Baylor has a dozen verbal commitments

Recruiting, the second football season, and the Baylor Coaching Staff is right up among the leaders for number of commitments at this early stage of the game. Right now, the Bears are on top of an even dozen commitments. Two are still in the oven and not quite ready to come out, but ten are known. Among the ten are two junior college players, one on offense and one on defense.

First things first - the list:
QB Shawn Bell, 6-1, 185, 4.7, China Spring
DB D. D. Terry, 6-1, 195, 4.4, Willis
OL Akeem Rettig, 6-7, 329, 4.9, Carlisle Price
WR J. T. Thompson, 6-2, 190, 4.3, Kilgore Junior College (Kilgore HS)
LB Nathan Uranga, 6-2, 210, 4.5, Burleson
RB Lewis Hyman, 5-8, 180, 4.3, Hearne
P/K Jeremy Parker, Mesquite
CB Ahmad Rhodes, 5-10, 165, 4.4, Navarro Junior College
WR Trent Shelton, 6-3, 175, 4.45, North Crowley
DL Corey Ford, 6-4, 250, 4.8, Dallas Skyline

Now, a few comments. WR JT Thompson, you may remember came out of Kilgore High School and was among the top rated players at his position, wide receiver, in 2000. He committed and signed with Kansas, but left there after one year. He went back home to Kilgore and attended Kilgore JC to regain the eligibility to resign with any team. There, he found out that the quarterback he had caught all those passes from in high school had gone to Baylor. The Bears have been looking for a wide receiver who could stretch the field - this one can do it.

Jeremy Parker of Mesquite is a place kicker as well as a punter. He is on a streak of some 30+ extra points without a miss. He connected on three field goals Saturday in helping his team to defeat The Woodlands and remain a live in the state playoffs.

Running back Lewis Hyman is something like the second fastest player in the state this year. The Baylor coaching staff has made speed a top priority in this year's recruting endeavors and Lewis is just one answer.

When you are looking for a defender who covers sideline to sideline and can hit like a truckload of bricks, then you are looking at Linebacker Nathan Uranga. Nathan's team is also still in the playoff picture, due in no small part to his devastating tackling.

Look for Baylor to continue to add juco players to the mix as the recruiting process continues. They may take as many as 6 to 8, or even more, depending on immediate need.

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