If you’re looking for a sentence that shows how impressive Matt Rhule and his staff have been at Baylor this season on the recruiting trail, I think I have a pretty good one for you: Baylor went 1-11 in 2017, lost to an FCS team, and has the number four class in the Big 12. That kind of recruiting success paired with that much on the field struggle is almost unprecedented, especially at a school that isn’t a traditional power, and it just shows how well Matt Rhule, Evan Cooper, and the entire coaching staff at Baylor have sold “the process” to recruits, as well as to their own players.
1000% COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/aIoUqHutWv
— GB¹¹ (@gerry_bohanon) December 19, 2017
THE BOHANON FILE
Bohanon is the 23rd member of Baylor’s 2018 class, and the lone quarterback. His commitment pushes Baylor to 21st in the 247Sports team rankings, fourth in the Big 12, behind only Texas, Oklahoma, and TCU. For much of the 2018 recruiting cycle, many questioned Baylor’s lack of a quarterback commit, with the Bears seemingly passing up on in state quarterbacks while chasing the Earle, Arkansas product. However, when Bret Bielema was fired from Arkansas in late November, Baylor’s choice to wait on the talented signal caller was seemingly justified, as they took the lead in his recruitment and never looked back.
Bohanon committed to Baylor over offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Iowa State, UCF, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Memphis and Navy. As I mentioned, Arkansas was the primary competition for much of this recruitment, but new head coach Chad Morris and his staff was unable to form a relationship with Bohanon in time to sway him from Baylor. A recent visit to Waco sold Bohanon entirely, and despite late efforts from Memphis and Indiana, Baylor finally got their man just minutes ago.
On the field, Bohanon can and should compete for the starting quarterback spot as a true freshman. Baylor only has one scholarship quarterback right now, true freshman Charlie Brewer, and is completely willing to start Bohanon if he outplays Brewer in fall practice. Bohanon fits Baylor’s speed based scheme extremely well, and his impressive ability to run, paired with his large frame and strong arm makes him a very intriguing prospect. He’s still very raw when it comes to the nuances of the position, but this kid could be very special.