This weekend could be a big weekend for Baylor. The Bears will welcome 3 official visitors to the Baylor campus in hopes of putting the icing on a cake that is arguably the most talented class that Baylor has ever put together.
The Bears will welcome 3 of the top uncommitted prospects in Brandon Jones, Parrish Cobb and DeQuinton Osborne. Let's take a look at each prospect and look at the chances that the Bears have to land any of these talented prospects. We also take a look at the other 2 prospects that Baylor remains in contention for.
This is one that Baylor absolutely wants, and they get a chance to show what they have to offer this weekend. Jones is rated the #1 safety prospect in the country, through scout.com, and would show that the tables have turned in the state of Texas.
Baylor was nowhere to be found in Jones' original top 5 list, but Art Briles took it upon himself to make Jones a top priority. Baylor hasn't had a player like Jones since Ahmad Dixon, but even Jones is better at this stage in his career than Dixon was and Jones has the possibility to be even better. Jones would likely crack the 2 deep and may even push for starting time late in the season of his freshman year.
Throughout his recruitment, Jones has always been tied to Texas A&M and Texas, and has been considered an A&M lean and more recently a Texas lean. Baylor, however, has silently and methodically become the #2 for Jones, and slightly behind Texas for #1. Many around Jones have said that he has an excellent relationship with Art Briles, and some have even said that Jones considers Briles his favorite coach.
Nevertheless, Baylor will have the last shot at Jones and that is all you can really ask for in recruiting. The dead period begins at 12 am on Monday morning, and Jones will release his top 3 that day, as well. I fully expect Baylor to be on that list unless something drastically changes this weekend.
My Take: This is a difficult one to call. From all we've heard, Jones enjoyed his official to Baylor, which is important as this was Baylor's last chance to make their case. I believe Texas has the lead at this moment, but Briles is as good a closer as there is in the country. In the end I think Texas will emerge as the winner here, but Baylor should not be taken lightly here.
Cobb is a local product, from nearby LaVega (TX) HS, in Waco. Cobby is #297 in the Scout 300 and is the #6 ranked CB in the Midlands region. Cobby is currently committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Cobb's recruitment has only recently become a story. Cobb committed to Oklahoma last summer after once being considered a Baylor lean. Over the past few weeks, however, rumors have started to fly about Cobb's status with the Sooners and who he might be considering. One of those teams was the Texas Longhorns. After an in-home with Cobb, an official visit was planned. Those plans changed when Cobb cancelled his visit to Austin and removed the Longhorns from contention.
The second team is the hometown Baylor Bears. Cobb has a family connection to Baylor, as a relative of his played football at Baylor several years ago. The feeling on Cobb is that the Bears could make a move here if they can convince him to stay home and be close to his family.
Cobb is considered one of the most pure corners in the country, and with the loss of Xavien Howard, Cobb will be looked at to make an impact early.
Cobb enjoyed a great visit with Baylor, this past weekend, and Baylor is beginning to trend for his signature. Cobb is set to announce his decision on NSD, between OU and Baylor.
My Take: OU has held Cobb's commitment since last summer, but I think Baylor was able to do what they needed to do to convince the talented CB to stay in Waco and play for the home team. The coaches will want Cobb to come in and make an impact early, and I believe he will. Look for Baylor to earn the 4* CB on Wednesday.
DeQuinton Osborne COMMITS
Baylor received the first of what could be several commitments this week, from JUCO All-American DT DeQuinton Osborne. Osborne, who was once committed to UCF, took an official visit this past weekend after earning an offer from Baylor last week.
Osborne is rated as a 2* DT on the Scout network, but he is a player who will absolutely come in and make an impact. Osborne is a 6'0, 275 lb tackle, who will help to absorb the loss of All-American Andrew Billings. Osborne is more of a run stuffer than Jeremy Faulk, but is versitile and athletic enough to play in multiple fronts. Baylor will likely play with a 3 man front next year, and while Baylor doesn't have an Andrew Billings on campus, Baylor will pretty athletic along the line. Still Osborne should contribute to a rotation that wil linclude Faulk and senior Byron Bonds.
Nordin has been an interesting recruit to follow. The one time Penn State commit recently eliminated the Nittany Lions and released a top 3 of Michigan, USC and Baylor. Nordin has already taken an official visit to all three, the most recent one to USC. Nordin is announcing his decision on NSD around 11 am.
At this point, I think that Baylor is on the outside looking in here, but I think it all comes down to whether or not he wants to get away from home. At Baylor, he will have the opportunity to step in and take over the kicking duties from day 1. If that appeals to him and getting away from the North appeals to him, then he is a Bear. It still remains though.
This is a big one for Baylor. Currently, Baylor has 3 commitments along the offensive line. Pridgeon is slated as an offensive tackle and would start from day 1, and take over the position vacated by Spencer Drango.
This past weekend, Pridgeon took an official visit to Ohio State. Some believe that the Buckeyes made a big move, but they will have to make room for Pridgeon. With Baylor, Pridgeon would have an opportunity to play and Baylor certainly has a spot open for him. Pridgeon made an official visit to Baylor last summer and Baylor has never waivered in its pursuit for the 5* OT and #3 ranked JUCO player in the country.
My Take: This is a competition between Ohio State and Baylor. Pridgeon is from the east coast, so location isn't an issue. In the end, if the Buckeye coaching staff wants to add an OT and makes room for him, then Pridgeon will likely end up at Ohio State. If the Buckeyes are full at that position, then Pridgeon will be a Bear. We should find out farely quickly.