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.
Quarterback (0 of 1) – None
Running Back (1 of 1) – Terence Williams
Total (19 of 24) – 5 spots remaining
Quarterback – 1 spot
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
Other Offers: Cedric Dale
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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
THE CHOICE – None