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3-Star Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell Decommits From Baylor

Baylor’s loss may be Oklahoma’s gain, “Sooner” rather than later.



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In late April, Baylor picked up four commitments from within their own state borders, when wide receivers Mark Milton and Jackson Gleeson, as well as defensive backs JT Woods and Delarrin Turner-Yell all committed to Baylor, over a number of other schools, mainly from within the Big 12.

Yesterday evening, Baylor lost one of their many commitments from the Lone Star state, when Turner-Yell backed off from that commitment he made roughly four months ago, thanks in large part to growing interest from a number of blue-blood schools, mainly Oklahoma.


Name POS Location HT/WT Rivals 247Sports Decommitted
S Hempstead

Turner-Yell’s decommitment drops Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class to 18 members, which breaks their Texas Tech’s class for largest in the conference, as the Red Raiders hold 19 commitments, and will likely finish with more than the usual allotment of 25 scholarships. Turner-Yell was one of three defensive backs, along with safeties Christian Young and JT Woods. Their presence in the class softens the blow of the loss of Turner-Yell for Matt Rhule and Baylor, but the Bears would still like to replace his now vacant spot in the class, with another athletic defensive back.

Turner-Yell holds offers from Fresno State, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, SMU, Texas State, UTSA and Utah. It’s the newfound interest from Oklahoma that more than likely can be chalked up as the cause of this decommitment. Lincoln Riley has been pressing hard for a flip from Turner-Yell, and when the Hempstead product visited Oklahoma in late July, his mind was all but made up that he would eventually decommit from Baylor. It’s obviously yet to be seen if he will ultimately end up at Oklahoma, but as of now, that’s my prediction.

When it comes to his on the field play, I had this to say about Turner-Yell, in his commitment piece back in the spring, and much of it remains true:

“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.”

Turner-Yell would be a huge get for Oklahoma, or whatever school he ultimately ends up at, as he has the skill, and raw ability to develop into a star at the next level. His ceiling comparison, while a bit hard to pin down, is most closely related to New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, or perhaps a college rival of the former Buckeye: Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers.

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