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Art Briles Announces 2012 Football Signing Class


Signing Day Central | Press Conference Quotes | Full Highlights of Signees

WACO, Texas - Baylor head coach Art Briles announced Wednesday the signing of 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football at the school. The 23 2012 signees are comprised of 22 high school standouts and one junior college transfer.

"We feel very confident and very passionate about this class," Briles said, "as being as good as we've ever signed in our five signing classes at Baylor. We got some outstanding players on both sides of the ball that we know have the potential to be All-American football players and to play on Sundays."

The focus of Baylor's 2012 signing class is clearly the defense, as nearly two-thirds of the newcomers are likely to play on the defensive side of the ball under second-year D-coordinator Phil Bennett.

"This year's class certainly fills needs, we went heavy on defense; we felt like we needed to make sure that we give ourselves every opportunity to have as good a defense as possible," Briles said. "And we filled in the needs that we had to have offensively."

The class is highlighted by two defensive prep All-Americans - lineman Javonte Magee of Sam Houston High School in San Antonio and linebacker Brian Nance of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas - and an additional national top-250 prospect on the offensive side - receiver Corey Coleman of Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.

"Every class that we've been able to sign here at Baylor continues to get better and better," Briles said. "As we've produced better on the football field, with the addition of a new stadium coming, all these events pay great dividends in the recruiting world."

Baylor's 2012 class is made up predominantly of Texas recruits (22 of 23 from in-state schools) and includes two student-athletes currently enrolled in Baylor's spring semester who will participate in 2012 spring drills (scheduled to begin March 18): mid-year junior college signee Eddie Lackey of Riverside Community College and early high school graduate Lynx Hawthorne from Refugio High School.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous Schools) Video
Tre'Von Armstead OL 6-6 270 Fr. Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS) Highlights
Dominique Banks DL 6-2 260 Fr. Denton, Texas (Ryan HS) Highlights
Terrell Burt DB 5-10 165 Fr. Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS) Highlights
Devin Chafin RB 6-0 200 Fr. Burkburnett, Texas (Burkburnett HS) Highlights
Shamycheal Chatman LB 6-2 230 Fr. Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS) Highlights
Corey Coleman WR 5-11 180 Fr. Richarson, Texas (Pearce HS) Highlights
Aiavion Edwards DB 6-0 210 Fr. Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS) Highlights
Kendall Ehrlich LB 6-1 215 Fr. Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS) Highlights
Zorrell Ezell DT 6-0 265 Fr. Humble, Texas (Humble HS) Highlights
Kyle Fuller OL 6-4 270 Fr. Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS) Highlights
Kiante' Griffin WR 6-0 200 Fr. Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) Highlights
Lynx Hawthorne* ATH 6-1 185 Fr. Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS) Highlights
Eddie Lackey* LB 6-2 220 Jr. Murrieta, Calif. (Riverside CC)
Patrick Levels DB 5-10 180 Fr. Dallas, Texas (Roosevelt HS) Highlights
Rashodrick Linwood ATH 5-9 180 Fr. Linden, Texas (Linden-Kildare HS) Highlights
Javonte Magee DL 6-5 265 Fr. San Antonio, TX (Sam Houston HS) Highlights
Kaleb Moore WR 5-11 180 Fr. Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS) Highlights
Brian Nance LB 6-2 210 Fr. Euless, Texas (Trinity HS) Highlights
Jamal Palmer DE 6-2 230 Fr. McKinney, Texas (Boyd HS) Highlights
Ryan Reid DB 5-10 180 Fr. Sherman, Texas (Sherman HS) Highlights
Seth Russell QB 6-3 195 Fr. Garland, Texas (Garland HS) Highlights
Terrence Singleton ATH 5-10 175 Fr. Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS) Highlights
Orion Stewart DB 6-1 175 Fr. Waco, Texas (Midway HS) Highlights

*Signed in December 2011, currently enrolled

2012 BAYLOR FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS BREAKDOWN:
By State:
Texas (23)
California (1)

By Position:
Offense (7 - 2 linemen, 3 receivers, 1 running back, 1 quarterback)
Defense (13 - 4 linemen, 4 linebackers, 5 backs)
Athlete (3)
Specialist (0)

By Class:
Freshmen (22)
Sophomores (0)
Juniors (1)
Seniors (0)

Tre'Von Armstead
OL - 6-6, 270 - Fr. - Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)

Big lineman from Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas... Played under head coach Kenny Harrison at MHS... Rated 10th-best offensive lineman in state and ranked No. 100 by Rivals.com's Lone Star Recruiting Top 100... National position rankings among offensive linemen: No. 44 by Scout.com, No. 45 by 247Sports.com and No. 77 by ESPN.com... Rated 127th-best prospect in state by ESPN.com... Ranked No. 84 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named to 2011 All-Greater Houston second team by Houston Chronicle following senior season... Helped Memorial to 13-2 record in 2011, named to All-District 21-5A second team... Right tackle on MHS's 9-4 team in 2010 as junior, earned All-District 21-5A first team honors in first year as starter... Teammate of fellow Baylor signee Terrence Singleton at Memorial.
BRILES ON ARMSTEAD
"Tre'Von has a big time frame, and he is very athletic and smooth. We feel like he is definitely one of the top, if not the top, offensive tackle in the state of Texas. We're very excited to have him next season."

Dominique Banks
DL - 6-2, 260 - Fr. - Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)

Defensive lineman from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas... Played for head coach Joey Florence at RHS... Rated No. 36 among nation's defensive linemen by 247Sports.com and 58th by ESPN.com... Listed No. 54 on Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, 12th among defensive linemen... Helped RHS to 12-1 record and regional semifinals in 2011... Totaled 47 tackles (18 for loss), eight sacks and eight hurries... Named to 2011 Dallas Nike SPARQ All-Combine team prior to senior season... Part of RHS's 15-1 Class 4A state finalist squad as junior in 2010, totaled five sacks in backup role... Native of Port Gibson, Miss.
BRILES ON BANKS
"Dominique is extremely aggressive, and very passionate, and we think he's got a chance to be a great football player for a long time."

Terrell Burt
DB - 5-10, 165 - Fr. - Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

Versatile defensive back and returner from Wylie (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Bill Howard... National position rankings among DBs: No. 22 by ESPN.com, No. 36 by 247Sports.com, No. 47 by Scout.com... Rated No. 6 cornerback in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 59th-best prospect in Texas by ESPN.com and 84th by 247Sports.com... Listed No. 48 on Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, 11th among defensive backs... Rated No. 84 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named 2011 second-team DFW Class 4A All-Area (DB) and first-team All-District 10-4A (S) following senior season... Totaled 37 tackles (28 solo), one tackle-for-loss, two interceptions and six PBUs in 2011... Also ran for 254 yards (50 carries) and two touchdowns and had one reception for 10 yards on offense... Helped WHS to 11-4 record and DI state semifinals as junior in 2010... Totaled 64 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, seven PBUs, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2010... Also ran track and field, member of Wylie's 4A state champion 4x100 relay squad as junior in 2011... Moved to Texas from Virginia Beach, Va... Teammate at Wylie of fellow Baylor signee Kyle Fuller.
BRILES ON BURT
"Terrell was on the nation's fastest sprint relay team last year. He can fly. He can really run and flip his hips. We're really excited about him."

Devin Chafin
RB - 6-0, 200 - Fr. - Burkburnett, Texas (Burkburnett HS)

All-state running back from Burkburnett (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Scott Boswell at BHS... National position rankings among running backs: No. 65 by 247Sports.com, No. 83 by Scout.com, No. 108 by ESPN.com... Named 2011 second-team Class 3A All-State following senior season in which rushed for 1,246 yards and 17 touchdowns on 181 carries... Also had 40 receptions for 400 yards and four TDs while leading Burkburnett to 6-5 record and bi-district first round... Named 2011 District 6-3A Player of the Year and DFW Class 3A All-Area first team... Ran for 1,287 yards and 13 TDs as junior in 2010, named District 6-3A Newcomer of Year...Named 2010 honorable mention Class 3A All-State... Also ran track and field at BHS, finished sixth in 100 meters at Class 3A state meet with time of 10.82.
BRILES ON CHAFIN
"Devin is extremely talented, he carries himself well and has good balance. He also has good hand-eye coordination which is critical to us in that position. I think he'll also have a chance to medal at the state track meet in the open 100."

