Baylor Enjoying Early Recruiting Success

Guy Morriss and the rest of the Baylor coaching staff have worked hard on the recruiting trail. With 13 commitments already, and more soon to follow, the Bears are piecing together what could be considered the best recruiting class Baylor has seen in a long time. In Part I of this series, we take a look at the first 5 recruits to give their pledge to play for the Baylor Bears. Read More FREE!!

The Baylor Bears are building off of what they accomplished last year in what many considered the best recruiting class Guy Morriss has brought to Baylor since he arrived. Currently they have secured 13 commitments for next year's recruiting class.

The improved play of the football team on the field coupled with new additions to the coaching staff have helped Baylor to be able to recruit with success so far this year. Additionally, Baylor's new air attack offense has certainly increased the interest levels of wideouts and quarterbacks alike.

Whatever the reason may be, there's no denying that Baylor is making an impression on this class of youngsters. The attendance at Baylor camps this summer is up compared to previous years, and high school players from across the country are noticing the trend.

With the rash of commitments, especially as of late, BearsIllustrated.com brings you a brief analysis of the recruiting action so far, just in case you need to catch-up. If you are already on top of it, join us for some discussion of the class so far, and how you would like to see the rest of the class filled out.

Rex McDougald

Rex McDougald (6-2, 305) was the first to pledge for Baylor this Spring. The Bears were the first to offer McDougald, and he jumped on it pretty quickly. McDougald was receiving heavy interest from Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, although neither had offered.

As a junior, McDougald punished opposing offenses as he finished the year with over 200 tackles, including 26 for a loss to go along with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. His junior year was completed by being honored with first team all-state honors.

McDougald checks in on the Texas Top 100 at #87. Look for this talented defensive tackle to stay at that position during his time at Baylor.

Krys Buerck

Krys Buerck (5-10, 175),

from Mesquite High School, decided to commit to Baylor less than a week after McDougald. Buerck would be the first versatile and agile wide receiver taken by the Bears this Spring. Buerck runs a 4.47 40 (clock at 4.50 at the Scout.com combine in Waco), and as evidenced by his recent performance at one of the Baylor summer camps, his quickness is his biggest asset.

At the time of his commitment, Buerck reported that it was a soft verbal, and that he would still consider other options. As of today, he has kept his commitment to Baylor to play under their new spread offense.

Click here to see his videos: Krys Buerck Video Page

Lonnie Edwards

Lonnie Edwards (6-5, 315) was the next to pull the trigger for Baylor, lighting up the faces of Baylor fans everywhere. Baylor Head Coach and former NFL offensive lineman Guy Morriss has taken over the coaching responsibilities for the offensive line, and that switch paid off in this recruitment as the chance to learn from the best was something Lonnie couldn't pass up.

Edwards chose Baylor over offers from Purdue, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Mississippi, and Arizona. Edwards was recently given a 4 star ranking by Scout.com, making him Baylor's only commit thus far with such a ranking. He also checks in at #41 on the Texas Top 100.

His high school coach believes he can play anywhere on the line, so the best fit will have to be figured out by Morriss when he gets here next fall.

Hunter Hightower

At the time of his commitment, Hunter Hightower (6-5, 260) perhaps was not a name known by many. However, Hightower is following in his family's footsteps as he soon will be a student at Baylor University.

Hightower recently had the chance to experience Baylor a little more, as he attended one of their summer camps. Like Edwards, Hightower will line up on the offensive line and be guided by Coach Morriss.

Romie Blaylock

Romie Blaylock (5-10, 175)



was a wide receiver target from the beginning for the Baylor Bears. In fact, the entire Cedar Hill High School team has caught the eyes of Baylor coaches, but Romie was the first of 2 to offer his commitment thus far.

Romie left an impression on many coaches with his blazing speed, 4.45 40 (4.66 at the Scout.com combine in Waco), as he had offers from schools such as Kansas State, Houston, and UTEP. Like Buerck, Romie is not the tallest receiver on the field, but has the quickness to lose his defender in the Bears spread offense.

Since he showcased his speed at the Scout.com combine in Waco, Romie has moved up the rankings and currently checks in as the #64 ranked player in Texas.

Click here to see his videos: Romie Blaylock Video Page

In part II of this series, we will take a look at Baylor commits #5-10. Keep it tuned to BearsIllustrated.com.

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