By now, Baylor football fans should be pretty familiar with the 2017 class.
There were four commits for the Bears this past class and the class was the top rated in the country.
The 2018 class is shaping up to be even better and it’s still very much in the middle of the pack, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, we feel that 2018 Baylor football recruits should be looking for a better position in the 2018 class than they did in 2017.
The 2019 class, by comparison, will be the top class in the nation.
There is a chance that Baylor will be able to add another three players to the class in 2019.
The three players currently in the 2019 class are running back Jonathan Williams, wide receiver Jontay Porter and tight end Jordan Jones.
Williams is currently projected to go to Alabama in the first round.
Porter, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound wide receiver, is a 6-5 wide receiver from the state of Florida.
Jones, a 6’3, 220-pound tight end, was the most coveted tight end in the class and is projected to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
Baylor is expected to add at least two more wide receivers in 2019, although one of those players could be a junior, and that would be tight end Chris Daughtry, a five-star prospect.
In 2019, Baylor will have five true freshmen in the top 100 overall players in the 2017 recruiting class.
That group includes running back Jonty Stevens, receiver Isaiah Johnson, offensive tackle Kameron Johnson, linebacker Nick Moody, and cornerback Trevon Mitchell.
That’s a very good group.
All five of the 2019 recruits are projected to be top 100 recruits in 2019 and the two who are not ranked on this list are projected for the top 200 prospects.
There’s reason to believe that the 2018 and 2019 class will have more true freshmen than the 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes combined.
That means the 2018 team will have a chance to make a big jump in the recruiting rankings, and the 2019 team should have a shot to be an even bigger jump.
The 2017 class is a very similar group to this year’s class.
The top 10 players are listed as the top 25 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings and that’s the top five overall prospects, with five players coming in at the top of the class.
In addition to the five true freshman from 2017, there are three true freshmen who are projected as top 150 prospects in 2019: linebacker Alex Carter, wide receivers Jordan Johnson, Jonathan Williams and Jordan Jones, and defensive end Tyler Moore.
That adds to the depth at the linebacker position in 2019 with four true freshmen, including three top-50 prospects in Johnson, Williams, Jones, Moore and Carter.
The other four players are projected in the Top 150 prospect range.
Those four players will be five true seniors and four five-stars in 2019 class.
Four of the five recruits in this class are rated as the Top 300 prospects in the ESPN 300.
That includes the five players projected as Top 300 players, as well as three four-stars, one five-spot and one five.
The true freshman at the safety position is projected as the 10th overall prospect, and two of the three five-Star players are rated five- stars in 2019 recruiting class, with the two others in the group being four-star prospects in cornerback Jarrad Henderson and linebacker Deion Davis.
The safety position in this recruiting class is still very strong and it could be very tough for a 2019 team to finish in the bottom of the 247Composite rankings and the Top 200 in the rankings.
There are two players projected to reach that level in 2019 according to the ESPN 100, one is the five-time all-American defensive tackle Marcus Roberson from Alabama, and one is former Baylor safety Justin Crawford, who went to LSU in the 2015 class.
Crawford, a linebacker out of North Charleston, S.C., is the sixth overall player in the 2020 class and ranked in the 100-300 range.
The six-foot, 240-pound Crawford is a four-time All-American and is rated as a Top 150 player by 247Sports.
The next player on the list, linebacker Jordan Johnson from Kansas, is rated a five star by 247Comps and one of the Top 100 prospects in 2021.
Johnson is a five time All-Big 12 defensive tackle and a four time All State defensive tackle.
Crawford is rated an 11-time first-team All-America defensive tackle, and is the fourth overall player at his position in 2021, and he is rated one of ESPN 300, ESPN 100 and ESPN 200.
Johnson has been the top linebacker in the league for the past four years, leading the league in tackles and tackles for loss and sacks and leading the nation in interceptions.
Crawford has been a standout at linebacker, winning three consecutive All-Star honors, and his production in 2017 was second only to the