Baylor football put together a great recruiting stretch to start May. The Bears earned three commitments in three days.
Safety Myles Brooks (Pflugerville, Texas, Hendrickson High School) and running back Qualan Jones (Cedar Hill, Texas, Trinity Christian) are the two highest-rated players in the class. Both committed within 30 hours of each other last week. With their commitments, Baylor’s class has risen into the top 30 in the nation.
The Bears also are staying in a good spot with key recruits on defense. More commitments are expected soon. Baylor’s class is poised to be small, so don’t expect too much action. However, Baylor is building inroads with the prospects coaches like best.
How Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class stands in the middle of May:
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 28 in the nation and No. 4 in the Big 12 with seven commitments. All seven players are rated 3-star recruits. However, recent commits Brooks and Jones are top-500 prospects. Baylor trails Oklahoma, Texas and TCU in the 2019 recruiting rankings.
Offers, by the numbers
- Reported offers: 134
- 5-star offers: 8
- 4-star offers: 49
- In-state recruits offered: 87
- Florida recruits offered: 14
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- Louisiana recruits offered: 4
- S Myles Brooks, 3 stars, Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas)
- RB Qualan Jones, 3 stars, Trinity Christian School (Cedar Hill, Texas)
- 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, Spring (Klein, Texas)
- DE TJ Franklin, 3 stars, Temple (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
3-star QB Jacob Zeno, John Jay (San Antonio)
Baylor is in the driver’s seat for 3-star quarterback Jacob Zeno. He has offers from several elite programs. In the last week, he added another from Northwestern and officially visited N.C. State. However, Baylor remains at the top.
Zeno threw for 1,957 yards and 18 touchdowns with 3 interceptions. However, he completed 51.3 percent of his passes as a junior. He will not need to be a starter immediately in college. Because the Bears have Gerry Bohanon and Charlie Brewer on campus, Zeno can take time to develop under quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas.
3-star LB Myles Jernigan, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas)
Three-star linebacker Myles Jernigan is slightly underweight, but he is a quickly rising linebacker in the Class of 2019. Jernigan has an offer from Utah, but most think he will end up at Baylor.
Baylor didn’t take any linebackers in the Class of 2018. Even though the Bears have linebacker Tyrone Brown committed at outside linebacker, Jernigan would be a great addition. He was an all-district performer as a junior.
3-star QB Kenneth Jefferson, North Panola (Sardis, Miss.)
Baylor extended a new quarterback offer on Wednesday, offering Mississippi 3-star quarterback Kenneth Jefferson. Jefferson completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,028 yards, 36 touchdowns and 3 interceptions as a junior. He also added 1,325 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Bears have seven quarterback offers out, but Baylor reportedly plans to take two quarterbacks in the Class of 2019. Baylor is working toward rebuilding quarterback depth on campus. Only two scholarship quarterbacks were on campus during the spring: Brewer and Bohanon.
3-star S Tyler Owens, Plano East (Plano, Texas)
Three-star safety Tyler Owens is a quick riser in the Class of 2019. In the last few weeks, Owens has picked up offers from Missouri, UTSA and Vanderbilt. However, Baylor is considered to be one of his top options.
Baylor had major issues at safety in 2017, and Owens (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) has the potential to be special. The Bears have commitments from Brooks and Hakeem Vance, but more defensive backs could be coming soon.
3-star T Brant Banks, Westbury Christian School (Houston)
Baylor offered 3-star tackle Brant Banks at the beginning of March, but his recruitment has picked up in the last month. Banks has offers from Nebraska, Air Force and UTSA. Now he has a major Crystal Ball prediction from a national 247Sports analyst.
Banks is listed at 6-7 and 244 pounds. That is well below the weight he will need to be to play at the highest level. However, Baylor coach Matt Rhule has emphasized that he likes to get undersized players into his strength program so they can add good weight. Banks fits that criteria.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 1 (Jones)
- TE: 0
- WR: 1 (Ellis)
- OL: 0
- DL: 2 (Franklin, White)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 1 (Brown)
- CB: 0
- S: 2 (Brooks, Vance)
- P: 0
Here is a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state: