On Thursday, the first day after the recruiting dead period ended, members of the Baylor coaching staff made their rounds, visiting several high caliber prospects and feeling out interest in their program.
One of the first stops was to the campus of former Baylor All-American Ahmad Dixon, Waco (TX) Midway HS. While on campus, Coach Jim Gush and Coach Phil Bennett stopped by to see 2015 Defensive MVP, LB Lenoy Jones. Jones, who was committed to Houston at the time, sat down with the Bears LB Coach to talk defensive strategy and to see where he might fit in the Bears system.
After chatting for a few minutes, Jones heard the news he had been waiting for for so long. "I was talking to Coach Gush about how Midway plays defense and what type of plays we run," Jones said. "Then Coach Bennett marched in the office saying 'Let's go Lenoy! We are gonna offer you!.'" Once those 5 words were spoken, it took Jones all of 30 seconds to commit to Coach Bennett and Baylor. "I had always been waiting for the Baylor offer!"
So what is Baylor getting 6'0, 214 lb LB? The Bears will be getting one of the hardest working players in the State. On the year, Jones had 154 tackles, 10 TFL, and 3 forced fumbles and had several post-season accolades, the most notable a unanimous 1st team all-district honor and district defensive MVP. Jones says that he will play at the inside linebacker position while at Baylor. With 2 commitments from Midway HS, it seems that the central Texas pipeline is alive and well for the Bears.
After the commitment of Jones, the Baylor coaches headed to Houston on Friday to check in on a couple of prospects, the first of which was Richmond (TX) Foster HS LB Eric Ogor.
Ogor was someone that was lightly recruited and was in fact committed to McNeese State. As things improved academically with Ogor, schools came calling. Baylor initially began talking with Ogor last spring and it paid off. The Richmond Foster product jumped back on the radar around the first of the year, when it was clear that Baylor wanted Ogor on campus.
Coach Chris Achuff made it on to the Foster campus on Friday and spoke to and offered 6'0, 205 lb LB. As with Lenoy, Ogor committed to Baylor on the spot, decommitting from McNeese State in the process. Ogor said that it was "surreal" getting an offer from the Bears. Ogor had an amazing season, with over 150+ tackles, earning All-State honors. Ogor has stated that the coaches will try him out at the Weakside linebacker position or the Bear position.
The next stop of the day was to Paris (TX) HS to speak to LB Jordan Williams. Williams is a 6'1, 225 lb and was an Honorable Mention All-State LB in class 4A.
"I have been talking to Baylor for about a month, but I saw them for the first time yesterday (Thursday) when they offered. It's been unreal!" Williams was also under-recruited and says that getting an offer is like a dream come true. "I've been talking to Coach Bennett and Coach Gush. It's been like a dream come true. We really just got to know each other and went over the defense. They want me on the outside. It was just a great fit!"
Baylor has seemed to make a living out of finding lightly recruited players and turning them in to Big 12 caliber players. These 3 players seem to fit the exact mold of the type of linebacker that Coach Bennett and his staff target. Athletic, fast, aggressive, and ferocious tacklers. So it should be no secret that these players were targeted and offered.
With 16 commitments in the class of 2015, it would seem the Bears will turn their eyes towards completing this class with likely 2 defensive back commitments. A class that at one point seemed destined to end around 14-15 commitments, could find itself at 18 when all is said and done. BearsIllustrated will continue to monitor the 2015 recruiting scene and bring you all the latest when things happen.