2012 Baylor Football Recruiting: Art Briles Continues Program's Upward Trajectory

Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy has Baylor poised for their best recruiting class in Art Briles five-year tenure in Waco.

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College Football Recruiting Rankings, 2012: Baylor's Haul Among Big 12's Best

Baylor began life in a post Robert Griffin world on National Signing Day by nearly cracking the national Top 25 recruiting rankings, according to SB Nation's final tally.

The SB Nation recruiting class ranking is an average of the four major recruiting services' rankings (Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN). Based on those numbers, the Bears' class of 24 total commitments fell shy of the Top 25, but not by much. Baylor finished as follows: No. 30 overall and No. 5 in the Big 12 on Scout.com, No. 43 overall and No. 6 in the Big 12 by Rivals.com, and No. 24 overall and No. 3 in the Big 12 by 24/7 Sports.

Regardless of rankings, Baylor achieved what it set out to do - reflect an uptick in quality players coming to Waco after the school's first bowl win in 19 years, and a 10-win season highlighted by a Heisman run. The Bears concentrated primarily on defense in the 2012 class, anchored by a very un-Baylor-like "get" of Javonte Magee Houston High School, San Antonio, Texas), a four-star defensive end rated by Scout as the 11th best prospect nationally at his position. A total of 13 commits were on the defensive side of the ball for the points-friendly Bears.

For a look at the complete Top 25 recruiting classes, click here.

For more on Baylor recruiting, be sure to check out Our Daily Bears and SB Nation Dallas, and for everything in the world of college football be sure to visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Baylor Football Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

The Baylor Bears will be looking to rebuild during the 2012 season after losing Robert Griffin III to the NFL. On Wednesday they inked 24 football recruits as part of National Signing-Day and has the No. 6 rated class in the Big 12 according to Rivals.com.

Baylor's class is made up of three four-star players in wide receiver Corey Coleman, defensive end Javonte Magee and linebacker Brian Nance. The Bears also came away with 18 three-star players as part of their class.

Texas has the No. 1 Big 12 class that is also rated as the second best in the nation just behind Alabama. The Longhorns are followed by Oklahoma and Texas Tech. TCU grabbed the No. 4 class and is followed closely by Oklahoma State to round out the top five.

Baylor finished just ahead of Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State who are rated in the bottom three of the conference.

For the most up-to-the-date coverage on Baylor recruiting, check out Our Daily Bears while the SB Nation College Football Recruiting Hub will have wall-to-wall coverage of National Signing Day.

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2012 Baylor Football Recruiting: Art Briles Continues Program's Upward Trajectory

Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy has Baylor poised for their best recruiting class in Art Briles five-year tenure in Waco.

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