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Baylor Football Recruiting Notes: September 2014

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The season is here! With it comes even more recruiting news!

Vaughn Ridley

July was a month to remember with the explosion of our 2016 class and the 11th commit for 2016.  August marks the beginning of the 2014 football season and the first chance any of us, recruits included, will have to see McLane Stadium in action.

247Sports' Crystal Ball:

Baylor's 2015 Crystal Ball Prediction ListMark Moore's Predictions

Check back on these often; the predictions update every day.

2015 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: 37, Commits: 12

OFFENSE: QB (1/1), RB (1/2), WR (2/3), TE (0/0), OL (2/3)

QB: Chad President
QB/WR: Blake Lynch
RBJaMycal Hasty
WR:
Devontre Stricklin
OTMaurice Porter (JUCO) 
C: Sam Tecklenburg

DEFENSE: DT (0/1), DE (0/0), LB (0/2), NB (1/1), CB (2/3), S (2/2)

LB/NB: Clay Johnston
CB:
Jordan Tolbert
CB: Tony Nicholson
S: Jameson Houston
S: Montrel Wilson

K/P: Drew Galitz

2015 Wish List:

(Percentages are drawn from 247Sports' Crystal Ball, not my own imagination.)

RB (speed): Corey Dauphine (Tech, 64% BU to flip) | Ronald Jones, Jr. (OSU)
RB (big back): Soso Jamabo (35% BU, leading)
OT: Dominic Desouza (no predictions)

DT: Darrion Daniels (100% Baylor), 
OLB: Malik Jefferson (58% A&M, 3% BU) | Anthony Wheeler (69% UT, 0% BU) | Cameron Townsend (100% UT, 0% BU)
CB: Holton Hill (69% UT, 6% BU) | Kris Boyd (48% A&M, 0% BU)
S: Kahlil Haughton (80% Baylor) 

All of the players above hold Baylor offers and have indicated at least some interest in the Bears such that their inclusion is not simply the result of wishful thinking.

Players Removed (who did not commit to us): OT Deya Mhiesen (Oklahoma State), OT Madison Akamnonu (Texas Tech), OT Conner Dyer(Texas Tech), S PJ Locke (Oregon), DT/OT Du'Vonta Lampkin (Texas), WR Ryan Newsome (spot gone), DE James Lockhart (A&M), LB Richard Moore (spot gone, A&M), CB Marcus Lewis (Florida), OT Keaton Sutherland (A&M), CB P.J. Mbanasor (Iklahoma), LB Ricky DeBerry (Baylor out), RB Chris Warren (Baylor backed off), QB Jarrett Stidham (Texas Tech), S Larry Pryor (A&M).

2016 Recruiting Class -- National Rank: 2, Commits: 6

OFFENSE: QB (1/?), RB (1/?), WR (1/?), OL (1/?)

QB: Zach Smith (Film)
RBKameron Martin (Film)
WR: Tren'Davian Dickson (Film)
OL:
Patrick Hudson (Film)

DEFENSE: CB (1/?)

CB: KeShawn Somerville (Film)
CBEric Cuffee (Film)

2016 Wish List:

This will be basically a shot in the dark based off our 2016 offer list.  Some of them are more obvious than others based on who we've had in town and how many times we've heard their names. I think we can assume that we'll be at 85 scholarships again with the 2015 class.  We have 17 juniors (by their classification now) graduating in 2016.  I think we're safe projecting a class of around 20, maybe more, on that basis.

QB: Tristen Wallace (20% BU) 
RB:
Devwah Whaley
WR: Devin Duvernay (10% BU)
WR: Courtney Lark (38% BU)
WRJeremy Smith (33% BU)
OL: J.P. Urquidez (46% BU)

DT: Kendell Jones
DE: Isaiah Chambers
DE: Justin Madubuike
DE/LBErick Fowler
CB: Jared Mayden (46% BU)
S: Deontay Anderson
S: Brandon Jones

This is by far the earliest I've ever tried to put together a Wish List, and before you tell me that the vast majority of these guys are 5*s we won't get, I know that.  There will be a ton of movement on this list since I'm starting so early.

