Matt Rhule Announces First Baylor Signing Class


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WACO, Texas -- Baylor head coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday the signing of 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Bears. The first-year coach inked a 2017 signing class comprised entirely of freshmen, including four early enrollees who are taking part in the spring semester at Baylor.

"We're excited about this group of young men we signed today," Rhule said. "We think they represent a great future for the Baylor football program."

The class is highlighted by national top 300 prospects R.J. Sneed, a receiver from Cypress, Texas (ranked No. 194th nationally on ESPN300), Trestan Ebner, a receiver from Henderson, Texas (217th on ESPN300), Xavier Newman, an offensive lineman from DeSoto, Texas (246th on ESPN300) and Justin Harris, a defensive lineman from Gonzales, La. (276th by 247Sports).

"This is a special group, who believe in Baylor and our future," Rhule said. "They'll have an opportunity to receive an elite education and be developed into outstanding football players. These are not only high-character guys, they are leaders -- who will represent this university well, on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community."

The Baylor class includes 14 defensive players and 13 on offense. The emphasis of Coach Rhule and his staff was on linemen, who make up nearly half of the class; 13 of 27, seven on the defensive side and six on offense.

Baylor's class is made up predominantly of Texas high school athletes (20), but does include seven out-of-state signees, including three from New Jersey (one from Alabama, one from Arkansas, one from Florida and one from Louisiana).

The mid-year signees already enrolled at Baylor include Sneed, Charlie Brewer (QB from Austin, Texas), Jalen Pitre (S from Stafford, Texas) and Abram Smith (RB from Abilene, Texas).


NameHometownHigh School/Last SchoolHeightWeightPos.Video
Eleasah Anderson Houston, Texas Alief Taylor HS 6-4 295 OL
Demarco "D.J." Artis Sanford, Fla. Seminole HS 6-2 220 R
Terrel Bernard La Porte, Texas La Porte HS 6-1 215 LB
Timarcus Davis College Station, Texas College Station HS 5-11 170 CB
Trestan Ebner Henderson, Texas Henderson HS 6-0 205 WR
Harrison Hand Cherry Hill, N.J. Cherry Hill West HS 6-0 190 CB
Justin Harris Gonzales, La. East Ascension HS 6-5 250 DL
Tyler Henderson Kyle, Texas Lehman HS 6-4 240 TE
Gavin Holmes Justin, Texas Northwest HS 5-11 195 WR
Bryson Jackson Mansfield, Texas Lake Ridge HS 6-2 200 LB
Khalil Keith Alpine, Ala. Winterboro HS 6-5 320 OL
Henry Klinge III Southlake, Texas Carroll HS 6-5 305 OL
Trevon Lewis Houston, Texas Lamar HS 6-0 190 S
Ashton Logan Temple, Texas Temple HS 6-2 220 LB
Johnathan Lovett Burlington, N.J. Cherokee HS 6-2 195 RB
James Lynch Round Rock, Texas Round Rock HS 6-4 285 DL
Cole Maxwell Allen, Texas Allen HS 6-5 245 DL
Ryan Miller Southlake, Texas Carroll HS 6-2 290 C
Jason Moore Frisco, Texas Independence HS 6-3 295 OL
Xavier Newman DeSoto, Texas DeSoto HS 6-3 300 OL
Chidi Ogbonnaya Houston, Texas Langham Creek HS 6-5 260 DL
Rob Saulin Pennsville, N.J. Pennsville Memorial HS 6-5 250 DL
BJ Thompson England, Ark. England HS 6-6 220 DL


NameHometownHigh School/Last SchoolHeightWeightPos.Video
Charlie Brewer Austin, Texas Lake Travis 6-1 190 QB
Jalen Pitre Stafford, Texas Stafford HS 6-0 200 S
Abram Smith Abilene, Texas Abilene HS 6-0 200 RB
R.J. Sneed Cypress, Texas Cypress Ranch HS 6-2 185 WR

By State:
Texas (20)
New Jersey (3)
Alabama (1)
Arkansas (1)
Florida (1)
Louisiana (1)

By Position:
Offense (13 - 6 linemen, 4 receivers/ends, 2 running backs, 1 quarterback)
Defense (14 - 7 lineman, 3 linebackers, 4 backs)
Specialist (0)

By Class:
Freshmen (27)
Sophomores (0)
Juniors (0)



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