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4* DE Brandon Bowen commits to Baylor over Oregon and Oklahoma

Baylor recruiting kicked off the new year with a HUGE commitment today from Trophy Club DE Brandon Bowen.

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Baylor's needs on the defensive line for the 2016 are widely known, and today, our recruiting took a big step in the right direction when DE Brandon Bowen, long considered a Baylor lean, finally pulled the trigger and committed.  The first indication we got about it was from Briles' tweet:

This threw me off at first because Trophy Club, where Bowen lives, is actually in Tarrant and Denton counties, making its area code (I think) either 817 or 682. Regardless, Colt Barber of BearsTruth confirmed the commitment a few minutes later, and then Bowen himself made it as official as it gets:

Snagging Bowen, a 4* DE ranked in the Top 200 players in the country by 247's Composite rankings, is as big as it gets for us right now.  Let's take a closer look:

Vital Statistics

Name: Brandon Bowen
Position: DE
School: Byron Nelson HS (Trophy Club, TX)
Mascot: Bobcats
Height: 6-5
Weight: 227 lbs
Rankings: Composite: 92.62 (4*, #167 Nat'l, #12 DE) 247: 89 (3*, #27 DT)
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Offers: Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan, TCU, Texas, Miami, etc.
Video: HUDL

To say that Bowen's commitment is huge for this class is an understatement.  Before today, Baylor had just Bravvion Roy and Michael Johnson committed on the defensive line from the high school ranks (and Jeremy Faulk as a JUCO).  We definitely wanted to take at least two more, possible three.  With Bowen as the first, look for Baylor to continue putting pressure on Levi Onwuzurike, who I believe will probably move inside in college, and trying to flip A&M commit Mark Jackson.

Here's our class as it currently stands.  I don't think the national ranks have updated to reflect Bowen's commitment, but I have seen #9 thrown around a bit on the Twitterverse.

QB: Zach Smith(Signed FAA)
Kameron Martin
WRJared Atkinson
WR: Devin Duvernay
: Tren'Davian Dickson(Signed FAA)
Denzel Mims
: Patrick Hudson
OG: Branton Autry (JUCO)(Signed FAA)
JP Urquidez

DT: Bravvion Roy
DT: Jeremy Faulk (JUCO)(Signed FAA)
DE: Brandon Bowen
Micheal Johnson
LB: Deonte Williams

Grayland Arnold
CB: Donovan Duvernay
Raleigh Texada
CB: Rajah Preciado
Chris Miller
Kenan Ivy

Bowen gives us 20 commits, and I expect we're looking at a class around 24-25.  Give me Onwuzurike, Malcolm Pridgeon (JUCO OT), Brandon Jones (dreaming big here!), and Mark Jackson, and let's call it a day!