On Saturday, the Baylor Bears put on the pads for the first time this spring. It was a great practice from all reports, as the Bears continue to learn and implement the new offenses and defenses brought by Coach Rhule and the new coaching staff.
The day wasn't just about football, however, as the Bears hosted several prospects.
Among those prospects were two of the best players in the state of Texas.
Schertz (TX) Clements HS WR Tommy Bush was on campus and from all reports, had a great time.
The 4-star WR is a big target for the Bears. He is huge WR standing 6'5 and would be someone that Baylor could use on the outside with 4.4 speed and use as a big goal line target.
Bush has a laundry list of P5 offers and was recently on the LSU campus. Bush told Scout National Analyst, Greg Powers, that he is enjoying the process and not in a rush to make a decision on where he will play his college ball.
Another big time prospect for Baylor, Kalon Barnes, made it to Waco on Saturday and was impressed by his visit. Barnes is a dangerous vertical threat, but has the ability to high point the ball and make acrobatic catches.
Barnes is a two sport athlete at Silsbee (TX) HS. Barnes is receiving interest from several P5 schools including Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia and UH, among others.
Regional recruiting analyst, Gabe Brooks, had the following analysis on Barnes:
Kalon Barnes is a big-play receiver who lines up around the formation for his high school team, but may project best as an outside receiver in college. Barnes possesses a good frame at 6-foot+ that has ample space for bulk addition, which will help him build strength and improve his blocking ability. Barnes is a proven vertical threat who can hit the home run. He's also a consistent high-pointer whose frame and body control allow him to win balls in traffic, especially in the red zone. Barnes is also a threat in the jet/fly game when lined up int he slot. He shows good top-end speed and can be quick off the line, but is not yet totally consistent in his jump at the snap. He sometimes lulls DB's off the line before bursting downfield for separation. Overall, Barnes is a talented receiver who projects to the high-major level and should find himself among the top wideouts in Texas for the 2018 class. -- Gabe Brooks
BearsIllustrated was able to reach out to sources close to both of the targets for an update on their recruitment and where things may stand with Baylor. Follow the link below and keep it on BearsIllustrated as we bring you the latest on these two and others who are main targets of Baylor.