Baylor football has been more selective with its recruiting practices, but things will start heating up.
Only 13 players will graduate after the 2018 season. The Bears could also have a few more spots after taking a relatively smaller class in the 2018 recruiting class, but it’s easily going to finish out at fewer than 20 players.
“We’re not panicking,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. “It would be a mistake to get too many guys to early. Now, since our numbers are lower, we can take more time and really see who we need and who we want. We’re taking a much more tactical approach about who we think is a fit here.”
However, Baylor does have its eye on a few under-the-radar players. The Bears had nine commits by the end of April last season; things could get wild down the stretch.
Here’s how Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class looks heading into 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 3 commits in the class. All three players are rated 3-star recruits and out of the top 600. Baylor trails Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State in the rankings. Things are subject to change dramatically in the coming months.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 114
- 5-star offers: 4
- 4-star offers: 50
- In-state recruits offered: 76
- 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 one of Baylor’s newest offers in the class of 2019. He played his first three years in Beaumont (Texas), but will move to Houston for his senior season. Brown also holds offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Houston.
Brown is a skinny 205 pounds, but he was productive playing both linebacker and safety as a junior. He posted 72 tackles (63 solo), an interception, 2 forced fumbles and a pair of offensive touchdowns as a junior. He should be coming to campus in the coming weeks for a visit.
4-star DB Tamauzia Brown, Newton (Texas)
Baylor has had its eye on Newton High School for some time. Defensive back Tamauzia Brown is the most athletic player in that high school’s junior class – and that’s saying something.
Brown posted 45 tackles and 12 interceptions while playing cornerback. He also added 1,400 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. Baylor has the option to play Brown at several different positions.
4-star RB Darwin Barlow, Newton (Texas)
Brown isn’t the only star player at Newton. Four-star Darwin Barlow had an explosive junior season. Now, Baylor hopes Barlow can be its star running back of the future in Waco.
Barlow rushed for 2,246 yards and 38 touchdowns last season. He earned District 10-3A Co-Offensive MVP last season.
3-star DT Jared Harrison-Hunte, Christ the King Regional (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Three-star defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte has Baylor near the top of his list despite the long commute from New York. Harrison-Hunte is rated by 27Sports as the No. 3 player from New York, and Penn State, LSU and Baylor are in the running.
The Bears need a gap-filler on defense, and Harrison-Hunte fits the profile. He stands 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds while going against New York state talent. With some Texas conditioning, he could be a star.
3-star CB Markel Reed, Temple (Texas)
Three-star cornerback Markel Reed has great size at 6-1 and should be a nice player at the collegiate level. There’s a reason he’s earned offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and Rice.
Reed posted 27 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception for Temple last season. He also defended 13 passes for the varsity team. Reed is also teammates with 3-star defensive end T.J. Franklin, who is already committed to Baylor.
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: