Baylor’s recruiting momentum continues to gradually pick up. The Bears earned a commitment from an underrated defensive end last week.
Harrison White, a 3-star prospect from Klein (Texas) High School, made it five commits in the 2019 class for Baylor. White is the No. 933 player in the 2019 class in the 247Sports ranking, but his physical profile is impressive. White is listed at 6-foot-5 and 263 pounds, and he still has a year of high school left. With some development, he could be a special player.
Baylor is also in on a couple other players on both sides of the ball. The 2019 class will be a small one, which allows the staff to be selective.
Here’s how Baylor’s 2019 recruiting situation stands at the beginning of May.
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 37 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big 12 with five commitments. All four players are rated 3-star recruits and outside of the top 600 prospects. The Bears trail Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Iowa State.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 130
- 5-star offers: 8
- 4-star offers: 49
- In-state recruits offered: 85
- Florida recruits offered: 12
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- Louisiana recruits offered: 4
- WR Jaylen Ellis, 3 stars, Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas)
- S Hakeem Vance, 3 stars, Lewisburg (Olive Branch, Miss.)
- LB Tyrone Brown, 3 stars, Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
- DE Harrison White, 3 stars, Klein (Spring, Texas)
- DE TJ Franklin, 3 stars, Temple (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
3-star QB Jacob Zeno, John Jay (San Antonio, Texas)
Baylor is still in a great spot for San Antonio quarterback Jacob Zeno, who has received offers and attention from some of the nation’s best programs. Zeno reportedly had Texas Tech at the top of his list for a while, but Baylor is slipping into the fold.
Zeno has offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina State. He threw for 1,957 yards and 18 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions as a junior. Now, he has to improve his 51.3 percent accuracy for John Jay.
3-star QB Gunner Cruz, Casteel (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
Baylor hopes to take two quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class in order to build much-needed depth at the position. Arizona quarterback Gunner Cruz is a good fit for what the Bears like to do offensively thanks to his accuracy.
Cruz completed 71.7 percent of his passes for Casteel last season, while throwing for 3,175 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. Baylor, Washington State and SMU are considered the leaders for his official visits at this point, and Cruz hopes to early-enroll in December.
3-star DT Gabriel Hall, Waller (Texas)
Listed at 6-5 and 280 pounds, Gabriel Hall could fit at several different places on the football field. TCU is reportedly recruiting Hall as an offensive lineman. However, Baylor sees Hall as a defensive lineman.
It’s unclear at this point whether Hall prefers offensive or defensive line. He has played both during his time in high school. However, getting to play his preferred position, whichever it is, could help him make a decision.
3-star S Myles Brooks, Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas)
Baylor desperately wants options at safety. Luckily, the Bears are reportedly in a good spot to land hyper-athletic safety Myles Brooks from Central Texas.
Brooks was measured at a laser-timed 4.56 40-yard dash and a 40.7 vertical jump at The Opening Regional in Dallas. Those are strong numbers Baylor’s strength staff could improve on with time. He also recently earned an offer from Arkansas.
4-star RB Darwin Barlow, Newton (Texas)
Baylor has done quite well with running backs over the past few seasons. Last year, JaMycal Hasty, John Lovett and Trestan Ebner showed flashes of brilliance behind a porous offensive line. Running back Darwin Barlow has the potential to be that kind of talent.
Barlow rushed for 2,246 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior for Newton. He earned District 10-3A Co-Offensive MVP for his efforts. Barlow has said he sees himself as a perfect fit for Baylor’s offense.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 0
- TE: 0
- WR: 1 (Ellis)
- OL: 0
- DL: 2 (Franklin, White)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 1 (Brown)
- CB: 0
- S: 1 (Vance)
- P: 0
Here’s a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state: