Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Baylor Bears recruiting class.
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The recruiting at Baylor actually wasn’t all that awful in all of the changes and all of the problems. The pitch was sort of easy – come to Baylor and potentially play right away. Matt Rhule has come up with a class about as strong as last year’s.
Where the rumors and thoughts of Rhule going to the New York Jets an issue? Not really, but at the very least, he’s a young coach who’s good enough to get a whole lot of big offers. The chances he’ll be around Waco for the next five years aren’t high.
The pass catchers are coming in. Rhule loaded up with several excellent ones last year, and he landed a few nice receiver this year. Throw in the two good tight ends he landed – after signing three last year, and getting Garmon Randolph on National Signing Day – and the targets are there for QB Charlie Brewer.
It just so happens that receiver will be one of the bigger depth chart holes. The last few recruiting classes should fill in the spots in a big hurry.
There are enough versatile athletes coming in to switch a few over to the right spots, but there aren’t any true running backs other than Qualan Jones, and he might be good enough to make up for the lack of bulk in the class. Don’t be shocked if he turns into a star in the rotation.
If Jones isn’t the star of the class, it might be Peyton Powell. The 6-2, 185-pounder is built to be a receiver, but he worked at quarterback in high school. It might take a little bit and a lot of polish, but the upside is tremendous.
There’s a whole lot of speed across the board. It’s a class full of options and versatility, and it’s put together to get guys who can match up with the top Big 12 offenses and to get into firefights.
Can Jacob Zeno play any sort of a role in the quarterback pecking order? He’s a better recruit than last year’s signing, Gerry Bohanon, but Charlie Brewer is the guy for the next two years. The 6-4 Zeno blew off Georgia, Florida and a whole slew of other good teams to be a Bear.
For the Big 12, it’s a terrific class. It’s not in the same penthouse as Oklahoma and Texas, but it’s the type of class that fits what Rhule needs and what the conference is.