Almost a year ago, Chad President became the first commitment to the Baylor Bears. There have been many thoughts on were President could play at Baylor, but with the recent commitment of Jarret Stidham to Texas Tech, it looks as though Baylor will move forward with President at QB.
Blake Lynch was the next to pull the trigger, becoming a Bear last October. Lynch has been a VERY important piece of this Baylor class, as he has been the most vocal Baylor commitment in some time, maybe ever. Lynch is a dynamic athlete that can play several positions at the next level. The 6'3 playmaker from Troup (TX) could be the next in line at WR, but might also get a look at Safety for the Bears.
Continuing a pipeline that produced the likes of Ahmad Dixon, Beau Blackshear, and Orion Stewart, Devontre Stricklin became the next Midway (TX) HS product to become a part of the Baylor family. Stricklin burst on to the scene, during a junior campaign in which he hauled in 43 passes for 1,045 yds and 14 TDs. The 6'3, 170 lb WR will give the Bears another dynamic playmaker and will give the Bears another deep threat in their already prolific offense.
Maurice Porter is a name that Bear fans recognize. Maurice signed in 2013 as an OL, out of Marshall HS, in Missouri City (TX). Unfortunately, things did not work out academically and Maurice double signed with Navarro Junior College. Porter, who took the place of decommitment Ronnie Major, will provide immediate help to the Baylor offensive line, in 2015, as he will be a mid-semester enrollee.
JaMycal Hasty rounds out the offensive commits, as he joined the Baylor class this past weekend. Hasty has been on the radar for quite some time now, and will add the speed factor that the Baylor offenses loses with Lache Seastrunk going to the NFL. Hasty is a dynamic playmaker that has the initial top-end speed to take the ball to the end zone each time he touches it. He also provides pass-catching ability in the flat, that Coach Briles has not had during his time at Baylor.
Louis Brown is the lone defensive commitment for the Baylor Bears. The 6'6, 207 lbs DE from Burton (TX) HS, is a massive prospect that has the explosiveness to play the linebacker position and cover the flats. At Baylor, it is still unknown which position he will play, but he will most likely end up on the defensive line. Brown was very sought after, with offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Washington, Mississippi State, and Texas Tech, among others; but in the end it was his relationship with the Baylor coaches that helped him pledge to Baylor. With his size and offer list, its hard to see why Brown is only listed as a 3 star, by scout.com, but that could change with a strong senior campaign.
With the Bears sitting at 6 commitments, where will the next domino fall? BearsIllustrated takes a look at who is left, and who might be the next to pull the trigger for the Bears, in Part II of our recruiting update.