Baylor football experienced a tumultuous 2016 year. One of the most lasting damages from a purely football perspective was losing a huge chunk of a promising recruiting class.
In the weeks after football coach Art Briles was fired, Baylor lost half of its 2016 recruiting class. Most of the high school players demanded releases from their Letters of Intent. Others asked for more traditional transfers. Since then, the Bears have also lost quarterback Zach Smith to transfer.
The 2016 class was the culmination of two Big 12 championships and a rising brand for Baylor in Texas. It ranked among the top 20 classes in America, despite holding just 22 players on signing day. Two years later, we’re revisiting the “lost” recruiting class.
Keep in mind, it’s only been two full football seasons for each of these players. Some have yet to appear in major football games at their new schools. Others have left the sport entirely. If nothing else, the lost class is far from boring.
Here’s where every signee that left Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class ended up.
OL BJ Autry, Coffeyville Community College (Kansas)
Where he ended up: Jacksonville State
Offensive guard B.J. Autry was the first player to withdraw from the university after early enrolling at Baylor. He picked Baylor over prominent offers from Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. After pulling out of Baylor, he sat out the 2016 college football season before enrolling at FCS power Jacksonville State in his home state of Alabama. Autry immediately earned a starting job with the Gamecocks and is expected back for his redshirt senior year in 2018.
DL Brandon Bowen, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
Where he ended up: TCU
Defensive end Brandon Bowen has some incredible blood lines. He’s the son of MLB pitcher Ryan Bowen. He’s the nephew of former San Antonio Spur Bruce Bowen. After getting his release from Baylor, Brandon Bowen enrolled at rival TCU. So far, he has yet to get much action. He suffered an injury three games into his true freshman season, and then missed the 2017 season with a shoulder injury. Regardless, Bowen should have a chance to push for a starting defensive end job alongside Ben Banogu in 2018.
CB Parrish Cobb, La Vega (Texas)
Where he ended up: Oklahoma, eventually out of football
Defensive back Parrish Cobb was a game-changing all-around player for La Vega, only 4 miles north of McLane Stadium. Cobb led the Pirates to a perfect 16-0 record and their first state championship in 2015. After Baylor fired Briles, Cobb’s father went to the media and demanded a release. Parrish Cobb eventually got it, and signed with Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, that’s when things got turned for him. Cobb was arrested for multiple robberies in the coming months, including an armed robbery of a Baylor student in Waco. Last week, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison. It’s a disappointing finish for a player who once was a local hero.
WR Tren’Davian Dickson, Navasota (Texas)
Where he ended up: Houston, out of football
Wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson is one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of Texas high school football after setting the record for most receiving touchdowns in a career. After flipping his commitment back and forth between Baylor and Texas, he eventually enrolled with the Bears.
But after Briles was fired, Dickson transferred to Houston. It seemed like a great situation to team up with former 5-star quarterback and Texas A&M transfer Kyle Allen. However, Dickson surprisingly left the Cougars at midseason and appears to have left football entirely to focus on raising his first child. Houston officials were unsure of his destination after leaving the program.
WR Devin Duvernay, Sachse (Texas)
Where he ended up: Texas
Texas hasn’t quite figured out how to use wide receiver Devin Duvernay, a former blue-chip recruit, since he opted to enroll there after leaving Baylor. After posting 412 yards and 3 touchdowns as a freshman, he regressed to just 9 catches for 124 yards as a sophomore in Tom Herman’s first season.
Only one wide receiver – Collin Johnson – has locked up a starting spot for the Longhorns. Duvernay could get more of a look in 2018. However, the Longhorns also brought in an elite wide receiver class, so Duvernay could get pushed even further out of the rotation.
DB Donovan Duvernay, Sachse (Texas)
Where he ended up: Texas
The other Duvernay, twin brother Donovan, also signed with Texas. He redshirted his first season and has appeared in two games for the Longhorns so far. However, he has yet to record a statistic in Austin. His career started in a 38-7 win over Baylor last season.
DL Jeremy Faulk, Garden City Community
Where he ended up: NFL Draft
Baylor pushed defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk out of the university after an incident at FAU, his former college, became known. The lack of transparency caused some controversy nationally, but Faulk eventually decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. He was not selected, but NFL teams noticed his potential. The Jets signed Faulk initially as an undrafted free agent, but eventually cut him right before the season. However, the Cleveland Browns signed Faulk to a futures contract during the offseason. He will participate in Browns camp during the summer.
OL Patrick Hudson, Silsbee (Texas)
Where he ended up: Texas
Everything we’ve heard about offensive lineman Patrick Hudson behind the scenes has been phenomenal since he enrolled at Texas instead of Baylor. He had a great shot to lock down a starting spot by the end of 2017 before tearing his ACL against San Jose State in the second game of the year. Now, he’s still projected as a potential starter, although he could move from tackle to guard. Hudson still has plenty of potential and should be a contributor for Texas for three more seasons.
DB Kenan Ivy, Lancaster (Texas)
Where he ended up: Navarro Community College, out of football
Cornerback Kenan Ivy didn’t actively leave the program because of Briles’ firing. However, he did not qualify academically and eventually signed at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas. However, he did not appear on the roster for the 2017 season after posting 5 tackles in 8 appearances in 2016. Navarro College officials were not sure of Ivy’s future plans. Ivy also has a son who was born in February 2017.
RB Kameron Martin, Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas)
Where he ended up: Auburn
Running back Kam Martin has proved why several big-time programs were high on his potential. After getting his release from Baylor, Martin signed with Auburn. Despite a relatively slight 5-foot-10 and 182-pound size, Martin did not redshirt and accumulated 749 yards and 5 touchdowns on 6.7 yards per carry for the Tigers. Now, Martin expects to be a lead contender for the starting job in 2018.
DL DeQuinton Osborne, Kilgore JC (Kilgore, Texas)
Where he ended up: Oklahoma State
Defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne was a highly-overlooked JUCO recruit, despite earning All-America status. The 247Sports composite ranked him the No. 252 JUCO recruit in the nation, and barely a 3-star prospect. Before committing to Baylor, he was committed to 0-12 UCF. After leaving Baylor, he eventually enrolled at Oklahoma State and showed strong playmaking ability on the interior line. As a senior, Osborne posted 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks en route to All-Big 12 First Team from the league’s coaches.
OL J.P. Urquidez, Copperas Cove (Texas)
Where he ended up: Texas
Offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez, who played at the same high school as Robert Griffin III, was one of the most vocal about getting a release. After getting it, he enrolled at Texas, along with Hudson and the Duvernay twins. However, Urquidez has yet to see the field in a meaningful role. Even when Texas experienced massive injury issues, Urquidez fell behind a true freshman on the depth chart. Urquidez appears on most projected depth charts for 2018, but could fall behind when Rice graduate transfer Calvin Anderson arrives in Austin.