Recruits Talk Baylor Camps

The Bears hosted 5 camps recently in Waco, Dallas, Houston, and Marshall. BearsIllustrated caught up with prospects who took in the camps to make their impressions on the staff.

The Baylor coaching staff has used they camps to evaluate talent from the state of Texas, and surrounding states. Prospects from around the lone star state come out to prove their worth for a scholarship. Through these camps, the Baylor coaches put each prospect through practice and game-like drills. This allows them to see the kids in action and determine if they are the type of athlete that could fit within the program. With the 2015 class taking shape, there were several 2016 to 2018 prospects taking in the camps hoping to impress the coaches enough to earn a scholarship. BearsIllustrated caught up with several of those prospects and shares their thoughts on the camps, and the coaching staff, among other things.

2015 Recruits Looking To Earn Offers

Baylor has been very picky about the offers they have put out. And with a young defensive line, opportunities for HS DL have been very slim. The Bears have offers out to top prospects James Lockhart, Darrion Daniels, and Du'Vonta Lampkin; but, one prospect who has continued to stay in touch with the Baylor staff hoping to earn an offer is Joe Broadnax. "I think I did real good. It went really well. Coach Gush and I talk all the time. I liked the competition. I went up against Aaron Garza and felt I was better. I think an offer is coming, but they told me to be patient." Broadnax, a TCU commit, is an athletic tackle who could be a plug stopper for the Bears. We will continue to monitor his situation and let our members know should anything change.

Montrel Wilson is someone who has been on the Baylor radar since earlier this year. After earning a few offers, he attended the last Baylor camp on 6/8 in Waco. After going through drills, Wilson got the call he wanted. He had received an offer from Baylor. "Yes sir, I got an offer. This puts them at the top. I really like Baylor. The environment is real good and I just get good vibes and energy from there!" Wilson could be the next to pull the trigger for the Bears, and if so, BearsIllustrated will be on top of it. In the mean time, we will keep in touch with Montrel to see how his summer is going.

2016-2018 Recruits Impress

2017 recruit and Arizona State commitment, Loren Mondy, is someone who is beginning to see his stock rise. Although he is committed to Arizona State, the Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne has great interest in the Bears, and has already begun to develop a great relationships with linebackers coach Jim Gush. Mondy's father messaged BearsIllustrated about his camp performance. "He did really good. He was a top performer at linebacker. There were 3, and 2 of them received offers. Now he needs the offer. Hopefully he is next." Was he able to talk to Coach Gush about an offer? "Yes and Coach Gush really liked what he saw. Loren spoke with him after the camp, and he said that they will meet after the next camp and discuss offering with the staff." We will catch up with Loren in the next couple of weeks to see if he received an offer from the Bears.

Two top 2016 prospects, Jared Mayden and Devin Duvernay, are names that are very familiar in the Baylor recruiting world. Both have several offers, and will have their choice of what school to attend. The Sachse (TX) HS duo took in the Lake Highlands camp, however, only Jared took part in the camp. "I just went to hang out," Duvernay said. It was great hanging out with the coaches. I have a great relationship with them." Mayden was able to compete and reported the camp "was real good last night! I learned some new things, and talk to the coaches afterwards. Things went very well with the coaches." Both prospects have shared with BearsIllustrated, that they would like to trim there lists down to 10 before the season. The Bears are in great position with both prospects, and it would be surprise if the Bears were left off of each of the players lists. Both Duvernay and Mayden will be busy taking in camps, so we will catch up with them periodically to see how things are going!

Another Sachse product to remember is 2017 DB Nicholas Alexander. Alexander took in the Lake Highlands camp and says that he performed very well. "I felt like it went really well. I was able to record 4 INTs along with a few pass break ups! I received a lot of good coaching from the Baylor and Abilene Christian coaches." And while Alexander understands that an offer is still possibly a year away, he didn't shy away from taking advice from the coaches. "I talked to Coach Buckles and Coach Gush the most! They really talked to me about work ethic and just the keys to being a successful corner! Also they talked to me about how important technique is at the position that I play." Alexander will continue making his way to other one days camps, and BearsIllustrated will continue tracking this athlete throughout his high school career.

Wide Receiver has been a position that Coach Briles is becoming a master at recruiting. So its no wonder that Coach Briles may have found his future in Jaylon Jackson. Jaylon was a stand out at the Lake Highlands camp, in Dallas. The Cedar Hill (TX) Sophomore used speed, excellent route running, and great hands to make an impression on the coaches. "I loved the Baylor camp. Great coaches, and great temp! Have nothing bad about the camp to say!" The 5'9, 150 lb, WR, said that he always felt that he was always open and felt that none of the competitors could stop him. As for the coaches, what type of feedback did they give the youngster? "I felt like they really liked me. They told me to work on getting out of my breaks faster and work on catching the low balls thrown to me. Also they want me to improve a little on my hand placement. It was great feedback from the coaches."

A new offer that went out for the Bears was to 2017 LB prospect, Baron Browning. The 6'3, 210 lb prospect out of Kennedale (TX) HS, was one of the more impressive athletes at the Lake Highlands camp. Browning was a little surprised about the offer saying "it was so unreal cause I was imagining getting one, but when I got it, it was like, are you serious?" With his first offer in tow, what was it like talking to the coaches afterwards? "I talked to Coach Bennett and Coach Gush. They both greeted at the gate and they were like "son maybe you didn't understand me last time, but I'm gonna say this again while looking you in the eye! We're going to offer you a scholarship! We are offering you son!" Since the Baylor offer, Browning has let us know that Oklahoma State offered after their camp as well. Browning looks to continue to take camps this summer, but its safe to say that Browning will be a name to remember for the next couple of years.

Speed and agility are two characteristics that the offensive staff look for in their running backs. Eno Benjamin fits that bill, and while he still has two years to go before his signing day, the Wylie (TX) East High School product certainly has the frame to grow in to that type of back. "The camp was an amazing experience! I learned a lot of drills for foot work, and they helped me a ton. I met some new people and enjoyed myself! They were impressed even more because of the grade i am in and my weight!" The 5'10, 187 lb back, says that he would like to take in another Baylor camp, most likely on the 18th of July. BearsIllustrated will catch up with Eno after that camp.

Recently introduced you to Jeffrey Okudah. Okudah is a DB/WR out of Cedar Hill (TX) HS. Okudah made it to Waco for Baylor's most recent camp, and came away impressed by Baylor and the coaches. "It was great! It was my first college camp and my first camp playing DB," Okudah reported. "Coach Lebby told me to stay with the safeties and the older guys and I felt like I performed well, and saw myself as one of the top safeties out there, especially with my performance in the 1on1's." With most of the film on Okudah at WR, is safety a position he will play in the future? "Right now we are playing a 4-2-5, so I'm playing "outside safety" this season. And I could see myself at safety, WR, or OLB. I'll have to play in to my senior year to see what I want and what the coaches want." With his first time at safety, what did the coaches think? "I spoke to Coach Bennett, Coach Lebby, and Coach Norwood. Coach Norwood really liked what I was doing and thought I had an impressive showing."

BearsIllustrated will continue to follow up with these recruits and more though out the summer. Join us Inside the Den as we discuss these recruits and more!

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