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Daily Bears Report 1/31- Baylor Nabs New Commitment!

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The Bears land a big time running back!

NCAA Football: Cactus Bowl-Boise State vs Baylor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting:

Baylor picked up the services of Johnathan Lovett, a running back from New Jersey. Michigan State appeared to have the late momentum with him, but he’s heading to Waco:

Brian Dohn of Scout had this:

Lovett, who plays at Marlton (N.J.) Cherokee, announced his commitment to the Bears, where he officially visited earlier this month. He was recruited to Baylor to play running back, and he will unite with former Temple coach Matt Rhule, who built a strong relationship with Lovett when he was with the Owls.

"I think in talking to him, I would say the coaching staff, (and) the fact the running backs coach from the NFL came in and talked to him and it excited him, that was big," Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan said. "The offensive coordinator has Oregon ties, and the way they played offense ... they expressed to him how dynamic he can be in the offense.

"I think he liked the campus. Obviously, coach Rhule had such a successful relationship here with him in South Jersey, and (with) the coaching staff that was at Temple that he brought with him as well."

Colt Barber of SicEm365 had this:

Lovett committed to Baylor over offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Iowa, Tennessee, Maryland and others.

In his senior season, Lovett carried the ball 179 times for 1,359 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also added 15 receptions for 238 yards and one score.

Tyler Henderson flipped from Oklahoma State to Baylor on Sunday. David Smoak interviewed him:

Other News:

Bob and Laura Beauchamp gave a huge gift. From Baylorbears.com:

Baylor University’s continued commitment to meeting the needs of students took another step forward today with the creation of the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. Made possible by a $2.5 million gift from Bob and Laura Beauchamp of Houston, the multifaceted program will dramatically enhance Baylor’s efforts to foster the holistic well-being of its students in a manner that reflects the University’s values as a Christian community where wholeness, spiritual growth and academic success are priorities.

The men’s hoops team is ranked #2. Jon Wilner explains why he ranked them #1:

I spent a fair amount of time comparing the Bears’ resume to that of Gonzaga, which was No. 7 last week and is the only remaining undefeated team.

Ended up with a slight lean to the Bears.

Their advantage in number of quality wins and strength of schedule, which is No. 7 in Sagarin (one of several tools I use for SOS) compared to No. 141 for Gonzaga, offset the Bulldogs’ edge in the loss column.

(Baylor is also No. 1 in the CBSSports.com RPI and has a top-10 schedule.)

I’ve been high on the Bears’ resume all season — they were No. 1 on my ballot for four or five consecutive weeks prior to the early-January loss in Morgantown — and that hasn’t changed.

Future Lady Bear, Alexis Morris, is preparing for the McDonald’s All American Game. From USA Today:

“When I was in eighth grade, Baylor made it well known that I was wanted there and I would be needed” Morris said. “They have one of the top academic schools. Coach (Kim) Mulkey is one of best coaches in college. I always wanted to play for her. She always told me, ‘I played the point guard position so who could teach it better than me?’

“I love to compete and I want to be able to play for someone that I know I can play hard for and give my all for. I know I’ll be able to pour my heart out for coach Mulkey and she’ll do the same for me. It’s mutual feeling on both ends.”

Morris will be joined by another Baylor signee, Deauzya Richards, a 6-1 guard from Cypress Ranch (Texas). Her AAU teammate Chennedy Carter from Timberview (Arlington) is also on the West roster.

Alexis Jones is the Big 12 Player of the Week. From Big12sports.com:

Alexis Jones, Baylor, G, Sr., Irving, Texas· Jones averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals in Baylor’s wins over No. 25 K-State and No. 20 Oklahoma.· Recorded her first career triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the OU game.

Trevon Duval, the nation’s #1 point guard, will be at the Baylor-Kansas game. Those two schools are in his final five:

Baylor would be the top overall seed if the NCAA Tournament started tomorrow, according to Ryan Fagan of the Sporting News:

Need to know: Two things I can say confidently this week: These are clearly the teams with the four best NCAA Tournament resumes, and splitting hairs between the four teams is nearly impossible. You want to make a case for any of the four as the top overall seed? That’s easy. Today, I’m going with Baylor, because the Bears’ list of elite victories is just crazy impressive: Louisville, Oregon, VCU, Michigan State and Xavier in the non-conference portion of the schedule, and Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Iowa State, TCU and Texas Tech in the Big 12. Cannot wait to watch both Baylor-Kansas matchups this season; the first happens in Lawrence on Wednesday.

And our own David Fankhauser has Baylor as a #1 seed too.

Baylor Athletics has highlights of the win over Ole Miss:

We’ll provide coverage during the day on Wednesday about national signing day. We’ll also add a ton of coverage of KU-Baylor too. Sic ‘Em!