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Daily Bears Reports 1/29- Baylor Football Lands Two Commitments; Big Basketball Week

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A huge week for Baylor

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Recruiting:

Baylor flipped two players Sunday to add to its already impressive recruiting class.

Ryan Miller, an offensive lineman from Southlake Carrol, flipped his commitment from Navy to Baylor. Miller let the world know:

Late Sunday, Baylor grabbed Tyler Henderson from Kyle, Texas. Henderson, a tight end, was committed to Oklahoma State. Colt Barber of SicEm365 notes:

As a senior, Henderson carried the ball 77 times for 482 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Signing day is on Wednesday. While there can always be a few surprises, Baylor has a few guys to round out an impressive class.

Connor Wedington included Baylor in his top five:

Stanford still looks to be the favorite for Wedington’s services, according to 247. But Scout’s Brandon Huffman had this on Wedington:

While the Cardinal appear to be the front runners for the Scout 100 athlete, Baylor and UCLA gave their best shots in the past week.

"I came home from Hawaii and went to Baylor and that was a great trip," said Wedington. "It was very impressive. Their facilities were great and they have a great coaching staff and they're building something down there. I really liked it."

Jameson Houston was Wedington's host on his visit.

Matt Lubick had started recruiting Wedington when he was at Oregon and now that he's at Baylor, has kept that relationship going.

"Coach Lubick was recruiting me at Oregon so I spent time with him, Coach (Jeff) Nixon, Coach (Phil) Snow and Coach (Matt) Rhule," said Wedington. "Coach Rhule is a really genuine guy and real personable and knows what he's doing. They want me as an athlete, playing some running back but also able to jump in at nickel and safety in certain packages."

Wedington will make his announcement this morning:

DeMarco Artis, a linebacker from Florida, appears to be down to Baylor and Oregon. Oregon has late momentum following his visit to Eugene, but the Bears seem to be in play as well.

Johnathan Lovett, a running back from New Jersey, appears down to Baylor, Michigan State, and Rutgers. Sparty appears to be the big threat in this one.

Justin Harris, a defensive end from Louisiana, seems likely to attend Baylor, if the 247 crystal balls are correct. Harris could attend LSU, but the last several predictions have him ending up as a Bear.

B.J. Thompson, a tight end and possible defensive end from Arkansas, has all seven predictions on 247 as him ending up at Baylor.

And Baylor may not be done flipping prospects either. A wave of predictions have Chris Miller, a wide receiver and possible defensive back too, flipping his commitment from Colorado to Baylor. Also watch out for Devodrick Johnson. Johnson is currenlty committed to Texas A&M, but a number of folks on 247 think the quarterback and linebacker may flip. Texas also has a chance to flip Johnson.

Kevin Barrera of Bears Illustrated had this to say:

Baylor Director of Player Personnel, Evan Cooper, let us know there should be another commitment soon:

The Dallas Morning News’ Ben Baby has this story on how Matt Rhule has been able to recruit:

In these moments, Rhule sounded more like his father, a preacher, and less like a football coach. His message of what Baylor could become didn't just resonate with those in the room. Rhule's approach has helped the Bears refill an empty recruiting class as the program and university look to turn the corner after a lingering sexual-assault scandal.

Basketball:

I have a preview of the Baylor-Kansas game that should go up at about 7:30.

OBF has a great look at the Lady Bears dominant win against Oklahoma.

More Wins:

Baylor men’s tennis picked up a big win over SMU. From Baylorbears.com:

The Baylor men’s tennis team stayed perfect in ITA Kick-Off Weekend play with a 4-0 blanking of No. 23 SMU Sunday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

With the win, the 21st-ranked Bears secured a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 17-20, in Charlottesville, Va. BU has participated in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in seven of the nine years of its existence, winning all 14 matches over those seven years and advancing to the national event each time.

And they beat Texas A&M. From The Waco Tribune-Herald:

The Baylor men’s tennis team upset No. 15 Texas A&M in the opening round of the ITA Kick-off, 4-3.The Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a doubles win from Juan Benitez and Constantin Frantzen and a Johannes Schretter defeat of Max Lunkin at the No. 3 spot.

Baylor equestrian notched a victory over Georgia. From KXXV-TV:

No. 2 Baylor equestrian (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) downed the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (4-4, 1-2 SEC), 10-7, on Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

Coming just two days after an 11-9 road win over TCU, the Bears looked sharp yet again, pushing the team’s regular season home winning streak to 25 meets.