Baylor on Fire

Over the past week Art Briles and the Baylor Bears have been on fire on the recruiting trail and have picked up five commitments, including three that have switched their pledges from others schools. The biggest news may have came when Ahmad Dixon once again opted for the comforts of home over the uncertainty in Knoxville.

The biggest mover and shaker in the Big 12 over the past seven days has been Baylor, who has taken advantage of some shaky coaching situations to bolster its recruiting list in a big way.

S Ahmad Dixon - Scout.com Top 150

This is one of the strangest recruiting tails to be told for the class of 2010. Dixon picked offers from everyone early in the process, but like many young prospects he committed to Texas while feeling the pressure to make a quick decision before someone else took his spot in the class. But after re-considering he decided that he would rather like to stay close to home and play for the Bears, especially considering he would have a more legit chance to see the field early in his career. As the months went along he cast a wandering eye towards the SEC as schools like Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and Alabama all coveted him.

Ahmad Dixon
He took a visit to see the Vols program and made a commitment to play in Knoxville the day before he played in the U.S. Army Bowl.Two days later Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin took a vacated spot at USC and Dixon found himself on a commitment list without a solidified head coach. And that is when Baylor slipped back in to snag a re-commitment from the Top 100 safety.

DE Kedrick Dial (6‘5, 220) - Scout.com Texas Top 150


The Lone Star State has a number of talented defensive end prospects available, but one of the best, Kedrick Dial, has been sitting on Texas Tech's commitment list for months. But after Mike leach was fired and Ruffin McNeil was not retained in Lubbock the talented three-star pass rusher from Sulphur Springs High opened things back up, as he did not feel as comfortable with the new coaching staff. Dial has tremendous size and upside an that is why programs like Tech, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska all came calling with scholarships.

DE Clarence Lee (6'4, 215) - Scout.com Three-Star prospect

Lee is a prospect that has a lot of upside. He is very athletic and also plays on his high school basketball team. For a 6'4 player he moves well and could playa versatile role in the Bears defense, but if he can retain his level of athleticism and gain another 20-30 pounds he could be a pretty interesting land.

OLB Bryce Hager (6-1, 210) - Unrated


There were not a ton of schools throwing scholarship offers to the Austin Westlake inside linebacker, but after a huge senior year where he racked up nearly 160 tackles and eight sacks Colorado, Baylor, and Air Force all stepped up, and after looking at him play in some game film it is easy to see why. He may end up being the steal of the class. He is an aggressive backer that approaches the zero-angle relentlessly that saves his defense yards. He also has great football lineage as his father played at Texas and in the NFL. So while he may be unrated now people in a few years may not be highly rated now people could be coming back on and saying how all the recruiting experts whiffed on an All Big-12 selection.

QB Tyrell Jenkins (6-4, 175) - Unrated

Everyone knows that Robert Griffin is the man at quarterback in Waco. And after he went down Nick Florence looked pretty solid in relief, especially for a freshman. But looking ahead the Bears will need to have more depth in their program. So they turned to Jenkins who passed for over 1,000 yards for Henderson High in 2009. Jenkins has a HUGE arm and is also a potential MLB pitching prospect, so if he does opt for football and plays for Baylor, even after a potential stint in the minor leagues (ala Chris Weinke, others), he could be a player that has NFL size with a big league arm.

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