BearsIllustrated 2014 Recruiting Board

With no additions to the class since June 10th, the Bears have plateaued at a 19 commitments. However, with Baylor missing out on some top prospects, we see some juggling of spots and where the Bears staff could be looking at bringing more talent to the team.

With 19 commitments in the books, there are at most just 6 more spots for the Bears to play with. Below is a breakdown of what they have committed and what they could be looking to still bring on to finish the 2014 recruiting class. There is still a big hole at the QB spot, and maybe a few more openings in the defensive secondary as the Bears brace themselves for the departure of four of the eight players on the two-deep depth chart for safety and corner back.

The projection is still at just 24, mainly due to Kd Cannon but also the patter of Baylor keeping a scholarship or two open after signing day to fill with a late qualifier, transfer or under the radar recruit.

Quick Breakdown

Quarterback (0 of 1) None

Running Back (1 of 1) – Terence Williams

Wide Receiver/Tight End (5 of 5) - Davion Hall, Chris Platt, Ishmael Zamora, Blake Mahon, Jordan Feuerbacher

Offensive Lineman (4 of 4) - Patrick Lawrence, Josh Pelzel, Devonte Jones, Blake Blackmar

Defensive Lineman (4 of 4) – Andrew Morris, Ira Lewis, Xavier Jones, Jamie Jacobs

Linebackers (2 of 4) – James David, T'Kevian Rockwell

Secondary (3 of 5)Chad Adams, Jourdan Blake, Cordell Dorsey

Total (19 of 24) – 5 spots remaining

Quarterback – 1 spot

Best Case: Randall Cunningham II or Brandon Harris

Other Offers: Patrick Mahomes

Others to watch: None

May Choice: Randall Cunningham II

June Choice: Randall Cunningham II

THE CHOICE – Randall Cunningham II

No changes again, as the Bears await the decision of RC2, their top quarterback target. It is looking more and more likely that his decision will be very late in the process. Brandon Harris should decide by that point, and if he doesn't pick the Bears, they should be rooting for LSU to nab him as that would take away a potential option for Cunningham. If the Bears strike out on Cunningham and Harris, look for them to save the QB spot for next year, where they are involved in several of the top QBs in the nation.

Running Back – 1 spot

Best Case: Terence Williams (COMMIT), Joe Mixon

Other Offers: Cedric Dale

Others to watch: Larry Hill, Kendrick Igbinoba, Jarek Black, Corey Avery, Treyvon Hughes, Thomas Middleton, Marcus Anderson,

May Choice: Terence Williams

June Choice: Terence Williams

THE CHOICE – Terrence Williams (COMMIT)

With Williams being on board for a long time now, the Bears have seen little activity on their 2013 running back recruiting board. The only other player still getting attention is Corey Avery, and he could be more of a defensive back player or an athlete at this point. I think there are more pressing needs than a second running back commitment at this point, so the Bears stick with just a single RB for 2014.

Fullback – 0 spots

First Choice: NONE

May Choice: None

Fullback is a non-essential luxury in Briles offense. We will find a walk-on or convert a LB or another player to this spot. I would be very surprised to see a scholarship go out to a fullback at this time.

Tight End – 2 spots

Best Case: Tyler Luatua,

Other Offers: Blake Mahon (COMMIT),Jordan Feuerbacher (COMMIT), Koda Martin, John Thomas (JUCO), Alize Jones

Others to watch:

May Choice: Jordan Feuerbacher

June Choice: Blake Mahon and Jordan Feuerbacher

THE CHOICE – Blake Mahon (COMMIT)and Jordan Feuerbacher (COMMIT)

With two commitments on board, both from high school standouts, the Bears are done with their recruiting for the tight end position. Look for Mahon to possibly be a December graduate and get here early to try and not redshirt.

