Pos: Defensive back
Ht/Wt: 5-11, 180
School: Shreveport Woodlawn
Where he fits: One of five defensive backs in Baylor’s 2015 class, Black is projected to play cornerback. As a senior, Black finished with 53 tackles, five interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Among national cornerback prospects, Black is rated No. 65 nationally by Rivals and 88th by ESPN. He’s rated the No. 41 overall prospect in Louisiana by Rivals and 59 by ESPN.
Baylor coach Art Briles: “Henry is a solid football player with great size for playing corner. We’re starting to get some bigger guys at that position, and Henry fits exactly what we’re looking for. He’s a big, athletic corner that we’re very excited to have join our program. He’s going to end up being a great player.”
Pos: Offensive line
Ht/Wt: 6-5, 310
School: Ringling, Okla.
Where he fits: Daniel is a big, promising offensive lineman from Class A Ringling, Okla., which is located just north of the Texas border. He’s rated Oklahoma’s No. 10 prospect by Rivals and 12th by ESPN and Scout. Among national offensive tackle prospects, Daniel is ranked 85th by ESPN and 98th by 247Sports. As a senior, he was named a small school All-American by MaxPreps.
Briles: “We’re really excited about Riley’s growth pattern, and that he comes from a real small school up in Oklahoma. I think his potential is really up there because he’s a guy that’s had to play both ways, and when he concentrates just playing offensive line I think he’ll blossom into a really dynamic player.”
Pos: Offensive line
Ht/Wt: 6-7, 300
School: City College of San Francisco
Where he fits: DeSouza is a junior college transfer who should provide immediate help in the offensive line. Rated the 35th best prospect on Rivals’ JUCO 100, DeSouza was a two-year starter at City College of San Francisco. He attended Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, Calif., where he was named first-team All-PAL Bay Division in 2012.
Briles: “Dominic is huge and athletic. Anytime we take a JC guy we take them as a potential starter, so he’s a guy we feel like will be a potential starter for us. I don’t know if it’ll be this fall, but he’s certainly a big body that’s athletic.”
Ht/Wt: 5-10, 180
Where he fits: With all-Big 12 punter Spencer Roth gone, Galitz is projected to take over as Baylor’s punter. He’s also a tremendous kicker who nailed a 71-yard field goal at Kohl’s Kicking Camp practice in Oct. 2014. Galitz was an Under Armour All-American who played in the 2015 all-star game in Florida. Galitz is rated the nation’s No. 3 kicking prospect by ESPN, and the state’s top kicker/punter recruit by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. As a senior, he averaged 38.4 yards on 23 punts while hitting four of seven field goals and 22 straight PATs.
Briles: “Drew fills a need 100 percent, having lost Spencer (Roth). Drew can punt, kick off and kick field goals. We signed him primarily as a punter right now to come in and be the guy. He’s going to have to get on the fast track. We feel like he’s the best in America.”
Pos: Running back
Ht/Wt: 5-8, 185
Where he fits: Hasty is one of the premier recruits in Baylor’s class, ranking as the sixth best all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports. He’s ranked No. 21 nationally among running backs by ESPN and No. 40 by Scout. As a junior, he rushed for 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns before finishing with just 158 yards in an injury shortened senior year.
Briles: “JaMycal is a guy that we’ve had a great relationship with for a long time. He’s a dynamic player, just a great running back, and he can return kicks if needed. He’s a football junkie, a guy that really loves the sport, and really wants to be great at it.”
Pos: Defensive back
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 190
School: Austin St. Michael’s Academy
Where he fits: Houston is projected to play defensive back for the Bears after excelling in numerous roles for St. Michael’s including receiver, running back, kick returner and safety. As a senior he finished with 33 tackles and four interceptions including a 90-yard return for a touchdown. Houston is rated the 85th best overall prospect in Texas by Scout and 90th by ESPN.
Briles: “Jameson is a kid that’s got everything in front of him. He’s got a big frame and will play DB for us. He’s a fast kid, he’ll run a low 21 (seconds) maybe a 20 in the 200 (meters) this spring. He’s a player where the surface is just starting to be scratched.”
Pos: Defensive line
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 235
Where he fits: Hunt was the last commitment in Baylor’s class after he de-committed from UTSA. He’s rated the nation’s No. 111 strong-side defensive end prospect by 247Sports. As a senior he finished with 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks while forcing five fumbles. During his junior season, Hunt totaled 70 tackles and five sacks.
