Baylor is looking for its QB to finish out the offensive side of the 2018 class.
Baylor was hot on the trails of QBs Jalen Mayden and Tanner Mordecai. Each are committed elsewhere with Mayden committed to Mississippi St and Mordecai committing to Oklahoma.
With those two targets off the table and new offers being extended, we take a look at the offers that have been extended and who the Bears are hoping to add to their impressive offensive class.
Bohanon is currently the top target for Baylor. Bohanon is a 4-star recruit out of Earle (AR) HS and is ranked as the #24 overall athlete in the country. He is the #1 ranked athlete in Arkansas. Bohanon was considered a lean to Mississippi St, but after the commitment of Jalen Mayden, Bohanon may be looking for a situation in which he could play early. Bohanon recently trimmed his list to a top 6 that included, Georgia, Arkansas, Ole' Miss, MSU, Louisville and Baylor. Baylor is likely to get a hard look from Bohanon as several of those schools have already found commitments from 2018 QBs.
Scout Regional Analyst, Gabe Brooks, had this to say about Bohanon:
Gerry Bohanon is a big-framed dual-threat quarterback who projects to the FBS and Power Five conference levels. He runs well for a quarterback of his size, and he's a high-production player at the high school level. Bohanon can improve his release point/consistency, but an encouraging aspect of his game is his touch when needing to lead receivers to certain spots. Bohanon is raw, but big and talented, so there's plenty of potential in his game
Jace Ruder is a new offer out of Norton (KS) HS. Ruder is a 6'3, 205 lb 3-star QB on scout.com. He is the #1 QB in Kansas and the #35 overall QB prospect in the country. Ruder was recently committed to Tulsa, but reopened his recruitment after receiving several major P% offers. Ruder spoke to Mark Weaver of PEEGS.com, the Indiana site for scout.com, about his decommitment from Tulsa and his recruiting overall. He had this to say about his decommitment:
“The main reason for the decommitment was the fact that I had some major doors open,” he said. “I had some opportunities open up for me to play at the highest level of competition in college football. As a competitor that’s what you love to do, you love to compete against the best of the best. The opportunities that I have were just opportunities that I couldn’t pass up.”
In 11 games last fall Ruder threw for around 1,600 yards with 14 touchdowns, and he rushed for around 750 yards and 16 scores. Ruder currently has offers from Indiana, Iowa, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Tulsa, Baylor, Kansas State, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Ohio, Toledo, Wyoming and Emporia State.He will narrow his choices this summer and take visits to those top schools.
Ruder and Bohanon are at the top for Baylor and will likely get visits from both. After these two, Baylor has 3 others they will likely turn to in the even Ruder and Bohanon come off the board.
Foster recently received an offer from Baylor, but is currently committed to Missouri.
Justin Fields was offered by Baylor in early May and his since backed off of his pledge from Penn State. Baylor is likely on the outside looking in here, but there is always a chance.
Bowman is one to watch for an offer. He was recently a participant at the Baylor camp and impressed the staff. Bowman is beginning to pick up steam on the recruiting trail and could likely blow up with a big summer and big fall.