BAYLOR RECRUITING PRIMER - OFFENSIVE LINE

With two commits in the fold already, and another 2-3 expected, the offensive line is a big focus for the Baylor coaching staff for the 2016 class.

It all starts with the foundation. Without a strong foundation, a building collapses. The foundation of a strong offense is the offensive line. Without a strong foundation, an offense falters. Ever since Art Briles has been coaching the Bears, the offensive line has been a focus for the Bears on the recruiting trail. With 5 seniors in the two-deep offensive line, the Bears will be replacing quite a bit of experienced talent next year.

The Commits

The Names - Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez

The Bears have started off their offensive line recruitment with two of the highest ranked recruits in recent history. Patrick Hudson is the 4th ranked tackle in the nation, and 35th best recruit overall. The one-time Texas Aggie commit chose the Bears last summer. He is the top recruit in this class, and a true blue chip stud.

JP Urquidez is ranked as the 4th best tackle in the state, after coming home from Maryland this spring. With good height and a frame that could carry quite a bit more weight, Urquidez is just outside of the SCOUT-300. With offers from Texas, Maryland, Penn State, and many more, the Bears won a national recruiting battle over blue-blood programs.

With those two at the head of the class, the Bears can fill out the rest of their 2-3 spots with interior linemen, junior college guys, or hold out of some of the other top-tier targets knowing they have two of the very best in the fold already.

Top Tier Targets

The Names - Willie Allen, Jean Delance, Kellen Diesch, Denzel Okafor

Luckily for the Bears, the two top names in this group happen to already be commits. Jean Delance is another SCOUT-300 recruit, ranked 129th in the nation. The one-time Oklahoma commit appears to have moved on from the Bears though. He appears to be focusing on Texas, Oklahoma and even Michigan. Allen is a Top-50 caliber player, with offers from everyone. The Louisiana native appears to prefer the SEC lifestyle, and is focused on Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama. Diesch has a Baylor offer, and could play on the defensive side of the ball as well, but could profile as a tremendous tackle as well. His recruitment has blown up the past few months, with offers from Michigan, OU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oregon and many more. Okafor has seen his recruitment pick up as well,

The Next Group

The Names - Dixie Wooten (committed to Houston), Mackenzie Nworah, Travis Bruffy, Blake Hickey, Keenan Murphy

None of these recruits have offers yet, but have been in contact with the Bears. Wooten was a guy that liked the Bears a lot, but committed to Houston recently. Could an offer from the Bears get him looking around? Don't know, but the Bears have had great success poaching Houston commits in recent years. Bruffy is an underrated recruit, with the size that the Baylor staff loves. He has offers from Rice and Texas Tech, but look for that to increase through the summer camp season. He has visited Baylor multiple times, and if he is offered, could be a guy that commits quickly.

Nworah is more of a true guard prospect, with offers from Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and many more. Hickey is another guard prospect who is starting to get some power conference attention with offers from Duke, Kansas and Illinois. Finally, Keenan Murphy profiles as a possible center, who could play guard as well. He appears to be leaning toward Texas Tech at this point, but has heard from the Bears.

Junior College Targets

The Names - Branton Autry

Autry is one of the top junior college interior linemen in the nation, and has a Baylor offer. The 3-star of Coffeyville Community College recently named a Top-5 without the Bears, but will be visiting Baylor on June 12th. With family in Texas, the Bears are in a good position with this future guard. Three of the top-4 guards will be graduating after this season, so playing time could happen quickly, a key for Autry. Look for the Bears to move up his list after his mid-June visit.


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