2013 Baylor Football Recruiting: Bears Class Enter ESPN's Top 25

Baylor is continuing their momentum from their most successful season in over a generation on the recruiting trail, with six commitments in the 2013 cycle, most notably four-star WR Vequan Jones.

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Baylor Football Recruiting 2013: Bears Pick Up A Pair Of Defensive Backs

The Baylor Bears have been piling up the verbal commits recently, and this past weekend they picked up their 16th and 17th commit for their 2013 class. No. 16 was safety Alfred Pullom out of Cypress, Texas who is currently listed between a two- and three-star player according to the recruiting services. He has yet to receive and evaluation from ESPN or Rivals.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety had offers from other major schools as Arkansas, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Duke and Houston. Pullom is also a two-star star at Cypress Woods High School, but he is expected to fully concentrate on football in college.

Highlights of Alfred can be found over at Hudl.

The 17th recruit for Baylor was another defensive back in Wesley Harris who is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising player out of Southwest High School in Fort Worth. Officially Harris is listed as an athlete, but he will play cornerback for Baylor. Harris had only one other offer listed which was from Louisiana Tech, but he had interest from TCU and Texas Tech.

The decision to choose Baylor came Saturday morning and a day after attending a skills challenge that was held on Baylor's campus. He had already been to multiple camps at Baylor and is the school he has always wanted to play for, so when head coach Art Briles extended an offer Harris accepted:

"I know coach Briles was at Houston when my cousin was at U of H," Harris said. "If I thought about it, the school location (for Baylor) is a great location. It's not too far from home, but not too close to home. It's a good place to go to. And it's great that Robbie [Rhodes and high school teammate] will be there."

Harris will continue to play quarterback at high school, and will play cornerback for the first time in his career during his senior season.

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2013 Baylor Football Recruiting: Bears Class Move Into ESPN's Top 25

The Baylor Bears have been on a roll in the recruiting world with their recent verbal commit from four-star wide receiver Robbie Rhodes. Rhodes is the No. 5 rated wide receiver by ESPN and also ranks in their top 150. Baylor also has a commit from dual-threat quarterback Chris Johnson who is on ESPN's top 300, and is just outside their top 150 list at No. 163.

Baylor also has picked up some high quality defensive players by adding a trio of four-star linebackers in Raaquan Davis, Travon Blanchard and D.J. Green.

Overall Baylor has 12 verbal commits for their 2013 class, and in ESPN's latest updated classes they have Baylor at No. 21. This is Baylor's first appearance in ESPN's top 25 classes for 2013.

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Baylor Football Recruiting 2013: Bears Land 4-Star WR Robbie Rhodes

The Baylor Bears landed a huge verbal commitment for their 2013 class in Fort Worth Southwest wide receiver Robbie Rhodes. Rhodes is a top-50 wide receiver according to Rivals and ESPN, and he chose Baylor over offers he had from TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Alabama, Missouri and Texas.

It really came down to Baylor and Texas, but the decision to choose Baylor was because they were with Rhodes from the beginning while Texas came in late. The passing offense that Baylor uses was another reason why he chose Baylor, and that the coaching staff sees him being the next Kendall Wright. This is a huge get for Baylor to land Rhodes and possibly even bigger news is that they were able to out recruit Texas for a player.

Rhodes is also a track star who has bee clocked at under a 4.4 second 40-yard dash and he anchored the 4x200 relay to a gold medal at the Texas state high school championship this past spring.

Here is the scouting report on Rhodes:

At a little over 6-0 and 185 pounds, the measurables don't stand out with Rhodes, who is relatively similar to Ra'Shaad Samples or former Skyline receiver Mike Davis in his ability to quickly eat a defender's cushion to get open on deep passes, though Rhodes probably has better speed than either. Bottom line for defensive backs going against Rhodes -- there's so little evidence of him running any hitches, square ins, or squares outs, throws his quarterback likely isn't capable of making, so it would probably be worth getting into a backpedal quickly when he comes hard off the line of scrimmage.

