JT Woods (© Greg Powers)

The Baylor Bears secured 5-commits within 48-hours to build an athletic and fast class

As 48-hours passed for the Baylor Bears, they secured 5-commitments for their 2018 class. This group brings in tremendous speed and athleticism to the defensive backfield at wide receiver.

The Baylor Bears had been stuck at 5-commitments for the 2018 class since the end of March, which saw Florida receiver Tyquan Thornton verbal to Matt Rhule and company.  Thornton, and elite track star with offers from LSU and Florida in that sport, jumped on the Bears football offer.  

In a blink of an eye, the Baylor Bears doubled up their class with 5-commitments in a 48-hour period.  The same speed that defines Thornton, and defines the quickness that Baylor secured this group of commits, is also what defines each of these players. 

Simply put, the Bears recruited some of the fastest and most athletic players in the state this weekend. 

Mark MiltonJT WoodsJackson GleesonDelarrin Turner-Yell, and Christian Morgan all gave their verbal pledge to the Bears Sunday and Monday.


Before the weekend started, the Bears lacked a single defensive commit for the 2018 class.  Milton, a 3-star corner back out of  Friendswood, TX changed all that, committing to the Bears over offers from Houston, Bowling Green, SMU and Tulane.  While the Bears were his lone power-5 offer, Milton has primarily been a wide receiver in high school.  

With a 6-foot-1 frame plus being a standout in the 200-meter dash with a 22.5 time, Milton has the tools to develop into a cover corner.  He has uncommon height/speed for the defensive backfield, something that Matt Rhule and his team covets. 


Up next was the announcement of safety JT Woods for the Bears, choosing Baylor over Houston, Army, Navy and interest from several Power-5 schools. At 6-foot-2, and 185 pounds, Woods has tremendous size for the safety position. However, he is also another sub-11 second 100-meter dash runner and also a standout in the 110-meter hurdles, a true sign of elite athleticism.  

Woods collected 87 tackles during his junior campaign, while also getting 1 interception and forced fumble.  His development will need to be in pass coverage, where he has showed some potential.  


The Bears continued their big run on Sunday night, gaining the long-awaited verbal pledge of Jackson Gleeson, a 3-star wide receiver from Mansfield.  Trapped in a run-heavy offense the past two seasons, Gleeson has impressed in limited touches. He had just 18 catches last year, but they went for 6 touchdowns and 487 yards.  That is over 27 yards per catch.  

While speed has been a key with both Woods and Milton, it is the major force behind Gleeson who is possibly the fastest wide receiver in the state, running a 10.7 100-meter dash and a 21.18 200-meter.  With offers from Missouri, Iowa State, and Nebraska, Gleeson had plenty of power-five options to choose from


As Sunday began to approach later in the evening, the Bears received their 4th commitment, a second safety in Delarrin Turner-Yell of Hempstead, TX. Another 3-star recruit, Yell plays in a lower classification of Texas high school football, but has been a standout at the 3A level, earning District Defensive MVP honors last year.

Another player with coverage skills questions, Yell has average size at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds for the safety position.  Yell added offers from Oklahoma, Utah, Nebraska and Missouri over the past few months, making him the most heavily recruited of the new Baylor commits

With Sunday all over, we head to Monday evening.  Rumors began to circulate on Sunday that there could be one more player out there.  Christian Morgan fulfilled that promise late Monday evening. The safety from Porter, TX is maybe the best athlete in the nation, putting up a SPARQ score of 144.00 that leads the nation. Porter put that ridiculous number up in Chicago, where he was visiting Northwestern this spring.

With a 4.56 40-time and a 42.8 inch vertical, Morgan blew away every one else.  Even if you look at his scores at Dallas (127.41 - 10th) and Houston (119.49 - Houston), Morgan is an elite athlete.  He ran much slower at the two Texas camps, running matching 4.7 forty yard dashes. He is a member of the 2017 The Opening Roster, given to the standouts of the camps. 

And with that, the Baylor class doubled in size, and exponentially increased the speed and athleticism they will bring to the program next year. The Bears are probably done at the safety position with these three commits, but are still heavily recruiting several Top-300 caliber wide receivers and corner backs. 

Bears Illustrated Top Stories