By TechCrunch Staff TechCrunch: Baylor has been one of the most high-profile recruiting classes in recent memory, and there are plenty of reasons why.
While it’s not a huge surprise that the Bears will be signing some of the nation’s best talent, it’s one of a handful of teams to make a ton of noise.
Here are our five biggest takeaways.
There’s a lot of talent in this class The Baylor recruiting class is the most impressive to date, and that’s not just because of how many players are on the roster.
The Bears have a talented group of prospects, with a few of the top prospects on the board as well as a handful that are in the process of being drafted.
For instance, the 2017 class is loaded with stars, with three of the four offensive linemen drafted.
However, the top defensive end in the class is also in the mix.
The consensus top player in the draft class is Oklahoma quarterback Braxton Miller.
He’s one year removed from a breakout year at TCU and is now a lock to go in the top five of the class.
Miller is also considered one of those guys who can play anywhere in the front seven, something the Bears don’t really have a need at defensive end.
The class is headlined by four-star offensive lineman, four-stars safety and five-star running back DeAndre Jackson.
That group has a lot going for it. 2.
They all play well The Bears also have some outstanding talent in the secondary, as well.
Two of the best players in the state of Texas are headed to Baylor, and the two best receivers in the nation are in place to provide depth at the position.
The biggest knock on the 2018 class is its lack of depth at wide receiver.
There aren’t many options in the group that are starting-caliber players.
the talent in there is definitely there.
That’s where the Bears really need to focus.
That could be the difference between them being able to compete for a national championship or not.
The big names are coming in This class isn’t a lock for a National Championship but there are some strong players in there that are going to have an impact for Baylor.
That includes three of four starters on the offensive line.
That would be center De’Andre Johnson, right tackle Mike Matthews and right guard Matt Wells.
The others in that group are quarterback Austin Appleby, linebacker Jovon Johnson, linebacker Terrell McClain and defensive end Alex Lewis.
Appleby is a two-time All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
He was named to the All-America first team as a senior.
Lewis is another versatile player with the size and speed to be a star at any position.
McClain is another dynamic athlete who can rush the passer and is a four-year starter at right guard.
Lewis and McClain have good size, but the Bears also need more speed and quickness at defensive tackle.
There are plenty more players coming Sooners offensive line coach Kevin Steele has a good reputation for bringing in top-notch players.
The 2016 class featured two-star linemen and three-star defensive end, all of whom will be expected to start in 2018.
There could be more than one starter for the 2018 group.
The 2018 class also includes three-stars tight end Johnathon Okereke, three-year starting safety and three star defensive end from the 2017 draft class.
The four- and five, five-stars from the 2016 draft class are in this year’s class as well, including the three-time Big 12 player of the year.
The new quarterback could be a big player The 2017 class had some great quarterbacks, including two-year All-Americans in Josh Jackson and Trevone Boykin.
The three- and four-sacks they gave up was impressive, but that was the exception.
In 2018, Baylor should have a better option in place.
That quarterback could have a huge impact in 2018 and beyond.
Watch out for Jake Bentley, who is a consensus top-50 prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.
Bentley is a three-and-D prospect who has a long, athletic frame.
He has good size for a quarterback, but he’s also quick enough to be able to play the position as well in space.
If Bentley can get in the right situation, he could be very disruptive.