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Baylor Football Recruiting Update: A top QB target is off the table...

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If you recall a few weeks ago I did a short post about Baylor's target list for QB recruiting in 2013 that had Wichita Falls Ryder QB J.T. Barrett, a 4* dual-threat QB in the same mold as Baylor's own Robert Griffin III, at the top. As soon as about a month ago, Baylor's chances with Barrett seemed fairly good. He attended Baylor's first Junior Day and apparently enjoyed himself enough to report Baylor as one of his leaders at the time, and there was a genuine feeling that if Baylor could get him on campus for RG3's Pro Day in March that Baylor could possibly snag a commitment. He didn't seem to be bothered by the commitment of Bryan's Chris Johnson, and Johnson didn't seem to be bothered by having another potential QB in the works. Things were going well.

Because of what was supposedly a conflict in schedules, Barrett didn't make it to that Pro Day or an unofficial visit Baylor tried to set up for shortly thereafter, presumably to capitalize on its favorable position at the time. Then things started to peter off between Baylor and the 4* QB. It seemed like Barrett, who had an extremely impressive offer list by that point already, was destined to end up out-of-state. Ohio State took the pole position when it offered, and, according to some observers, Barrett's commitment to the Buckeyes was only a matter of time.

They were apparently correct, as Brian Perroni of Rivals.com reported via twitter a few minutes ago that Barrett has verbally committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Verbal commitments are obviously non-binding, as it seems Baylor fans discover just about every year, but I think we can close the book on Baylor's chances with this one.

For now it looks like we'll have to be content with Chris Johnson, who was recently named to the ESPN150 for 2013 and ranked as the #2 dual-threat QB in the country, as our only QB commit for next year. At least until someone like, I don't know, Kenny Hill from Southlake Carroll decides to pull the trigger.

UPDATE: I didn't see this when it happened, but another QB holding a Baylor offer, Trent Hosick from Kansas City, Missouri, decided to stay home last week and committed to the Missouri Tigers. That leaves Kenny Hill and Cord Sandberg as the only uncommitted QB recruits left that have Baylor offers.