Baylor offensive lineman Ishmael Wilson, a transfer from Texas A&M, has received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately this season.
After redshirting at Texas A&M last year, Wilson transferred to Baylor this summer to get closer to his mother. NCAA rules usually require transfers to sit out a season, but he was granted the waiver since his mother is dealing with kidney issues in Dallas.
The 6-4, 295-pound Wilson has four years of eligibility remaining for the Bears. However, he will likely have to work his way up the depth chart to see playing time this fall since he isn’t listed on the first or second team.
With Monday’s signing of former Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Rami Hammad, Baylor added more depth up front. Hammad will sit out this fall under NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
The 6-5, 315-pound Hammad redshirted last year at Texas before recently leaving the program.
The Baylor coaches were already familiar with the former Irving High School four-star recruit since he had verbally committed to the Bears before signing with Texas in February 2013.
“We had a relationship with him before his senior year,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “He felt he needed a change, and we happened to have a scholarship, and it worked out.”
Briles expects Hammad to start practicing with the team by early next week.
“He’s big and has good size, and hopefully he’ll burn hot,” Briles said. “Frame-wise he has what you’re looking for.”
Additionally, Houston Bellaire offensive lineman Devonte Jones will grayshirt this fall and enroll at Baylor in January. Jones signed with Baylor last February.