The string of recent offers continues for Art Briles and company with reports of two more offers popping up on twitter today. The first will be an interesting sort for Baylor fans because of the last name; Caleb Benenoch (the offeree) is brother to Josh, an upcoming redshirt sophomore DB for our Baylor Bears. The similarities between the two end at their last name as the younger Benenoch has seven inches and more than 120 pounds on his older brother. After today the Michigan State commit also holds a Baylor offer with at least one family member hoping he changes his mind.
If Benenoch 2.0 were to change his mind, he would join a Baylor class that so far has no offensive linemen but that is rumored to be shortly gaining its first. Rami Hammad, a 6-5, 310 lb C/G from Irving, TX, has Baylor listed as his decided favorite with a commitment shortly in the offing. The only reason I didn't list him as a recent offeree is that he is not one. Hammad received his offer at Baylor's first Junior Day this year and is one of its biggest targets on the OL.
The second offeree of the day (why do these things seem to happen in 2s?) comes from much further away than Katy. Ever since Brian Norwood, Baylor's former DC and current associate HC, joined the staff in 2008, Baylor has attempted to use his connections in the Hawaii to recruit that area as never before. The results so far have been decidedly mixed, but more and more prospects from that area list Baylor as a school of interest every recruiting season. Perhaps this could be the year, and Scott Pagano the recruit, where those seeds begin to bear fruit.
For his part, Pagano plays a position of perpetual need (DT) for Baylor with great size (6-3, 280) and skill (Check out his highlight video from Hudl, but turn off the sound if you do. He has a great first step, stays low, and mauls OL in a way you rarely see from HS players.) Perhaps most impressively, he holds 35 offers by my count from schools including everyone on the West Coast, Notre Dame (they always go hard after Hawaiians), BYU (see Notre Dame, apparently quite a few of the Hawaiian recruits are Mormon), LSU (uh oh), Nebraska, and Texas A&M. The good news for us is that unlike other Hawaiians before him, Pagano seems to harbor no love for the western schools or the usual religious institutions. That we are getting an official visit bodes well for our chances with what is surely to be a fast-rising recruit.
Caleb Benenoch, Junior Highlight Tape (via cbenenoch1)