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Here are four good stories:
Sean Cody has an excellent look at Taylor Young (free):
If there’s anything stopping Young from being that dominant force Rhule helped Reddick become once Temple was on the national radar, it’s Young injury while the team is still implementing a new defense. But Young contributed as soon as he hit the field his redshirt freshman year. This is just another chance to rise to the challenge.
Ian Boyd of SB Nation has a nice examination of how Matt Rhule can recruit at Baylor:
The advantages unique to recruiting at Baylor are in Texas’ store of highly developed players. Players like Charlie Brewer or RJ Sneed in this last class come to college with AP credits in spread 101 (or even 201 and maybe 301 in Brewer’s case) and while they may or may not have athletic upside remaining they do have skill development upside to master complicated techniques and schemes thanks to already having the regular college tactics and techniques under their belts. If Rhule can work out how to leverage those skills to build pro-style offenses in Waco that actually work, that could allow him to match or surpass what Briles accomplished in Waco.
John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald has a good piece on Matt Rhule’s run:
When Rhule arrived at Baylor on Dec. 7, Stafford defensive back Jalen Pitre was the lone verbal commitment left from the Art Briles era. Since late December, Rhule nailed down 26 more freshman signees in the 2017 class, two scholarship transfers who joined the Bears in the spring, and 12 verbal commitments in the 2018 class.
Mitch Sherman of ESPN ranked Baylor’s linebacker group as the sixth best in the Big 12:
6. Baylor (6): Taylor Young ranks as the Bears’ best player, regardless of position, after accumulating 265 tackles in three seasons. But Baylor is thin behind the senior, with Travon Blanchard's availability in question and the spring departure of Raaquan Davis. Sophomores Clay Johnston and Lenoy Jones Jr. are ready to contribute. Freshman Jalen Pitre impressed as an early enrollee, and classmate Demarco Artis could get a look right away.