Shamycheal Chatman
LB - 6-2, 230 - Fr. - Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS)

Linebacker and defensive end from Sealy (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Jimmie Mitchell at SHS... Named 2011 first-team All-District 24-3A after helping SHS to 8-3 record and bi-district playoff berth as senior... Played defensive end as junior in 2010, helped Sealy to 9-2 record and District 24-3A championship... Earned 2010 first-team All-District 24-3A honors... Recorded 40 tackles and eight sacks during junior season... Also plays basketball and throws discus for track team at Sealy.
BRILES ON CHATMAN
"Shamycheal is a great, great player. He's a great kid who is mature. He can run, he has played defensive end and linebacker. He has tremendous upside. We think that we'll be able to develop him through our strength and training and coaching on the field."

Corey Coleman
WR - 5-11, 180 - Fr. - Richardson, Texas (Pearce HS)

National top 250 recruit from Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, excelled at rusher, receiver and returner... Played under head coach Randy Robertson at PHS... Totaled 3,864 all-purpose yards and 61 touchdowns in final three prep seasons... Rated 118th overall national prospect by 247Sports.com and 232nd on Rivals250... National position rankings among receivers: No. 11 by 247Sports.com, No. 17 by ESPN.com, No. 23 by Scout.com, No. 38 by Rivals.com... Rankings among recruits in state of Texas: No. 15 by 247Sports.com, No. 15 on Austin American Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55, No. 20 on Rivals.com's Lone Star Recruiting Top 100, No. 25 by ESPN.com, No. 33 on SuperPrep's Texas 121... Also listed on Texas top 100 listings by Waco Tribune-Herald (top 30), Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab-44 Top 100... Rated fourth-best athlete in state by Lone Star Recruiting... Listed No. 6 wide receiver in state in 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 26th best recruit on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Listed No. 9 on Dallas Morning News' SportsDay Dallas-Area Top 100, second among receivers... Selected to play for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Football Team in February International Bowl (formerly Team USA vs. The World)... Named first-team 2011 All-Area by DMN SportsDay (as WR/RB/QB)... Earned 2011 first-team Class 4A All-State and District 10-4A MVP honors as wide receiver... Totaled 69 receptions for 932 yards and 11 TDs, 567 yards and 15 TDs on 84 rushes and threw for 106 yards on 5-of-6 passing as senior in 2011... Had 69 receptions for 1,003 yards and 11 TDs as well as 97 carries for 426 yards and 13 TDs as junior in 2010... Also made two interceptions at cornerback en route to 2010 All-District 10-4A honors... Totaled 707 yards and 10 TDs on 91 rushes as well as 19 receptions for 229 yards and one TD as sophomore in 2009... Earned second-team All-District 10-4A honors as sophomore.
BRILES ON COLEMAN
"Corey is going to be the guy. He's a big-time player and a great young man with tremendous upside. Once he gets involved in our system, the sky's the limit and we're going there. We were very excited about him committing to us early. He fought off people and stayed loyal to Baylor. He's going to have a great career here."

Aiavion Edwards
DB - 6-0, 210 - Fr. - Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS)

Athletic defensive back recruit from Stephenville (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Joseph Gillespie at SHS... National position rankings among safeties: No. 22 by Scout.com, No. 31 by Rivals.com, No. 40 by 247Sports.com, No. 48 by ESPN.com... Rated among top 100 recruits in Texas by following publications: Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (No. 76), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 80), Lone Star Recruiting (No. 96), Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Listed among Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Top 40... Rated 51st prospect on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150...Totaled 839 yards and 10 touchdowns on 118 rushes as well as 147 yards and four TDs on 12 receptions as senior in 2011 for Stephenville squad that finished 11-3 and advanced to 4A quarterfinals... Earned 2010 second-team Class 4A All-State honors after rushing for 1,744 yards and 25 TDs as junior... Also 2010 third-team Class 4A All-State selection as kick returner... Selected 2010 District 8-4A co-MVP... Named 2009 District 8-4A Newcomer of Year as sophomore after totaling 64 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.
BRILES ON EDWARDS
"We have Aiavion as a defensive back here, but he played running back in high school. He's extremely fast and physical. He was our first commitment we had last February. He stayed true to us all the way through. He's a big kid who can run and make things happen for us on the football field. He's just a tremendous person, and we are excited for him."

