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: Watts is a massive player, standing at 6'3 and 303 lbs. The Plano (TX) East Senior High standout is being coveted by several national programs and the Bears are one of those teams. Watts attended Baylor's Junior Day, back in January, and picked up an offer soon after. Watts is the prototypical run stuffer and one that the Bears would like to have to make up for the loss of All-American Andrew Billings. Watts has been a little under the radar, but has recently seen things blow up on the recruiting trail. He currently has several offers and several Big 12 teams are after his services.
Scout.com's Breakdown: Watts is a big interior defensive line prospect who's potentially scheme-versatile at the Power Five conference level. Big frame and good size to match. Powerful at the point of attack. Shows ability to back up traffic and plug gaps. Can take on blockers and still affect opponents' run game. Strong hands aid in consistent disengaging ability and sure tackling. Sometimes can collapse pocket as interior pass-rusher. At times, shows excellent get-off at the snap, but inconsistent in that aspect of his game for now. Can improve body control, especially when taking contact. Possibly scheme-versatile enough to play in an even or odd front. Overall a big, physical interior talent who projects to the P5 level. - Gabe Brooks
Baylor's Chances: Cool. The Bears will have to stay on Watts to stay in this thing. There are several suitors for the big DT, but Baylor was one of the first to offer. Baylor can also sell their development of Andrew Billings and his rise to one of the most dominant DT's in college football. Still, though, the Bears will be in a dog fight for Watts and the Bears intend to stay in it until the end. Look for Baylor to try and get the talented prospect on campus again.