With the firing of Art Briles on Thursday, many members of Baylor's 2016 class are asking out of their letter of intent. Almost everyone who committed in 2017 has reopened their recruitment.
On Memorial Day, Colt Barber reported three members of the 2016 class would be moving in today: defensive lineman Michael Johnson, and two others:
247Sports 4-star Safety Chris Miller (@Stunna_chris) will enroll/move in at Baylor Monday.— Colt Barber (@Colt_247Sports) May 30, 2016
247Sports 4-star WR Denzel Mims (@Slimm__8) tells me he will move to and enroll at Baylor today— Colt Barber (@Colt_247Sports) May 30, 2016
Just before 5 PM on Sunday, Grayland Arnold., a 4 star cornerback from Kuntche, announced he'll be reporting tomorrow.
To all that is wondering , yes I'm enrolling tomorrow ! Regardless to what People have to say about Baylor, I'm still proud to be a bear!— GRAYLAND ARNOLD Jr. (@GRAYLAND_1) May 29, 2016
Sunday morning, J.P. Urquidez, a 4 star offensive lineman, announced he would not be enrolling at Baylor tomorrow.
I will not be Enrolling at Baylor University tomorrow morning... Thank you Baylor Nation for the continuous support!— JP Urquidez (@JP_OT2016) May 29, 2016
Yesterday, the highest ranked player in the 2016 class, Patrick Hudson, tweeted this:
It's time to start reflecting on somethings again.— Patrick Hudson (@pathud20) May 27, 2016
Many are now reporting Hudson will not enroll Monday and is reevaluating his options. Texas figures to play heavily in his recruiting. Hudson is a 4 star recruit, and the #2 offensive guard in the 2016 class.
Four star running back Kameron Martin is also reopening his recruitment. Martin is the cousin of NFL running back and former Texas star Jamal Charles. Martin has B.U. tattooed on his arm, but he is looking at a number of schools including Missouri and TCU.
Have to keep my head up through this whole process #CatchingBlessings— Kameron Martin ⁶ (@TeamKamMartin) May 27, 2016
A few 2016 players have affirmed their commitment to the 2016 class.
Raleigh Texada, a 3 star cornerback from Frisco, Texas, confirmed he'd be a Bear on Thursday.
9 & 10 ON @FOX4: Baylor recruit from Frisco feels for victims, but his commitment to football program is unwavering. pic.twitter.com/LdPN8HVRvj— Allison Harris (@allisonfox4news) May 27, 2016
Bravvion Roy, a 247 4 star composite player, is still planning to enroll Monday.
Zach Smith, a 4 star quarterback, has spent the past semester at Baylor and there is nothing indicating he will leave.
Devin Duvernay, a top 75 player with every recruiting service, and the nation's #4 wide receiver on the 247 composite, recruitment is uncertain. NBC's DFW affiliate is reporting Devin Duvernay wants out. Devin's twin brother, Donovan is a three star wide receiver/cornerback who is also committed to Baylor. Both of their statuses are up in the air.
The 2017 class has seen waves of decommitments. The class is now down to two players: Kellen Mond and Jalen Pitre. Mond, one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks, was long thought by many as a soft commit before Briles exit. With Briles exit, Mond not reopening his recruitment would be shocking. Pitre is a three star safety from Stafford. Nothing has been communicated about his status with the Bears. I expect he will also reopen his recruitment.
I have long encouraged people to abide by the rule to not tweet at recruits. Nobody should bother a 16-18 year old kid about their college decision. Nobody should bother anyone who wants to avoid committing to Baylor while we do not have a head coach.
Hopefully the program will be able to earn new commitments from several of these former recruits sometime in the future. But right now recruiting is not anywhere near as important. As we've tried to cover in depth over the last few days, some things are far more important than football.