Baylor received some good news Wednesday night, as Xavier Phillips committed to the Bears. He is the 13th overall commitment for the Bears in a defensive heavy class so far with 8 defensive commitments.
With offers from Wake Forest, Duke and Tulane, academics were a major consideration for Phillips. "I chose Baylor because of academics and football."
Phillips joins D.J. Green and Travon Blanchard at the linebacker position, with Green projecting more as a middle linebacker and Blanchard projected to fill the nickel back position. Phillips will fill the outside linebacker position, but could have the frame to grow into a defensive end, though the Baylor staff projects him more as a linebacker.
The Conference Player of the Year was recruited by Baylor's linebacker coach. "Coach Gush recruited me and at camp he just seemed really enthusiastic and into what he was doing."
Phillips had offers Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, UCF, Air Force and Navy among others.
Scout Football Top Stories
Watch: Biggest movers in the Scout 300Scout's Allen Trieu joins CBS Sports' Hana Ostapchuk to discuss a few of the biggest movers in the rankings in the Scout 300.
Scout FootballYesterday at 2:26 PM
No. 1 QB debate: Fields or Lawrence?Scout's Allen Trieu joins CBS Sports' Hana Ostapchuk to discuss how to decide between Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields as the No. 1 QB.
Scout FootballYesterday at 2:20 PM
Huffman's Stars of the Offseason- Part OneScout's National Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman looks at the top players he saw at each position during the spring and summer camp and 7v7 circuit from the West region...
Scout FootballYesterday at 1:00 PM
Powers' Picks: 10 Years of Midlands TalentFRISCO, Texas -- National analyst Greg Powers takes a look at the top players he has rated at each position during his time with Scout.com over the past 10 recruiting seasons.
Scout FootballYesterday at 9:43 AM
The Summer Class of 2018 Scout 300Scout updates the 2018 Scout 300 following the majority of the summer camp period and The Opening Finals with major movement in the top five behind Trevor Lawrence, who is still at…
Scout FootballWednesday at 9:00 AM