Baylor has spent the last few days loading up on the fastest players Texas has to offer. They landed four on Sunday, and added another on Monday, in the form of Christian Morgan. They’re at it again, as they landed another speedy Texan last night, Silsbee wideout Kalon Barnes. Barnes is the 11th commitment in Baylor’s class, a class that has made a huge jump to 16th nationally and second behind the other team with a lot of momentum on the recruiting path in the Big 12, Oklahoma State. Barnes is the fourth receiver in the class, and makes a lot of sense for Baylor, considering the #BFast movement that they’ve promoting.
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Barnes picked Baylor over offers from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA. Despite being the fourth wideout to commit, Barnes won’t be the last, as Baylor will have a lot of scholarships at their disposal in this recruiting cycle, which could result in a top ten class based off of sheer size alone.
Barnes is considered to be the second best player in the class, just behind Joshua Fleeks, on the 247 player rankings.
His greatest on-field asset is his speed, which, if you’ve been following Baylor recruiting, is not a surprise. He has decent size for a wideout, he 5-foot-11, and 172 pounds, though I think Baylor sees him as more of a slot receiver or an h-back than a primary receiver. He’s a great route runner, and very dangerous, mainly because of his elusiveness, with the ball in his hands. He out jump most defensive backs and if he improves his catching consistency, he could be very dangerous in Waco. His ceiling comparison is former Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
As I said, Baylor is the hottest team in the Big 12, and maybe the country on the recruiting path right now. They continued that momentum just moments ago, with yet another commitment, this time from Houston defensive tackle Joshua Landry. Landry is the 12th commitment in the 2018 Baylor class, and the first defensive lineman in what has been, to this point, a skill position heavy class.
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Landry is a big get for Matt Rhule and Baylor. They landed him over some stiff competition, including Arizona State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Texas, among others. His commitment bumps Baylor’s class up to 15th in the country, just three spots behind the current Big 12 leader, Oklahoma State. Baylor holds one more commitment than Oklahoma State does right now, but because of the sheer amount of players that will be in this Baylor class, the Bears will almost certainly take home the Big 12 recruiting title this year.
Unlike all the recent Baylor commitments, Landry isn’t a track star, though he is very athletic for his size, and it’s that versatility that makes him so intriguing.
That versatility is very obvious in his film. He’s listed as a defensive tackle, though at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, he could very possibly be an end at the next level. He has a rare combination of speed and size, that he uses to frequently get to the quarterback. His run stopping abilities leave a little to be desired, and he needs to diversify his moves a little bit, but the foundation is there for him to be a stud in Waco. His ceiling projection is Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry.