We're now into August 2013, in a position we thought we'd never be, with 21* commits for the 2014 class and few spots remaining. How Baylor uses those spots going forward will be extremely interesting to see.
*Stick with me on this for a second
2014 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: 17, Commits: 23
OFFENSE: QB (0/1), RB (1/2), WR (3/4), TE (2/2), OL (5/5)
RB: Terence Williams
WR: K.D. Cannon
WR: Davion Hall
WR: Ishmael Zamora
WR: Chris Platt
TE: Jordan Feuerbacher
TE: Blake Mahon
OL: Devonte Jones
OL: Josh Pelzel
OL: Blake Blackmar
OL: Patrick Lawrence
OL: Jarell Broxton (JUCO)
DEFENSE: DT (3/3), DE (2/2), LB (2/3), NB (0/1), CB (1/3), S (1/2)
DT: Andrew Morris
DT: Ira Lewis
DT: Josh Malin
DE: Xavier Jones
DE/LB: Jamie Jacobs II
MLB: James David
LB/S: Cordell Dorsey
NB/S: T'Kevian Rockwell
ATH/CB: Jourdan Blake
CB: Verkedric Vaughns
Grayshirt Candidate: DE Greg Roberts
Remaining Needs (I think): QB, maybe RB, CB, S
Short Primer on Grayshirting from the July Review thread:
Grayshirting is not the same thing as graduating early. They’re similar in what they want to do, opposite in how they do it. Graduating early lets you get a semester of extra time with the team before your eligibility clock starts, so guys like Chris Johnson have already been through a spring practice and offseason before their freshman year. Grayshirting delays official enrollment, and the player pays their own way their first semester (the fall of what would have been their freshman year), so their eligibility clock doesn’t start until a year after it normally would have. Bryce Petty did that before redshirting, so we have one extra year. To describe it a little more clearly, using Greg Roberts as the player.
May 2014: Greg Roberts graduates high school.
August 2014: Roberts enrolls at Baylor, paying his own way.
January 2015: Roberts goes on scholarship.
August 2015: Roberts’ freshman year of eligibility begins.
2014 Wish List:
Position: Recruit Name w/ profile link (Crystal Ball Prediction)
QB: Randall Cunningham, Jr. (100% Baylor)
CB: John Plattenburg (12% Baylor)
S: John Bonney (38% Baylor)
Players Removed (who did not commit to us): RB Corey Avery, LB Christian Sam, DE Victor Evans, OL Connor Mayes, OL Ty Barrett, OL Jovan Pruitt
247Sports' Crystal Ball:
Baylor's 2014 Crystal Ball Prediction List (2014 and 2015) / Mark Moore's Predictions
Check back on these often; the predictions update every day.
I received zero complaints in July about the format, so that's good. If there's something you'd like to see here that isn't here, please let me know.
S John Bonney (8/30): COULD DECIDE AT ANY MOMENT.
Per his father, Houston Lamar 4-star DB John Bonney, Scout's #9 safety, will announce college decision "in next couple of days." #FOXHSFB— Annabel Stephan (@AnnabelStephan) August 30, 2013
QB Randall Cunningham, II (8/26):
#Baylor recruit Randall Cunningham Jr after his senior debut last night. He doesn't say it, but sounds like BU leads: http://t.co/ltKqaZUp29— Jake Shaw (@SicEmSports) August 24, 2013
RB Terence Williams (8/18): Also visited Baylor yesterday, and things are looking very good for keeping this commitment.
CB Tim Hill (8/18): Baylor is coming on strong for this JUCO CB. I wondered in my CB Preview why we weren't at least looking at JUCO options for this position, and it seems now we are.
CB Matthew Boateng (8/15): Seems pretty clear that we want another CB/S in this class, at least. Boateng is a little-known Florida CB who apparently moved from Canada some time in the last year. I'll see if I can't find out more information.
Baylor showin heavy love— MB (@matthewboateng) August 15, 2013
CB Trai Mosley (8/12): Nebraska commit. Brian Ethridge Crystal Ball'd him to us tonight. He may be a candidate for the Wish List soon.
WR K.D. Cannon (8/10): Committed to Baylor at Meet the Bears. I saw him just before and just after the commit, though I didn't know it at the time. He was pumped.
CB Chad Adams (8/8): Reportedly decommitted for ASU a few minutes ago to be with LB Christian Sam.
CB John Plattenburg (8/1): Visiting UCLA this weekend. I believe they may be the team to beat at this point.
CB Nick Watkins (8/1): Looks like we're out for the 4* recruit.
RB JaMycal Hasty (8/19): Colt Barber has an update on BearsTruth about JaMycal. It is extremely positive. If we could team Hasty up with Gray in our 2015 class, you strike up the band.
RB Tyreik Gray (8/12): Named Baylor his leader tonight.
OL Ronnie Major (8/8): Possibly the greatest name ever for an offensive lineman. He committed to Baylor tonight after being offered on 8/2. He reportedly tore it up at our camps this summer.
Rivals updated their Texas Top 100 recently, and ten Baylor recruits made the list:
3. KD Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant
15. Davion Hall, ATH, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau
26. T'Kevian Rockwell, OLB, Wylie
31. James David, ILB, Rockdale
50. Terrence Williams, RB, Ennis
65. Jourdan Blake, ATH, Princeton
67. Josh Pelzel, OL, Rockdale
93. Ishmael Zamora, WR, Alief Elsik
94. Jordan Feuerbacher, TE, Humble Kingwood Park
99. Blake Blackmar, OL, Houston Clear Lake
MORE TO COME!!