Baylor easily has my favorite recruiting map of any of the teams in our recruiting pages. Every other Big 12 team has a fairly dispersed recruiting spread throughout a number of states, and Baylor’s is just a big green coated Texas and nothing else. Matt Rhule has taken the age-old approach of “build from within” approach to recruiting as literally as possible, because every single player in Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class is from the Lone-Star state. This is pretty much par the course for Rhule, who landed 20 recruits from Texas in 2017, and half of his 2016 class at Temple from Pennsylvania. He added two more today, when lineman Connor Galvin and linebacker Joseph Ogunbanjo committed to Baylor, launching the Bears to the top spot in the 247sports team rankings (due to a calculation error but hey, dare to dream Bears fans).
ITS OFFICIAL🐻✅ pic.twitter.com/nhvTZJ1BRO
— Connor Galvin (@cbabyg76) August 1, 2017
THE GALVIN FILE
Galvin is the 17th commitment in Baylor’s 2018 class, and the fourth tackle, along with Ylijaah Hall, Jackson Kimble and Casey Phillips. Only two tackles can be on the field at the same time, so it wouldn’t be surprising if only two of the four committed stayed at tackle, while the other two flipped to guard. Based on body type and play style, my guess for the remaining tackles would be Kimble and Galvin, though it’s really hard to see Phillips at guard unless he improves athletically.
Galvin picked Baylor over TCU, UCLA, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Colorado and Florida. He named a top five of Baylor, Florida, UCLA, Colorado and TCU back on June 19th, but even back then he was pretty widely considered to be Baylor bound. he fits Matt Rhule’s scheme well, and the chance to play early in Waco is undeniable. Only living about three hours from Baylor certainly didn’t hurt either.
On the field, there’s a lot to like about Galvin’s game. He’s a strong, hard-hitting tackle with a great jump off the snap, good leverage skills, solid feet, and a lot of skill in pass protection. However, all of this can only be said with an asterisk, because he absolutely can’t play tackle in the Big 12 if he doesn’t add weight to his 6-foot-6 or even 6-foot-7 frame. He’s listed as anywhere from 250 to 260, and at his height, that absolutely won’t work in a power five conference. When he adds that weight, he could be very good, but for right now, that needs to be focus number one. I can’t fairly make a comparison for his game until I see him play near the weight he’ll be in Waco.
Taylor to Baylor 🐻……….. pic.twitter.com/wtrOc43jcT
— Joey³📍 (@joeylive13) August 1, 2017
THE OGUNBANJO FILE
Ogunbanjo is the 18th commitment in Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class, and the first linebacker, surprisingly enough. The Bears landed three in 2017, in DeMarco Artis, Bryson Jackson and Terrel Bernard, so we knew going into this class that they’d only want one or two, but it’d still be a pretty big surprise if Baylor didn’t add at least one more linebacker in 2018. A few names to watch: DaShaun Wright, Rosendo Lewis and Jacob Doddridge, though as of right now, I have all three of those tabbed to land elsewhere.
Ogunbanjo picked Baylor over Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Indiana, Kansans, Texas Tech and Utah. Just like Galvin, Ogunbanjo was long thought of as being a heavy lean to Baylor, and a recent visit to Baylor over the weekend may have been the final push needed to convince Joseph to end his recruitment and join Baylor’s quickly filling class. Because of his athleticism and potential, he may pick up some more offers after his senior season if he impresses, but I expect he’ll stay with Baylor barring any massive offers.
On the field, Ogunbanjo is exactly the kind of guy you like to have at outside linebacker. He’s a freakish athlete, that stars in football, basketball and track, and he plays like it on the field. He flies to the ball at full speed and absolutely blows up plays on the regular, he’s a dangerous blitzer, and will serve as a serious spark plug at the next level. His coverage skills need some serious work, and he doesn’t have a ton of experience at linebacker (mostly plays end for his high school), but his ceiling is just so high, it’s hard to not think about what he could be with some good coaching. His ceiling comparison is Terrell Suggs. Take a look at his highlights, in which he dunks a basketball, outruns everyone else, and sacks a quarterback within the span of two minutes (football starts around the two-minute mark)