Kendall Ehrlich
LB - 6-1, 215 - Fr. - Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)

Two-time all-state linebacker from Pearland (Texas) High School... Three-year starter under head coach Tony Heath at PHS... National position rankings among linebackers: No. 34 by Scout.com, No. 35 by Rivals.com, No. 44 by 247Sports.com, No. 45 by ESPN.com... Rated the 56th prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com and 73rd by ESPN.com... Named to Texas top 100 lists by following publications: Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalance-Journal Top 100, Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Also ranked 119th on SuperPrep's Texas 121... Listed No. 131 on Scout.com's Midands Top 150... Named 2011 first-team Class 5A All-State as senior... Totaled 89 tackles (56 solo), 16 tackles-for-loss, one sack and one blocked punt while leading Pearland to 11-3 record in 2011... Helped PHS to 16-0 record and 2010 DI state championship as junior... Earned 2010 first-team Class 5A All-State honors and first-team All-Greater Houston (by Houston Chronicle)... Totaled 165 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries as junior.
BRILES ON EHRLICH
"Kendall is a tireless worker and a tough kid. He's an impact player and fits everything that we are looking for in the linebacker position - it's about being physically tough and mentally focused. We're excited about him."

Zorrell Ezell
DT - 6-0, 265 - Fr. - Humble, Texas (Humble HS)

Defensive tackle from Humble (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Walt Beasley at HHS... National position rankings among defensive tackles: No. 43 by 247Sports.com, No. 58 by Scout.com, No. 78 by ESPN.com... Rated No. 97 overall prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com... Rated the sixth-best DT in state by Lone Star Recruiting and No. 8 in Texas by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Listed among Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, and SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 105)... Totaled 35 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two hurries as senior in 2011... Named to 2011 Houston Nike SPARQ All-Combine team following junior season... Named 2010 District 18-4A Defensive MVP following junior season in which led Humble to 11-2 record and DI regional semifinals... Recorded 58 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as junior... Plays on Humble basketball team.
BRILES ON EZELL
"Zorrell is extremely athletic and also plays basketball. The kid is very quick and very aggressive. He has the chance to come in here and make a name for himself. We're extremely excited about him also."

Kyle Fuller
OL - 6-4, 270 - Fr. - Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

Consensus state top 100 recruit at offensive lineman for Wylie (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Bill Howard at WHS... National position rankings among offensive linemen: No. 37 by ESPN.com, No. 44 by Rivals.com, No. 53 by Scout.com, No. 57 by 247Sports.com... Ranked among top 100 overall prospects in Texas by ESPN.com (50th), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (50th), Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 (52nd), Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (55th), 247Sports.com (95th), Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100, Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Rated No. 9 offensive lineman in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 23rd by Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100 (sixth O-lineman)... Rated No. 126 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named 2011 second-team DFW Class 4A All-Area... Earned 2011 first-team All-District 10-4A honors... Teammate at Wylie of fellow Baylor signee Terrell Burt.
BRILES ON FULLER
"We really think Kyle has a great future. He has a great range too. He's a young kid who has the chance to really develop and play at a very, very high level. We are excited to have him."

Kiante' Griffin
WR - 6-0, 200 - Fr. - Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)

Two-way standout at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, starred at receiver and defensive back... Played under head coach Brian Brazil at HHS... Rated No. 192 overall prospect nationally by 247Sports.com... Listed as top-50 recruit in Texas by Austin American Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55 (No. 22), 247Sports.com (No. 24), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 48) and Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 (top 50)... National position ranking among receivers: No. 25 by 247Sports.com, No. 41 by Scout.com, No. 49 by ESPN.com, No. 55 by Rivals.com... Rated fourth-best wide receiver in Texas by Lone Star Recruiting... Additional overall-prospect in-state rankings: 53rd by Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100, 57th by Lone Star Recruiting Top 100, 69th by ESPN.com, Houston Chronicle Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100... Rated 26th overall recruit by Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, third among receivers... Ranked 92nd on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Played primarily at defensive back as senior in 2011, totaled 41 tackles, two interceptions and two PBUs... At receiver caught 12 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns and returned four kickoffs for 148 yards as senior on 6-5 Hebron squad... Named first-team All-District 8-5A cornerback in 2011... As junior in 2010 made 19 receptions for 291 yards and one TD... Had breakout sophomore season at receiver, totaled 33 catches for 770 yards (23.3 average) and 11 TDs... Earned 2009 District 6-5A Offensive Newcomer of Year honors.
BRILES ON GRIFFIN
"Kiante' is a physical specimen; tough, aggressive, physical and fast. This kid is a big-time football player that we are pumped about having come to Baylor."

Lynx Hawthorne
ATH - 6-1, 185 - Fr. - Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS)

Versatile three-sport star from Refugio (Texas) High School, all-state receiver and punter... Early high school graduate enrolled at Baylor in January 2012, will participate in 2012 spring drills... Played for head coach Steve Heryford as senior at Refugio, played previously for father Kent Hawthorne, former head coach at Weimer (Texas) High School... Named 2011 MaxPreps U.S. Air Force Small Schools All-American... Rated nation's No. 92 athlete by ESPN.com and No. 139 receiver by Scout.com... Ranked 5th-best wide receiver in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Listed 2011 second-team All-Texas by same publication... Named first-team Class 2A All-State receiver as senior... Compiled school records of 72 receptions for 1,786 yards and 25 touchdowns as senior in 2011, yardage ranked second in state in 2A... Also ran for 50 yards and one TD on five carries... Earned 2011 DII Region III & IV Player of Year and 2011 District 16-2A Player of Year honors... Named 2011 All-South Texas by Corpus Christi Caller-Times... Played quarterback and punter as junior at Weimer High School... Threw for 1,270 yards on 89-of-156 passing with 11 TDs, also ran for 1,213 yards and 14 TDs on 118 carries in 2010... Named 2010 honorable mention Class 2A All-State as punter... Totaled 155 rushing yards and one TD on 15 carries as sophomore in 2009... Also lettered in basketball and track... Older brother Brixx played quarterback at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
BRILES ON HAWTHORNE
"Lynx is a guy that we are going to look at as a receiver. Right now he's very athletic, played both sides of the ball and quarterback. He's here on campus right now going through winter conditioning and is doing a great job. We're anxious to see him this spring and find out where he fits in our football team."

Eddie Lackey
LB - 6-2, 220 - Jr. - Murrieta, Calif. (Riverside CC)

Transfer linebacker from Riverside (Calif.) Community College... Mid-year signee enrolled at Baylor in January 2012, will participate in 2012 spring drills... Ranked No. 77 on SuperPrep Juco 100 listing... Named 2011 first-team Region V All-California... Recorded 54 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and six PBUs at Riverside as sophomore in 2011, helped lead RCC to 11-0 record and No. 5 national ranking... Tallied 56 tackles and averaged 26.1 yards on kickoff returns as freshman at Northwood (Michigan) University in 2010... Named All-Southwestern defensive back as prep senior in 2009... Recorded 96 tackles, blocked four kicks, one sack, one interception and three forced fumbles as senior... Also rushed for seven touchdowns... Earned 2009 All-Valley honors by The Californian.
BRILES ON LACKEY
"Eddie's fast, tough, intense, aggressive, focused and motivated. Just what you look for in an inside linebacker. We're pumped about having Eddie here."

Patrick Levels
DB - 5-10, 180 - Fr. - Dallas, Texas (Roosevelt HS)

All-State defensive back from Roosevelt High School in Dallas... Also played wildcat quarterback and returned punts for head coach Tarance Lewis at RHS... Named 2011 Associated Press Class 3A Defensive Player of Year... Earned 2011 second-team U.S. Air Force Medium Schools All-America from MaxPreps... Rated No. 99 overall recruit in Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100 and ranked No. 130 nationally among cornerbacks by 247Sports.com... Named 2011 first-team Class 3A All-State defensive back as senior... Amassed 177 tackles (118 solo), eight interceptions, four interception-return touchdowns, six tackles-for-loss, 18 PBUs and one sack in 11 games in 2011... Also returned 18 punts for 690 yards (38.3 average) and one TD... Earned 2011 first-team DFW Class 3A All-Area as well as first-team All-District 12-3A honors... Made four interceptions as junior in 2010... Also runs track at RHS, has clocked 10.66 in 100 meters and 49.00 in 400 meters.
BRILES ON LEVELS
"The thing that excites us about Patrick is his gifted athletic ability and his return ability in the kicking game. He transferred into Dallas Roosevelt and made them a better team. That's very important in our evaluation process - he makes people around him better, and people believe in him. Those kinds of guys are invaluable, he's a person that will elevate everyone else. He's extremely athletic."

