When you take a look at the Baylor Bears‘ recruiting class, the first guy you notice is probably five-star wide receiver KD Cannon. However, there is another newcomer who will have a better chance to make his presence felt in 2014 than Cannon. While the five-star receiver will likely spend a lot of time on the sidelines, three-star cornerback Chris Sanders could make an instant impact.
As loaded as the Bears are at wide receiver (so loaded that a five-star prospect may not even crack the rotation this year), they are equally as inexperienced at cornerback. This is where Sanders, a JUCO transfer comes in.
Sanders took a round-about path to the Bears. He originally committed to the Georgia Bulldogs and played there as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending injury to his shoulder. After that, Sanders left the Bulldogs and ended up at Eastern Arizona College. While there, Sanders earned a reputation as one of the top JUCO cornerbacks in the nation, then transferred to Baylor.
Sanders will have the opportunity to contend for a starting job right away. Against Big 12 offenses, even if he isn’t actually listed as a starter, he will still see the field plenty.
The Bears will likely need him to win a second-straight Big 12 championship. Despite the rankings, the Bears could still be the best team in the conference if they prove to have a serviceable secondary. Sanders should have a significant role to play.