Baylor currently sits at 20 commitments, for the class of 2016.
Of those commitments, 9 are on the offensive side of the ball and 11 on the defensive side of the ball. Lets look at the position breakdown of those commitments:
QB - Zach Smith
RB - Kameron Martin
WR - Devin Duvernay, Tren'Davian Dickson, Denzel Mims and Jared Atkinson
OL - Branton Autry (JUCO), Patrick Hudson and JP Urquidez
DL - Jeremy Faulk (JUCO), Bravvion Roy, Brandon Bowen and Micheal Johnson
LB - DeOnte Williams
DB - Raleigh Texada, Grayland Arnold, Rajah Preciado, Kenan Ivy, Chris Miller
ATH - Donovan Duvernay
With 10 days left until NSD, BearsIllustrated will count down by providing analysis on the 20 Baylor commitments. The first two prospects we will look at are already on campus. They are Jeremy Faulk and Branton Autry, who signed with Baylor out of the JUCO ranks.
Jeremy comes to Baylor by way of Garden City (KS) C.C. Faulk is a 6'2, 265 lb defensive tackle who was named the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Faulk feels a void that was left by the departures of Beau Blackshear and Andrew Billings. Faulk is explosive of the line of scrimmage and a versatile lineman, who can spread out to the the defensive end in certain situations. Faulk will be expected to come in and contribute right away and should fit in nicely, as Faulk is a strong, powerful lineman who has the athleticism to go along with it. Scout.com's Greg Powers recently provided analysis on Faulk and what he could bring to the Baylor defense.
Faulk is moved all around the defensive line and he makes plays no matter where you put him. It is not often that you find interior defenders who are around the football as much as Faulk is. He plays with a high motor and is constantly around the football. He is quick off the snap and that combo of size and explosion that he has is tough for offensive linemen to handle.
Look for Faulk to make an instant impact, especially after going through the Kaz Kazadi strength program.
Autry is an offensive guard that comes to Baylor from Coffeyville (KS) CC. Autry is ranked the #40 overall JUCO prospect in the country, and is widely considered one of the top JUCO guard prospects in the country.
Autry is a 6'4, 320 lb prospect, who should come in and fill the shoes left by Blake Muir and Jarrell Broxton. Autry is a mauler whose strength lies in his run blocking and and overal strength. Autry is an athletic guard, but will need to work on getting off the ball at the snap. Being able to participate in spring drills should help him as he looks to take over the RG spot held by Muir.
Here is Scout.com's analysis of the big JUCO guard:
The interior line prospect was a first team all-conference selection in his first season at Coffeyville. He's another strong and powerful lineman, but he also has the athleticism to kick out and deliver critical blocks downfield. His size and strength allows him to stone opponents in their tracks. Autry could become even more effective by shedding some weight and becoming quicker. He sometimes is a little late getting to the point of attack.
Baylor generally has success bringing in JUCO lineman, and I don't see Autry being any different. Autry will be looked upon to contribute early and should be able to slide in to a starting role, although, Baylor does have some talented lineman on campus that should push Autry.