The Baylor Bears added another member to the 2016 recruiting class Friday, as Chris Miller gave his verbal pledge to the Bears. The 3-star Frisco safety is an athletic specimen, who broke on the recruiting scene with a monster SPARQ score of 118.2, the 12th best score in the nation. Half of the Bears 8 commitments in this class are defensive backs, with Miller joining Kenan Ivy, Raleigh Texada, and Grayland Arnold. Miller is currently unranked by Scout, but expect that to change quickly.
At 5-11.5 and 180 pounds, Miller has good size for the safety position. He is a strong hitter and a guy that attacks the offense. He scored very well in speed and agility measures at the Nike SPARQ camp (4.57 40-yard dash, 4.09 pro-shuttle) to go along with solid size for safety. Other programs have noticed the Frisco (Texas) Lone Star defender, as Wisconsin offered on the same day that he committed to the Bears, to go along with previous offers from Nebraska, Tulsa, and Mississippi State. The Bears offered Miller in Mid-March, but a visit to campus Friday sealed the deal for Miller.
With Miller, the Bears have maybe 1-2 more spots left for defensive backs in the 2016 class. Texada and Arnold both profile as cornerbacks, while Miller and Ivy are safeties. The Bears could go in any number of ways with their last few spots for defensive backs. With double digit offers still in play for Baylor, there are quite a few top tier names looking at the Bears. The elite guys are 4-star corners Jared Mayden, Jaylon Jones, and Eric Cuffee. The three Scout-300 recruits are at the top of most teams in the region list, so it will be a fight to get any of them. The Bears also have offers to 4-star safeties Eric Monroe and Kenney Lyke.
This is a big class for the Bears, one that I expect will be heavy on cornerbacks, so expect at least 1 spot to go to a corner, and possibly 2. Baylor took several safety prospects late in the 2015 class, so the focus on corners is justified.