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Football Welcomes Signing Class of 23




Feb. 3, 2010


  Signing Day Central |  Press Conference  |  Full Highlights of All Signees  | Press Conf. Quotes

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 new signees are comprised of 20 high school standouts and three junior college transfers.

"This class is all about skills and needs," Briles said. "We certainly feel like we filled the needs vacated by the loss of last season's seniors. We feel good about these additions and now it's their opportunity to develop themselves to the optimal levels, both physically and mentally."

The strength of Baylor's 2010 class appears to be several talented defensive backs, highlighted by national top 100 recruit and All-American Ahmad Dixon of nearby Midway High School. Briles said his staff is pleased with the quality of student-athletes headed to Baylor to play in the defensive backfield.

"The way it turned out we just happened to land a lot of good defensive backs," he said. "We needed to get some in the house and we got some really good ones. That part really turned out well."

The Bears class is heavy on defense, with 15 of the 23 total signees playing on the defensive side of the ball. Filling needs on the defensive line was another priority for Baylor this signing period.

"We always start up front, that will never change," Briles said. "Defensively those guys are hard to find. You fight and scratch and you find guys that fit what you are looking for and we were able to do that. We were looking for guys that play with a fast motor and have the desire and ability to have what it takes to play in the Big 12 South."

Baylor's 2010 class includes four student-athletes currently enrolled in Baylor's spring semester who will participate in 2010 spring drills (which are scheduled to begin March 15): mid-year junior college signees Robert T. Griffin from Navarro College and Issac Williams from El Camino College; early high school graduate Troy Baker of Connally High School in Waco; and prep school addition Prince Kent from Hargrave Military Academy.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown(Previous Schools) Video Highlights
Troy Baker*
OL 6-6 280 Fr. Waco, Texas (Connally HS)
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Luke Burleson OL 6-5 270 Fr. Allen, Texas (Allen HS) Highlights
Tuswani Copeland DB 6-0 175 Fr. Lawton, Okla. (MacArthur HS) Highlights
Kedrick Dial DE 6-5 215 Fr. Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs HS) Highlights
Ahmad Dixon S 6-1 190 Fr. Waco, Texas (Midway HS) Highlights
Anthony Gonzales DE 6-5 255 Jr. Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove HS / Blinn College) Highlights
Antwan Goodley WR 5-10 190 Fr. Midland, Texas (Midland HS) Highlights
Robert T. Griffin*
OL 6-6 345 Jr. Euless, Texas (Trinity HS / Navarro College)
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Bryce Hager LB 6-1 210 Fr. Austin, Texas (Westlake HS) Highlights
Sam Holl S 6-1 185 Fr. Katy, Texas (Katy HS) Highlights
Tyrell Jenkins
QB 6-3 180 Fr. Henderson, Texas (Henderson HS) Highlights
Eddie Johnson WR 6-3 220 Fr. Midlothian, Texas (Midlothian HS) Highlights
Dominique Jones DL 6-1 280 Fr. Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City HS) Highlights
Prince Kent* DB 6-3 200 Fr. Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS / Hargrave Military Academy)
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Clarence Lee DE 6-3 210 Fr. Jefferson, Texas (Jefferson HS) Highlights
Matt Ritchey LB 6-3 215 Fr. Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring HS) Highlights
T.C. Robinson CB 5-10 175 Fr. Abilene, Texas (Cooper HS) Highlights
Xavier Ruben DL 6-3 285 Fr. Baytown, Texas (Lee HS) Highlights
Robert Singletary LB 6-4 210 Fr. Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood HS) Highlights
Tim Smith OL 6-4 285 Fr. Baytown, Texas (Lee HS) Highlights
Tyler Stephenson CB 5-11 160 Fr. Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS) Highlights
Sean Watson DT 6-3 280 Fr. Panama City, Fla. (Rutherford HS) Highlights
Isaac Williams*
RB 6-0 190 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Locke HS / LA Southwest Col. / El Camino Col.)
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*Signed in December 2009, currently enrolled

2010 BAYLOR FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS BREAKDOWN:

By State/Country:
Texas (18)
Oklahoma (2)
California (1)
Florida (1)
Georgia (1)

By Position:
Offense (8 - 4 line, 2 receivers, 1 running back, 1 quarterback)
Defense (15 - 6 line, 6 backs, 3 linebackers)
Specialists (0)

By Class:
Freshmen (20)
Sophomores (0)
Juniors (3)
Seniors (0)

TROY BAKER
OL - 6-6, 280 - Fr. - Waco, Texas (Connally HS)
Local standout offensive lineman from Connally High School in Waco, Texas, signed financial aid contract and enrolled at Baylor in January 2010, will participate in spring drills... National position rankings among offensive tackles: No. 35 by ESPN.com, No. 45 by Rivals.com and No. 45 by Scout.com... Named to Texas top 100 lists by following publications: Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald... Rated No. 3 offensive line recruit in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Overall prospect ratings in state of Texas: No. 113 by SuperPrep and No. 125 by Scout.com... Three-year letterwinner and team captain as junior and senior at Connally, played under head coaches Kevin Johnson and Steve Hoffman... Three-time selection to Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex team... Named first-team 2009 All-District 19-3A as senior... Selected 2008 first-team All-District 19-3A as junior...Member of National Honor Society... Ranks fourth in class at Connally and named to 2009 Rodgers Recruiting preseason All-Academic first team which honors state's top student-athletes in football.
BRILES ON BAKER
"Troy has a lot of passion for a player at a high level. He is certainly going to contribute to this program. It's also a great bonus to add a local player; it's good for Waco and it's good for his family and the people who respect Troy."

LUKE BURLESON
OL - 6-5, 270 - Fr. - Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
Offensive lineman from Allen (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Tom Westerberg at AHS... Listed the No. 12 offensive lineman on Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 and No. 81 overall recruit on VYPE's DFW Top 100 listing... National position ranking among offensive linemen: No. 74 by ESPN.com and No. 108 by Scout.com... Listed among top 25 offensive linemen on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruit listing... Earned second-team All-District 8-5A honors as senior in 2009 at Allen... Starting guard as senior on AHS squad that finished 10-2 and lost in areas... Member of 2008 Allen 5A DI state championship team that finished 15-1... Played tackle as junior in 2008.
BRILES ON BURLESON
"Luke is a prototypical Big 12 offensive lineman. He is big, physical and comes from a great high school program. He is exactly what we are looking for from an offensive lineman."

TUSWANI COPELAND
DB - 6-0, 175 - Fr. - Lawton, Okla. (MacArhur HS)
Athletic defensive back/receiver in high school, also excelled at track and field... Finished prep career at MacArthur High School in Lawton, Okla., under head coach Brett Manning... Military brat who attended various schools... Rated the No. 26 athlete in Oklahoma by Rivals.com and listed among the state's top 50 recruits by Fab50recruiting.com... Named to all-state team to participate in 2009 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game following senior season at MacArthur... Totaled 38 receptions for 635 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2009, including an eight-game scoring streak... In playoff loss to eventual state champ Carl Albert, had three catches for 120 yards and two TDs, including 85-yard scoring reception... Moved to Oklahoma from Fort Mead, Md., after his father, Rodney Copeland, retired from the military... Played wide receiver and defensive back for Meade High School as a junior in 2008... Led head coach Mike Hayde's Meade squad to a 12-2 record and state runner-up finish... Named honorable mention Big School All-State and first-team coach's All-Anne Arundel County as a defensive back in 2008... Selected to play wide receiver at Maryland Crab Bowl High School All-Star Game following junior season... Accomplished track athlete, credited with time of 48.8 in 400 meters, 22-foot long jump and 6 foot, 6 inch high jump... Born in Houston, lived in Miami and Topeka, Kan., as well as Baltimore.
BRILES ON COPELAND
"Tuswani is a guy that we think is part of an outstanding portion of our recruiting this year, the defensive secondary. He is just athletic, he flips his hips quick and just understands the game."

KEDRICK DIAL
DE - 6-5, 215 - Fr. - Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs HS)
All-state defensive lineman from Sulphur Springs (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Greg Owens at SSHS... Rated the 107th recruit in Texas by Scout.com... National position ranking among defensive ends: No. 75 by Scout.com and No. 104 by ESPN.com... Listed the No. 6 defensive end prospect in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Led Sulphur Springs to 10-4 record, the 4A DII state quarterfinals and a No. 16 final ranking as senior in 2009... Earned 2009 all-state honors (Class 4A first team by TheOldCoach.com, Class 4A second-team by Associated Press) after totaling 82 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks and 30 QB pressures... Helped Sulphur Springs to 14-2 record and DII 4A state championship as junior in 2008... Credited with 27 tackles, seven sacks, 19 pressures, one forced fumble and two breakups in 2008.
BRILES ON DIAL
"Kedrick is tall, rangy and can run. He has a very engaging personality to go along with his outstanding athletic ability."

AHMAD DIXON
S - 6-1, 190 - Fr. - Waco, Texas (Midway HS)
Bluechip local recruit from Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas... All-American defensive back rated No. 15 nationally on ESPNU 150 by ESPN.com... Named SuperPrep All-America and listed No. 2 defensive back nationally... Played in 2010 Under Armour All-American game in Orlando and 2010 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio... National position ratings among safeties: No. 3 by ESPN.com, No. 10 by Rivals.com (No. 133 overall), No. 10 by Scout.com... Rated No. 2 overall prospect in Texas by SuperPrep/Scout.com... Ranked No. 7 overall recruit on Austin American-Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55 list... Also rated No. 18 overall in state by Rivals.com... No. 2-rated safety recruit in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Named to Texas top 100 lists by following publications: Houston Chronicle/VYPE magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald...Selected to Waco Tribune-Herald's Super Centex All-Decade Team of 2000s... Registered more than 300 tackles in prep career... Played for head coach Kent Bachtel at Midway... Led MHS to 9-3 record as senior in 2009, named first-team All-District 16-4A safety... Made 2009 Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex team as return specialist... Earned 2008 all-state honors as junior, second team by AP and third team by TSWA... Led Midway to 12-2 record and DI quarterfinals as junior... Totaled 114 tackles, four interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks as junior...Named 2008 first-team All-District 16-4A as both safety and return specialist... As sophomore in 2007 totaled 105 tackles en route to earning first-team All-District 16-4A honors... Track athlete, part of Midway 4x400 meter relay squad that advanced to state track meet in 2008 as sophomore.
BRILES ON DIXON
"Ahmad is `from Waco with love' - that's the way I look at it. He is physical, fast and strong. He brings exactly what you are looking for from a safety position. We're proud that he stayed home."

ANTHONY GONZALES
DE - 6-5, 255 - Jr. - Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove HS / Blinn College)
Junior college All-American defensive lineman from Blinn College... Led Blinn to 11-1 record and NJCAA national championship as sophomore in 2009... Played under head coach Brad Franchione at Blinn... Earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors as sophomore after totaling 39 tackles (19 solo), 13 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks... Credited with 15 tackles, four tackles-for-loss and two sacks as a freshman in 2008... Prepped at Copperas Cove (Texas) High School under head coach Jack Welch, teammate at Cove with current Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III... Led Cove to 4A DI state runner-up finish and 12-3 record as senior in 2007... Named second-team All-District 16-4A defensive lineman as senior... Member of CCHS's 12-3 state runner-up squad as junior in 2006.
BRILES ON GONZALES
"Anthony is a big, strong and physical defensive end that can hopefully come in and provide immediate help."

ANTWAN GOODLEY
WR - 5-10, 190 - Fr. - Midland, Texas (Midland HS)
Three-sport standout at Midland (Texas) High School played receiver, defensive back and returned kicks in football... Three-year starter under head coach Craig Yenzer at MHS, finished career with school-record 1,747 receiving yards... Ranked No. 73 nationally among wide receiver prospects by ESPN.com and 118th by Scout.com... Among top 20 receivers in state on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruit listing... Honorable mention AP Class 5A All-State wide receiver as senior in 2009... Named first-team All-District 2-5A and first-team All-Permian Basin (by Odessa American) after totaling 613 yards on 38 receptions and four TD catches, four rushes for 55 yards and one rushing TD, and three TDs on kick returns as a senior... As a junior had 761 receiving yards on 30 receptions and caught 11 TDs, also returned two punts for scores, one kickoff for a touchdown (in second round of playoffs) and totaled four interceptions as free safety... Earned 2008 second-team All-District 2-5A honors... Helped Midland to 8-4 record and area finals as junior in 2008... Totaled 19 receptions and 378 yards with five touchdowns as sophomore in 2007... Starting point guard on Midland basketball team, also letterman in track and field.
BRILES ON GOODLEY
"Antwan is what we are looking for at a skill position offensively because he is a multi-position guy. He is just a big, strong physical guy that can run, and he probably has a good chance to win the open 200 meters at the state track meet this spring."

ROBERT T. GRIFFIN
OL - 6-6, 345 - Jr. - Euless, Texas (Trinity HS/Navarro College)
Junior college transfer signed National Letter of Intent in December 2009, enrolled at Baylor in January 2010 and will participate in spring drills... Standout offensive lineman for two seasons at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas... Rated No. 28 on SuperPrep Juco 100 listing and No. 34 on Rivals.com junior college top 50 ranking... Helped Navarro to 11-1 record and No. 3 national ranking in final NJCAA poll as sophomore in 2009... Named 2009 honorable mention All-SWJCFC... Prepped at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, under head coach Steve Lineweaver... Named to 2007 Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 listing as senior... Led Trinity to 15-1 record and 2007 DI 5A state championship as senior... Named 2007 first-team All-District 7-5A defensive lineman... Member of 11-1 Trinity squad as junior, named 2006 second-team All-District 7-5A on defensive line... Not related to current Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III.
BRILES ON GRIFFIN
"Robert is a physical specimen. He has a great upside and will provide immediate help. We expect him to come in and play and to deliver."

BRYCE HAGER
LB - 6-1, 210 - Fr. - Austin, Texas (Westlake HS)
All-state linebacker/running back from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas... Played for head coach Darren Allman at Westlake... Named first-team AP Class 5A linebacker as senior in 2009 after leading WHS to 13-3 record, DI state runner-up finish and No. 3 final ranking... Named 2009 District 25-5A Defensive MVP... Totaled 158 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks, one interception, four QB pressures and seven pass breakups as senior... Also credited with 13 rushing touchdowns in 2009... Totaled 59 tackles and two interceptions as junior in 2008 in first season as starter on 9-5 Westlake squad... Earned 2008 first-team All-District 25-5A honors at linebacker... Also had 250 rushing yards and 116 receiving yards as junior... Son of former Texas All-America and Philadelphia Eagle linebacker Britt Hager.
BRILES ON HAGER
"Bryce comes from an outstanding program and an outstanding bloodline. He is a good, solid linebacker that we think has a lot of great upside. I am very excited about him."

SAM HOLL
S - 6-1, 185 - Fr. - Katy, Texas (Katy HS)
All-state safety from Katy (Texas) High School... Played three seasons of varsity for head coach Gary Joseph at Katy... Rated No. 7 safety prospect in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine... Named to Houston's Top 100 Footballers in 2009 by VYPE magazine and Houston Chronicle... Named second-team AP Class 5A All-State as senior in 2009... Selected 2009 All-Greater Houston Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Greater Houston by Houston Chronicle... Led Katy to 14-2 record, state 5A DII runner-up finish and final No. 4 ranking as senior... Selected 2009 District 17-5A Defensive MVP, Special Teams MVP and unanimous first-team all-district... Totaled six interceptions and led district with 16.0 yards-per-punt return as a senior... Led Katy to 2008 DII 5A state championship and 13-3 record as junior... Set school record for tackles by compiling 178 along with 12 pass broken up and one interception... Selected 2008 District 17-5A Co-Defensive MVP... Member of Katy's 2007 undefeated 5A DII state championship team that finished 16-0... Sister Holly is freshman catcher on Baylor's softball team.
BRILES ON HOLL
"Sam knows how to win, how to work and how to prepare to win. He is a physical, intelligent and unselfish football player that brings a tough-guy mentality to the table."

TYRELL JENKINS
QB - 6-3, 180 - Fr. - Henderson, Texas (Katy HS)
Athletic dual-threat quarterback and three-sport star from Henderson (Texas) High School... Three-year starter at quarterback under head coach Dickey Meeks at Henderson... Threw for 1,095 yards on 87 of 159 passes and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions as a senior in 2009... Also rushed for 280 yards on 61 carries and scored six rushing TDs... Unanimous 2009 first-team All-District 14-4A quarterback and honorable mention All-East Texas as senior... Threw for 1,735 yards on 136 of 274 passes and 12 TDs as junior in 2008... Threw for 954 yards on 69 of 122 passes and four TDs as sophomore in 2007... Accomplished baseball pitcher projected as 2010 MLB draft prospect... Earned third-team 2008 THSBCA All-State honors as junior pitcher... Also played basketball, named 2008-09 District 14-4A Defensive MVP as junior.
BRILES ON JENKINS
"As a quarterback, we really think Tyrell has good upside to him. It's going to be fun watching his journey, and being a part of his journey as a football player. He is just starting to scratch the surface on how dynamic he can be as a player."

