Blogmas Day 20 | Baylor Football Early Signing Day

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It’s Christmas!!! Okay, technically there’s still a few more days until the actual day, but Christmas came early for Baylor football fans as 20 of 23 commits in the 2018 class signed their letters of intent today. Whereas most Baylor offseasons see over half of their recruiting classes sign their LOI in February, the special 2018 class signed enthusiastically early. The Baylor Athletics creative department created these fantastic graphics for each signee and I thought they were an easy collage idea! Matt Rhule and co. showed their offseason recruiting talents in pulling together arguably the most talented recruiting class in Baylor football history. With a freshmen corp coming in at No. 21 in the nation after a 1-11 debut season, Rhule’s recruiting tactics are almost unbelievable. The 20 current signees feature one QB, three WRs, five OL, two TEs, two CBs, two S, two DEs, one P, and one ATH.

  • Kalon Barnes is a four-star WR with a 10.22 PR in the 100m who will also run track at Baylor. In his senior year, Barnes had 600 yards with nine TDs. 
  • Four-star QB Gerry Bohanon chose Baylor over offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisville, and others. He’s the No. 1 QB in the state of Arkansas and recorded 11,362 passing yards for 142 TDs and 5,925 rushing yards and 70 TDs in his high school career.
  • Track and WR star Josh Fleeks is a four-star commit who’s ranked No. 153 on the ESPN 300 list. He totaled 313 rushing yards for four TDs and 32 catches for 363 receiving yards with five TDs in his senior year. 
  • Connor Galvin is a monstrous four-star OL who’s ranked No. 224 on the ESPN 300 and was named 18th best OT in the nation by ESPN. In his senior season, Galvin had a grade of 91% with 63 knockdowns.
  • Three-star WR Jackson Gleeson will also run track at Baylor. He totaled 33 catches for 888 yards and 11 TDs in his senior year.
  • Massive three-star OL Ylijaah Hall comes in as the No. 88 OL in Texas. During his senior year, Hall allowed zero sacks and had 28 pancake blocks, earning an 89% grade.
  • CB Byron Hanspard Jr. is one of most talented CBs in the nation, earning a four-star ranking and No. 100 on the ESPN 300. As the No. 13 CB in the nation, Hanspard had 42 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and one INT as well as 36 catches for 493 yards and two TDs in his senior season.
  • ESPN gave TE Christoph Henle three-stars and a No. 22 TE ranking in the nation. In Henle’s final season, he totaled 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks along with 24 receptions for 348 yards and one TD. 
  • Jackson Kimble is a long-time Baylor OL commit who has a three-star ranking and is the No. 79 OL in Texas. He has a 92% grade with 107 knockdowns and two allowed sacks during his senior year.
  • Four-star DE Josh Landry is the No. 16 DE in the nation. In 2017, Landry recorded 46 tackles with 5.5 sacks. 
  • Mark Milton is a three-star CB who is the No. 50 athlete in the country. Milton was supremely successful in his final season, totaling 52 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and one INT, as well as four catches for 114 yards and two TDs. 
  • S Christian Morgan has a three-star ranking and is the No. 30 safety in the nation. As a senior, Morgan not only recorded 77 tackles and four INTs, but also earned the top Nike SPARQ score in the country.
  • OL Casey Phillips earned a three-star ranking as the No. 39 OT in the US. The versatile OL is flexible between OL work and practice as TE.
  • Princeton Pine is the No. 4 OL in the state of Louisiana, earning three-stars from ESPN. He already enters his freshman year at 6-5 and 340 pounds.
  • P Isaac Power is a 2018 US Army All-American Bowl pick who’s ranked No. 5 in the nation. Power recorded 59 touchbacks on 67 punts in his senior season with 22 punts for an average of 41.3 yards.
  • Three-star TE Ben Sims is a massive athlete who has a No. 28 national ranking. In 2017, Sims had 24 catches for 444 yards and seven TDs.
  • Marje Smith is a three-star DE who has a No. 100 DE national ranking. During his senior year, Smith totaled 59 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and six pass breakups.
  • Three-star ATH Bralen Taylor is a versatile player who chose the Bears over Georgia, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Miami, and others. The 6-7 football and basketball star is the No. 12 TE in the nation who recorded 32 catches for 612 yard and six TDs along with two rushing TDs in his senior season.
  • Tyquan Thornton is a four-star WR and track athlete with a 10.50 PR in the 100m. The No. 86 WR in the nation had 1,100 receiving yards for 10 TDs and 214 rushing yards for three TDs in his final season.
  • Three-star S and track star JT Woods is ranked as the No. 55 safety in the country who also has a 10.64 PR in the 100 m. He totaled 33 tackles and one sack as well as six catches for 63 yards and two rushes for 39 yards in 2017.