With Baylor losing at least three starting defensive linemen, finding replacements is a high priority.
Baylor made a step in that direction Monday when it secured a verbal commitment from Garden City (Kan.) Community College defensive lineman Jeremy Faulk.
The 6-2, 265-pound Faulk enjoyed an outstanding sophomore year for Garden City as he collected 87 tackles and 7½ sacks in 11 games en route to earning Kansas junior college defensive player of the year honors.
“Baylor likes me because I can chase the quarterback,” Faulk said. “I played all over the defensive line, including noseguard, tackle and end. They recruited me because they’re going to lose a lot of linemen.”
Baylor senior starters Shawn Oakman, Beau Blackshear and Jamal Palmer will be gone while junior defensive tackle Andrew Billings will decide whether he’ll declare for the NFL draft or return for his senior year. Billings indicated Sunday that would return to Baylor unless he’s projected to be a high draft pick.
A graduate of Palatka, Fla., High School, Faulk started his career at Florida Atlantic University. After redshirting his first year, he said he didn’t play in 2014 due to grade issues.
However, he said he plans to graduate from Garden City this month and enroll at Baylor in January. Faulk decided to commit to Baylor after visiting campus last weekend and meeting the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
“I visited Baylor this past weekend and I love the new stadium and the way the fans have school spirit,” Faulk said. “They were my best offer and they’ve had great success. Coach Bennett is very intense, he’s a winner.”