Since he's been in Waco, Art Briles has made locking down central Texas talent a priority in recruiting. Early on, we were largely unsuccessful in that regard. More recently, beginning with the commitment of then-4/5* safety Ahmad Dixon and continuing through 4* DT Andrew Billings, we've improved significantly. That effort took another step forward today with the commitment of 3* 2015 WR Devontre Stricklin.
I've been wondering for a while (and we've been talking in the January Recruiting Thread) about how Baylor would approach this year's recruiting class with respect to wide receivers. We have a number of offers out to elite players like Cedar Hill's Damarkus Lodge (expected to be in Waco Sunday), Aledo's Ryan Newsome (should be at our second Junior Day next week), and others. We also have 2 players committed already in Chad President and Blake Lynch who could each easily play WR at the next level. It was always going to be interesting to see where/how Baylor allocated scholarships with so many potential options.
That allocation got a little more interesting today as the staff accepted the commitment of WR Devontre Stricklin, a 6-3, 180 pound speedster from Midway HS in Waco, Texas. Baylor offered Stricklin in July according to his 247Sports profile and has apparently led ever since. He also recently received offers from both Texas Tech and TCU, along with interest from Texas A&M. I wonder if the timing of his commitment going into Baylor's first Junior Day might not indicate there was some pressure on him to get his scholarship while the getting was good, as my father might say?
Stricklin has a number of highlight videos available on his HUDL profile for your perusal. I'd appreciate any thoughts you might want to share on his ability in the comments!
Baylor's 2015 Recruiting Class: