If it seems like there have been more Baylor football recruiting stories in the paper than usual, it's no illusion.
Baylor coach Art Briles already has 14 verbal commitments in the 2014 class. With eight months to go before the February signing day, that's a ton of commitments this early. The last six weeks have been a flurry since Baylor has added 11 commitments to the 2014 class and Temple quarterback Chad President to the 2015 class.
Baylor's 14 commitments for 2014 match Texas for the most in the Big 12 to date. Baylor and Texas are followed by Texas Tech with 12, Oklahoma 8, Kansas State 7, TCU and Oklahoma State 5, Iowa State 4, Kansas 3 and West Virginia 2.
I think this speaks volumes about the success that Briles' program has enjoyed over the last few years. High school players are eager to sign with the Bears, and they're jumping on scholarship offers. Several of them have said that being the first freshman class to play in the new on-campus football stadium is a major selling point.
I expect Baylor to nail down several more commitments this summer, especially defensive players since 10 of the 14 so far are offensive players.