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Baylor Releases Five Football Signees from NLI

Five members of the 2016 signing class will now have the ability to explore other options

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Athletic Department sent out a release about an hour ago announcing that five members of Baylor's 2016 recruiting class are being granted full releases from their National Letters of Intent. The players originally filed for releases from their NLIs back on May 31st around the time of enrollment for the first summer session. They are now able to sign with any school without any restrictions.

In his introductory press conference as Baylor's acting head coach, Jim Grobe indicated that he would adhere to the NLI process and that he wished to sit down with each player and player's family before granting releases. Now that we are nearly a month removed from the original announcement of Art Briles' "suspension with intent to terminate" on May 26th, Grobe has had time to do just that and it makes sense to move on from student-athletes that wish to explore other alternatives. Note that this does not prevent a player from signing with Baylor again, but one would presume that is an unlikely scenario given the uncertainty surrounding the Baylor football program at this time.

John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald reported on Twitter that the five players released are: DB Parrish Cobb, ATH Donovan Duvernay, OL Patrick Hudson, RB Kameron Martin and OL J.P. Urquidez. WR Jared Atkinson had also asked for his release but he is now expected to enroll at Baylor for the start of the second summer session.

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