Baylor football extended an exciting new quarterback offer after Allen quarterback Grant Tisdale committed to Ole Miss.
The Bears have been selective with their quarterback offers. Heading into April, the Bears only had five out. Four were to blue-chip quarterback recruits. However, quarterbacks don’t necessarily need to be elite recruits to be valuable.
Charlie Brewer broke the mold last season after going from underrecruited to among the Big 12’s best. His accuracy stood apart. Baylor will hope that quarterback recruit Gunner Cruz will bring that same kind of accuracy to campus.
Here’s how Baylor’s 2019 recruiting sits in the middle of April.
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 41 in the nation and No. 7 in the Big 12 with just 3 commits on board. All three players are rated 3-star recruits and out of the top 600 prospects. Things could change dramatically in the coming months.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 117
- 5-star offers: 4
- 4-star offers: 50
- In-state recruits offered: 78
- Florida recruits offered: 12
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- WR Jaylen Ellis, 3 stars, Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas)
- S Hakeem Vance, 3 stars, Lewisburg (Olive Branch, Miss.)
- DE TJ Franklin, 3 stars, Temple (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
Unranked LB Tyrone Brown, Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
Linebacker Tyrone Brown is still one of Baylor’s newest offers, but the Bears are getting some competition from a familiar source. Texas A&M offered Brown on Wednesday, and several crystal ball predictions came in for the Aggies soon after.
Brown is just 205 pounds and 6-foot-3, but he was very productive for Beaumont last season. He posted 72 tackles (63 solo), an interception, 2 forced fumbles and 2 offensive touchdowns. This season he will play on a bigger stage at Houston Atascocita.
3-star QB Gunner Cruz, Queen Creek (Casteel, Ariz.)
Quarterback Gunner Cruz is Baylor’s newest quarterback offer. Cruz had been receiving some interest from major schools, but Baylor is just his third Power 5 offer overall, after Herm Edwards at Arizona State and Mike Leach at Washington State.
Cruz completed 71.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,175 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions during an electric junior season at Queen Creek. Cruz also has offers from Ivy League schools, so that could factor into his decision.
4-star DB Tamauzia Brown, Newton (Texas)
Baylor football’s top priority lies at Newton High School. The Bears have courted 4-star athlete Tamauzia Brown almost since the beginning of the recruiting cycle. Most likely, he will turn into a star defensive back in college.
The Bears need help at defensive back, and Brown is good enough to provide it immediately. As a junior, he intercepted 12 passes and amassed 45 tackles. He also added 1,400 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns on offense. Baylor needs Brown’s commitment.
4-star RB Darwin Barlow, Newton (Texas)
Running back Darwin Barlow is another high priority for Baylor. The Bears have talent at running back, but perhaps none is as pure as Barlow.
As a junior, he rushed for 2,246 yards and 38 touchdowns for Newton. For his efforts, Barlow earned District 10-3A Co-Offensive MVP. Baylor will have to beat out teams like Arkansas, LSU and TCU for his commitment, but sticking around will help.
3-star T Cole Birmingham, Katy (Texas)
Baylor coach Matt Rhule has emphasized offensive linemen from high-powered football high schools in the preview classes. In the past two years, Rhule has signed linemen from Katy, Southlake Carroll and DeSoto.
Hulking lineman Cole Birmingham could be the next in line. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 294 pounds, Birmingham fits the profile of developed lineman that Rhule can mold into an NFL talent. He has big-time offers from Oklahoma State, UCLA and Ole Miss, but Baylor is high on his list.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 0
- TE: 0
- WR: 1 (Ellis)
- OL: 0
- DL: 1 (Franklin)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 0
- CB: 0
- S: 1 (Vance)
- P: 0
Here’s a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state: