Defensive backs, linemen highlight today's expected Baylor football class

Four-star Midway High defensive back Ahmad Dixon is expected to sign with the hometown Baylor Bears at 2 p.m. today.

With a recruiting class heavy on defensive linemen and defensive backs, the Baylor football team will address many of its biggest needs during today’s NCAA national signing day.

Baylor coach Art Briles will unveil the 2010 class at 3 p.m. at the Galloway Suite at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears had 22 commitments through Tuesday, but could still add more talent.

Baylor’s class will include a trio of four-star defensive backs — Midway’s Ahmad Dixon, Lancaster’s Tyler Stephenson and Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy’s Prince Kent.

Allen Dixon said his son will sign with Baylor at 2 p.m. today even though he visited Oklahoma State over the weekend. Kent enrolled at Baylor in January, and will go through spring drills with the Bears.

In the last few weeks, the Bears strengthened the defensive line by adding several recruits.

Sulphur Springs defensive end Kedrick Dial switched his commitment from Texas Tech to Baylor, while Jefferson end and outside linebacker Clarence Lee chose Baylor after previously committing to Houston.

“I could see in the future that Baylor is going to be good, and I want to be part of it,” Dial said.

Baylor also received recent commitments from Midwest City (Okla.) defensive tackle Dominique Jones and Blinn College All-America defensive end Anthony Gonzales. Gonzales was a high school teammate of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin at Copperas Cove before attending junior college.

The Bears will also bolster their offensive line with this year’s class. Troy Baker graduated from Connally High School in December and enrolled at Baylor in January, while 6-6, 345-pound Robert Griffin also enrolled at Baylor after transferring from Navarro College.

“Robert is a physical specimen,” Briles said after Griffin signed with Baylor in December. “We feel like he’s going to provide immediate help and that he has a great upside.”

Allen’s Luke Burleson and Baytown Lee’s Tim Smith will also bring talent to the offensive line.

This year’s class includes a solid linebacking corps with Big Spring’s Matt Ritchey, Austin Westlake’s Bryce Hager, Kingwood’s Robert Singletary and Lee.

Though Baylor didn’t focus heavily on offensive skill position players, Midland’s Antwan Goodley and Midlothian’s Eddie Johnson are welcome additions at receiver. Running back Isaac Williams from El Camino (Calif.) College is already enrolled for the spring semester.

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