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Baylor Football Recruits at Nike's The Opening

Two potential Bears represented the state of Texas (along with many others) at Nike's The Opening camp. Find out what they had to say about the Bears and their recruitment from SB Nation's cadre of recruiting experts.


Special thanks to the gentlemen at GoodBullHunting, SB Nation's Texas A&M Board, for the format of this post. They made it available to the entire network based on their post, and I, for one, truly appreciate it.

Beaverton, Oregon – The Opening at Nike's World Headquarters was the preeminent recruiting event for 2013 and featured 161 of the top recruits in the country. Several players being recruited by Texas A&M were on-hand. SB Nation recruiting specialists Bud Elliott, Wescott Eberts, and Peter Berkes posted lots of great content from the four-day competition, including interviews and analysis. This post is geared toward Aggies who want to learn more about our targets and commitments, but if you're a recruitnik be sure to check out the complete national coverage.

K.D. Cannon, WR Target

Wescott Eberts interviews WR K.D. Cannon

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, targets left on the Baylor recruiting board for the 2014 class is Mount Pleasant WR K.D. Cannon, who has yet to narrow his list officially past 12 but for whom Baylor reportedly leads. Check out this video interview with SB Nation's Wescott Eberts. In it, Cannon talks about his comfort level with the Baylor staff and why the Bears may have a leg up with an important member of his family: his mother.

Cannon is a top-100 player by both 247Sports' own rankings and their Composite score. He is by any measure one of the absolute best WRs in the country, and Baylor will hold a spot for him as long as he needs to decide.

John Bonney, S Target

Wescott Eberts catches up with John Bonney

One of the other major targets left for the Bears is John Bonney, a 4* safety out of Houston Lamar HS and teammate of current Baylor commit Ira Lewis. Bonney has a stated top 2 of Baylor and Texas, and though the interview above talks mostly about the latter, Wescott caught up with him later in the same day to discuss the Bears and where they fit. Just a taste from that:

"Art Briles is a great guy and makes you feel like part of the family out there," Bonney continued, somewhat echoing statements made by Mount Pleasant (Texas) wide receiver KD Cannon earlier in the day about the Baylor head coach.

"They make you feel good as a player. They make you feel more than wanted -- they make you feel like a need. For me, I've been familiar with the coaching staff for a while and I feel good about them as a staff because it's all about people."

Wescott Eberts talks about the Elite 11 QBs and their offensive fits in college.

There's a ton of great information in SB Nation's The Opening hub should you want more info about players committed or pursued elsewhere. Baylor only had two potential recruits at the prestigious camp, which focuses mainly on QBs and other skill players, but fans of CFB recruiting should check it out, anyway. I'll post one report that I was particularly fond of, even if Baylor wasn't mentioned: