BearsIllustrated 2014 Recruiting Board

Twenty-one commitments in the fold for the Bears, but a couple of big names left on the board even with space running out. Who could the Bears get and what positions will they focus on with those remaining spots?

Three new commitments and a decommitment have made this last month quite active for the Bears. With Jarell Broxton, Greg Roberts and Josh Malin all beefing up the Bears offensive and defensive line commitments, the Bears added quite a bit of beef to their 2014 recruiting class. Unfortunately for the Bears, they lost out on Chad Adams, the one pure corner back commitment they had. They also saw quite a bit of negative movement on players that were longtime hopeful commitments across several key positions.

With just 4 or 5 spots to fill left in this class, the Bears are truly getting close to the end of this recruiting cycle with 6 months left to go. They might have that 5th spot due to Greg Roberts being a possible grey-shirt candidate if Baylor needs that extra spot. This is very similar to how the Bears treated the commitment of kicker/punter Chris Callahan last year (who did grey shirt this year).

Quarterback and the defensive secondary are two key positions with spots to fill, joined by linebacker and them holding out for one more wide receiver. The extra spot occupied by defensive end could be moved to defensive tackle or even the defensive backfield.

Quick Breakdown

Quarterback (0 of 1) None

Running Back (1 of 1) – Terence Williams

Wide Receiver/Tight End (5 of 6) - Davion Hall, Chris Platt, Ishmael Zamora, Blake Mahon, Jordan Feuerbacher

Offensive Lineman (5 of 5) - Patrick Lawrence, Josh Pelzel, Devonte Jones, Blake Blackmar , Jarell Broxton (JCUO)

Defensive Lineman (6 of 6*) – Andrew Morris, Ira Lewis, Xavier Jones, Jamie Jacobs, Josh Malin, Greg Roberts (possible grey shirt)*

Linebackers (2 of 3) – James David, T'Kevian Rockwell

Secondary (2 of 4)Jourdan Blake, Cordell Dorsey

Total (21 of 26) – up to 5 spots remaining

Quarterback – 1 spot

Best Case: Randall Cunningham II

Other Offers: None

Others to watch: None

May Choice: Randall Cunningham II

June Choice: Randall Cunningham II

July Choice : Randall Cunningham II

THE CHOICE – Randall Cunningham II

With the commitment of Brandon Harris to LSU, it takes the only quarterback not named Randall Cunningham with a Baylor offer off of the board. It also knocks a competitor for Cunningham out of the picture, as RC2 was considering LSU. It is appearing more and more likely that it is Cunningham or bust for the Bears.

Running Back – 1 spot

Best Case: Terence Williams (COMMIT)

Other Offers: Joe Mixon, Cedric Dale, Tyreek Hill, Corey Avery

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

May Choice: Terence Williams

June Choice: Terence Williams

July Choice: Terence Williams

THE CHOICE – Terence Williams (COMMIT)

Williams appears to be it for the Bears in terms of running backs. However, the long-time commitment is going to be taking some official visits to Texas Tech and possibly TCU. The Bears still believe that they will get him, but if they lose out on the 4-star runner, they could be left scrambling. Hill, a junior college player is a recent offer, though the Bears are not listed on his final 7 schools he is considering.

Avery has the Bears in his final three schools, but is favoring Big 10 power Ohio State. Mixon is trimmed his list over the weekend and the Bears were not on it. Hanging onto Williams is a key for the Bears. If they lose out on him, expect some more names to pop up including some junior college players if Lache Seastrunk does not come back for his senior year.

Fullback – 0 spots

First Choice: NONE

August 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. Mahon is currently planning on coming to Waco in the winter to get a head start on avoiding a redshirt year and playing early.

Wide Receiver – 4 spots

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

Other Offers: Josh Malone,

Others to watch: Latrell Martin, Jared Cornelius

May Choice: Davion Hall, Chris Platt, KD Cannon

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

July Choice: Davion Hall (COMMIT), Chris Platt (COMMIT), Ishmael Zamora (COMMIT)

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

With the Bears making the most recent cut for 4-star receiver KD Cannon, they will continue to hold a spot for the talented pass catcher. With three very highly rated commitments on board, there is little pressure to get Cannon, but he would still be a great catch for the Bears offense. Outside of Cannon, the Bears offer list is quite sparse. Just Josh Malone and a possible offer to Jared Cornelius are left, though both are not really mentioning the Bears. In the end though, I think the Bears get Cannon.

Offensive Tackle: 2 spots

Best Case: Patrick Lawrence (COMMIT), Josh Pelzel (COMMIT),

Other Offers: Nick Gates, 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

July Choice: Patrick Lawrence (COMMIT) and Josh Pelzel (COMMIT)

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

With the loss of Jovan Pruitt and Ty Barrett to Arkansas and TCU respectively, the Bears appear to be done recruiting tackles. With Lawrence and Pelzel on the books though, the Bears have two projectable tackles to build around. They have time to develop as Baylor should return both starters from this year for one more year.

