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The Bears will play host to some elite talent on Saturday. We take a look at who is coming!

The Bears are not only involved in a game with CFP implications, but they will also play host to some elite recruiting talent as well. We break down who is coming, and the potential this game may have on those players.

Baylor has seen an improvement in their recruiting every year. Currently, the Bears have 15 talented commitments for the 2016 class. Several of these recruits are rated 4-stars, and are included in the Scout Top 300. But with a few more spots left, the Bears are hosting 4 official visitors, who could have a huge impact on the team next year, should they decide to sign with the Bears. 

Levi Onwuzurike, Jordan Elliott, Tyree Horton, and JaMarcus King. Lets break these recruits down:

Levi Onwuzurike - It looks like Baylor has succeeded in staying in Onwuzurikes ear, as he told Scout that he wanted to respect the fact that Baylor has stayed in touch with him. Coach Achuff and Coach Gush have been the lead recruiters for him and this will be the 3rd or 4th time he has been on the Baylor campus. Onwuzurike has already made official visits to Georgia, Michigan, and Washington, and will make his final two visits to Baylor and Arizona, respectively. Baylor is likely on the outside looking in here, but a great visit would go a long, long way to helping their standing with the talented DE from Allen (TX) HS. 

Jordan Elliott - If anyone has been able to figure out what is going on with Elliotts recruiting, then you might want to play the lottery at some point. I say that somewhat tongue in cheek, but Elliotts recruitment has been somewhat head scratching at times. Elliott was originially committed to Baylor, after a Junior Day visit, but decommitted a couple of months later. After a few months and visits, Elliott shocked the recruiting world by committing to Houston. Many believed it wouldn't stick, and a few months later, he decommitted from Houston. The Bears were longed to be out of the running, but earlier this fall, he removed Texas A&M from his top 5 and added Baylor. Elliott will be taking his official visit to Baylor, and this visit could prove to be big for Baylor. Elliott is a talented DT and with the possibility of Andrew Billings entering the NFL draft, Elliott will hear all weekend that he has the ability to come in a play early, for what could be the 3 time defending Big 12 champion and a college football playoff participant. Elliott wants to win, and this visit could help bring him back in the fold. 

Tyree Horton - DC Phil Bennett likes dipping in to the JUCO ranks for playmakers and players who can come in and contribute right away. Having the caliber player of Horton coming in for an official visit is huge for the defensive staff. Horton is one of the top JUCO LBs in the country, and would provide an instant upgrade at the LB position. Horton was originally committed to Florida State, but opened things up and is weighing his options. It is unclear where the Bears stand, especially after Horton took a recent official to Oklahoma, but again getting players on campus and having that one-on-one time is big time. It will be worth watching to see if the Bears can creep back in to contention with Horton. 

JaMarcus King - King is one of the top JUCO corners in the country, and has always had the Bears on his list. King was committed to Auburn momentarily this summer, but opened things back up a few months ago. This one will go to the end, but it seems likely that King will stay in SEC country. 

Another big time visitor is Scouts #3 WR and the 27th ranked player in the Scout 300, Devin Duvernay. Duvernay, along with Baylor commit Tren'Davian Dickson, has always been at the top of the recruiting board for Baylor. Duvernay's twin brother is also committed to Baylor, so that helps in a large way. Duvernay is a Corey Coleman clone, and is built like an ox, but with top end speed. Baylor is in a great position with the Sachse (TX) HS product, and having him on campus with the 2016 commitments, will do nothing but help to keep Baylor in the lead here. 


Zach Smith (COMMIT)

Kameron Martin (COMMIT)

Devin Duvernay

Donovan Duvernay (COMMIT)

JP Urquidez (COMMIT)

Patrick Hudson (COMMIT)

Levi Onwuzurike (OV)

Jordan Elliott (OV)

Jamarcus King (OV - JUCO)

Tyree Horton (OV - JUCO)

Raleigh Texada (COMMIT)

Michael Johnson (COMMIT)

Mark Jackson (Texas A&M COMMIT)

Chris Miller (COMMIT)

Rajah Preciado (COMMIT)

Kenan Ivy (COMMIT)

Tren'Davian Dickson (COMMIT)

Jared Atkinson (COMMIT)

Denzel Mims (COMMIT)

The 2016 class isn't the only class that will be represented by some elite talent. The Bears will welcome 12 of Scouts top 300 prospects, 5 of which are #1 at their position in Texas. The 2017 class has started off excellent and will only improve with continued success. Marvin Wilson (#1 ranked DT), Anthony Hines (#1 ranked ILB), Chevin Calloway (#5 ranked CB), Toneil Carter (#6 ranked RB) are a handful of the elite prospects that will be on hand for the 2017 class. Baylor is in a great position with these players, and it's likely that they will land a few of these players. All in all this is shaping up to be the biggest recruiting event in Baylor's history. 


Kellen Mond (COMMIT)

D'Torian Smith

Kary Vincent Jr.

Robert Barnes (OU COMMIT)

Baron Browning (COMMIT)

Anthony Hines

Marvin Wilson

Sam Miller

Hezekiah Jones (COMMIT)

Chevin Calloway

Roshaaud Paul

KD Nixon

Toneil Carter

Kaegun Williams

Omar Manning


Darrell Simpson

Verone McKinley III

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