UPDATES:

Baylor brought in a huge number of elite recruits yesterday, and we probably only know a handful of them based off twitter and other things.  There are lists out there from BearsTruth and  BearsIllustrated, but even those probably aren't complete.

I believe that all of Baylor's 2015 and 2016 commits made it in for the game, so keep those in mind in addition to the players listed below.

2015 Recruiting:

RB Soso Jamabo (9/29): Will visit Baylor officially.  A&M's 247Sports site claims that the Aggies lead.

LB Breckyn Hager (9/24): Flipped to Texas after their offer a few days ago.  

ATH Tony Nicholson (9/21): Committed.

LB Anthony Wheeler (9/18): Going to take an official visit to Baylor.

WR Damarkus Lodge (9/18): Decommitted from A&M today.  Baylor is in his new top 3 with OU and TCU, reportedly.

OU got a commitment from a 2015 safety today.  Could help with Kahlil Haughton.

LB Breckyn Hager (9/13): Reporting a UT offer this weekend.

ATH Blake Lynch (9/13): Probably the most underrated player in the state, even as a 4*.

CB Holton Hill (9/11): Released a top 8.  Baylor made it.

OT Deya Mhiesen (9/7): Committed to Oklahoma State today.

RB Soso Jamabo (9/5): Went crazy tonight for 484 yards on 31 carries with 6 TDs.  Also eliminated OU from his list.

ATH Tony Nicholson (9/2): Bit of a blast from the past, decommitted from Arizona State this morning.  Was in attendance for the SMU game Saturday, which may or may not have contributed to his decision.  Baylor likes him at CB, something we definitely still want in this class.

S Kahlil Haughton (9/1): Definitely there yesterday.  Wanted a funnel cake.

LB Malik Jefferson (9/1):  Attended Baylor's game yesterday after canceling on UT the day before for family reasons.

RB Ronald Jones (9/1): Reportedly made it in yesterday.

CB Holton Hill (9/1): Made it in yesterday.

RB Soso Jamabo (9/1): Reportedly DID NOT make it in yesterday.

K/P Drew Galitz (8/26): Flipped his commitment tonight from Miami to Baylor.  He's been invited to the Under Armor All-American game.  Check out his HUDL highlights and video from KohlsKicking.com.

2016 Recruiting:

OT J.P. Urquidez (9/13):

DE Isaiah Chambers (9/1): Reportedly visited yesterday.

S Deontay Anderson (9/1): I think he was there, but I'm not positive.

DT Michael Williams (9/1): Visited yesterday.  Enjoyed it.

WR Devin Duvernay (9/1): Visited for SMU game.

ATH D'Eriq King (9/1): Visited Baylor yesterday:

OLB Jordan Carmouche (9/1): Visited for SMU.

DE/LB Erick Fowler (9/1): Reportedly visited for SMU.

DT Kendell Jones (9/1): Visited for SMU.

CB Jared Mayden (8/26): Will be at the opener Sunday.

2017 Recruiting:

RB Eno Benjamin (9/1): Visited for SMU game.

LB Baron Browning (9/1): Visited for SMU game.

LB Anthony Hines (9/1): Visited for SMU game.

OL Jack Anderson (9/1): Visited for SMU game.

SB Nation Recruiting Scouting Reports:

The fine gentlemen at SB Nation Recruiting have been putting together scouting reports by the dozen for major 2015 prospects. A few of those reports are germane to us as Baylor fans:

QB Chad President
RB Ronald Jones
RB Soso Jamabo
RB Tyreik Gray
RB/WR JaMycal Hasty
WR Damarkus Lodge
DT Darrion Daniels
DE James Lockhart
LB Malik Jefferson

RECRUITING THOUGHTS:

Coming soon.

Changelog:

9/1/2014: Created September Recruiting Thread.
9/2/2014: Update on 2015 ATH Tony Nicholson.
9/5/2014: Update on Soso's big night.
9/13/2014: Updates from the weekend.
9/18/2014: 5* WR Damarkus Lodge is back on the market.
9/21/2014: Tony Nicholson committed.
9/24/2014: LB Breckyn Hager flips to Texas.
9/29/2014: Baylor will get an OV from 4* RB Soso Jamabo.