After a few months of bad news for Baylor, things seem to be trending in the right direction for the Bears.
Baylor recently put an offer out to Scout.com's #1 WR in Texas, Omar Manning. Manning is an elite prospect at WR and the Bears were quick to offer after the decommitment of Jhamon Ausbon. Some wondered if offering late would hurt Baylor, but according to a source close to Manning, that seems to be false. "Baylor is in it for Omar. He knew the offer would come quickly if one of the two receivers decommitted. He likes Baylor."
Currently Manning is #80 overall in the Scout 300, #10 overall at the WR position and #1 in the state of Texas. Manning is an impressive athlete at 6'3, 203 lbs. He had an impressive showing at The Opening camp in Dallas, this past weekend and has reeled in several P5 offers. Here is Scout's evaluation of Manning:
Manning is a big outside receiver prospect already north of 200 pounds with the space on his 6-foot-2+ frame to get even larger. Impressive downfield threat with good long speed. Dangerous red-zone weapon thanks to size and leaping ability. Consistently high-points the ball. Proven ball-winner. Good at adjusting mid-air to make plays on the ball. Go-get-it type of receiver. Can improve get-off at the snap. Not a dart-and-dodge, make-you-miss receiver. Plays for a talent-laden high school program and sees good competition in practice as well as games. Overall, a great, high-major talent with a high ceiling. - Gabe Brooks
Baylor is in a great position with Manning and may have even placed themselves near the top, in his recruitment. Manning is planning to visit the campus soon and although unconfirmed, Manning was rumored to be making a trip to Waco as early as today. BearsIllustrated will continue to monitor his recruitment and will bring the latest as it becomes available.
Peevy Commits To The Bears
Jayden Peevy is an interesting prospect. The 6'6, 274 lb DL/OL committed to Baylor last night, over offers from Houston, Texas Tech and Tulsa. Peevy is currently ranked as a 3 star prospect but seems to have an extremely high ceiling. Currently evaluated as a DT, Peevy will switch over to the offensive side and likely move over to the OT spot. A coach who has worked with Peevy, had this to say about the rising junior, "He has the perfect body type. He has a very long wing span and excellent feet. If he can bring that defensive mentality to the offensive side of the ball, he could become a big time player on the OL."
Peevy continues a Houston trend of commitments that started with Hezekiah Jones. Currently of the 6 prospects committed, 4 of them are from the Houston area. Baylor has made a concerted effort to recruit Houston and the Golden Triangle. Several elite prospects come out of Houston each year and Baylor is started to gain traction in an area that has been generous to Texas A&M.
Top Prospects Visit Baylor
Yesterday was a big day in terms of visitors, for the Bears. Two of the top prospects in the country visited the Bears. The first to arrive was 5-star DB DeAngelo Gibbs, of Loganville (GA) Grayson HS. Gibbs is the #3 overall player in the Scout 300 and is the #2 ranked ATH behind Dylan Moses. Gibbs is a dynamic athlete who likely translates to the safety position in college. Gibbs is 6'2, 191 lbs, runs a sub-4 40 and can match up with anyone on the football field. He could be considered the equivalent to a 5-tool player in baseball. Here is Scout.com's analysis of the Loganville native:
Gibbs is a special talent. He can do about anything you want on the football field from an athletic standpoint. He is best at wide receiver entering his junior season, but cornerback or safety may be where he ends up down the road. He is very fluid and he can really run with the best as a defensive back. His ball skills, body control, and speed are strengths on either side of the ball. Just a natural star.
Another top prospect to visit the Bears was 4-star OG, Netori Johnson. Johnson is also from GA and is the #184 player in the Scout 300. At the guard position, Johnson is #11 overall and is #1 at his position in GA. Johnson has never been shy about his love for Baylor and it speaks volumes that Baylor was able to get a visit from him. The former Alabama commit put out a top 10, recently, and Baylor was named to that list even though he had no received an offer at that point. That changed quickly and Johnson wasted no time getting to campus. Here is Scout.com's analysis of the 6'4, 320 lb OG:
Johnson is a big, strong offensive guard who can really move the man in front of him. He relies on his strength and initial punch in the trenches. He can improve his technique and really work on his quickness in the trenches. When he gets his hands locked in, he can drive the opponent backwards and open up big holes for running backs. His size is a weapon on the high school level, but he has to control his weight and work on his condition on the next level.
Overall, sources say that Baylor put its best foot forward with both of these prospects. Gibbs visited Baylor all day and was given a tour of the school, stadium and also spent time with the coaches at practice. Johnson arrived on campus for practice and enjoyed a stadium tour with the coaches.
Things seem to be picking up for Baylor, on the recruiting trail. There are several prospects, in the Scout 300, that have Baylor at or near the top of their list. Despite a tough couple of months, things seem to be shaping up for a very eventful late spring and summer. Stay tuned to BearsIllustrated as we bring you the latest in Baylor recruiting.