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Baylor commit Jackson Gleeson of Mansfield pulls down a pass against Midway in their playoff game.

Here is a breakdown of Baylor’s 20-player class that signed on Wednesday:


Position: Wide receiver

School: Silsbee

Ht/Wt: 6-0/172

Where he fits: One of the fastest players in the country, Barnes will play wide receiver and run track for the Bears. As a senior, he accumulated 600 receiving yards and nine touchdowns and also had four touchdowns on kick returns. Barnes is a four-star prospect by ESPN and is ranked the No. 69 wide receiver nationally by 247Sports. He set the Class 4A state record with a time of 10.22 seconds in the 100 meters this year and also won gold with a time of 21.28 in the 200 meters.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule: “Kalon has elite speed and athleticism. We look forward to him making an impact both in football and on the track.”


Position: Quarterback

School: Earle, Ark.

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 221

Where he fits: Signing Bohanon was a major coup for Baylor’s 2018 class since freshman Charlie Brewer is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster after sophomore Zach Smith announced that he’s transferring. Bohanon will enroll in January to begin competing for the job in spring drills. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who passed for 2,675 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushed for 1,200 yards and 17 scores as a senior. Bohanon is the No. 1 overall recruit in Arkansas by 247Sports and a two-time all-state honoree. Bohanon, a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports, passed for 11,362 yards and 142 touchdowns and rushed for 5,925 yards and 70 scores in his high school career.

Rhule: “A combination of unbelievable talent, a tireless work ethic and extraordinary character give him a chance to be a great player. He can run, has great size and can throw the ball, and is just scratching the surface of his potential.”


Position: Wide receiver

School: Cedar Hill

Ht/Wt: 6-0/170

Where he fits: Fleeks is a versatile wide receiver who made 32 catches for 363 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 313 yards and four scores as a senior. He made 53 catches for 663 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Fleeks is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports, and is the No. 25 overall recruit in Texas according to ESPN. He chose Baylor over Georgia, Arizona, Missouri and Texas A&M.

Rhule: “We believe he is one of the top players in Texas. He’s been committed for a long time and has been loyal to Baylor. He’s explosive and has tremendous ball skills.”


Position: Offensive line

School: Katy

Ht/Wt: 6-7/275

Where he fits: Galvin is a tremendous offensive tackle prospect who anchored the line for a Katy team that finished 12-1. He’s a four-star recruit by ESPN and was named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football third team Super Team. ESPN rated Galvin the No. 30 overall player in Texas, and he graded out at 91 percent with 63 knockdowns as a senior. He chose Baylor over TCU, UCLA, Florida and Colorado.

Rhule: “He’s one of the best offensive linemen in the country. We think he will be a key part of our offensive line in the near future.”


Position: Wide receiver

School: Mansfield

Ht/Wt: 6-1/175

Where he fits: Gleeson is a polished receiver who made 33 catches for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He showed his big-play ability by averaging 24.5 yards per catch, and got comfortable at his new home at McLane Stadium by making a pair of touchdown catches in a regional playoff loss to Midway. Gleeson is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com who selected the Bears over Boise State, Iowa State, Missouri and Nebraska. He’s been timed at 21.14 seconds in the 200 meters.

Rhule: Jackson is a fast, explosive true wide receiver. He’s a guy that will contribute for both football and track.”


Position: Offensive line

School: Bryan

Ht/Wt: 6-5/293

Where he fits: Hall is an imposing offensive lineman who is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN. As a senior, he graded out at 89 percent with 28 pancake blocks and no sacks allowed. He made Dave Campbell’s Texas Football third team Super team, and chose Baylor over schools like Houston and Arkansas.

Rhule: “Ylijaah is large, powerful and smart. We are excited about him and his development.”


