The recruiting momentum of the Baylor football staff has continued since we published Part I of this series. The most recent commits will be covered later in Part III. For now though, we continue with Commits 6 through 11.
Stacey Williams (6-0, 170) suprised many Baylor fans when we reported his commitment in early June. With offers from UTEP and Louisiana Lafeyette, Williams decided to end the process early and take what the Bears were offering.
Williams describes himself as a complete receiver, rather than fitting the mold of a specific type of receiver. In addition to playing the offensive side of the ball, he also lines up at cornerback. This athlete will likely spend his time on defense at Baylor.
After Williams committed, it seemed the early recruiting momentum might have died down as nothing happened over the next two weeks. That all changed when Chris Francis and Chris Sanders opted for the Bears on June 22.
The recruitment of the linebacker position was essentially put to rest in one 24 hour period, as Baylor added 2 of its main targets at the position, including Baylor legacy Chris Francis. Francis (6-1, 210) is one fans had been waiting on for a while, especially after Cedar Hill teammate Romie Blaylock made the call a couple of weeks prior.
Francis, who makes Scout's Texas Top 100 list at #92, is a hard hitting backer, who his high school coach describes as a "Greek God." He told us in early April that he feels his best position is on the outside, where he can utilize his speed and force. His coach also chimed in about his strength and work effort: "He squated at the regional meet, he squated 565, benched 330, and dead lifted 580. He is one of those workhorses that you just love."
Francis chose Baylor over offers from TCU and Missouri, among other schools. With 2 from Cedar Hill in the bag so far, Baylor fans continue to wonder if we will get anymore from the school - stay tuned to find out.
Chris Sanders (6-0, 195) is another quick linebacker who will be able to utilize his speed in Baylor's 4-2-5 defense. Sanders garnered a lot of attention early in the recruiting process, as his coach mentioned to us in February, probably because he will be a 3 year starter for the Corsicana team this fall.
The one thing his coach emphasized, was what you want to hear about every player that wants to play at linebacker: "he plays hard every play and he is always around the ball." As a junior, he made over 100 tackles and was picked for the all-district team. Sanders comes in at #76 on the Texas Top 100 list.
Sanders not only got the ball rolling on the linebacker position as Francis soon followed suit, but he also got the ball rolling on the Corsicana kids as Greg Stewart and Courtney Green made the call just 2 days later.
Greg Stewart (5-10, 160) is another 2-way player and athlete who can play either wide-receiver or defensive back. His high school coach told Scout.com that he has twice been clocked at 4.36 in the early part of this year, officially we report him at 4.4.
Stewart had favored Baylor for a while, and despite heavy interest from Oklahoma State and Arkansas, Stewart opted to follow in line with several other Corsicana products like Jay Finley from last year's Baylor class.
Courtney Green (6-4, 280) was a big time get for Baylor, as he held offers from several programs including Nebraska, Iowa State, TCU, Mississippi, and Oklahoma State. Notre Dame and especially LSU were close to offering, but Green decided to go ahead and pull the trigger for Baylor.
Green has twice made the all-district first team as an offensive lineman, and twice honorable mention on the defensive line. He hopes to up those honors to the all-state level this year. He also checks in at #65 on Scout's Texas Top 100. He reports the thing that sets him apart on the line is his quickness (recently being clocked at 4.9), but he hopes to add more strength to go along with that to really dominate.
Anthony Morgan (6-4, 335) committed to Baylor the same day as Courtney Green and Greg Stewart - undoubtedly a huge day for the Baylor football staff. Morgan, a 3 star recruit who is listed at #44 on the Scout Texas Top 100, had offers from several programs including Big 12 South rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
In late April, rumors were swirling in LSU circles that he had made a commitment to the Tigers. After setting the record straight that did not happen, Morgan continued to receive heavy interest from schools all over the country including Florida, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.
Ultimately, Morgan could not pass up the chance to play under head coach and offensive line coach Guy Morriss. Morgan realizes he needs to add even more strength and speed to make it to the college level, and told Scout about his routine recently for this summer: "I go to practice around 4:30 p.m. We lift weights for the first hour and then we run and do agility drills for the next hour."
In Part III of this series, we will continue to give a recap of Baylor's early recruiting success as we give you the skinny on the next wave of commitments.
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