Briles: “Tyrone is a big kid from a small school who has had to play both ways and multiple positions. We’re really excited about getting him on campus. He’s a big, strong, rangy player that throws the shot and discus. When he starts specializing he’ll get the opportunity to really start shining. We want a guy with a great upside, and we feel like Tyrone has that.”
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 200
School: Abilene Wylie
Where he fits: Johnston is a two-time all-state linebacker who is rated No. 10 at his position by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. He’s rated No. 137 among Texas recruits by ESPN. As a senior, Johnston finished with 85 tackles including 17 for loss and six sacks while forcing three fumbles. He also rushed for 1,050 yards and 19 touchdowns and blocked three kicks. During his junior year, he amassed 138 tackles including 34 for loss and six sacks.
Briles: “Clay is an all-purpose guy. His dad is the head strength coach for the Chargers, and is a guy that’s been around football all of his life. We feel like he’s going to be a great addition for us on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker. He’s a smart player who knows how to win and play tough.”
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 305
School: Houston Bellaire
Where he fits: Jones signed with the 2014 class, but didn’t enroll in the fall when he sat out as a grayshirt. He arrived at Baylor this spring and will participate in spring drills. He was a three-year starter at Bellaire who was rated the nation’s 74th best guard prospect by 247Sports.
Briles: “Devonte is a high school kid that we grayshirted. He has good size and we’re looking at him as a future center down the road. He’s somebody that can come in, redshirt, then be able to compete for playing time in a few years. Very athletic, good frame, good body.”
Ht/Wt: 5-10, 215
Where he fits: After de-committing from Houston, Jones decided to stay in Waco and play college football after accepting Baylor’s scholarship offer several weeks ago. Jones is projected as an inside linebacker after making 154 tackles including 10 for loss while recovering two fumbles as a senior. He’s rated 59th nationally at linebacker by ESPN and 88th by Scout. His father, Lenoy Jones Sr., was an all-Southwest Conference linebacker at TCU who played in the NFL.
Briles: “He comes from a great family, and he’s another great addition from Midway to Baylor. He’s a great leader, a guy who plays very dynamically. He’s got a great upside, and we love his passion and his motor. We’re really happy that he’s going to be a part of our family.”
Pos: Defensive back
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 190
School: Houston Lamar
Where he fits: Ketchum was known mostly as a dual-threat quarterback for Houston Lamar but is expected to play safety for Baylor. Playing quarterback as a senior, Ketchum rushed for 1,432 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for 589 yards and seven scores. He was ranked the No. 31 national athlete prospect by ESPN and No. 41 as a safety by Scout.
Briles: “Talk to anybody from the city of Houston, and they’ll tell you the most dynamic player this year was J.W. That’s saying a lot coming out of that city. He’s a guy that can do it all. He played high school QB. We’re going to look at him as a return guy and safety. He’s a player that can come in and have a chance to fight for playing time pretty quickly.”
Pos: Wide receiver
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 195
Where he fits: Ranked among the nation’s top 200 recruits, Lynch is a tall, athletic receiver who is already enrolled at Baylor this spring. He showed his versatility at Gilmer as he caught 47 passes for 1,043 yards and 16 touchdowns, rushed for 888 yards and 19 scores, and also threw for 289 yards and three scores as a senior. He scored two defensive touchdowns for Gilmer’s state championship team. Lynch was rated the No. 21 receiver nationally by Rivals.com and was a 2015 U.S. Army All-American.
Briles: “Blake is just a big guy, a fast guy, a stud and a winner. He’s very mature on and off the football field. He’s really mature for being a mid-year guy, senior in high school. He’s a great addition, a guy that’s really going to be an impact player.”
Pos: Defensive back
Ht/Wt: 5-9, 170
School: Grand Prairie
Where he fits: Nicholson was a versatile athlete at Grand Prairie who is projected to play defensive back for the Bears. As a senior, Nicholson made 38 catches for 447 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 273 yards and three scores and passed for a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, he finished with five interceptions and 10 tackles. Playing quarterback as junior, he passed for 628 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 622 yards and nine scores.
Briles: “Tony has great upside coming in. He’s a high school QB, receiver and played some DB. We’re looking at Tony as a DB. He’s a dynamic player that’s used to making plays to help his football team win. So we’re excited about getting a person that’s been in that position on the defensive side of the ball. We feel like he can come in here and have a chance to compete and get on the field with a great upside.”
