All Letters of Intent are "in"

The Baylor Bears received "LOI's" from all their commitments this morning and Coach Morriss will hold a press conference slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The highest ranked recruit according to scout.com would be David Gettis. David was given four stars by the scout.com recruiting gurus.

David's letter came in a bit later than everyone else, but that's simply because according to NCAA rules, no letters could be faxed in until after 7:00 a.m. All other Baylor recruits had a couple of hours on David.

Another "four star" recruit as pinned by scout.com was junior college transfer Matt Lott from Pearl River, MS. The 6-5, 300 pound junior-to-be was a first team academic all-american.

Other "rated" recruits included "three-star" recruits Shon Brown, the 5-11, 249 pound linebacker out of Waco High and Queito Teasley, a 6-0, 180 pound running back out of Katy Cinco Ranch.

The "bigger story" however might be in the number of recruits which never appeared in the scout.com data base, and of the others who were, none were even "rated" by scout.com personnel.

Leading the list of players not put into the data base until it was brought to the attention of scout.com was QB Blake Szymanski, 6-4, 195 from Wichita Rider High School.

"I've been watching Blake Szymanski all year, and he's a steal for Baylor," said recruiting guru Max Emfinger who is not associated with scout.com or rivals.com, but has his own recruting service and his own "high school all-star game." "Blake Szymanski can throw, he can run, and he's smart," said Max. I have him rated higher than any recruting service, but I've seen him play on multiple occasions.

Other recruits previously missing from the data base were Joe Pawelek, Jordan Lake, Corey Gindratt, Cordney Smith, and Thad Boatner. What this means to recruiting rankings is tremendous. The recruting classes are rated on the number of "stars" their class has when all added together. If half your class didn't make it to the data base until after they made their commitment, and thus were never rated by the service, they're given a "two-star" token rating. When that's added in, then the school which had all those "token" ratings is going to look "not so good" compared to other schools who's players seem to pick up a star or two just by committing to certain schools.

Look for a wrap-up article this afternoon including profiles supplied by Baylor Athletics.


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