2017 Baylor Bears Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Baylor Bears Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Baylor Bears Recruiting Class Overview
It was one of the biggest on-field issues from the Art Briles fiasco and the regime changes – would Baylor be able to hang on to its top recruits? Short answer – sort of, losing QB Kellen Mond to Texas A&M still hurts. Matt Rhule landed a stunningly okay class considering the issues, but he’s going to need an overhaul of certain positions to do what he’ll want – especially defensively. This is a decent start, though. Getting WR Gavin Holmes was a big key, and landing a slew of other top prospects later in the game – like LB Terrel Bernard and safety Ashton Logan – helped the cause in a huge way. This might not be a special recruiting season compared to what Oklahoma and Texas came up with, but all things considered, Rhule was able to steady the ship.
The Baylor Bears Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive back. A defensive coach by nature, Rhule made sure this first class beefed up that side with a good group of defensive ends – helped by the Houston flip of Chidi Ogbannaya – and a few nice linebackers, but it’s the secondary that potentially got the best playmakers. Harrison Hand is a blazer with decent size for one corner spot, while CB Timarcus Davis and safeties Trevon Lewis and Jalen Pitre have terrific upside.
The Star of the Baylor Bears Class Is …
WR Gavin Holmes, 5-11, 178, Justin, TX – A really, really big get for the program Holmes is the receiver who could be the next great Bear target in the near future with blazing wheels and the versatility to work inside or out. He’s not going to get physical with anyone, but that’s not what he’s here for. Stretch the field, hit the occasional home run, change games – he can do that. Oklahoma was hot after him, and Michigan, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Nebraska were just a few of the other big programs that made a run.
The Baylor Bears Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Backfield depth. The one big positive coming from last year’s issues was the time logged in by several players in key spots. Now there are just enough options to help fill in the blanks for a team that doesn’t lose a whole lot that can’t be replaced. However, considering the issues at quarterback over the last few years, and with more running backs needed, the pressure will be on QB Zach Smith and RB Terence Williams to stay in one piece early on and look terrific. JaMycal Hasty ran for 623 yards, but it would be nice if new recruit Abram Smith was ready to contribute early on, and if QB Charlie Brewer at least looked like an emergency option.