Finally, after nine games, Baylor football has a win to sell to incoming recruits. However, coach Matt Rhule has held down the fort with 19 commitments.
Now, the class is ranked nearly among the top 30 in the nation. After a couple of re-evaluations, running back Craig Williams also became the Bears’ second 4-star prospect. If things go right, Baylor might be able to add one or two more.
Here’s the state of the 2018 recruiting class heading into Week 11.
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 31 in the nation and No. 6 in the Big 12 with 19 commitments, according to the 247Sports composite ratings. The Bears are behind Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Baylor has commitments from two 4-star prospects: Josh Fleeks and Craig Williams, who recently earned 4-star status.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 125
- 5-star offers: 2
- 4-star offers: 47
- In-state recruits offered: 65
- Florida recruits offered: 24
- Louisiana recruits offered: 5
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- Georgia recruits offered: 3
- New Jersey recruits offered: 3
- WR Joshua Fleeks, 4 stars, Cedar Hill (Texas)
- APB Craig Williams, 4 stars, Crosby (Texas)
- WR Kalon Barnes, 3 stars, Silsbee (Texas)
- ATH Stanley Hackett, 3 stars, Sam Rayburn (Pasadena, Texas)
- OT Connor Galvin, 3 stars, Katy (Texas)
- DT Joshua Landry, 3 stars, Lamar (Houston)
- TE Bralen Taylor, 3 stars, Cuero (Texas)
- TE Christoph Henle, 3 stars, The Oakridge School (Arlington, Texas)
- S Christian Morgan, 3 stars, Porter (Texas)
- OLB Joseph Ogunbanjo, 3 stars, Alief Taylor (Houston)
- S JT Woods, 3 stars, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
- OT Casey Phillips, 3 stars, Franklin (Texas)
- OT Jackson Kimble, 3 stars, Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
- WR Jackson Gleeson, 3 stars, Mansfield (Texas)
- ATH Mark Milton, 3 stars, Clear Brook (Friendswood, Texas)
- OT Ylijaah Hall, 3 stars, Bryan (Texas)
- TE Ben Sims, 3 stars, Clark (San Antonio)
- WDE Marje Smith, 3 stars, Marshall (Texas)
- P Isaac Power, unranked, Ponderosa (Parker, Colo.)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star QB Gerry Bohanon Jr., Earle (Ark.)
Bohanon took an official visit to Arkansas on Saturday to meet with coach Bret Bielema and his staff. He enjoyed the visit, according to multiple reports, but has several other visits in the works at this point.
Baylor and LSU are expected to get official visits from Bohanon. Arkansas is at a bit of a disadvantage considering that the coaching staff is on the hot seat. That should put Baylor in a good position down the stretch.
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Bush took an official visit to Michigan State last weekend, traveling to East Lansing with his family. He liked the visit, but Texas and Baylor are still considered among his favorites. Bush is one of the top wide receivers left in the nation.
Many programs are waiting for Bush to make his decision. He likely will make his decision in either December or January. Bush told reporters he could make his decision at the All-America game in January.
QB Terry Wilson, Garden City CC (Oklahoma City)
Baylor offered Wilson early in the junior college recruiting period, but Indiana has put on the full-court press for his services. Indiana has uncertainty at the quarterback position, so there’s an opening for Wilson.
The Bears want to add an upperclassman quarterback in the class, but probably can’t offer Wilson a legitimate chance at the starting spot. That will be an inhibitor in recruiting any experienced quarterback.
QB Clayton Tune, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
Tune continues to be the backup option if Bohanon eventually picks Arkansas or LSU. However, his performance over the past few weeks remains impressive.
Tune is completing 67 percent of passes this season for Hebron, which plays at the 6A level, the biggest classification in Texas. He’s averaging more than 200 passing yards per game. Tune fits the model of a classic late riser in the recruiting process.
WR Ke’von Ahmad, Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)
Ahmad continues to be a backup option if Baylor misses out on Bush, but his production is becoming impossible to ignore. The senior is averaging 125 yards per game and has more than 1,000 yards in 8 games this season.
Ahmad has offers from seven Power 5 programs, but San Diego State and Boise State are rated his top options so far. If Baylor pushed, a local option would be attractive.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 2 (Williams, Hackett)
- TE: 3 (Taylor, Henle, Sims)
- WR: 4 (Fleeks, Barnes, Gleeson, Milton)
- OL: 4 (Galvin, Phillips, Kimble, Hall)
- DL: 2 (Landry, Smith)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 1 (Ogunbanjo)
- CB: 0
- S: 2 (Morgan, Woods)
- P: 1 (Power)
Here’s a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state:
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