Following defensive end Brandon Bowen’s departure to TCU, Baylor has 12 scholarship players remaining in its 2016 signing class who have reported to campus.
The Bears lost 12 players from the 2016 class after Art Briles was fired on May 26.
Nine of the 12 remaining signees are defensive recruits, including Kountze defensive back Grayland Arnold, Fullerton College linebacker Thomas Cletcher, Fort Bend Hightower defensive lineman Micheal Johnson, Prestonwood Christian Academy defensive lineman Will Jones, Frisco Lone Star defensive back Chris Miller, College Station defensive back Rajah Preciado, Spring defensive lineman Bravvion Roy, Frisco Centennial defensive back Raleigh Texada and Prestonwood Christian Academy linebacker Deonte Williams.
The offensive players include Mesquite Horn receiver Jared Atkinson, Daingerfield receiver Denzel Mims and Grandview quarterback Zach Smith.
Additionally, College of the Sequoias offensive lineman Tyrae Simmons announced on Twitter on Thursday that he’s still planning to attend Baylor.
Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe said his program is down to 70 scholarship players out of the 85 allowed by the NCAA. He expects some of the incoming players to contribute immediately.
“I would think there’s a good chance,” Grobe said. “We’re down 15 scholarships. Depth is a problem right now. We’re going to have to be creative in practice but we have some talent.”
Seven of the 12 players who left the program will play for other Big 12 schools. Four signed with Texas including Silsbee offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, Copperas Cove offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez, and Sachse twins Devin and Donovan Duvernay. Devin is one of the top receiver prospects in the country while Donovan is a defensive back.
La Vega cornerback Parrish Cobb is headed to Oklahoma, Kilgore College offensive lineman DeQuinton Osborne to Oklahoma State and Bowen of Trophy Club Byron Nelson High School to TCU.
Port Arthur Memorial running back Kam Martin signed with Auburn while receiver Tren’Davian Dickson signed with Houston.
Lancaster defensive back Kenan Ivy is expected to sign with a junior college due to academic reasons. Coffeyville Community College offensive lineman B.J. Autry and Garden City Community College defensive lineman Jeremy Faulk both left the Baylor program.
Additionally, Baylor junior defensive end Brian Nance is academically ineligible this fall. Nance was a projected starter on a defensive line that is rebuilding after losing four starters.