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 215
School: Richmond Foster
Where he fits: Ogor is a two-time all-state player who is rated the 48th best outside linebacker by 247Sports. As a senior, Ogor collected 134 tackles including 34 for loss with 15 sacks and nine forced fumbles. He was named Class 5A second-team all-state and all-Greater Houston as a senior. As a junior, he made 120 tackles including 18 for loss and eight sacks.
Briles: “Eric is a dynamic linebacker from Richmond. He’s a tough kid, he’s explosive and has a fast motor and a good frame. He’s a player that we think has a tremendous upside.”
Pos: Offensive line
Ht/Wt: 6-7, 315
School: Navarro College
Where he fits: Porter originally signed with Baylor out of Fort Bend Marshall in 2013 but played two seasons at Navarro College after not meeting entrance requirements. Rated the No. 1 junior college prospect in Texas and 15th nationally by 247Sports, Porter is expected to provide immediate help for Baylor’s offensive line. As a high school player, Porter was rated No. 17 nationally at offensive tackle by 247Sports and No. 35 by Rivals.
Briles: “He’s rated the No. 1 JC tackle in America. The journey is getting closer to an end, and once he steps on campus he’s a player that will have an opportunity to contribute immediately. He has a great frame.”
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 195
Where he fits: The top-rated recruit in Baylor’s 2015 class, Stidham committed to Baylor in December after de-committing from Texas Tech. He is enrolled for the spring semester and will compete for Baylor’s quarterback job. Stidham is rated the nation’s No. 13 overall recruit by 247Sports and is an Under Armour All-American. Among Texas recruits, Stidham is ranked No. 6 by Scout, No. 7 ESPN and No. 9 by Rivals. As a senior, Stidham threw for 2,934 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 969 yards and 15 scores to earn second-team Class 4A all-state.
Briles: “Jarrett is very mature, a mid-year impact player. We’re excited to watch his growth throughout the next few years. He has a bright future.”
Pos: Wide receiver
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 180
Where he fits: Stricklin was one of the first commitments in the 2015 class and is a national top 300 prospect. Stricklin is rated No. 230 by 247Sports and 257 by ESPN. Among wide receivers, he’s ranked No. 25 by 247Sports and 31st by ESPN. During his senior year for the Panthers, Stricklin finished with 67 catches for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns after catching 45 passes for 1,023 yards and 14 scores as a junior. He’s a tremendous track athlete who recorded marks of 47-7 in the triple jump, 22-3¾ in the long jump and 6-0 in the high jump.
Briles: “We feel he’s got great upside, he’s a track jumper with outstanding hands, and a competitor going after the ball. He’s a dynamic player with a dynamic personality to back it up. Just a great kid. We’re extremely excited about our two Midway players that have chosen to stay here.”
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 280
Where he fits: Tecklenburg was a two-time all-state player who could play a number of positions for the Bears. At Plano, he played tight end, offensive line and defensive line. Tecklenburg is rated the No. 58 offensive guard prospect nationally by Scout and the No. 76 defensive tackle prospect by ESPN. As a senior, he finished with 47 tackles including six for loss and two sacks. He made seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown as a tight end.
Briles: “We think Sam can play center, guard, D-tackle, D-end or H-back. He can do it all. So, we’re just really excited about his journey. He’s very strong and very athletic. He played both sides of the ball in high school. He played tight end and defensive end. He’s a player that has an opportunity to have a great career here at Baylor.”
Pos: Defensive back
Ht/Wt: 5-8, 160
School: Missouri City Ridge Point
Where he fits: Tolbert missed his senior year after tearing his ACL but will be ready to play when he arrives at Baylor in the summer. He’s rated the nation’s No. 40 defensive back prospect by 247Sports, 41st by ESPN and 96th by Scout. Tolbert made two interceptions as a junior and three as a sophomore.
Briles: “Jordan is explosive and very fast. He tore his ACL last spring and missed his whole senior season, but he’s healthy now and he’s ready to go. He’s a great kid, a dynamic player with great ball skills. We’re really excited to get him on campus, get him around our guys and turn him loose and let him play.”
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 210
Williams is a two-time all-state linebacker who is ranked No. 116 nationally at his position by 247Sports. As a senior Williams collected 160 tackles including 26 for loss with six sacks and four forced fumbles. During his junior year, he finished with 143 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Briles: “Jordan is a tough player, he’s explosive and plays with high energy and a high motor. He’s very athletic, and in our league you’ve got to have guys that can run and make plays defensively, and Jordan certainly fits that mold.”