Waxahachie’s Patrick Lawrence checks in on the offensive line at 6-5, 275 pounds.

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Pos: Offensive lineman

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 325

School: Clear Lake

Where he fits: One of the state’s top offensive line prospects, Blackmar is ranked No. 21 nationally among guards by Scout.com. Played in 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl all-star game. A second-team all-Greater Houston choice by the Houston Chronicle, Blackmar started all four seasons for the Clear Lake football team and was also a star for the track team as he finished eighth in last year’s Class 5A state meet in the discus with a throw of 151 feet. Blackmar’s father, Bruce, was an offensive lineman at Texas.

Baylor coach Art Briles: “Blake is an athletic, big lineman. We are really excited about his strength, direction and passion.”


Pos: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 180

School: Princeton

Where he fits: Blake will play in the secondary for the Bears after playing quarterback and defensive back for Princeton. He’s rated the No. 63 prospect in Texas by Rivals.com and is a Tribune-Herald top 100 pick. As a quarterback, Blake threw for 1,632 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 778 yards and 12 scores as a senior for a team that finished 10-2 and reached the Class 3A Division I regional semifinals. Blake has been timed at 22.53 seconds in the 200 meters. He’s the son of former Oklahoma head football coach John Blake.

Briles: “Jourdan is a coach’s kid and he’s very athletic. He’s a natural leader and has great skills, and we are very excited about having him as part of our team.”


Pos: Offensive lineman

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 325

School: Lackawanna (Pa.) College

Where he fits: Following the departure of All-America guard Cyril Richardson, Broxton should be in the mix for a starting spot after enrolling in January. Broxton played high school football at Quince Orchard in Gaithersburg, Md., before playing two seasons at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. He switched from defensive line to offensive line as a sophomore and became a top 100 national junior college recruit.

Briles: “We think he can play either inside or possibly outside. He’s athletic, powerful and is a guy who’s going to come in here and compete to get on the field.”


Pos: Linebacker

Ht/Wt: 6-0, 230

School: Bakersfield College

Where he fits: With all-Big 12 senior Eddie Lackey gone, Campbell has a chance to start at outside linebacker as a junior college transfer who enrolled in January. He’s got good size and quickness and is a tremendous athlete. After making all-state at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, Campbell started his college career as a centerfielder on the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team. He missed football and transferred to Bakersfield College where he made 104 tackles as a sophomore last fall.

Briles: “We’re excited about Grant’s future. He’s very explosive, fast and very determined. We are excited to see how all that flows with him in the spring.”


Pos: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 160

School: Mount Pleasant

Where he fits: The jewel of Baylor’s class, Cannon has a chance to play as a true freshman. The Mount Pleasant star is a quick, gifted receiver in the Kendall Wright mode who was named a U.S. Army All-American. He’s rated the No. 30 national recruit by ESPN and is No. 34 by Rivals. Made 80 catches for 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior after making 104 catches for 1,597 yards and 25 scores as a junior. Cannon has been clocked at 10.63 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.48 in the 200 meters.

Briles: “KD is one of the more pure receivers that I have seen in my time. He’s very fluid, he has great ball skills, catching and leaping ability. He is another great addition to what has become known as Wide Receiver U.”


Pos: Tight end

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 250

School: Kingwood Park

Where he fits: The Bears need tight ends with seniors Jordan Najvar and Jerod Monk gone, and Feuerbacher will help fill the bill. He’s listed as the state’s No. 1 tight end prospect by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and is ranked the No. 21 national tight end prospect by 247Sports. A Tribune-Herald top 100 selection, Feuerbacher made 25 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. He graduated early from high school and is enrolled at Baylor this spring.

Briles: “Jordan is a tough kid who will help us replace Najvar and Monk. With a lot of skill, he is a kid who can get on the field and be a physical blocker and he has the ability to stretch the field running.”


Pos: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 190

School: Texarkana Liberty-Eylau

Where he fits: The tall, rangy All-American receiver is rated the nation’s No. 38 overall recruit by ESPN and No. 40 by Scout. Hall was named to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl. Hall was a two-way star at receiver and defensive back for Liberty-Eylau where he caught 24 passes for 526 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 166 yards and five scores on offense and made 53 tackles and two interceptions on defense as a senior. Hall graduated from Liberty-Eylau in December and is enrolled at Baylor this spring, and could make an immediate impact for the receiving corps.

Briles: “Davion has great ball skills. He’s a tough guy who is very passionate, very determined. He’ll challenge for playing time. He’s a big-time player at a big-time program.”


Pos: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 225

School: Midway

Where he fits: Talented defensive end who recorded 36 tackles, including six sacks and four pass breakups as a senior. Jacobs is rated the No. 86 prospect in Texas by ESPN and is No. 2 among the Tribune-Herald’s top 25 Central Texas recruits. Jacobs played outside linebacker for Midway’s 2012 team that finished 13-1 and reached the state semifinals.

Briles: “We are really excited about Jamie’s upside. He just continues to grow and get bigger and stronger. He’s a quick-twitch guy that we think can really come in here and be an outstanding player for us through the years. He’s very motivated and has good range.”


Pos: Offensive line

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 305

School: Houston Bellaire

Where he fits: Jones is projected to be an interior lineman for the Bears. He’s rated the No. 74 national prospect at guard by 247Sports, and is ranked No. 81 by both ESPN and Scout. A first-team all-District 20-5A choice, Bellaire coaches gave Jones an 86 percent grade and he recorded 34 pancake blocks.

Briles: “Devonte is an athletic kid that we believe can be a center or guard. He’s really agile and made a good impression on us at camp last year. We are excited for him to come along and be a part of a great offensive line class.”


Pos: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 235

School: Magnolia West

Where he fits: Jones is a two-time all-state pick who is rated No. 63 nationally among defensive ends by 247Sports and 75th by Scout. He was named District 18-4A defensive MVP after recording 70 tackles, 16 tackles for losses, eight sacks and 15 quarterback hurries as a senior. As a junior, Jones finished with 51 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, five sacks and 11 quarterback hurries. Jones’ coach is former Baylor quarterback Shawn Bell.

Briles: “Xavier is another quick-twitch guy. He has good height, range and upside. We signed several impact players and Xavier certainly follows along those lines.”


Pos: Offensive line

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 275

School: Waxahachie

Where he fits: Lawrence projects as a tackle for the Bears, and can add some bulk to his 6-5 frame. He’s rated the nation’s No. 41 tackle prospect by Scout and is No. 66 by ESPN. Earned an 89 percent coach’s grade and accumulated 72 knockdowns as a senior.

Briles: “Patrick is another great offensive lineman. He’s a tall kid, and we are very excited about him. He’s a guy we think has a tremendous amount of upside to him. We’re excited to get Patrick on campus to continue the great O-line we have had over the years.”


Pos: Defensive line

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 280

School: Houston Lamar

Where he fits: Delivered a tremendous senior year at defensive end for Houston Lamar as he finished with 57 tackles, 17.5 tackles for losses, 14.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Finished with 12 sacks as a junior for a team that reached the Class 5A state finals.

Briles: “Ira is a tough defensive tackle with a lot of upside. We are very excited about his demeanor, attitude and athletic ability. Like all these kids, he’s coming out of a great high school system.”


Pos: Tight end

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 245

School: Coppell

Where he fits: Ranked highly nationally among tight end prospects, including 25th by ESPN, 64th by 247Sports and 66th by Scout. Named all-District 5-5A after making 16 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.

Briles: “Blake is a tall, rangy tight end that we feel very strongly about. The thing we like about him is that he has a good, physical side to him that is very important.”


Pos: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 265

School: Cibolo Steele

Where he fits: Made Class 5A first-team all-state after a superb senior year in which he amassed 85 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, eight sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He’s rated the state’s No. 66 overall prospect by Scout. As a junior, Malin recorded 56 tackles, including 11 for losses and eight sacks.

Briles: “Josh is a big, strong defensive end, a guy with tremendous upside. He’s a hard worker, dynamic, strong, physical and passionate about the game. He possesses all the qualities we are looking for.”


Pos: Defensive tackle

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 290

School: Mesquite Horn

Where he fits: Rated the seventh best defensive tackle in the state by Texas Football, Morris recorded 40 tackles and three sacks in six games as a senior before a season-ending injury. He’s rated nationally among defensive tackle prospects at No. 71 by Scout and 104th by ESPN.

Briles: “Andrew is a good, solid player inside that is very physical. Guys like Andrew are hard to find. We were very fortunate to find him and make him a part of this recruiting class and our team.”


Pos: Offensive line

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 335

School: Rockdale

Where he fits: A Class 3A honorable mention all-state player, Pelzel is rated nationally at No. 40 as a guard by Scout and No. 41 as a tackle by ESPN. In Texas, he’s ranked the No. 69 overall prospect by Rivals, 80th by ESPN and 82nd by ESPN. As a senior, he graded at 84 percent with 50 pancake blocks by his coaches. He also played defensive line for Rockdale.

Briles: “Josh is a tremendously gifted O-lineman. He has a huge frame and is extremely gifted with his skill set. Another to add to the list of great O-lineman who will be developed here at Baylor.”


Pos: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 160

School: Willis

Where he fits: Platt brings track speed to the football field. He’s a two-time Class 4A state champion in the 400 meters, and recorded a time of 46.4 seconds as a junior. ESPN rates Platt the 34th overall prospect in the state and No. 44 nationally among receivers. As a senior, Platt collected 20 catches for 372 yards and three scores, and returned six kicks for 271 yards and two touchdowns.

Briles: “Chris is a state champion in the 400 with the fastest time in the nation for his age group. He’s a guy that can fly when returning kicks. He is a multi-sport guy that we think has a great upside.”


Pos: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 180

School: Eastern Arizona College

Where he fits: With the Bears losing senior cornerbacks K.J. Morton, Joe Williams and Demetri Goodson, Sanders has a chance to contend for a starting spot after transferring to Baylor in January. Sanders was an all-state defensive back at Tucker (Ga.) High School and signed with Georgia where he played in three games in an injury-shortened freshman season. After transferring to Eastern Arizona College, Sanders collected 35 tackles and three interceptions last fall. He’s enrolled at Baylor this semester.

Briles: “Chris is a tough, physical DB that we feel really good about. He has two years left, so his timetable is going to turn really quickly. He’s physical, fast, explosive and intelligent, and he has BCS experience.”


Pos: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 170

School: Mesquite Poteet

Where he fits: A solid cornerback prospect who is rated 64th nationally by ESPN and 89th by 247Sports. In an injury-plagued senior year, Vaughns finished with 22 tackles and four pass breakups. As a junior, he played defensive back and receiver, and made 31 catches for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

Briles: “Verkedric has great skills and a competitive nature. He has great explosion. He is a person that can come in here and upgrade and help us on the defensive side of the ball because of his skill level, attitude and desire to be great.”


Pos: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-10, 175

School: Pflugerville Hendrickson

Where he fits: Waz was named the top defensive back in Texas in the winter publication of Texas Football. He’s ranked as the state’s 85th overall prospect by Scout and 96th by Rivals. As a senior, Waz collected 112 tackles, eight interceptions, 16 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. As a junior, he finished with 116 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Briles: “Chance has a great motor and ball skills, and we feel he’s a great addition to our class defensively. He can come in and create a lot of competition.”


Pos: Running back

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 220

School: Ennis

Where he fits: A big, powerful back in the mode of Glasco Martin and Terrance Ganaway. Williams finished his last three seasons at Ennis with 4,306 yards rushing and 54 touchdowns. As a senior, he collected 1,717 yards rushing and scored 25 touchdowns. Williams is rated No. 16 nationally among running backs by Scout and No. 29 by Rivals. Among Texas overall prospects, Williams is ranked 20th by Scout and 25th by 247Sports. He graduated from high school in December and is enrolled at Baylor.

Briles: “We are very excited about Terence’s skill level as an addition to Baylor football. He’s a big, explosive back that has the ability to run between the tackles and bust the edge and take it 70 yards. He’s a big, gifted back.”


Pos: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-8, 170

School: Moorpark (Calif.) College

Where he fits: Wright is another January enrollee who expects to compete for a starting cornerback position in the spring. He finished with 22 tackles, an interception and six pass breakups for Moorpark College last season. During his prep career at Amarillo Tascosa, he was a second-team all-district cornerback who also starred for the track team where he was timed at 10.69 seconds in the 100 meters and recorded a long jump of 22 feet, 8 inches. Will have three years of eligibility remaining at Baylor.

Briles: “Tion is very explosive and quick. He brings added skill level to the game. He has dynamic ability and a competitive nature.”


Pos: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 195

School: Alief Elsik

Where he fits: Another track star who will being his speed to Briles’ offense. Zamora won last year’s Class 5A 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.7 seconds. He also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the long jump. Zamora is ranked No. 12 overall in the state by 247Sports and No. 28 by ESPN. Nationally among receivers, he’s ranked 16th by 247Sports and 32nd by ESPN. Playing for a run-oriented team, Zamora made 18 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Briles: “Ishmael has a tremendous amount of upside. He’s got everything you look for: height, speed, toughness and ball skills. He’s got a great future.”

— Compiled by John Werner

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