1. So, maybe no pads were worn this weekend, but there was actual remotely familiar football activity at McLane Stadium this weekend. The Baylor Bears were hosting their first high school camp of the Summer. The offensive and defensive linemen kicked it off at 1, while the skill position players came out around 3pm. High level talent was all over the field, and the sidelines, with several 4 and 5-star caliber players in attendance. One-time Baylor commit Tren'Davion Dickson made a quick trip up to visit the Bears, and spent quite a bit of time with Art Briles, Kendall Briles and Tate Wallis. Jared Mayden led a large contingent of Sachse High School prospects to Waco, with younger brother Jalen Mayden getting quite a bit of attention.
2. Several key commits also made it to Waco, with J.P. Urquidez and Patrick Hudson starring in the offensive line workouts. Urquidez went through drills and look particular good during the 1-on-1 portion of the camp. The two Baylor offensive line commits are the foundation of a tremendous future for the line. These two might be the only high schoolers they take for the offensive line this year, as the Bears have been very active on the junior college front. With 5 seniors graduating after the 2015 season, experience and a bit more physical maturity will be key. For more coverage on the camp, including who was there and who stood out, come inside The Bear Pit ($).
3. One name to keep an eye on in recruiting is Parrish Cobb, a rising corner from Waco La Vega. Cobb was at the camp yesterday, and late in the afternoon, there were rumors of a commitment. Those rumors were incorrect. Annabel Stephan caught up with the rising 3-star corner earlier in the weekend , but we spoke with him briefly at the camp and got a little more information on his planned visits and what is in store for this Summer.
4. With 15 athletes advancing to the national championships in Oregon June 10-13th, Baylor track and field will be well represented at the highest collegiate stage of track and field. Led by Travvon Bromwell who advanced to three events himself, the Bears and Lady Bears who qualified for the NCAA championship are:
BAYLOR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
Trayvon Bromell 100, 200, 4x100 relay
Karrie Butler 4x400 relay
George Caddick 400, 4x400 relay
KD Cannon 4x100 relay
Richard Gary 4x400 relay
Bryce Grace 4x100 relay
Cion Hicks Shot put
Rachel Johnson 3,000-meter steeplechase
Brandon Moore 800, 4x400 relay
Felix Obi Triple jump
Annie Rhodes Pole vault
Raena Rhone 400
Brianna Richardson Triple jump
Olicia Williams 800
Malik Wilson 4x100 relay
5. Finally, I want to talk about the women's golf team and the incredible run they had to the national championship against Stanford. As I have mentioned in this space a few times recently, the non football and basketball, and even baseball sports sometimes get thrown to the back burner and only turly get attention from the masses when they do something special. Well, women's golf went out and did that special thing. Winning the Big 12 tournament, and then winning their first ever regional sent them to the national championship tournament. After a 3rd place finish in the stroke play portion of the finals, they beat Tennessee and then Duke to advance to a match play final against Stanford. For a team that had never before won a regional and advanced this far, this was an amazing accomplishment. In the end, they fell in extra holes in the last match of the day, to fall to Stanford 3-2. With a 2 hole lead and 2 holes to go, the Bears were in great shape to win it all, but some excellent play for the Stanford women kept them alive and then won it all. Congratulations to the Lady Bears, who put on a great show. Senior Hayley Davis and freshman Dylan Kim were both named All-Americans for their efforts on the course as well. With just Davis gone from the 2015 squad, and three freshman starring for the Bears on the 5-woman team, the future is bright for Lady Bears gold.