Baylor is looking for immediate help next season since it’s losing seven senior defensive starters.
The Bears got it by landing verbal commitments from three junior college players Monday night including Bakersfield (Calif.) College linebacker Grant Campbell, Moorpark (Calif.) College cornerback Tion Wright and Eastern Arizona College cornerback Chris Sanders.
All three players are expected to enroll at Baylor in January. Campbell and Sanders will have two years of eligibility remaining while Wright will have three.
Campbell is a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker who graduated from Bakersfield Memorial Garces High School in 2011. He played center field for the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team in 2012 before deciding to switch to football.
Campbell went the junior college route by playing at Bakersfield College for the last two years, and is expected to play linebacker in a similar style as Baylor senior Eddie Lackey.
“I couldn’t live without football,” Campbell said. “My first attribute is my speed — I can get out and cover in space. I can also be physical and play off blocks. They told me Eddie (Lackey) will be leaving after this year and I can fill in for him.”
The 5-9, 150-pound Wright played cornerback at Moorpark College this fall after graduating from Amarillo Tascosa earlier this year. He played cornerback, receiver and running back at Tascosa, and is excited to get back to Texas.
Baylor is seeking experienced cornerbacks since it will lose seniors K.J. Morton, Joe Williams and Demetri Goodson from this year’s team.
“California is beautiful, but there’s nothing like Southern hospitality,” Wright said. “It definitely love the coaching staff (at Baylor). They seem like a family that’s committed to winning and they have a plan.”
The 6-0, 180-pound Sanders played at Eastern Arizona College this fall after playing at the University of Georgia in 2011. Sanders was an all-state player for Tucker (Ga.) High School and played three games at Georgia before he was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules in February 2012.
“I felt like Baylor is the perfect place to be,” Sanders said. “It’s a good program with good people and it’s just a great football team. I looked at (Baylor’s needs at cornerback) and put myself in that situation to fill that spot. I want to contribute and try to win the national championship.”