The result, though, is that his highlights show little about how he performs as a route runner. Can he sink his hips to get in and out of his breaks or is he as raw in that regard as another recent Fort Worth product, current MIssouri Tiger and former Longhorn, Darius White?

Interestingly, Rhodes' highlights are filled with plays in which he both creates separation and makes plays in traffic. Seems impossible, right? Not with a quarterback who consistently underthrows the ball. As a result, there's ample evidence of Rhodes using his superior body control to find and adjust to the ball in the air, though he doesn't have the height and high-point ball skills of other prospects in the class like Whitehouse's Dylan Cantrell, a Texas Tech commit, or Oliver, the Texas pledge.

In terms of post-catch ability, there isn't a lot on film, other than a brief look at some impressive acceleration and the slightest evidence of some shiftiness and vision in traffic while working out of the Wildcat. Unfortunately, the longer highlights that are likely on Hudl are set on private for Rhodes.

Here are highlights from Rhodes junior season:

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Baylor Football Recruiting 2013: Bears Land Three-Star LB

In another solid get for a Baylor football program that has turned their dramatic 2011 season into recruiting success, the Bears received a verbal commitment from three-star LB DJ Green of Mesquite, TX.

While Green's only other offer has come from SMU, he's been rising in the recruiting ranks in recent months, with Iowa State, Arkansas, Kansas and Washington all showing interest.

Over at SB Nation's new recruiting section, Wescott Eberts breaks down Green's strengths and weaknesses:

A review of the film confirms Green's self-assessment -- he strikes with his hands to hit and separate from offensive lineman as well as any 2013 linebacker in the state of Texas. In fact, there are college linebackers who struggle with that task more than Green did as a high school junior. The explosion through his hips and hand placement would make many linemen jealous.

Currently projected as a pure middle linebacker, Green fills interior gaps with reckless abandon and without false steps -- he comes downhill in a hurry, maximizing what is only adequate speed.

The concern is that he may be guessing at times instead of reading and reacting, so he may at times be susceptible to play-action passes or misdirection runs. The Horn product also appears to be a two-down linebacker now, as there is no film evidence of him dropping into coverage -- it may simply be something that he doesn't do well enough to put on a highlight or just doesn't do often at all.

While Green isn't an elite prospect on the level of 2010 commit Ahmad Nivins or 2012 signee Brian Nance, he's a solid addition who defensive coordinator Phil Bennett should be able to mold into an excellent role player.

A highlight reel from his junior season:

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Baylor Already Has Five Commitments For 2013 Cycle

With Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy winning season still fresh in everyone's mind, Baylor football is on pace for one of their most highly-touted recruiting classes under fourth-year coach Art Briles.

The Bears made waves Monday when they received a verbal commitment from four-star WR Vequan Jones, a 6'4 200 with 4.4 40 speed.

But while Jones' commitment will certainly help Baylor's recruiting momentum, the other four players already in their 2013 recruiting cycle were all three-star recruits as well:

Trayvon Blanchard is a 6'2 185 LB with elite speed (4.42 40) from Orange, Texas. At the next level, he will need to either put on weight or be moved to the secondary.

Here's a highlight tape from his junior season, courtesy of 24/7 Sports:

Johnny Jefferson is a 5'10 195 RB from Killeen, Texas with game-breaking speed (4.45 40).

On a side note, the lyrics for the rap music in this highlight video from his sophomore season are particularly unimaginative:

The Bears also received commitments from K.J Smith, a 6'4 240 defensive end from Frisco Centennial High School in suburban Dallas and Chris Johnson, a 6'5 195 dual-threat QB from Bryan, Texas.

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Baylor Receives Verbal Commitment From Vequan Jones

The 6'4 200 four-star WR is Baylor's fifth commitment in the 2013 recruiting cycle.

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