Class of 2008 Big XII team recruiting needs

Originally Published: August 24, 2007
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
Running Back
With starter Brandon Whitaker a senior and reserve Jacoby Jones a junior, Baylor clearly has to get younger here. And though red-shirt freshman Jay Finley appears to have a bright future, he lacks prototypical size. Keeping that in mind, adding a back that can pick up the tough yards between the tackles should be the priority.
Defensive Tackle
There is plenty of depth here, neither starter is a senior and the Bears did well to sign 300-pounder Rex McDougald (Iola, Texas), so why is defensive tackle a need? The biggest reason is Baylor has to improve its run defense, which was one of the most porous in the nation last year. Since McDougald is at his best beating blockers with his quickness, signing a defensive tackle with the size to clog up the middle and draw blockers away from him makes he most sense.
The Bears 4-2-5 defense fields five defensive backs, including three safeties, so having quality depth at this position is obviously important. With four juniors and two seniors currently included in the safety ranks, plus no signings of note here, it's critical they address this position in 2008.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.