Head coach Art Briles and the Baylor Bears have put together the nation’s largest recruiting class so far this year, and there are plenty of things to get out of their recent success on the recruiting trail.
The Bears have been known as an offensive program the last few years and were fourth in the country in both passing yards and points scored in 2012. Despite having a less than stellar defense, the Bears’ 2014 class is headlined by defensive talent.
Linebacker James David out of Rockdale, Texas is the 14th ranked inside linebacker in the nation and is listed as a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Along with David is another four-star linebacker in T’Kevian Rockwell who is listed as the 14th ranked outside linebacker in the nation. Another four-star athlete that the Bears have gotten a solid verbal commitment from is athlete Davion Hall. Hall is a versatile player who can play both safety and receiver and could also make a big impact on the Bears defense when he steps on campus.
Of course, the Bears also have a pretty solid group of offensive players that have verbally committed as well. Three-star tight end Jordan Feurbacher out of Kingwood, Texas is listed as the number 88 player in the state and has great size at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. Running back Terrence Williams out of Ennis, Texas is listed as the 31st ranked running back in the 2014 class and is a big, powerful back at 6-foot-2 220 pounds. The Bears also picked up three-star wide receiver Ishmael Zamora out of Houston, Texas. Zamora is 6-foot-4 195 pounds and will be a big target for the Bears in the future.
Baylor has made obvious strides in its football program since Robert Griffin III won the Heisman in 2011, and it’s shown on the recruiting trail. The Bears have 19 verbally committed players for their 2014 class and show no signs of slowing down. They may not end up with a top three Big 12 class in terms of rankings, but Briles knows who he wants and so far he’s been getting them.
Weston Wilson is a college football and Major League Baseball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter.