Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs.
@TomLuginbill if you had to pick a darkhorse in terms of recruiting, who would it be?
— Michael Arnold (@RidethaTide) September 25, 2013
I’m going to assume you mean a team here, not a prospect. I give you the Baylor Bears. Art Briles’ group is a prime example of when on-field success breeds recruiting success and vice versa. They are hot right now and they have the “cool” factor much in the same way Oregon does. It is all a byproduct of winning and becoming relevant as a result. Stadium enhancements are on the horizon, perception of the program on a micro and macro scale is at an all-time high and prospects are responding.
They currently sit at 23 verbal commitments, which is a huge number for this program at this stage. Five players are in the ESPN 300, including another dynamic offensive weapon in wide receiver K.D. Cannon. However, it isn’t all about offense, which is a big deal because if Baylor wants to take the next step, the defensive side must be improved. Nine players in this class are on defense and ILB James David leads the charge. ATH Davion Hall could play on either side of the ball as a safety/OLB or wide receiver.
Who would have ever imagined that Baylor would start swaying and luring top-level prospects away from Texas? It’s happening and will continue to happen. If Baylor could somehow steal DE Myles Garrett or DE Solomon Thomas, that would be a big jolt to both Texas A&M and Texas, as well as Oklahoma.