What's the Skinny?

Coming off of a victory over Iowa State, the Baylor Bears look ahead to a big match up against the Texas A&M Aggies. On the recruiting trail, the Bears still have a few priorities to fill before signing day. Finally, realignment lingers on as everyone waits on Missouri. Get the latest news on Baylor Football, recruiting, and realignment in this FREE story - only from BearsIllustrated.com.

THE TEAM

Cornerback Tyler Stephenson is still questionable with a high ankle sprain. Stephenson has not played since the Bears' opener against TCU.

Cornerback/kick returner Demetri Goodson suffered a high ankle sprain against Iowa State and will very likely not be available against Texas A&M. His return is to be determined, but he will likely miss no less than two weeks.

Receiver Kendall Wright suffered a minor leg injury that caused him to miss two plays against Iowa State. He should be fine to play against A&M.

No other injuries are public at this time. If Tyler Stephenson were to return this week, Baylor would have all 22 of their regular starters healthy.



RECRUITING

The biggest news for the Bears over the last few weeks was the decommitment of South Grand Prairie quarterback Jared Johnson. Johnson, who had committed at one of the Bears' summer camps, told Scout.com that he felt the parting of ways between him and Baylor was mutual.

With Johnson out, that leaves one quarterback-capable prospect in the Bears' class: Port Arthur Memorial signal caller Terrance Singleton. Singleton continues to impress this season, but some scouts can't get over his height (estimated at 6-0 or shorter). The Bears have reportedly offered him as a quarterback, however, and that is where Singleton is committed.

If the Bears choose to pursue another QB in this class to refill Jared Johnson's spot, they certainly have options. Tatum quarterback Jalen Overstreet has an offer and tells Scout.com that he plans to visit Baylor in the future. Overstreet also holds a quarterback offer from Texas Tech.

Arlington quarterback Josh Greer is also available. Greer has had a steady relationship with the Baylor coaches since the spring. Baylor continues to evaluate throughout his senior season and could offer him afterwards.

My understanding is that Baylor will still look to add one more defensive end to this class. If he is still open to the Bears, an obvious choice would be San Antonio Sam Houston defensive end Javonte Magee. Magee has been very quiet throughout the recruiting process, but last said was still considering all his options and would not make a decision until after the season.

The Bears may also look to add one additional defensive tackle to this class. Navarro DT Calvin Barnett, who did hold a Baylor offer, just recently committed to Oklahoma State. The Bears do have the commitment of Navarro's Joey Searcy, though. More JUCO options may open up after the season.

The Bears are also still in the running for Keller Fossil Ridge defensive tackle Aaron Curry. Curry last said that he was looking to make a decision in October. In addition to Baylor, he is considering Missouri, Iowa, Mississippi, Boise State and Oregon.

No other positions seem to be a priority, however there is one major player that Baylor is hoping to land. Euless Trinity linebacker and Army All American Brian Nance has Baylor among his top five schools. Nance plans to take official visits to Baylor, Oklahoma, USC and two others between Tennessee, Arizona and Nebraska. During the summer, it had seemed that Nance's relationship with the Baylor coaches had become the strongest amongst all the schools recruiting him. Nance says he would like to make a decision in January at the Army All American game.



REALIGNMENT

The biggest official news of the week is that TCU has formally accepted their Big 12 invitation and will join the league in 2012.

The decision to stay at ten members or expand to twelve is not final among the Big 12 members, however, interim commissioner Chuck Neinas says these are the final two options the league is considering.

The decision will likely not be made until Missouri makes their decision to either re-commit to the conference or push for membership in the SEC.

Current leading Big 12 expansion targets are Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati and BYU. Should Missouri leave, Louisville is the leading eastern expansion target to take their place. Chuck Neinas, however, believes that Missouri will not leave the conference before the 2012-2013 athletic year - meaning the Big 12 is set next season with ten members, no matter what Missouri ultimately decides.

We are currently hearing that the ten member format may be the favorite in the Big 12 right now, but that may be assuming that Missouri stays. Should they leave, feelings may change and the Big 12 may be in favor of going back to twelve members.

The final negotiating point is the signing over of television rights. Two possibilities is that committing to ten members would have everyone agree to 10-13 year agreement, whereas expanding to twelve members may only allow a six year agreement. The University of Texas remains the strongest proponent of a ten member league.


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