Baylor football has quickly built an impressive recruiting profile under head coach Matt Rhule, even though the results haven’t come on the football field yet.
The Bears are right in the thick of several recruiting battles for elite prospects early in the recruiting class. However, Baylor has also focused on several players that they desperately want. Getting there early will help the Bears down the road.
Here’s how Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class looks heading towards the end of March.
Where Baylor’s class ranks
Baylor’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 38 in the nation and No. 7 in the Big 12 with 3 commitments, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The Bears trail Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State. However, rankings will change dramatically in the coming months.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 102
- 5-star offers: 4
- 4-star offers: 48
- In-state recruits offered: 72
- Florida recruits offered: 9
- Pennsylvania recruits offered: 5
- WR Jaylen Ellis, 3 stars, Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas)
- S Hakeem Vance, 3 stars, Lewisburg (Olive Branch, Miss.)
- DE TJ Franklin, 3 stars, Temple (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star DB Tamauzia Brown, Newton (Texas)
Four-star defensive back Tamauzia Brown is still one of Baylor’s top priorities. The Newton standout is ranked No. 213 overall in the class, and should be able to contribute immediately if he comes in at defensive back.
Brown projects to defense at the next level, but he accomplished crazy things on both sides of the ball for Newton. He posted 1,484 all-purpose yards and 18 total touchdowns for Newton last season. He also added 45 tackles at cornerback. With 6-foot-1 size and strong speed, Brown will be a star in college football.
4-star RB Darwin Barlow, Newton (Texas)
Brown isn’t the only elite Newton athlete Baylor is pursuing. Four-star running back Darwin Barlow is one of the best players in the state too. The elite prospect earned SEC offers from Ole Miss and LSU in the past week.
Barlow rushed for 2,246 yards and 38 touchdowns during a phenomenal junior season for Newton. The junior averaged 11.0 yards per carry in 2017 and added 4 receiving touchdowns. Barlow would be a game-changer for Baylor’s running back corps.
4-star QB Grant Tisdale, Allen (Texas)
Allen High School has produced some elite quarterbacks over the years. Four-star dual-threat prospect Grant Tisdale is poised to become the next great one.
Tisdale completed 66 percent of his passes and threw for 30 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. He averaged an absurd 11.2 yards per pass attempt. Tisdale also rushed for 1,090 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s one of the most ready-made quarterbacks in this recruiting class thanks to the great coaching at Allen.
4-star DB Jeremiah Criddell, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Baylor is searching for an elite playmaker on defense for the 2019 recruiting class. There are few out there better than Criddell, who ranks as the No. 6 cornerback and No. 68 overall player in the class of 2019.
Criddell is based out of California, but Baylor has made an impact on his recruitment. With 6-foot-1 size at cornerback, he has the tools to be a lockdown player in the Big 12.
3-star DT Jared Harrison-Hunte, Christ the King Regional (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Baylor is looking for help on the defensive line, and Harrison-Hunte already has Power Five size. As a junior, he played at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds against New York state private school competition. He’s rated the No. 3 player in the state.
Harrison-Hunte is starting to earn attention from some of the best teams in the nation. Penn State, Texas A&M and LSU recently offered the New York-based star. However, 247Sports believes that the decision is currently between Baylor, LSU and Penn State.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 0
- RB: 0
- TE: 0
- WR: 1 (Ellis)
- OL: 0
- DL: 1 (Franklin)
- ILB: 0
- OLB: 0
- CB: 0
- S: 1 (Vance)
- P: 0
Here’s a breakdown of Baylor’s commits by state:
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