Just two days after landing a commitment from tight end Ben Sims, Baylor has landed another pledge to kick off the month of June, this time in the form of Cuero tight end Bralen Taylor. Taylor is the 15th recruit to join Baylor’s quickly expanding 2018 class, and the second tight end, along with the aforementioned Sims. The Bears are firmly in second place in the Big 12 recruiting rankings right now, behind only Texas. The next few weeks should entail a few more commitments for the Bears, so by the end of June we may even see the Bears surpass the Longhorns, albeit for a short time.
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THE TAYLOR FILES
Not many teams are as hot on the recruiting path right now as Baylor is. The coaches are selling recruits on doing things the right way, being the fastest team in the country, and on early playing time. Those pitches are obviously very attractive, because this Baylor class just keeps expanding. When it comes to Taylor, he really likes the family atmosphere Matt Rhule is building in Waco, and the chance to play early, especially at a power five school, is hard for any recruit to pass up. Ultimately, Matt Rhule’s offensive style, and the way he plans on utilizing the tight ends, was the biggest factor for Bralen.
Taylor chose the Bears over offers from Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and Oregon. He boasts an impressive offer sheet, and Baylor is beyond happy that they were able to secure his commitment. Long considered to be an Ole Miss lean, keeping Taylor is state comes not only as a bit of a surprise, but also as a massive victory for the Bears.
He was one of the highest players remaining on the staff’s board, so getting him in the class is a huge step in the right direction, a sit allows them to focus even more energy on the other recruits left on the board that are still uncommitted. He has an extremely impressive offer sheet, excellent film, and outstanding size. If any recruit is set to get a big boost in the recruiting rankings soon, it’s this kid. Come November, he’ll likely be a four-star recruit, and one of the top tight ends in the country, though Baylor already thinks that highly of him.
On the field, the first thing that stands about Bralen is just how massive he is. At 6-foot-7, pressing 6-foot-8, he’s one of the tallest recruits in the country. Surprisingly enough, he still moves like someone he has a good six inches on. he’s not very big in terms of weight (he’ll need to bulk up at some point), and has unbelievable speed for how tall he is. He plays both wide receiver and quarterback for his high school team, but has the physical tools to be an incredible tight end at the next level, and that’s where Baylor sees him.
Outside of those physical tools, Taylor is relatively raw. He has good hands, and can win pretty much every jump ball, but his routes and blocking will need developed at the next level. He has an extremely high floor and ceiling because of his pairing of physical tools and his size, so at the worst, he’ll be a solid red zone and deep ball threat. at the best, he’ll be a star, and playing on Sundays in a few years. His ceiling comparison is Jimmy Graham.