Position: Cornerback

School: DeSoto

Ht/Wt: 6-0/185

Where he fits: Hanspard is one of the nation’s top cornerback prospects who committed to Baylor recently after decommitting from Arkansas. As a senior, Hanspard recorded 42 tackles including three for loss and one interception following a junior year in which he made 40 tackles and three interceptions. He’s a four-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 13 cornerback nationally by ESPN. He’s the son of former Texas Tech All-America running back and Doak Walker Award winner Byron Hanspard.

Rhule: “Byron’s a great talent and an even better person. We’re excited about what he brings to community as well as the secondary.”


Position: Tight end

School: Arlington Oakridge

Ht/Wt: 6-6/245

Where he fits: One of three tight ends in the 2018 class, Henle will get a jump on his college career by enrolling in January. At 6-6, Henle is a big target and also brings good blocking skills to the table. As a senior, he made 24 catches for 348 yards and a touchdown following a junior season in which he made 41 catches for 579 yards and nine scores. ESPN ranks him No. 22 nationally among tight end recruits and he’s a three-star prospect. A native of Austria, Henle chose Baylor over Houston, Illinois and Kentucky.

Rhule: “Christoph is a jumbo tight end. He’s enrolling early to fight for starting spot.”


Position: Offensive line

School: Southlake Carroll

Ht/Wt: 6-5/270

Where he fits: Baylor lacked depth in the offensive line this fall, and Kimble will give the Bears some more muscle up front. Rhule and his staff are developing a pipeline for Southlake Carroll linemen as Kimble joins former high school teammates Ryan Miller and Henry Klinge, who signed with Baylor in the 2017 class. Kimble graded at 92 percent with 107 knockdowns while allowing just two sacks as a senior. A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he’s rated the No. 41 offensive tackle nationally.

Rhule: “Jackson is an athletic and strong lineman from a powerhouse program at Southlake. He’s a long-time commit.”


Position: Defensive end

School: Houston Lamar

Ht/Wt: 6-3/225

Where he fits: One of the top signees for Baylor’s defense, Landry is a four-star recruit by Rivals.com who recorded 46 tackles and 5½ sacks as a senior. ESPN rates him the No. 16 weakside defensive end nationally and No. 62 overall player in Texas. He’s a member of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football third team Super Team who picked Baylor over Houston, Iowa State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Oregon State.

Rhule: “Josh is an explosive, quick-twitched athlete that dominated his opponents this season. I’m excited about his potential to contribute on the D-line.”


Position: Cornerback

School: Friendswood Clear Brook

Ht/Wt: 6-1/175

Where he fits: Milton is a versatile athlete with good ball skills at cornerback. As a senior, he collected 52 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception, and also blocked a punt for a touchdown. He’s a three-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports who also played offense as a receiver and running back for Clear Brook. Milton chose Baylor over Missouri, Virginia and Minnesota.

Rhule: “Mark is versatile, fast and long. He’s a true corner that is oozing with potential.”


Position: Safety

School: Porter

Ht/Wt: 6-1/195

Where he fits: An outstanding athlete, Morgan recorded 77 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He’s a three-star recruit by 247Sports who is rated No. 90 overall in Texas and the No. 49 safety nationally. ESPN rates him the No. 30 safety nationally, and he’ll try to make an impact early by enrolling in January. Morgan chose Baylor over Arizona State, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

Rhule: “Christian has proven to be one of the best athletes in the country. He has great size, great speed and explosiveness. He will compete for starting job as an early enrollee.”


Position: Offensive tackle

School: Franklin

Ht/Wt: 6-6/280

Where he fits: For the second straight year, Rhule focused on bringing in offensive linemen, and Phillips will get a head start by enrolling in January. He’s a three-star recruit by 247Sports who is rated the No. 100 overall player in Texas and the No. 63 offensive tackle nationally. He played at both tight end and offensive tackle as a senior, and chose Baylor over Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.

Rhule: “Casey is a physical athlete who was athletic enough to play tight end. He will be a great tackle for us.”


