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Daily Bears Reports 2/20: Recruiting Additions, Basketball Breakdown


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


Baylor football added a couple of big additions following the junior day on Saturday.

2018 athlete Josh Fleeks, Cedar Hill, committed to Baylor:

SicEm365’s Colt Barber had this:

Fleeks, who also held offers from Tennessee, Texas Tech and Iowa State, will play in multiple positions for the Bears similar to his role as a prep prospect. As a junior, Fleeks caught 53 passes for 663 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gabe Brooks of Scout noted this:

Fleeks committed Saturday to Baylor, which he chose over offers from Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, North Texas, SMU, and UCF. New Baylor assistant Joey McGuire no doubt had a big hand in landing Fleeks, who played for McGuire at Cedar Hill High School.

2018 offensive tackle Jackson Kimble, Southlake Carroll, joined the Bears too:

Tony Adame of Baylor247 had this:

Baylor’s Junior Day went off about as good as anyone could have imagined. Four new offers went out and the Bears and new coach Matt Rhule picked up the first two commitments from the 2018 class in Southlake Carroll offensive tackle and four-star Cedar Hill wide receiver Joshua Fleeks, who was coached by Baylor tight ends coach Joey McGuire the last three seasons before taking the job at Baylor after Rhule was hired in December.

And, most importantly, Baylor’s 2018 class got its official hashtag from Baylor director of player personnel and recruiting honcho Evan Cooper: #Wacover18 - what we assume combines “Waco” with “takeover” … we think.


Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star broke down Baylor’s final play against Kansas:

Baylor had already tried this once in a similar situation — exactly two weeks earlier against K-State, it ran the same play to try to get Motley a layup. Ish Wainright’s pass made it to Motley, but the forward missed the close shot inside.

“We were pretty prepared for it,” KU’s Landen Lucas said. “We had seen it before.”

Jerry Palm of CBS explains why Baylor remains a No. 1 seed in his bracket:

Despite the loss, the Bears will remain on the top line of the bracket as the fourth overall seed. Baylor’s profile is still better than North Carolina’s in just about every way. Baylor has played a stronger schedule, has a better collection of wins, and a better collection of losses. The Bears are also better on the road. The only thing North Carolina has on Baylor is that it is hotter, which is not supposed to matter. So, for now, Baylor stays as the last team on the top line.

At the Oklahoma game on Tuesday, students can grab this tank top: