#8: Bravion Roy, DT, 6-1 315 lbs. Spring HS, Spring, TX. HUDL Highlights
Analysis: Roy is the rare athlete who despite being huge is able maintain great quickness. Roy is a big dude with a wide base who will easily play around 310-320 lbs in college. Despite being so big, Roy still is a quick player who plays like he is much smaller. His quickness isn't elite, but it's definitely great for a guy his size. This is what makes Roy such a highly rated commit: he's a naturally big guy with great quickness. Those guys aren't common.
The reason Roy is a 3/4* prospect instead of a consensus 4* is that he hasn't yet learned to play inside his body. What I mean by this is that despite him being huge and quick, he hasn't quite learned how to utilize this to his maximum advantage. Roy often fires off the line and immediately yanks his head up, leading to him playing "too high." The higher a defender is, the more spread out his weight is, thus the easier for him to get displaced by an OL. As Roy matures, he'll learn to stay low where his power and quickness can truly become an advantage.
Roy still tries to run around many OLs, which worked in high school, but simply won't in college. When working inside, you're going to be engaged with an OL 99% of plays, so you must learn to use your body to win engaged battles instead of just running around.
Thus, Roy is a raw prospect in his technique but not raw for his body. He's an elite physical prospect.
Player Comparison: Roy reminds me of Nick Jean Baptise, another Baylor player who despite having a naturally huge frame, played with a lot of finesse and quickness.
Position: Roy will play DT, the only question is whether he'll play Nose-Guard or 3- Tech. Because of his natural frame, I suspect Baylor will try to groom Roy as a NT. However, it's possible that Roy never acquires the pluggers mentality and sticks at 3-tech. Either way, he'll be fine.
Outlook: It's always possible that raw players never develop the technique to become consistent starters. With that, it's hard to tell from highlight films how a player will react to coaching and refine his game. If Roy develops great technique with his natural athletic ability, he is a 1st Team All Big 12 caliber player, and possibly more. If not, he could be "just another guy." Where he ends up is up to him. Either way, Baylor pulling in a highly talented DT like Roy is a great sign for the program; Baylor just hasn't signed too many guys like him before.
#7: Parrish Cobb, CB, 5-11 180 lbs. La Vega HS, Waco, TX. HUDL Highlights
Analysis: Ah, the guy I have been waiting for. Cobb is an absolute stud. As Briles said, it's monumental to keep guys like this in town. Cobb had offers from the likes of Texas, A&M, TCU, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame. In my eyes, Cobb is the most underrated recruit that Baylor signed, and probably the best defensive back Baylor has signed in recent memory.
Cobb is a do it all athlete. His film is replete with special teams, defense, and offensive plays. Cobb CARRIED La Vega this year, and that is a 4A classification. It's rare for a guy to dominate across all phases of the game at such a large classification.
Cobb's SPARQ numbers speak to the type of athlete he is: 4.62 40, 4.15 shuttle,and 32 inch vertical = explosive athlete.Combine this athleticism with his tape, which shows a fluid athlete, and Cobb is a dynamic prospect.
Let me list all the thing Cobb does well: He plays the ball like a pro. He's a true playmaker with the ball in his hands. He is physical at the line of scrimmage. He can flip his hips and run. He shows a natural instinct to turn and look for the ball after he leans into the WR. In short, everything you want in a corner.
Cobb shows the quickness and speed to stay with smaller, shiftier WRs and the toughness and physicality to play with bigger, stronger guys. His quick feet and terrific acceleration will make him a menace to deal with on short routes. I think WRs will have a tough time getting off the line against Cobb.
Why Cobb was not a highly rated prospect is beside me. I heard someone mention that he didn't go to any of the recruiting site camps, so that may be it. I heard he was pretty mum in his recruitment, as well. Just based on his tape, however, it is inexcusable to me that this guy is not a consensus 4* CB. In my opinion, Cobb is the third best player in this class.
Player Comparison: Cobb is a do-it-all quick and physical corner. I don't think BU has seen the likes of him recently. Aaron Ross. Lofty, I know.
Position: Cobb can play corner or safety, but his best position is corner. He can play either field or boundary, but I think his best fit is on the boundary because of his quick feet combined with physicality.
Outlook: Cobb will compete for a starting job the moment he steps on campus. He is that good. My best guess is he will play in reserve duty as a freshman, playing a lot on special teams, and will win a starting job as a sophomore where 1 maybe 2 CB spots will be open.
#6: Kam Martin, 5-9 180 lbs. Memorial HS, Port Arthur, TX. HUDL Highlights
Analysis: Despite being small in stature, Martin as offered by Baylor in 9th grade because of his rare speed and acceleration. This is a guy who has awesome top end speed and can get there in a few steps.
Martin represents a huge win for Baylor on the recruiting front. He has offers from basically every school in the nation.
Martin wins by out-angling defenders with pure speed and acceleration. when he approaches a crease where 95% of RBs would have to decide which move to use to make a guy miss, Martin instinctively knows to just use his speed to burst through the hole before the defenders can even react. It's a perfect marriage when a guy not only has the speed, but the instincts to use his speed.
There aren't too many examples of Martin putting iso moves on defenders in the hole, but that doesn't mean he isn't capable. He just prefers to use his speed to create angles which the defender can't catch him at. Because of his acceleration and speed, I expect Baylor to do what they can to get him on the edge, which in Baylor's system is primarily done with inverted veer and speed option. I'm not sure if he is a 15-20 carry per-game guy, but expect Baylor to get the ball in his hands on the edge whenever possible.
Player Comparison: Martin's movement and athleticism are reminiscent of Jamaal Charles. That's a best case scenario. Just as an aside, I've seen several commenters say he is another JaMycal Hasty, but that just isn't true, IMO. Hasty is a thick, compact back who had a lot of experience making plays inside, in the hole, in high school. Hasty is more like a faster Shock Linwood. Martin is much leaner and runs upright.
Position: Martin will play RB at Baylor. If he had showed up 5-6 years ago, I might suspect he plays at Inside Receiver, but Baylor will stick him at running back and see what happens.
Outlook: Martin almost assuredly has to redshirt at Baylor. I know for an uber-recruit like him that will be tough, but part of the reason Baylor has been so successful is their ability to keep so many guys redshirted. There are 5 legit running backs in front of Martin this year, so there is basically no purpose in playing him as a true freshman, unless he is so much better on special teams than other guys, which I doubt. After that, the sky really is the limit. I expect in Martin's first few years he'll get a couple touches a game to try and break things open, and when he gets to become an upperclassman he'll be pushing to start.
#5: JP Urquidez, 6-6 300 lbs. Copperas Cove HS, Copperas Cove, TX. HUDL Highlights
Analysis: JP was a guy Baylor was on for a long time, and its because he has basically been this big since 2014. His tape is basically just 200 straight plays of bodying fools in the run game, taking advantage of his strength and size to plant hapless highschoolers into the ground. He plays to his strengths well, realizing that if he gets his hands on the defender first, it's over.
JP shows good ability to pull in the run game. He shows good ability to identify who his defender is while he is pulling (which is something that isn't natural for many OL), and make "good contact." What I mean by this it that when pulling, you have to stay in control to where your eventual block is an effective and efficient one. A guy who pulls out of control and falls or makes a bad block is a worthless puller. JP stays under control and should be an effective puller in college.
The main question with JP is whether he is a guard or tackle. On his film, I think there was only 1 play of him dropping back in pass block. His HS may just not ask to do it much, but either way it is hard to say "this guy will definitely play tackle" without any examples of him pass blocking. There are some questions, too, about whether he has the feet to play tackle. He has a penchant for playing with too narrow of a base, i.e. his feet too close together while he is moving. Footwork is often the last thing to come for HS OL though, so I wouldn't be worried.
JP maintains good overall athleticism for his size. Combine his size, athleticism, and mean streak, and its easy to see why he was a consensus 4* guy. He's a perfect toolkit for Briles and Co. to develop.
Player Comparison: I'm not really going to pretend here. High school OL are so tough to compare because so much of the future is based upon how their technique develops. I would say that JPs body type and likely fit at Right Tackle compare on a basic level to Pat Colbert.
Position: Like I said, the big question is whether he'll play guard or tackle. I see Right Tackle as his most likely destination, because of his functional athleticism and size. He has a shot to play LT if his footwork greatly improves.
Outlook: Despite being such a highly rated recruit, I see JP as a pretty raw recruit who will need some time to develop. He'll redshirt and go from there. Baylor actually doesn't have a lot of young tackles, so the opportunity should be there for him to start in a couple of years. If he develops great footwork, Urquidez has the potential to be a physically dominant, All Big 12 caliber left tackle. I think the safest bet is a guy who is a mauling right tackle for at least year or two.