Rashodrick Linwood
ATH - 5-9, 180 - Fr. - Linden, Texas (Linden-Kildare HS)

All-State running back also played quarterback, linebacker, defensive back and returned kicks for Linden-Kildare High School in Linden, Texas... Played for head coach Todd Elliott at LKHS... Ranked No. 34 athlete recruit nationally by 247Sports.com... Listed as nation's No. 80 safety prospect by Scout.com... Rated No. 74 overall prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com, No. 89 by Rivals.com's Lone Star Recruiting and No. 101 by SuperPrep's Texas 121... Named 2011 first-team Class 2A All-State running back as well as honorable mention All-State quarterback as senior... Ran for 2,105 yards and 25 touchdowns (241 attempts) in 2011, ranked fifth in state in rushing yardage... Also threw for 729 yards and five TDs... Selected 2011 District 8-2A Player of Year and named to 2011 East Texas All-Area first team as running back... As junior in 2010 led Linden-Kildare to 10-3 record and regional semifinals, ran for 1,473 yards and 18 TDs (156 attempts) and made 14 receptions for 138 yards and two TDs... Named 2010 All-District 8-2A... Stat totals from sophomore season in 2009: 107 rushes, 750 yards, 11 TDs, 22 receptions, 320 yards, five TDs... Nickname is "Shock".
BRILES ON LINWOOD
"He's going to be able to play numerous positions for us. He came to camp last summer and was the highlight of the camp. He just took over when he stepped on the field and made plays on the offensive side of the ball. We're really excited about him helping us on the offensive side of the ball. He's extremely explosive, extremely fast and extremely passionate and mature. We're ready to get him here and see where his career leads him."

Javonte Magee
DL - 6-5, 265 - Fr. - San Antonio, Texas (Sam Houston HS)

Blue chip recruit and top 100 national prospect from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio... All-American defensive lineman rated 18th-best recruit nationally by 247Sports.com on Top247... Named 2011 SuperPrep All-American and U.S. Army All-American... Played under former Baylor All-American and current SHS head coach Gary Green... Listed No. 65 recruit nationally by Rivals.com on Rivals100 and No. 69 on Athlon Consensus 100... National position rankings: No. 4 DT by 247Sports.com, No. 7 DE by Rivals.com, No. 11 DE by Scout.com, No. 20 DT by ESPN.com... Rank among Texas recruits regardless of position: No. 4 by 247Sports.com, No. 5 on Austin American-Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55, No. 8 on Rivals.com's Texas Postseason Top 100, No. 14 by Lone Star Recruiting, No. 18 on SuperPrep's Texas 121, No. 30 by ESPN.com... Also listed on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab-44 Top 100... Listed No. 14 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Rated 5th-best DE in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl following senior season, made tackle-for-loss and recovered fumble for winning West squad...Named 2011 first-team Class 3A All-State as senior after leading Sam Houston to 7-2 record... Totaled 49 tackles and 11 sacks in 2011, also had four TD receptions as tight end... Earned 2011 first-team All-District 28-3A honors as both defensive end and tight end as senior... Named 2011 San Antonio Express-News Class Sub-5A All-Area... Totaled 85 tackles and six sacks defensively and five receptions for 82 yards as tight end as junior in 2010... Named 2010 unanimous first-team All-District 28-3A DE as well as first-team tight end... Named 2010 San Antonio Express-News Class Sub-5A All-Area...Transferred to SHS following Hurricane Katrina.
BRILES ON MAGEE
"Javonte might be the most heralded defensive recruit we've signed. He's got tremendous, tremendous upside. He's extremely agile, athletic, and is a person who just possesses everything you look for on that side of the ball."

Kaleb Moore
WR - 5-11, 180 - Fr. - Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS)

Promising wide receiver and track star from Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas... Played football for head coach Ed Pustejobsky at Cy-Fair... Named 2011 first-team All-District 17-5A wide receiver as senior... Helped Cy-Fair to 12-1 record in 2011, including 9-0 district record to claim 17-5A District title... Recorded 31 receptions for 563 yards and 13 touchdowns as senior... Also served as punt returner and punter for Cy-Fair as senior, earning team's special teams player of the week honor once... Helped team to bi-district and area wins in state playoffs, catching go-ahead touchdown in 21-14 win over Cinco Ranch in area game... Excelled in track and field, winning district long jump, triple jump and high jump titles in 2011... Won regional high jump title and placed third at Texas UIL 5A state meet in high jump.
BRILES ON MOORE
"Kaleb is a great jumper. He's a 24-foot long jumper, 47-foot triple, 6-8 high jump all as a junior last year. We think that he should medal in all of those plus a chance to medal in a relay. This is also a guy who just started playing football two years ago. We think that the sky's the limit for him because he can do a lot of things on the field with his athletic ability."

BRIAN NANCE
LB - 6-2, 210 - Fr. - Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)

All-American linebacker and top 100 national prospect from Trinity High School in Euless, Texas... Rated No. 84 overall recruit nationally by 247Sports.com on Top247... Named 2011 SuperPrep All-American and U.S. Army All-American... Played under head coach Steve Lineweaver at THS... National position rankings among outside linebackers: No. 6 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by ESPN.com, No. 27 by Rivals.com, No. 31 by Scout.com... Ranked a top-30 recruit in Texas by 247Sports.com (No. 8), Austin American-Stateman's Texas Fabulous 55 (No. 10), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 15), Lone Star Recruiting (No. 19), ESPN.com (No. 30) and Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 (among top 30)... Rated No. 2 linebacker in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 14th-best LB nationally on SuperPrep's All-America 290... Rated No. 14 overall prospect in Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, third linebacker listed...Also listed top-100 Texas prospect by Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (No. 34), Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab-44 Top 100... Listed on Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Top 40... Rated No. 72 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl following senior season... Totaled 67 tackles, two interceptions and five sacks in eight-game 2011 senior season limited due to injury... Named 2011 first-team All-District 6-5A after helping Euless to 12-1 record and regional semifinals... Named 2010 first-team Class 5A All-State following standout junior season... Totaled 160 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, six interceptions and 13 sacks and led THS to 15-1 record and DI state finals... Named 2010 District 6-5A Defensive Player of Year.
BRILES ON NANCE
"Brian is just a great, great football player, a sideline-to-sideline guy. He's a great leader with great instincts and great passion. We're really excited for him to get here and get after it full-tilt. We know that he's got an outstanding future in front of him and we're glad that it's at Baylor."

Jamal Palmer
DE - 6-2, 230 - Fr. - McKinney, Texas (Boyd HS)

All-State defensive end from Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas... Played for head coach Don Drake at BHS... National position rankings among defensive ends: No. 29 by 247Sports.com, No. 69 by Scout.com, No. 98 by ESPN.com... Ranked No. 70 overall prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com and No. 130 by ESPN.com... Listed No. 102 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Ranked 62nd on Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, No. 14 among defensive linemen... Named 2011 honorable mention Class 5A All-State and first-team All-District 10-5A as senior... Recorded 64 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal in 2011 while leading Boyd to 8-3 record... Earned 2010 second-team Class 5A All-State honors after totaling 113 tackles as junior... Named 2010 first-team All-District 10-5A... Earned 2009 second-team All-District 8-5A honors as sophomore.
BRILES ON PALMER
"Jamal has quick-twitch, turns well, and is extremely explosive. We're really excited about the speed factor that he brings to the defensive side. He's an extremely gifted athlete."

Ryan Reid
DB - 5-10, 180 - Fr. - Sherman, Texas (Sherman HS)

Versatile defensive back from Sherman (Texas) High School... Played defensive back, wildcat quarterback, receiver, returner and placekicker for former Baylor standout and current SHS head coach Gary Joe Kinne... National position rankings among cornerbacks: No. 25 by 247Sports.com, No. 43 by Rivals.com, No. 46 by ESPN.com, No. 58 by Scout.com... Listed among top-100 recruits in Texas by 247Sports.com (No. 59), Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (No. 74), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 82), Lone Star Recruiting (No. 99), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100 and Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Rated No. 6 safety in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 89th on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Selected to play for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Football Team in February International Bowl (formerly Team USA vs. The World)... Named 2011 honorable mention Class 4A All-State following senior season in which led SHS to 10-4 record and regional finals... Totaled 60 tackles, three interceptions, 20 PBUs and two forced fumbles defensively, also caught six passes for 107 yards and one touchdown offensively, kicked six PATs and scored one kick-return TD on special teams as senior... Named 2011 second-team DFW Class 4A All-Area and first-team All-District 13-4A... Earned 2010 second-team All-District 13-4A honors as returner as junior on 10-2 SHS squad that reached DI area finals... Had 90 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one punt-return TD in 2010.
BRILES ON REID
"Ryan is a great track guy, great cover guy, and can really turn and run. He's going to be a big-time player. We're extremely pumped about him coming on board and fighting off people trying to come after him. He will be a great addition to us."

