Baylor Football Recruiting Notes: October 2013

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With conference play about to start, Baylor is gearing up for a huge finish to the 2014 recruiting class. Where do we stand, and who might we be looking at? I'm glad you asked.

As nearly as I can tell, with 23 commits already, Baylor has either 2 or 3 spots left in the 2014 class. Watching those spots fill up, with other schools circling and making overtures, should be quite exciting.

2014 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: 19, Commits: 22

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

RB: Terence Williams (signed 10/31)
WR: K.D. Cannon
WR: Davion Hall
WR: Ishmael Zamora
WR: Chris Platt
TE: Jordan Feuerbacher (signed 10/21)
TE: Blake Mahon
OL: Devonte Jones
OL: Josh Pelzel
OL: Blake Blackmar
OL: Patrick Lawrence
OL: Jarell Broxton (JUCO)

DEFENSE: DT (3/4), DE (2/2), LB (1/3), NB (0/1), CB (1/3), S (1/2)

DT: Andrew Morris
DT: Ira Lewis
DT: Josh Malin
DE: Xavier Jones
DE/LB: Jamie Jacobs II
MLB: James David
NB/S: T'Kevian Rockwell
ATH/CB: Jourdan Blake
CB: Verkedric Vaughns

Grayshirt Candidates: DE Greg Roberts, OL Stefan Beard

Remaining Needs (I think): RB, CB, S, possibly DT

Short Primer on Grayshirting from the July Review thread:

Grayshirting is not the same thing as graduating early. They’re similar in what they want to do, opposite in how they do it. Graduating early lets you get a semester of extra time with the team before your eligibility clock starts, so guys like Chris Johnson have already been through a spring practice and offseason before their freshman year. Grayshirting delays official enrollment, and the player pays their own way their first semester (the fall of what would have been their freshman year), so their eligibility clock doesn’t start until a year after it normally would have. Bryce Petty did that before redshirting, so we have one extra year. To describe it a little more clearly, using Greg Roberts as the player.

May 2014: Greg Roberts graduates high school.
August 2014: Roberts enrolls at Baylor, paying his own way.
January 2015: Roberts goes on scholarship.
August 2015: Roberts’ freshman year of eligibility begins.

2014 Wish List:

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

CB: CB Trai Mosley (committed to Nebraska)
RB/DB Corey Avery (could be the next up, there has been renewed interest)
S: Not sure where we go from here.

Players Removed (who did not commit to us): QB Randall Cunningham, Jr., CB John Plattenburg, LB Christian Sam, DE Victor Evans, OL Connor Mayes, OL Ty Barrett, OL Jovan Pruitt, S John Bonney

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:

I received zero complaints in July about the format, so that's good. If there's something you'd like to see here that isn't here, please let me know.

2014 Recruiting:

OL Jovan Pruitt (11/1): The Arkansas commit is reportedly taking an official visit to Waco starting today.

CB Nick Watkins (11/1): Committed to Notre Dame today.

RB Corey Avery (10/18): Baylor still in the running?

Baylor has another great list of 2014/2015 prospects coming in for Homecoming. This could be a huge weekend.

CB John Plattenburg (10/5)Reportedly visited for the WVU game.

OFFICIAL VISITORS FOR WVU:

TE Jordan Feuerbacher
WR/S Davion Hall

UNOFFICIAL VISITORS:

There are a ton of them.  Most of the committed recruits will be there, including Terence Williams, K.D. Cannon, Xavier Jones, Chris Platt, T'Kevian Rockwell, James David, and several others.  Those are all unofficial visits, so they can come back whenever they want for their official.

We also have a number of uncommitted 2015 recruits, as well as our two committed 2015 guys, coming.  I won't post the list, but you should seriously check it out.  Could be an amazing day.

A couple of Baylor players were bumped up in 247Sports' recent evaluations:

WR: K.D. Cannon
WR: Ishmael Zamora

2015 Recruiting:

ATH Blake Lynch (10/20): Just committed.  Had offers from Clemson, Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State, and others.  Oregon and Baylor were his final 2.

WR Ryan Newsome (10/20): Visited Baylor this weekend.

RB Juwan Washington (10/18): Probably down Baylor's list a bit.  Visiting tomorrow.

QB/ATH Chad President (10/10): Now up to #188 in the country according to 247Sports.

QB Jarrett Stidham (10/4): Visiting tomorrow unofficially (of course, he's a junior).  Huge visit.

DT Du'Vonta Lampkin (10/3): Huge visitor this weekend, confirmed now to be coming instead of visiting Notre Dame.

S PJ Locke (9/30): Visited for WVU.

OTHER NOTES:

Rivals updated their Texas Top 100 recently, and ten Baylor recruits made the list:

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

RECRUITING FOCUS:

It's hard to say where Baylor is focusing right now as far as uncommitted prospects.  With our top targets in the secondary, probably our area of biggest remaining need, off the board to other schools, we look to be in a transitional period while the football season ramps up.  Also, the confirmation that we probably won't take a QB in this class muddies the water a bit, since we now have a spot open we might not have anticipated before.

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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