Interior Lineman: 3 spots

Best Case: Devonte Jones (COMMIT), Blake Blackmar (COMMIT)

Other Offers: Jarell Broxton (juco)

Others to watch: None

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

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

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

THE CHOICE – Devonte Jones (COMMIT), Blake Blackmar (COMMIT), and Jarell Broxton (COMMIT)

Broxton is one of the Bears newest commitments, and gives Baylor a more mature lineman to take over for Cyril Richardson next year. With Jones and Blackmar in the fold, the Bears could focus on getting an immediate contributor. They focused on Broxton and Frank Kee, but Kee chose TCU over the Bears. The Bears might have preferred Broxton though, due to his leaner frame and ability to pull from the guard position. With three interior linemen on the books, the Bears are done recruiting on the offensive line.

Defensive Tackle – 2 spots

Best Case: Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris (COMMIT), Ira Lewis (COMMIT)

Other Offers: Claude Pelon (JUCO), Peyton Newell, Thomas Holley

Others to watch: None

May Choice: Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris

June Choice: Cedric Johnson, Andrew Morris

June Choice: Andrew Morris (COMMIT) and Ira Lewis (COMMIT)

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

With Morris and Lewis secured, the Bears have two projectable defensive tackles on the board. They still have a few big-time offers out there, though they appear to be on the outside looking in on all but one of them. Pelon, Newell, and Holley all have not mentioned the Bears in quite a while. Cedric Johnson though is still on the Bears radar and vice versa. They are competing with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State for the 3-star tackles services. Outside of Johnson, it is pretty bare right now.

Defensive End – 4 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

June Choice: Xavier Jones (COMMIT) and Jamie Jacobs (COMMIT)

THE CHOICE – Xavier Jones (COMMIT), Jamie Jacobs (COMMIT), Josh Malin (COMMIT), and Greg Roberts (COMMIT)

With the two long-time commitments Jones and Jacobs on board for quite a while, the Bears focused on Josh Malin to fill out one of their last spots. Malin has the ability to play the strong side defensive end position or grow into a defensive tackle with time. The surprise was Greg Roberts, a possible grey-shirt candidate if the Bears need the additional spot. With these four in the fold, Baylor should be done with the defensive line.

Outside Linebacker - 0 spots

Best Case: Edwin Freeman

Other Offers:

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

May Choice: Christian Sam, James David

June Choice: James David and Christian Sam

July Choice – Christian Sam

THE CHOICE – None

With the commitment of Christian Sam to Arizona State, the Bears miss out on a player that they probably led for a few months ago. As you can see, Sam has been the projection for the previous three versions of the recruiting board. Edwin Freeman is the Bears only offer to an outside linebacker in the Scout database currently, and Baylor did not make his final list of three schools. With that fact, I just don't see the Bears getting an outside linebacker in this class, unless a junior college player comes into the picture late in the recruiting cycle.

Inside Linebacker – 2 spots

Best Case: James David (COMMIT), Josh Mabin

Other Offers: Serge Trezy (juco)

Others to watch: Grant Wantanabe, Justen Tatum

May Choice: Josh Mabin

June Choice: Josh Mabin

July Choice: James David (COMMIT) and Josh Mabin

THE CHOICE – James David (COMMIT) and Josh Mabin

With David committed, the Bears might be done on the inside. Young is no longer considering the Bears, after cutting his list down to his final 10 schools. Mabin is the top guy still on the board, and the Bears are in his final three schools along with Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. If they miss out on Mabin, the Bears might just settle for David.

Nickel Back – 1 spot

Best Case: T'Kevian Rockwell (COMMIT)

Other Offers: None

Others to watch: None

May Choice: T'Kevian Rockwell

June Choice: Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT)

July Choice – T'Kevian Rockwell (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 – 2 spots

Best Case: Tony Brown, Nick Watkins, John Plattenburg

Other Offers: Jourdan Blake (COMMIT), Dravon Henry

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

May Choice: Jyaz Jones, Verkedric Vaughns, Chad Adams

June Choice: Chad Adams and Jourdan Blake

July Choice: Chad Adams (COMMIT), Jourdan Blake (COMMIT), Verkedric Vaughns

THE CHOICE – Jourdan Blake (COMMIT) and Verkedric Vaughns

With the recent loss of Chad Adams to Arizona State, the Bears might have that long awaited opening for Vaughns to get his offer. He will probably still have to wait for John Plattenburg to decide where he wants to play college. The Bears are also in on Nick Watkins as well, though the competition for the 4-star recruit will be tough. Plattenburg did not mention Baylor in his last update, focusing instead on his visits back out to the west coast.

Safety – 2 spots

Best Case: John Bonney, Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT)

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

Others to watch: Chance Waz

May Choice: Jashawn Johnson

June Choice: T'Kevian Rockwell

July Choice: Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT), John Bonney

THE CHOICE – Cordell Dorsey (COMMIT), John Bonney

Dorsey is the only safety commitment currently, and he might profile better at the nickel back spot. However, reports are that he has been told that safety is where the Bears will try him first. Bonney is one of the big fish out there that the Bears are still in on. The 4-star safety has visited Oklahoma and Oklahoma State recently, and announced that Baylor was in his most recent list.

Specialists – 0 spots

First Choice: NONE

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

July Choice: NONE

THE CHOICE – None


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