With the commitment last night of quarterback Zach Smith, the Baylor 2016 recruiting class is now underway. Smith is the third quarterback in four seasons to be the Bears #1 commitment. Let's do a run-down of quarterbacks under Art Briles and when they have committed:
2008 - Robert Griffin on 12/3/07 (one of the best days in Baylor history???) was the 7th commitment of the class, but 1st for Briles as he was hired on November 28th.
2009 - Bryce Petty on 2/3/09. The 28th commitment of the class and a Grey-Shirt. Opened up his recruitment late after his commitment to Tennessee didn't last through a coaching change (THANK YOU Lane Kiffin!!!)
2010 - Tyrell Jenkins on 1/24/10. The 20th commitment for the class in 2010, Jenkins was a stud baseball prospect that never came to Baylor.
2011 - No quarterbacks in this class
2012 - Seth Russell on 1/23/12. The 20th commitment of the '12 class, he was the backup quarterback in 2013, and is currently the #2 man again for 2014.
2013 - Chris Johnson on 1/29/12. Johnson got the 2013 class started off as the first commitment. He was the 3rd string quarterback last year as a true freshman, but never played and red-shirted. He is competing with Seth Russell for the backup spot, but is currently listed 3rd string.
2014 - No quarterbacks in this class
2015 - Chad President on 4/29/13. Committed to the Bears extremely early, 6 months before any other player, and a full year earlier than most in his class, President was the first commitment for 2015.
2016 - Zach Smith on 6/1/14. The first commitment of the 2016 class, Smith is committing very early to Baylor (but 2 months later than President's timeline).
What does this all mean? It means that Art Briles usually has a guy that he really wants and usually gets quite early. The last three quarterback commitments have all opened their respective class, and have committed before the previous classes signing day. Art Briles is running a glorious quarterback factory, as we have discussed in the past, and it appears he has first choice on his next project once again; even when that first choice might not match up with the highest ranked quarterback.