Wide Receiver – 3 spots

Best Case: Davion Hall (COMMIT), Chris Platt (COMMIT), Ishmael Zamora (COMMIT), KD Cannon

Other Offers: T.V. Williams, DeAndre Tomkins , Josh Malone,

Others to watch: Latrell Martin

May Choice: Davion Hall, Chris Platt, KD Cannon

June Choice: May Choice: Davion Hall, Chris Platt, KD Cannon

THE CHOICE – Davion Hall (COMMIT), Chris Platt (COMMIT), Ishmael Zamora (COMMIT)

The big question is still KD Cannon and whether he grabs a 4th spot. The Bears have two of the most highly coveted wide receivers already in the fold in Hall and Zamora and a third guy that is as fast as any recruit in the region. Do they need a 4th wide receiver commitment? No, they probably don't. But this is KD Cannon. For now, the projection says three spots, mainly because other positions have more pressing needs, but don't be fooled. If Cannon wants a spot, he has one.

Offensive Tackle: 2 spots

Best Case: Tyus Barrett, Jovan Pruitt

Other Offers: Patrick Lawrence (COMMIT), Josh Pelzel (COMMIT), Michael Grimm, Nick Gates, Jarrell Broxton, Frank Kee (JUCO) Jermaine Eluemunor,

Others to watch: Jacob Bragg, Cory Klingler

May Choice: Tyus Barrett, and a JUCO

June Choice: Patrick Lawrence (COMMIT), Josh Pelzel (COMMIT), Tyus Barrett

The Choice – Patrick Lawrence (COMMIT) and Josh Pelzel (COMMIT)

With the change from 3 spots to 2, the Bears appear to be done at the tackle spot. They are on the outside looking in it appears on several of their top prospects. The Bears could still get another tackle, and would really boost their class if they could get one of the more highly coveted lineman (Kee, Barrett, or Pruitt) but with two very good prospects on board, they don't have to get another one to call this class a success.

Interior Lineman: 2 spots

Best Case: Devonte Jones (COMMIT), Blake Blackmar (COMMIT), Frank Kee (juco),

Other Offers: Brad Lundblade, Connor Mayes, Jarell Broxton (juco)

Others to watch: William Richardson

May Choice: Devonte Jones (COMMIT), Josh Pelzel (COMMIT)

June Choice: Devonte Jones (COMMIT) and Blake Blackmar (COMMIT)

THE CHOICE – Devonte Jones (COMMIT) and Blake Blackmar (COMMIT)

With the commitment of Blake Blackmar on June 1st, that pretty much closed the book on the Bears interior lineman recruiting. They recently missed out on the last player that would have had a spot (Connor Mayes committed to Minnesota on June 17th).

Defensive Tackle – 2 spots

Best Case: Thomas Holley, Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris

Other Offers: Claude Pelon (JUCO), Peyton Newell

Others to watch:

May Choice: Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris

June Choice: Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris

THE CHOICE – Andrew Morris (COMMIT) and Ira Lewis (COMMIT)

With the commitment of Andrew Morris on June 10th, and the commitment of Ira Lewis the day before, the Bears flipped both of their defensive tackle spots with decommitments of Houston area schools. Morris was previously committed to Rice and Lewis to Houston. There is a chance that Lewis could move outside to strong side defensive end if he can't gain wait. Also, don't give up on Cedric Johnson who is still looking at the Bears. You can never have enough defensive tackles and Johnson is a good one.

Defensive End – 2 spots

Best Case: Xavier Jones (COMMIT),Jamie Jacobs (COMMIT),Solomon Thomas, Myles Garrett

Other Offers: Deondre Clark, Grant Blankenship, Sione Teuema, Josh Malin, Victor Evans

Others to watch: Sekou Clark, Tim Wilkerson, Daniel Wise, C.J. Reese, Anthony Davis

May Choice: Grant Blankenship, Josh Malin

June Choice: Grant Blankenship, Josh Malin

THE CHOICE – Xavier Jones (COMMIT) and Jamie Jacobs (COMMIT)

The Bears have had their two defensive tackles now on board for a while, with Jacobs committing on May 24th and Jones on May 14th. Both are definitely projects needing to put on quite a bit of weight to play on the line for a BCS school. However, both are athletically gifted and should be late risers up recruiting boards.

Outside Linebacker - 1 spot

Best Case: Christian Sam,

Other Offers: Tay Evans, Dvonta Derricott (JUCO)

Others to watch: Somari Wright, Trevor Moses, Quinton Trice

May Choice: Christian Sam, James David

June Choice: James David and Christian Sam

THE CHOICE – Christian Sam

Sam is still the top linebacker out there that the Bears are pursuing. He is a solid 3-star recruit and a player with the speed and agility to play outside linebacker or the nickelback position as well. Honestly, he just seems like a Phil Bennett recruit. Sam has been to the Baylor campus several times, and is looking like one of his two finalists (along with Texas Tech).

Inside Linebacker – 2 spots

Best Case: James David (COMMIT), Kenny Young,

Other Offers: Josh Mabin

Others to watch: Grant Wantanabe, Justen Tatum

May Choice: Josh Mabin

June Choice: Josh Mabin

THE CHOICE – James David (COMMIT) and Josh Mabin

David became the latest commitment for the Bears on June 10th. While Baylor is still recruiting Josh Mabin, they could settle for just David as the primary middle linebacker. If they were to land Mabin though, David has the speed to move to the outside. If Mabin were to go elsewhere, another spot would be open for a defensive back or offensive/defensive lineman.

Nickel Back – 1 spot

Best Case: Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT),

Other Offers: Edwin Freeman

Others to watch:

May Choice: T'Kevian Rockwell

June Choice: Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT)

THE CHOICE – T'Kevian Rockwell (COMMIT)

With the commitment of Rockwell and Dorsey saying he wants to be a safety, Rockwell stays at the hybrid Nickelback position. I doubt the Bears take another player for Nickelback, with Rockwell, Dorsey and maybe even James David able to play the position in the future.

Corner Back – 3 spots

Best Case: Tony Brown, Nick Watkins, John Plattenburg

Other Offers: Nick Orr, Verkedric Vaughns, Chad Adams, Jourdan Blake

Others to watch: Quinlan Gaines, Marcus Green, Nehemiah Wagner

May Choice: Jyaz Jones, Verkedric Vaughns, Chad Adams

June Choice: Chad Adams and Jourdan Blake

THE CHOICE – Chad Adams (COMMIT), Jourdan Blake (COMMIT), Verkedric Vaughns

With the Bears losing their top 3 cornerbacks from 2013, this class is very important not only for the future, but possibly as depth for next year. John Plattenburg is still the top corner on the market that is still looking at the Bears, but he might decide that he likes the West Coast too much. Vaughns is a player that the Bears have been looking at for quite a while, but have held back on offering a scholarship so far. The Arkansas State commit could flip if given that offer. If the Bears miss on Plattenburg and don't offer Vaugns, look for some junior college players to start getting looks as the Bears have no sophomore or juniors on the current corner back roster.

Safety – 2 spots

Best Case: John Bonney, T'Kevian Rockwell

Other Offers: Mattrell McGraw, Jahshawn Johnson, Jason Hall, Jamal Adams

Others to watch: Chance Waz

May Choice: Jashawn Johnson

June Choice: T'Kevian Rockwell

THE CHOICE – Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT), John Bonney

With Dorsey coming on board, the Bears could be done at the safety spot. They have quite a bit of young talent there but they also have one more big fish that they are in on, John Bonney. The four-star safety from Houston Lamar is a very coveted player with scholarships from all over the nation. He has kept his recruitment pretty secretive though but has been to the Baylor campus a few times. If they miss out on Bonney, they will probably shift this spot somewhere else.

Specialists – 0 spots

First Choice:

With the Bears having a junior punter and freshman either coming in this year or next in Chris Callahan, I doubt the Bears offer any scholarships for 2013.

May Choice- NONE

June Choice- NONE


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