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Baylor Lands Four 2018 Commitments On Sunday

The Bears are wrapping up an incredible recruiting day as Baylor lands four commitments on Sunday.

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Matt Rhule has made it very obvious that he has a few main things that he looks for in recruiting prospects. He likes guys who fly under the radar, he likes guys from Texas, and he likes guys who can run. If that’s the case, coach Rhule just had a very, very good day. On Sunder, Baylor landed JT Woods, Mark Milton, Jackson Gleeson, and Delarrin Turner-Yell, four players who check all three of those boxes.

Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class now holds pledges from nine players, eight of which hail from the Lone Star State. Woods and Turner-Yell are the first and second defensive backs in the class, while Milton* and Gleeson are the third and fourth receivers, as they join Tyquan Thornton and Joshua Fleeks.

THE WOODS FILE

Name Hometown Position Position Rank Star Rating
JT Woods Cibolo, TX Safety 107 ⭐⭐

Woods was considered to be a longtime Baylor lean. The 247Sports crystal ball sat at 100% in favor of Baylor, and the general consensus in the world of recruiting was that he was more of a “when, not if” kind of kid. Woods chose Baylor despite a very impressive offer sheet. Especially, when you consider that he’s only considered a 2-star prospect, but that will change. He is a stud. He held offers, or had interest, from Houston, Navy, Cal, Florida, LSU, TCU, Texas, and UCLA.

Woods isn’t just going to just be playing football at Baylor, though. He’s also a track star, and will be running for the Bears in college along with playing safety.

That track background is a big part of what makes him so intriguing. He has excellent size for a safety, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, but he pairs that size with incredible speed and athleticism. He’s about as fast as any safety in the country, and can out jump almost anyone on the field. Don’t get me wrong, he’s extremely raw (hence the 2-star rating), but if Matt Rhule can coach him up, he could be an absolute stud at the next level. His athleticism and film is very reminiscent of a player who was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft on Friday night, former Ohio State Buckeye and current Indianapolis Colt Malik Hooker. Hooker was just as raw as Woods coming out of high school, and we saw how he turned out. Baylor hopes they can turn Woods into a similar player.


THE MILTON FILE

Name Hometown Position Position Rank Star Rating
Mark Milton Friendswood, TX WR 194 ⭐⭐⭐

Baylor landed another athletic freak today, in Mark Milton. Milton chose Baylor over Bowling Green, Houston, and SMU, as well as interest from the majority of the Big 12. For a lot of schools, Milton is a wait and see kind of player. They want to watch how he does on the camp circuit and during his senior season before pulling the trigger on an offer. Because of that, Baylor may have found another steal in a big position of need.

Milton, like Woods, is a track star at his high school, and may be planning to play football and run track in Waco, though he did not announce his intentions to do that, yet. What he did announce, obviously, was his commitment to Baylor.

Milton has excellent size and speed, just as Woods does, at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He’s very raw at receiver, and he may actually end up playing on the other side of the ball, alongside Woods in college, as he told Scout back in March:

“Coach Fran told me they saw me as a player that could play on both sides of the ball. WR on offense and CB on defense, but then he asked me what I preferred. I told him that I thought I would stand out more and be more effective playing CB at the next level.”

Whichever side of the ball Milton ends up on, I can all but guarantee that his elite athleticism will be used. He’s going to have to learn the ropes and improve his technique at either wide receiver or cornerback, but you can’t teach his speed, agility, or athleticism, and that’s why he’s a member of the 2018 Baylor recruiting class.


THE GLEESON FILE

Name Hometown Position Position Rank Star Rating
Jackson Gleeson Manfield, TX WR 137 ⭐⭐⭐

Gleeson, the third player to commit to Baylor today, chose the Bears over offers from Iowa State, Missouri, and Nebraska. Gleeson had been linked with Baylor for a while now, and decided to pull the trigger today, in part because of the other commits. College football recruiting is a hype-centric business, and nothing says hype like a bunch of players committing in one day. Don’t believe me? Look at Oregon’s current recruiting class.

Gleeson, is another player that plans on running track along with playing football in Waco. He’s one of the fastest players in Texas, and it shows in his tape.

Gleeson’s greatest attribute on the field is his speed. He runs a legitimate 4.40 40 time, and he uses that incredible speed to gash up defenses underneath, as well as with the ball in his hands. He has decent size for a primary receiver, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but for a slot receiver, where he’ll likely reside in Waco, he has excellent size, and pairs it with solid hands, and very impressive body control. He needs to add some weight, but he has the raw talent to be a star. Starting to sense a common theme among these three? His ceiling comparison is another familiar face, former Oklahoma Sooner, Dede Westbrook.


THE TURNER-YELL FILE

Name Hometown Position Position Rank Star Rating
Delarrin Turner-Yell Hempstead, TX Safety 59 ⭐⭐⭐

As LeBron James once said, “not one, not two, not three…” The Bears landed four recruits on Sunday. Four!

Turner-Yell is the best commitment of the four, in terms of ranking, as he comes in at 786th in the country. Turner-Yell picked Baylor over an excellent off sheet that includes Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Houston, Iowa, Nebraska, SMU, and Utah. Of the four guys on this list, he’s the most developed, and college-ready prospect, hence the higher rating.

Turner-Yell, unlike the other three, is not a track star. At least not that I’m aware of, although he very well could be. He has elite speed, just like the other new commits, and that serves as one of his greatest traits.

Speed isn’t his only asset though, as, despite his 5-foot-10, 157 pound frame, Turner-Yell can absolutely destroy offensive players with his massive hits. He plays running back on offensive for his school, and that aggressiveness translates very nicely to safety, as Turner-Yell frequently blows up plays with massive hits. He’s still got some work to do with his instincts, but he’s got near-elite, if not elite athletic ability, and his physicality make shim a very attractive prospect for Baylor, and for a good chunk of the Big 12.

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