Baylor Football Recruiting: 2013 is Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

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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.


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