Receivers highlight Baylor's Signing Day class
FEB 05, 2014 5:52p ET
It was an uneventful National Signing Day for Baylor, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good one.
All of the fireworks surrounding Baylor's 2014 class of signees happened months ago. Since then, there hasn't been much to report. Coach Art Briles says that's a good thing.
"We've had a lot of these guys [committed] since January," Briles said Wednesday. "Nearly all of them were committed by June and they've stayed true all the way. We're probably one of a handful of major universities in the nation, maybe the only one, that didn't have any recruits in last weekend."
Baylor's class of 23 signees -- 19 high school recruits and four from junior college -- wasn't a product of the Bears winning the 2013 Big 12 championship. The commitments were made long before Baylor won the Big 12, although that success may have played a role in retaining them.
"They had a chance to date other people and didn't do it," Briles said. "That really says a lot about them."
Baylor's 2014 class says a lot about the high-powered offense Briles has engineered. The highlight of the class is a group of four standout receivers: K.D. Cannon of Mount Pleasant, Davion Hall of Liberty-Eylau, Chris Platt of Willis and Ishmael Zamora of Alief Elsik.
Cannon is a U.S. Army All-American and honorable mention Parade All-America. Hall is also a U.S. Army All-American who is already enrolled. Platt and Zamora were both Top 300 national recruits.
Look for this group to see the field immediately, particularly Cannon and Hall.
"I don't know what the rankings have said, but if there is a better receiver class out in America, then somebody's speaking with a forked tongue," Briles said. "There's not four receivers better than who we've signed, not that bring everything these guys do."
Although Baylor is known for offense, the defensive side of the ball wasn't overlooked. Linebacker Grant Campbell, a junior college recruit, should have an immediate impact. Campbell averaged 10.8 tackles per game at Bakersfield College and is one of seven recruits already enrolled.
Cornerbacks Tion Wright and Chris Sanders are also early enrollees who were top junior college prospects.
Jarell Broxton, a 6-5, 325-pound offensive lineman, is another junior college recruit expected to contribute immediately.
Broxton is one of five offensive linemen signed, which should bode well for running back Terence Williams from Ennis. Williams, besides having a name familiar to Baylor and Dallas Cowboys fans, was rated the No. 126 overall national prospect by Scout.
The Bears also signed a pair of tight ends in 6-5, 245 Blake Mahon from Coppell and 6-3, 250 Jordan Feuerbacher from Kingwood.
While winning a Big 12 title didn't influence this year's Signing Day, the group was probably enticed by the prospect of opening a new era for Baylor football. The Bears have said goodbye to Floyd Casey Stadium and will unveil a new, on-campus stadium this fall.
"These guys certainly understand they're going to come in here and be the first class to open up McLane Stadium on the Brazos River," Briles said. "And that is a big, big deal."
Briles can't wait for that day to get here, but he did complain a little about having to wait for so many letters of intent to arrive via old-fashioned technology.
"It's fun to see these faxes come across. Is it a little outdated? Probably," Briles chuckled. "That's probably the only time our fax machine is used all year."
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