Brian Nance*||LB||6-2||210||Fr.||Euless, Texas (Hargrave Military Academy)||Highlights|
|Gus Penning*||TE||6-5||245||So.||Jenison, Mich. (Riverside CC)||Highlights|
|Maurice Porter||OL||6-4||280||Fr.||Missouri City, Texas (Marshall HS)||Highlights|
|Alfred Pullom||DB||6-0||185||Fr.||Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods HS)||Highlights|
|Robbie Rhodes||WR||6-0||185||Fr.||Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest HS)||Highlights|
|Taion Sells||DB||5-9||180||Fr.||Irving, Texas (Macarthur HS)||Highlights|
|Kevin "K.J." Smith||DL||6-1||240||Fr.||Frisco, Texas (Centennial HS)||Highlights|
|Tanner Thrift||DL||6-4||240||Fr.||Hutto, Texas (Hutto HS)||Highlights|
|Taylor Young||LB||5-9||215||Fr.||DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)||Highlights|
*Signed in December 2012, currently enrolled
The commit you probably expected to see and don't is K Chris Callahan, who we already knew is gray-shirting. He won't appear on this list because he is not bound by a NLI.
There was little intrigue or worry today as everyone signed by 10 AM CST, and we're now just waiting for Briles' press conference at 2:30. If they follow true to course from last year, Bennett will also speak. I should be around to add a few tidbits from that press conference, but if I'm not, I hope everyone feels free to do so. I have a feeling you're going to see a very excited Art Briles -- but when don't you? -- talking about a class they worked hard to build over the course of at least a year.
We've come along way from the first commit of 2013, QB Chris Johnson, to the last, DT Terell Brooks. In between we amassed a group heavy on defensive talent but with several impact offensive players, as well.
The stars of the class-- Billings, Rhodes, Nance, Jones, Jefferson, etc.-- are clear, but some of the more unheralded recruits could end up doing just as much for Baylor. Guys like Raquaan Davis, Kevin Smith, and Austin Jupe could all be impact players for the Bears, and from their comments this morning, are all extremely excited to be here.
I expect that in the coming weeks/months we will look hard at transfers, particularly on the interior of the offensive line, and you may see that happen sooner than later. Considering how we finished the class, I doubt we continue pursuing late qualifiers on the DL, but you never know.
All in all, this is an incredible class for the Baylor Bears and easily the best in the Art Briles Era. I've never been more excited about the future of Baylor Football than I am right now. The arrow points up.