As things move in to the spring evaluation period, BearsIllustrated looks at prospects that could become a part of the 2017 Baylor recruiting class.
With 6 commitments on board, Baylor is looking to fill at least 12 - 14 more spots. This will be small class, so as things clear up, it becomes clearer the prospects and positions that Baylor is keying on.
Over the next several days, BearsIllustrated will look at individual players and what they could bring to the table. These are in no particular order.
The Skinny: Manning stays pretty quiet on social media and doesn't do much talking. He isn't a kid that will attract a ton of attention on social media and lets his game speak for itself. Baylor was late to offer Manning, due to the commitment of Ausbon and Jones at the time, but one source close to Manning said, "we knew the offer was coming if one of the WR's were to decommit. Baylor isn't out of it." Manning is an elite receiver, as seen by his #1 ranking at WR in the state of Texas. Manning has over 25 offers from programs across the country. It is difficult to gauge his thinking, but Baylor could be quite an intriguing match for Manning.
Scout.com's Breakdown: 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. - G. Brooks
Baylor's Chances: Warm. Baylor was late to the party, but an offer from Baylor carries a ton of weight for a WR. Baylor has been very particular with their offers and Manning was immediately offered after the decommitment of Jhamon Ausbon. Manning will become a top priority for Baylor and it will be difficult to say no, even if depth isn't favorable. Baylor should be in it to the very end, and should certainly be in the top 15 that Manning will release soon.