Over the weekend, Baylor Football welcomed back former players and gave them an opportunity to see how things were going. Santana Dotson and Cody Carlson were just a couple of the several former lettermen that showed.
Those visitors weren't the sole focus of the weekend, however. Coach Rhule and staff welcomed a very important visitor to campus.
Former Tennessee RB, Jalen Hurd, made his way to Waco this weekend for a visit. Hurd is considering a transfer to the school after leaving Tennessee during the season, last year.
Hurd is a dynamic athlete who could play multiple positions on the offensive side of the ball. It is unclear what role he would play, if he transferred to Baylor, but he could be used at the important position of H-back/TE, in Rhules offense. Hurd At 6'3, 220 lbs., Hurd would have the ability to provide the Baylor offense with a big mismatch on the field.
Hurd spent Saturday and Sunday in Waco, and met with Coach Rhule before practice on Saturday. Sources have told BearsIllustrated that Hurd's visit has gone very well and that Baylor is certainly in the mix. Hurd has visited Louisville, Cal and Ohio State. Being used in multiple positions is a big draw for Hurd.
Along with Hurd, there were a few big name 2019 recruits in attendance.
Jayden Jernigan is a rising sophomore who plays for powerhouse Allen HS. Jernigan is quickly making a name for himself, after starting this past season.
Jernigan was at the recent Opening camp in Dallas and made an impression, as he was the only underclassmen in the "Final Five" on the DL at the camp.
Scout.com's Gabe Brooks had this to say about Jernigans performance:
Jayden Jernigan was the only 2019 prospect to make the Final Five linemen matchups. The young defensive lineman is potentially position-versatile depending on scheme and has proven himself early in his high school career by earning heavy snaps for national power Allen. Jernigan played Sunday with quick hands and great initial burst. He will be heavily-recruited during the next two years.
Two other risers to make it to Waco, were 2019 recruits Donovann Collins and Nana Osafo-Mensah.
Collins is a safety for national power, Cedar Hill, and is a prospect that is beginning to garner attention. Collins currently only has an offer from Louisiana Tech, but he is beginning to hear from several Power 5 programs, including Baylor.
Osafo-Mensah is an large, athletic linebacker who currently holds offers from Georgia, Utah, Texas A&M, among others. Osafo-Mensah fits excellently to the scheme that Baylor wants to run on defense.
While it is still early, these early relationships are very important for the future of the Baylor program. With the 2018 class taking shape, look for Baylor to begin to extend offers to 2019 recruits. Stick with BearsIllustrated.com as we continue to bring the latest on the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes.