No team across the country can match Baylor’s flurry of verbal commitments in the last five weeks.
With just one recruit on board before Matt Rhule’s arrival in early December, the Bears have received 24 commitments in their 2017 class since Dec. 28.
Commitment No. 25 came Tuesday night when defensive end Demarco Artis from Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla., announced that he will sign with Baylor on Wednesday’s national signing day. Artis had previously committed to Florida State and chose Baylor over Oregon.
Baylor might not be through adding recruits.
On Wednesday morning, defensive end Justin Harris from East Ascension High School in Gonzales, La., will choose between Baylor, LSU, Mississippi and Purdue.
On Wednesday afternoon, outside linebacker Brandon Thompson from England, Ark., will choose between Baylor, Utah and Florida State.
Landing Harris and Thompson would top an already impressive Baylor recruiting class that has risen to No. 32 in the latest national rankings by Rivals.com.
Baylor’s class appears to be well balanced with one quarterback, two running backs, four receivers, five offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs.
Austin Lake Travis quarterback Charlie Brewer flipped his commitment from SMU to Baylor in early January. Abilene’s Abram Smith also made his commitment in early January, and was Baylor’s only recruit at running back until Johnathan Lovett from Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J., joined him on Monday.
Baylor’s receivers include Justin Northwest’s Gavin Holmes, Cypress Ranch’s R.J. Sneed, Henderson’s Trestan Ebner and Kyle Lehman tight end Tyler Henderson. The offensive linemen include DeSoto’s Xavier Newman, Alief Taylor’s Eleasah Anderson, Frisco Independence’s Jason Moore, and Southlake Carroll’s Ryan Miller and Henry Klinge.
The Bears’ new defensive linemen include Artis, Pennsville (N.J.) Memorial’s Rob Saulin, Allen’s Cole Maxwell, Alpine (Ala.) Winterboro’s Khalil Keith, Langham Creek’s Chidi Ogbonnaya and Round Rock’s James Lynch.