Signing Day Superlatives:
Baylor Bears ranked to be the 26th best class in the country according to Scout.com.
BearsIllustrated.com analysts and writers now reveal their selections for the 7th Annual Signing Day Superlatives:
Biggest Recruiting Battle Victory:
Chris Bullajian: "Even though Baylor signee Robbie Rhodes had offers from every school in the country, Baylor has been known to get some of the best offensive talent in the country. So my selection here is based on the position on defense that Baylor has struggled with in terms of signing high school prospects—defensive tackle. That's why I am choosing Andrew Billings as the biggest recruiting battle victory for Baylor. The Bears beat out the Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs to get the 12th best defensive tackle in the country and and National Top 100 player."
Steve Brischke: "Andrew Billings. Going toe-to-toe with two in-state rivals, winning a top 100 player, and getting a player in a need position-this is a no brainer for the Bears biggest win.
Tim Watkins: "Robbie Rhodes. Baylor fought off Texas and a host of other schools for who I think is the best wide receiver in the nation."
Most Excited Player To Watch On the Next Level:
Chris Bullajian" You take Baylor's #1 offense in America, couple it with Art Briles and his track record of developing quarterbacks, throw in the fact that Baylor has some of the best wide receivers and running backs in the nation, there is no doubt that this selection will come from the offense. I love running back Johnny Jefferson here, I think he is electric with the ball in his hands, but I have got to select wide receiver Robbie Rhodes. He is the country's 2nd best wide receiver and I am excited to see him in this offense."
Steve Brischke: "Every time he has stepped on the field in front of someone new, he impresses them. As Baylor's highest rated recruit, Rhodes will turn plenty of heads."
Tim Watkins: "Kevin Smith has a chance to be that long waited for pass rusher. That is something that excites me immensely."
Biggest Sleeper of this year's class:
Chris Bullajian: As Baylor continues to bring in greater talent, there are less and less 'sleeper' type players. Most of this year's class are very well known commodities. However, I think the one player that I think will exceed expectations by the time his 4 or 5 years is is over is DeSoto linebacker Taylor Young. You don't just stumble into being named 5A high school defensive player of the year in the state of Texas. He will need to get stronger, learn a different system, and stay healthy, but Young has the ability to be a huge contributor to this defense over the next half decade."
Steve Brischke: "Young reminds me of Joe Pawelek-a former all conference LB for Baylor. His recruiting was low-key, but his production was off the charts as the AP 5A defensive player of the year in Texas."
Tim Watkins: "Wesley Harris is a great athlete and a guy that battles and fights with everything he has. I love him as a corner after a redshirt year, and he has the size, speed, and mentality that is needed."
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