The Baylor Bears 2018 recruiting class is starting to fill up. With 12 commits, the Bears have 8 recruits pledged to play at wide receiver or defensive back. It is a fast class, full of athletes and track stars.
While they are close to done in those two areas of the field, there are still gaps that this class needs to address. Primarily, the wish list is along both lines. The Bears have four linemen committed currently, including three offensive tackles and a defensive tackle. Two more spots are most likely open along the offensive line. Find out inside our premium boards who could be likely and top options for those two final spots in the 2018 class.
The Bears depth is an issue on the offensive line, with 3 walk-ons on the current post-spring depth chart. It is an issue that 6 signees for 2017 and at least 5 commits for 2018 will address in the future.
Along the defensive line, depth is not as large of an issue, with 5 current defensive tackles and 7 defensive ends on the roster this spring and another 6 combined defensive linemen signed in the 2017 class. Just two of those linemen are seniors, starting defensive ends Brian Nance and KJ Smith.
Baylor secured their first commitment there as Joshua Landry verballed to the Bears on May 5th. A flexible defender, Landry could play inside at defensive tackle in an even-man front, or stay outside as a strong-side defensive end. The Bears are still looking for more numbers at defensive end, reaching out with several offers to Florida recruits in recent weeks.
The Bears have a particular type of player they want for defensive end, a taller athlete that can play all along the line, or a more slender type that can play at linebacker or rush end. Either way, the Bears want height. 6-foot-3 Ricky Williams from Tampa, FL is an example of what they look for in rush end role, while 6-foot-5 James Head from Miami fits the former.
With not many Texas recruits fitting these two types, the Bears staff has offered three Miami area players Kayode Oladele, Randy Charlton and Head. Oladele was committed to Florida State, but withdrew his verbal last week. Miami and Georgia are at the top of his list, but the Bears are expected to make a push.
Charlton and Head are teammates at Miami Southridge High School, and are both looking at playing with each other in college. Indiana has offered both, and are expected to get an official visit.
The focus of the rest of the defensive line recruiting will be on guys that can contribute at defensive end, either in the base package or in passing situation. Stay tuned for more recruiting news as the Bears continue to push towards February 2018.