The night before signing day, the Bears got a special present as DeMarco Artis committed to the Baylor Bears over Oregon and 30+ offers. A 3-star defensive end, Artis was one of the first offers for new coach Matt Rhule, who extended an offer to the Sanford, FL native on December 6th, hours after he accepted the job at Baylor.
At the time, Artis was committed to Florida State, but was intrigued enough by the offer, and the relationship Artis had built with Coach Rhule and Evan Cooper, Temple and now Baylor Director of Player Personnel, to schedule an official visit to Waco. Cooper, Rhule's first staff hire in Waco, has built a reputation as an excellent recruiter, specifically in the state of Florida.
Artis is the Bears 25th commitment for the 2017 class, the 24th giving their pledge to Coach Rhule. He is the third defensive end for the Bears, joining Cole Maxwell and Chidi Ogbonnaya, with Rob Saulin also a candidate to play there.
At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Artis played both ways for Seminole High School. He had 23 sacks over his 3-year varsity career and 97 tackles with 23.5 for loss. He also played tight end as well.
Committed to University of Central Florida in June, he decommitted and flipped to Florida State in early August. With Artis and Florida State parting ways January 24th, Artis took his last two official visits to Oregon (January 27th) and Baylor (January 31st). At one time, a national signing day commitment seemed to be the plan, but knowing his decision was made, Artis moved the announcement up to Tuesday night.
With the ability to play at defensive end or at rush linebacker, Artis is a scheme versatile player for defensive coordinator Phil Snow to use.