Wednesday is a historic day for college football recruiting, as well as for the Baylor recruiting program. The new early signing period is the first chance for players to join Matt Rhule’s team heading into his second year.

The early signing period, established last summer, allows high school seniors and junior college players to sign their National Letters of Intent from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22. Players can still choose to wait and sign on the traditional National Signing Day, which falls on Feb. 7.

Despite a 1-11 record during the 2017 season, Rhule and his staff have had plenty of success on the recruiting trail. Just over the last week, Baylor added three new commitments, including two 4-star players.

Baylor’s 22-player class is currently ranked the 19th best in the country by ESPN. Approximately 15 of those players are expected to sign early on Wednesday.

Offense

Mansfield deep threat Jackson Gleeson and Southlake Carroll offensive lineman Jackson Kimble both intend to sign early. So do speedy Crosby running back Craig “Sqwirl” Williams and 6-foot-8 Cuero tight end Bralen Taylor.

Baylor’s newest commit, 4-star receiver Tyquan Thornton, had originally been a Baylor commit before switching to Florida. However, a few days ago the lightning fast Thornton flipped back to the Bears from the Gators and plans to sign Wednesday.

They will be joined by tight end Christoph Henle out of Arlington (by way of Austria) and offensive lineman Casey Phillips. Henle and Phillips are both set to graduate high school this month and enroll at Baylor next semester.

Another signing Baylor fans will eagerly be awaiting is that of 4-star quarterback Gerry Bohanon. The Arkansas native announced he will make his decision on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Bohanon is the only signal caller Baylor is recruiting in the 2018 class, but the Bears will have to fend off the in-state Razorbacks and others. Fans will likely panic if the Bears don’t land Bohanon and must look for a QB elsewhere. But remember, Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year Charlie Brewer was not recruited by the Bears until late December last year.

Defense

What looks to be a stacked defensive backfield will take shape for the Bears on Wednesday. JT Woods, a 6-foot-3 safety and track star will officially sign with Baylor, as will the highest rated player in the class, alpha dog defensive back BJ Hanspard.

Both Woods and Hanspard will enroll early at Baylor to participate in workouts and spring practice.

Joining them are safety Christian Morgan and another speedster in athlete Mark Milton. Morgan runs a 4.56 forty and has a 43-inch vertical leap, and his freakish athleticism translates onto the field. Baylor’s staff will try to mold Milton and his jets into a shutdown corner.

The defensive early signee group is rounded out by lengthy 6-foot-6 edge rusher Marje Smith out of Marshall.

Notable

Armchair has stressed this, but Baylor’s class is very fast.

High profile Baylor targets Tommy Bush (receiver) and Cam Jones (safety) will wait until the February signing day to make their decision.

Rhule will speak to the media at 3:30 pm CT on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Fans interested in the press conference can watch live on BaylorBears.com.

For quality up-to-date sports reporting, visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

For all your collegiate and professional apparel needs, check out 365 Gameday.

Author Details
My name is Jakob Brandenburg and I’m a senior journalism major at Baylor University. I’ve witnessed it all during my time in Waco. A miraculous 21-point fourth quarter comeback to beat TCU in 2014. An equally miraculous, but much more disappointing, blown 21-point fourth quarter lead against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl that same year. I’ve stormed the field after winning a Big 12 Championship, and broadcast games from the radio booth as the Bears have fought their way to an 0-8 record (at the time of writing this. It can still get worse.) Through it all, I’ve been assured that there is nothing I’d rather be doing than working in sports media. Every time I walk into an arena or stadium on game day, I fall in love all over again and am humbled to cover the sports we love, and tell the stories of the athletes that make them great.
×
My name is Jakob Brandenburg and I’m a senior journalism major at Baylor University. I’ve witnessed it all during my time in Waco. A miraculous 21-point fourth quarter comeback to beat TCU in 2014. An equally miraculous, but much more disappointing, blown 21-point fourth quarter lead against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl that same year. I’ve stormed the field after winning a Big 12 Championship, and broadcast games from the radio booth as the Bears have fought their way to an 0-8 record (at the time of writing this. It can still get worse.) Through it all, I’ve been assured that there is nothing I’d rather be doing than working in sports media. Every time I walk into an arena or stadium on game day, I fall in love all over again and am humbled to cover the sports we love, and tell the stories of the athletes that make them great.

LEAVE A REPLY

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.