Recruiting the state of Texas is a tough job. Not only are there all the Big 12 schools that battle with each other, but then you have to take into account Texas A&M, as well as the national blue bloods like Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State who will dip into Texas for recruits. It would be easy then to expect that Baylor, under Matt Rhule, would be struggling. Not only did Baylor go through a public scandal involving their football program, but they just finished a 1-11 season, with their lone win being against Kansas. Rhule continues to impress though as he has put together a very impressive class in Waco, and that class only got better on Monday night as four star athlete BJ Hanspard committed to the Bears.
— Byron Hanspard II (@bjhanspard94) December 12, 2017
THE HANSPARD FILE
Hanspard is the 20th commitment in Baylor’s 2018 class. He is a top 300 player in 247sports composite rankings, and a top 35 player in the state of Texas. Hanspard continues the trend in Baylor’s class of almost exclusively players from Texas. He is the 19th of the 20 commits to hail from the Lone Star state. Hanspard is the third ATH in this 2018 class joining Stanley Hackett and Mark Milton. With Hanspard’s commitment Baylor’s class is now ranked 6th in the Big 12 and 30th nationally.
Hanspard was a long time Arkansas commit, but with the coaching turnover in Fayetteville, he decided to open his recruitment up on November 29th. Hanspard picked Baylor over 15+ offers including schools such as Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and Kansas State. Hanspard’s primary recruiter was Baylor assistant Joey McGuire. McGuire knows the Dallas area incredibly well having been the head coach at Cedar Hill High School for a number of years, so it should come as no surprise that he was able to reel in the commitment of Hanspard.
Despite Hanspard having an ATH designation, almost all of his film is on the defensive side of the ball, and I think that is ultimately where he will end up. Hanspard has one of the most essential tools to be successful at cornerback, and that is quick turning hips. It is absolutely necessary to be able to change direction in a moments notice to play cornerback, and Hanspard excels at it.
Hanspard also shows great speed in his film, both in coverage staying with receivers, and closing down on ball carriers to help stop the run.
Hanspard is pretty small right now though, and might not be ready right away in college. I don’t care what position you play, 170 pounds is on the light side. Baylor has depth issues so there is a chance that Hanspard could see the field immediately, but I think he would be best suited with a red shirt year.