Position: Offensive line

School: Baton Rouge (La.) Tara

Ht/Wt: 6-5/340

Where he fits: One of Baylor’s last commitments before signing day, Pines gives the Bears a massive blocker up front. A three-star prospect by ESPN, he’s rated the No. 43 offensive guard in the country and the No. 23 overall recruit in Louisiana. 247Sports rates Pines the No. 36 offensive guard in the country. Pines chose Baylor over Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri and TCU.

Rhule: “He’s a road grading offensive lineman from Baton Rouge with nimble feet with extraordinary quickness for his size. He’s a key addition to the offensive line going forward.”


Position: Punter

School: Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa

Ht/Wt: 6-2/180

Where he fits: With punter Drew Galitz back for his senior year, Power isn’t expected to step in immediately. When Galitz went down with a knee injury, Connor Martin handled both kicking and punting duties for the Bears this fall, and he has two years of eligibility remaining. But Power will likely see some action next season, and could certainly handle kickoffs. As a senior, Power averaged 41.3 yards per punt and hit nine of 13 field goals, including a 58-yarder. Power has been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Rhule: “He has the ability to impact all aspects of kicking game. We expect him to make an immediate impact.”


Position: Tight end

School: San Antonio Clark

Ht/Wt: 6-5/255

Where he fits: Sims is another tall tight end target for the Bears who made 24 catches for 444 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior following a junior year in which he made 30 catches for 477 yards and two scores. A three-star recruit by 247Sports, Sims is rated the No. 49 tight end nationally. ESPN rates him the No. 28 tight end. Sims chose Baylor over Auburn, Texas Tech and Arizona State.

Rhule: “Ben is a stout run blocker with natural hands. He’s a player that we anticipate playing a role immediately.”


Position: Defensive end

School: Marshall

Ht/Wt: 6-6/210

Where he fits: Smith is an athletic defensive end who is coming off a big senior year in which he collected 42 tackles with 17 for loss for Marshall. Smith recorded 14 sacks and broke up six passes. He’s a three-star prospect by ESPN who is ranked No. 100 at defensive end nationally. 247Sports rates Smith as the No. 87 national weakside defensive end prospect.

Rhule: “Marje is a freakishly athletic pass rusher with a tremendous upside from a powerhouse program in East Texas.”


Position: Tight end

School: Cuero

Ht/Wt: 6-7/225

Where he fits: Taylor is another top prospect at tight end who stands out with his 6-7 frame. He made 32 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns as a senior after rushing for 545 yards and 10 scores and making 18 catches for 377 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He’s a three-star recruit by 247Sports who is rated the No. 82 player in Texas and the No. 28 tight end nationally. Taylor picked Baylor over Florida, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and TCU

Rhule: “Bralen is a pass catcher with elite size and athleticism for his position and has a chance to contribute early in pass game.”


Position: Wide receiver

School: Miami (Fla.) Washington

Ht/Wt: 6-3/170

Where he fits: With exceptional speed and good hands, Thornton is one of the premier prospects in Baylor’s 2018 class. He had originally committed to Baylor before switching to Florida, and then moved back to Baylor last weekend. He recorded more than 1,100 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns as a senior, and has been timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters. A four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Thornton is the No. 42 wide receiver prospect nationally. He will enroll in January and also run track for Baylor.

Rhule: “His combination of quickness, speed, acceleration and ball skills give him a chance to be a great player in college. He will enroll early and compete for spot in wide receiver rotation in 2018.”


Position: Safety

School: Cibolo Steele

Ht/Wt: 6-3/182

Where he fits: Woods will enroll at Baylor in January and battle at safety after a senior year in which he made 33 tackles with one sack. He enjoyed an even better junior season as he amassed 90 tackles with four for loss and an interception. A three-star recruit by ESPN, Woods is ranked No. 55 nationally among safeties. He has been timed at 10.64 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.87 in the 200 meters, and will run track for the Bears.

Rhule: “He’s long, athletic, fast and brilliant. He’s a great combination to add a piece to the secondary.”

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