The Baylor Bears continued to build a 2018 recruiting class around speed. It is the name of the game for the Bears, and with their most recent commitment, it is a continuing trend. Mark Milton, an unranked wide receiver/cornerback from Friendswood, Texas, verballed to the Baylor Bears today.
Head coach Matt Rhule actually got the news last night, after arriving home from Philadelphia where he attended the NFL draft. It was a successful weekend for Matt Rhule and his former Temple Owls, with three draftees. For the Bears, the good news started on Sunday with the commitment of Milton.
Currently listed as a wide receiver in the scout database, Milton is most likely headed to the other side of the ball for the Bears. After Baylor offered him in March, we caught up with Milton to discuss his recruitment.
"Coach Fran told me they saw me as a player that could play on both sides of the ball. WR on offense and CB on defense, but then he asked me what I preferred. I told him that I thought I would stand out more and be more effective playing CB at the next level."
Milton is the Bears first defensive back commitment of the 2018 class, choosing the Bears over early offers from Houston, Bowling Green, and Tulane among others. The Bears were his first and only power-5 offer so far. At 6-foot-1, and with a 21.25 time in the 200-meter dash, it is not hard to see what the Bears like in this rising athlete.
"This new staff is recruiting great athletes, but they are also looking at those athletes to be great role models in the community. They want us to carry ourselves in a proper manner so the Baylor name is respected. I think this program is being taken in the right direction to be great on and off the field."
Milton had 487 yards rushing, 412 yards receiving on 30 catches and 11 total touchdowns during his junior campaign for the 8-5 Wolverines.
The Bears are now up to six public commitments, but they could be getting more good news this weekend. Stay tuned.