Johncarlo Valentin

Johncarlo Valentin

With the advent of the NCAA’s December signing period, the traditional February national signing day has become much more anticlimactic.

Baylor signed 21 players during the early period in a 2018 class that’s ranked No. 21 nationally by Rivals.com.

But coach Matt Rhule and his staff hope to top off December’s haul with some key recruits who will announce their college choices Wednesday.

Offensive lineman Johncarlo Valentin from ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., verbally committed to Baylor in mid-January and is expected to sign his letter of intent.

Baylor is also in the mix for Schertz Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush and Alief Taylor linebacker Joseph Agunbanjo, who will both announce their decisions Wednesday.

Bush visited Baylor last weekend but has also received a great deal of interest from Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Arizona. The 6-5, 185-pound Bush is a four-star recruit with good size and outstanding speed. He made 23 catches for 302 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

The addition of Bush would round out a group of receivers in the 2018 class that includes Silsbee’s Kalon Barnes, Cedar Hill’s Josh Fleeks, Mansfield’s Jackson Gleeson and Miami (Fla.) Washington’s Tyquan Thornton.

The 6-3, 223-pound Ogunbanjo had originally committed to Baylor before re-opening his recruitment in January. However, Baylor is still in the picture for the three-star recruit along with Pac-12 schools like California, Arizona and Arizona State.

Ogunbanjo would be Baylor’s first linebacker signee in the 2018 class.

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