With the Monday commitment of 4-star tackle J.P. Urquidez, the Bears got their 7th commitment for the 2016 class in the fold, and their second 4-star lineman. That is great news, all on its own, but the impact of this commitment could ripple throughout the rest of the 2016 class for Baylor.
Urquidez has long been though of as a Baylor lean, with Texas always sitting there as a major threat. The Texas to Maryland and back to Texas tackle has from Florida State, Miami, Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin and many more power conference schools. The product of a military family, Urquidez moved to Maryland for a year as his father worked at the Pentagon. Now back in Texas, and at Copperas Cove, Urquidez went on a whirlwind tour of the state this spring looking for his next home. He visited Baylor and Texas several times, and there were multiple times that rumors of a commitment started to spread though the Baylor recruiting community. On April 13th at 9:45 in front of friends and family, it became official, at least as official as a verbal commitment can become. Urquidez wanted to be a Bear.
The news was good for Baylor, and it was much needed after the recent decommitments of top commits Tren'Davion Dickson and Jordan Elliott, two players in the Top 100 recruits in the nation. Baylor had gone from having a special class to have a good class, and it needed a push back up the rankings list. The Bears were in on both recruits early, but a flood of offers from prestige programs put some doubt in their minds. With a long way till signing day, it made sense for them to look around. This is just what happens when you go after the best of the best.
A very similar start to the story is here as well. Baylor was Urquidez's first offer, the school that saw his potential before anyone else. After a year long recruitment, and visits to Texas, LSU, Penn State and of course Baylor, the Bears were the choice and not just because they were first. "Baylor's the new kid on the block; they're here, and they're now," Urquidez told to Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles in his article on the commitment. "They are back-to-back Big 12 champs and one of the best teams in the country. I have great relationships with the coaches there. I just like the feel of it all."
The Bears went up against some of the best programs in the nation and won a big-time recruiting battle. They beat Texas, straight up, for a guy that both programs badly wanted. The Baylor coaching staff also secured two of the top-4 offensive tackles in the state of Texas, with fellow commitment Patrick Hudson joining the Bears this past summer. With those two as the building blocks of a big offensive line class, the Bears are in tremendous shape in the trenches.
With maybe as many as 3 more spots left on the offensive line to fill in this class, Baylor has two studs to lean on, not only as recruits, but as recruiters. Kameron Martin has been in the lead spot for recruiting MVP in this class, but JP Urquidez could give him a run for his money. Expect the peer pressure to be put on Dickson and Elliott, along with some other top-tier recruits in the state of Texas.
In the end, this was great news for Baylor fans, and much needed. The Bears finally get to celebrate a commitment, their first in over a month. With momentum back leaning towards the Bears heading into the all-important camp season, hopefully it doesn't take another month to celebrate again.