Seth Russell
QB - 6-3, 195 - Fr. - Garland, Texas (Garland HS)

Dual-threat quarterback from Garland (Texas) High School... Three-sport star played football for head coach Jeff Jordan at GHS... National position rankings: No. 41 by 247Sports.com, No. 47 by ESPN.com, No. 70 by Scout.com... No. 106-rated prospect in Texas according to ESPN.com, rated No. 155 by 247Sports.com... Rated No. 72 by Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, fifth among quarterbacks... Named 2011 second-team All-District 10-5A as senior after leading GHS to 9-3 record and area second round of playoffs... 2011 stat totals: 103-188 passing for 1,502 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed for 471 yards and seven TDs on 83 attempts... Selected 2010 honorable mention All-District 10-5A as junior for 7-4 Garland squad... Threw for 779 yards on 66-of-134 passing and seven TDs as junior despite hand injury... Also ran for 395 yards and three TDs on 81 rushes... Letterman in football, basketball and track (4x200 meters) at GHS... Brother, Caleb, is rising senior linebacker at Texas A&M.
BRILES ON RUSSELL
"I'm probably as excited about Seth as about anyone else in the class because of what he brings to the table. He's a big, athletic guy that can run and throw the ball well. He's another one that elevates a football team. He's a great leader and a tough kid. We feel like he's going to have a great, great future at Baylor University."

Terrence Singleton
ATH - 5-10, 175 - Fr. - Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)

Prolific dual-threat All-State quarterback from Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas... Played for head coach Kenny Harrison at MHS... National position rankings: No. 42 (QB) by Scout.com, No. 50 (athlete) by Rivals.com, No. 67 (athlete) by ESPN.com, No. 67 (athlete) by 247Sports.com... Rated No. 87 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Listed on Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 prospects in state and rated No. 105 recruit in Texas by ESPN.com and No. 129 by 247Sports.com...Accounted for 7,055 yards total offense and 78 touchdowns in final two prep seasons... Named 2011 first-team Class 5A All-State quarterback as senior, led MHS to 13-2 record and state semifinals... 2011 senior stat totals: 2,565 yards on 148-for-248 passing (59.6 percent) and 20 touchdowns, 1,605 yards and 22 TDs on 213 rushes... Also named 2011 first-team All-Greater Houston by Houston Chronicle as well as District 21-5A Player of Year...Threw for 2,142 yards and 22 TDs and ran for 743 yards and 14 TDs as junior in 2010... Member of Memorial's 4x100 meter relay team... Teammate of fellow Baylor signee Tre'Von Armstead at Memorial.
BRILES ON SINGLETON
"Terrence is just an extremely gifted player. He's tough, aggressive, and fast. And he elevates the people around him. If you walked into Memorial High School, the one guy who has the respect of the people is Terrence. We're really excited about getting him here along with his buddy Tre'Von and getting this thing started here at Baylor University."

Orion Stewart
DB - 6-1, 175 - Fr. - Waco, Texas (Midway HS)

Defensive back and kick returner from nearby Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas... Also played receiver for head coach Terry Gambill at MHS... Named 2010 first-team All-District 8-4A safety as senior... Totaled 77 tackles, four interceptions and nine PBUs in helping Midway to 13-3 record and the state finals in 2011... Starter on MHS's 12-1 2010 squad as junior... Basketball letterman at Midway.
BRILES ON STEWART
"Orion is extremely athletic, and he really hasn't started dedicating himself to football until the last few years. We know that he has a great upside. He has extremely good leaping ability, has good speed as a return man, and I think he can come into our secondary and make an impact for us. We're really excited to lock this thing up with Orion."

 

 

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