Baylor continues to build the OL with JUCO Jarell Broxton

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Since Art Briles took over Baylor's program, the offensive line, perhaps more than any other position unit, has improved tremendously. That's part good recruiting, part good development. And our 2014 class took another step tonight with JUCO Jarell Broxton.

33 days ago, Baylor received its 19th commitment of the 2014 class in MLB James David. Tonight, #20 came in the form of mammoth OG Jarell Broxton of Lackawanna CC in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

When the Baylor coaches went to Scranton for the first time a few months ago, most people thought they did so targeting Lackawanna all-everything OT Jermaine Eluemunor, now committed to the UCLA Bruins. We didn't end up getting him, losing out to the team we just trounced in the Holiday Bowl, but our coaches didn't rest on their laurels. They picked themselves up off the mat, made the final 2 with Wisconsin for teammate Jarell Broxton, and tonight secured that commitment, capping off a stellar 2014 OL class with what should be an impact acquisition.

With All-American candidate Cyril Richardson graduating off the line after this year, Baylor needed someone capable of coming in and playing immediately in his stead. We got that guy tonight from the consensus 3* JUCO prospect, who also held offers from Wisconsin, UCLA, Arizona State, and Syracuse. 247Sports has him ranked as a high 3* with a grade of 87, the #2 OG in the country from the JUCO ranks, and the #50 JUCO player overall.

He has a wealth of videos available on his HUDL profile, where he is listed at 6-6, 328 pounds. He should have two years to play two, and I believe he is considered certain to qualify and enroll this January, giving him the chance to compete for spot in spring training. He plays tackle for Lackawanna in most of the videos, but as I said, I'd bet he moves inside for Baylor, who should return tackles Troy Baker and Spencer Drango after this coming season.

Broxton joins Devonte Jones, Josh Pelzel, Blake Blackmar, and Patrick Lawrence in Baylor's 2014 class, which now has 5 OL committed. I see little chance we go over that, even should someone like Jovan Pruitt want to commit. We just don't have the spots anymore. But what we do have is an outstanding class that now sits at 20 members. Welcome, Jarell!

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