EDDIE JOHNSON
WR - 6-3, 220 - Fr. - Midlothian, Texas (Midlothian HS)
Three-year starter at wide receiver at Midlothian (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Robby Clark at MHS... Rated the No. 61 wide receiver recruit nationally by Scout.com and No. 90 by Rivals.com... Rated No. 70 overall prospect on VYPE's DFW Top 100 recruit listing... Listed the No. 10 wide receiver on Dallas Morning News Area Top 100... Named to Texas top 100 lists by Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald... Listed among top 20 receivers in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Earned 2009 first-team All-District 16-4A as senior after totaling 814 yards on 48 receptions (17.0 average) and eight touchdowns... Named to 2008 All-District 16-4A second team as junior after compiling 45 catches, 613 yards (13.6 average) and three TDs... Compiled 381 yards on 26 receptions (14.7 average) and one touchdown as freshman in 2007... Caught passes as junior and sophomore from Midlothian teammate and current Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, also played with MHS grad and current Bear Caleb McEachern.
BRILES ON JOHNSON
"Eddie is a big, strong and physical receiver that has another world of great upside. He is going to be able to come in here and really develop as a player and as a person. We expect great things out of him."

DOMINIQUE JONES
DL - 6-1, 280 - Fr. - Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City HS)
All-state defensive lineman from Midwest City (Okla.) High School... National position ranking among defensive tackles: No. 46 by Rivals.com, No. 47 by ESPN.com, No. 75 by Scout.com... Rated No. 15 recruit in Oklahoma by Rivals.com and ranked No. 16 on The Oklahoman's Super 30... Helped lead head coach Steve Huff's Midwest City squad to second round of Class 6A playoffs as senior in 2009... Totaled 118 tackles, eight sacks and returned an interception for touchdown as senior... Earned 2009 all-state, all-conference and all-district honors... Totaled 114 tackles and five sacks as junior in 2008... Credited with 40 tackles and one interception as sophomore in 2007.
BRILES ON JONES
"Dominique is a tough inside guy that really has a lot of ability. He has a quick twitch and good lateral movement with a little bit of a flair imbedded in there."

PRINCE KENT
DB - 6-3, 200 - Fr. - Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS/Hargrave Military Academy)
Safety from Hargrave Military Adademy in Chatham,, Va., signed financial aid contract and enrolled at Baylor in January 2010, will participate in spring drills... Rated No. 10 prep school recruit in nation by Rivals.com... Attended Hargrave in fall 2009 after originally signing with Miami (Fla.) in February 2009... Rated No. 52 recruit nationally in ESPNU top 150 following senior season at Norcross (Ga.) High School in 2008... Also played cornerback in 2009 Under Armour All-American Game... Among national position ratings in 2008, rated No. 5 cornerback by ESPN.com, No. 21 athlete by Rivals.com and No. 38 safety by Scout.com... As a senior, played both receiver and cornerback on 10-2 Norcross squad... Caught 32 passes for 632 yards and four touchdowns in 2008... Selected Gwinnett All-County, first-team CSS Atlanta All-Chevy Football, Mobile Press Super Southeast 120 and first-team All-Region 7AAAAA as senior... Made 59 tackles, two sacks and added seven receptions for 74 yards as junior in 2007... Started playing football as sophomore in 2006, had previously played basketball (rated 74th-best basketball player in Georgia in 2008 by CoachBoBell.com)... Grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
BRILES ON KENT
"We're really proud that Prince is on campus and we're ready for him to represent Baylor football. Prince will have the spring to improve his skills and help us add depth in the secondary."

CLARENCE LEE
DE - 6-3, 210 - Fr. - Jefferson, Texas (Jefferson HS)
Four-year varsity prep played both ways for Jefferson (Texas) High School and head coach Scott Hale... All-state defender amassed 224 tackles in final three seasons as defensive lineman and linebacker... National position ranking among outside linebackers: No. 73 by Rivals.com; among defensive ends: No. 80 by ESPN.com, No. 99 by Scout.com... Included on Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Top 100 prospects in the state... Earned 2009 first-team All-District 17-2A honors at linebacker and second-team All-East Texas as senior... Totaled 55 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, four passes broken up, four fumbles recovered and three fumbles forced as senior... Made 83 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss and five sacks as junior in 2008... Breakout sophomore season in 2007, totaled 86 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks en route to second-team AP 2A All-State honors as defensive lineman... Also named 2007 All-East Texas and District 18-2A Defensive Newcomer of the Year... Also played tight end and was reserve quarterback... Earned 2007-08 honorable mention All-East Texas basketball honors as sophomore.
BRILES ON LEE
"Clarence can be a very physical and fast defensive end for us. He is just a good, quality young man."

