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Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow was instrumental in landing a pair of commitments to the 2018 recruiting class.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Baylor strengthened its 2018 recruiting class on both sides of the ball Tuesday as it landed verbal commitments from Alief Taylor defensive end Joseph Ogunbanjo and Katy offensive lineman Connor Galvan.

Both players are top 100 Texas recruits by Scout.com with Galvan ranked No. 65 and Ogunbanjo No. 82. The Bears now have 18 commitments in the 2018 class.

Ogunbanjo is projected to play either defensive end or outside linebacker for the Bears. After visiting the Baylor campus last Saturday, he chose the Bears over Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, California, Texas Tech and SMU.

“It was the right fit for me,” Ogunbanjo said. “The education at Baylor is top notch, they have a great football program, and I bonded with the coaches as soon as I met them.”

At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Ogunbanjo will bring considerable athleticism to the field. Not only did he start for the Alief Taylor football team last fall, he played shooting guard for the basketball team and was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that reached the state track meet in May.

“My athleticism is the thing that separates me from a lot of athletes,” Ogunbanjo said. “I played shooting guard for the basketball team because we had a bunch of tall guys inside. When I ran for the 4x100 team, I was taller than nearly everybody. You mostly see 5-8 and 5-9 guys.”

Ogunbanjo is a gifted pass rusher with explosive speed. He hopes to play in the NFL someday, and is impressed that several of the Baylor coaches have NFL coaching experience including defensive coordinator Phil Snow. Snow coached for the Detroit Lions from 2005-08.

“One reason I committed was their experience in the pros,” Ogunbanjo said. “They told me their ultimate goal was to get me to the league, and they know what they’re doing.”

With the addition of the 6-6, 260-pound Galvan, Baylor continued to build its depth in the offensive line. Like Ogunbanjo, Galvan is a three-star recruit with good athleticism.

“His height and length give him an almost limitless canvas to add ample mass as he develops and matures,” said Gabe Brooks, Scout.com regional recruiting analyst. “What makes Galvan such a high ceiling prospect is his combination of frame potential and his impressive nimbleness for such a tall, long player.”

Galvan is the fourth offensive line commitment in Baylor’s 2018 class as he joins Franklin’s Casey Phillips, Bryan’s Ylijaah Hall and Southlake Carroll’s Jackson Kimble.

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