The Bears had their biggest camp of the year, with juniors and seniors taking part in drills at the Highers Athletic Complex Friday afternoon. The offensive and defensive lineman got started earlier in the afternoon and ended up going till after 3pm. The skill players started around 3pm and the BearsIllustrated staff was there to cover the event.
First off, there were two surprise visitors for the Bears. Kris Boyd, a 5-star cornerback from Gilmer High School surprised the staff by showing up. He had been tweeting with Blake Lynch (always recruiting for the Bears) and Malik Jefferson that he would show up and he did. He got the full court press from the Baylor staff, as defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and even head coach Art Briles made some time for the young man.
The second surprise visit came from 3-star quarterback Ben Hicks. Fresh off an outstanding performance at the Elite 11 even, Hicks was chatting extensively with former Baylor quarterback Nick Florence as well as current QB Bryce Petty. Hicks observed the quarterback drills, even getting some unsolicited tips from offensive coordinator Phillip Montgomery. The Midway senior-to-be does not have a Baylor offer and is currently committed to the University of Houston.
Continuing with the quarterbacks, there were four that stood out to me as the best in the group. The first is 2016 Baylor commit Zach Smith. You can easily see why the Bears staff offered him quickly. He has tremendous size for the position. When standing next to Ben Hicks, Smith just physically overpowered the year older player. Smith has a very nice release and moves pretty well for a guy his size. He was by far the most impressive of the group.
The second player that caught my eye was local QB Sam Glaesmann from Midway High School. Entering his Junior year, Glaesmann is not getting a ton of recruiting attention yet, but at 6-foot-3 and a solid 190 pounds, he is a guy to watch.
The third best quarterback there was one that stood out athletically quite a bit. Jett Duffey is a 2016 quarterback from Mansfield, TX. He is just 6-feet tall, but seemed bigger than his listed 165 pounds. He moved extremely well and has a good arm. He was being talked to quite a bit by the coaches and Montgomery was pepping him up quite a bit.
The final quarterback is Chris Robison, a 2017 quarterback from Mesquite Horn High School. Yes, 2017, and he is already 6-foot-2 with a solid body. He still has some development to do, but there is a lot to like from this young man.
Another 2017 recruit that came to the camp was Frisco High School center Jack Anderson. He has really good size already (6-foot-4, 275) and was talking to a few of the coaches quite a bit. Briles was speaking with Anderson and his mother before the camp started.
The big news came later in the camp, as word spread quickly that 4-star offensive lineman Patrick Hudson had some thinking to do. Well, soon enough, Hudson made the decision to flip to the Bears from the Aggies, netting the coaching staff a huge win for the day. Hudson is one of the best offensive tackles in the country, and left the Baylor staff giddy. It was pretty unanimous that the last few days were huge for the 2016 class.
However, that would not be the last addition to the 2016 group, as wide receiver Tren'Davion Dickson pulled the trigger when the Bears extended an offer. Dickson is a great athlete, and an amazing leaper. He had some impressive catches in drills, going deep to catch a Zach Smith ball one time.
It was all smiles and high fives for the Baylor coaching staff, securing the commitments of two key 2016 recruits and also laying the ground work for some top 2017 targets as well.