MATT RITCHEY
LB - 6-3, 215 - Fr. - Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring HS)
Versatile all-state linebacker from Big Spring (Texas) High School... National position rankings: No. 70 among outside linebackers by Scout.com and No. 76 among inside linebackers by ESPN.com... Listed among top 20 linebackers on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruits... Named 2009 4A all-state linebacker as senior, first-team by TheOldCoach.com and second-team by AP... 2009 District 4-4A Defensive MVP and unanimous first-teamer at linebacker... 2009 All-District 4-4A first-teamer at fullback and second-teamer at punter... Led Big Spring to 10-3 record and DII Region I quarterfinals as senior in 2009... Totaled 123 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and three sacks as senior... Named 2008 first-team All-District 4-4A linebacker and punter as junior... Recorded 93 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as junior... Stepped in at quarterback as junior in place of injured starter, threw for 1,069 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 1,187 yards... Played linebacker and tight end as sophomore in 2007... Joined varsity as freshman safety during 2006 playoffs... Played four seasons of varsity under head coaches Phillip Ritchey (his uncle) and Mike Ritchey (his father) at BSHS.
BRILES ON RITCHEY
"Matt played everything in high school from quarterback to kicker. He has done a bunch of it and has been real good all around. He comes from a football family, and we are really excited about him being a part of our family here."

T.C. ROBINSON
CB - 5-10, 175 - Fr. - Abilene, Texas (Cooper HS)
Cornerback from Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas... Ranked No. 45 cornerback nationally by Scout.com... Among top 20 defensive back prospects on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruits... Played for head coach Mike Spradlin at Cooper... Helped CHS to 9-4 record, Region I quarterfinals and final No. 24 4A ranking as senior in 2009... Named 2009 first-team All-District 4-4A and All-Big County Super Team... Had 40 tackles, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions and four forced fumbles as senior... Member of 8-5 Cooper squad that reached 2008 DI regional finals as junior... Selected first-team All-District 4-4A defensive back as junior... Made two interceptions in first season on varsity as junior... Also track standout for Abilene's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and individual 200 meters.
BRILES ON ROBINSON
"T.C. is part of our special defensive back class. He is a cornerback that possesses a lot of confidence and a lot of ability."

XAVIER RUBEN
DL - 6-3, 285 - Fr. - Baytown, Texas (Lee HS)
Lineman played both sides of ball for Lee High School in Baytown, Texas... Ranked No. 60 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com... Played for head coaches Marvin Sedberry and Dick Olin at Lee... Named to 2009 All-District 21-5A first team as offensive lineman and second team as defensive lineman as senior... Earned 2009 All-Area honors as defensive lineman as senior by Baytown Sun... Teammate of fellow Baylor signee Tim Smith at Lee.
BRILES ON RUBEN
"Xavier is athletic, physical, quick and burns pretty hot. He is a guy that will lay it on the table and dare somebody to take it. We really like the physical aspects of his game."

ROBERT SINGLETARY
LB - 6-4, 210 - Fr. - Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood HS)
Three-year varsity player at Kingwood (Texas) High School... Named 2009 second-team All-District 19-5A linebacker as senior... Played for head coach Dougald McDougald at Kingwood... Accounted for 95 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as senior, his first season at linebacker... Played wide receiver/tight end as junior in 2008... Three-year starter on Kingwood basketball team... Older brother Mike plays basketball at Texas Tech.
BRILES ON SINGLETARY
"Robert is very long and very athletic. We think he has a lot of upside at linebacker being that he really hasn't had the experience there yet, and he has already done really well."

TIM SMITH
OL - 6-4, 285 - Fr. - Baytown, Texas (Lee HS)
Two-way lineman for Lee High School in Baytown, Texas... Ranked No. 82 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com... Played for head coaches Marvin Sedberry and Dick Olin at Lee... Earned 2009 All-Area recognition by Baytown Sun as senior... 2009 second-team All-District 21-5A... Named 2008 second-team All-District 21-5A as junior... Teammate of fellow Baylor signee Xavier Ruben at Lee.
BRILES ON SMITH
"Another prototypical offensive lineman -- strong, physical, powerful and mean. Tim is a guy that fits exactly what we are looking for."

TYLER STEPHENSON
CB - 5-11, 160 - Fr. - Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
Two-sport (football/track) speedster from Lancaster (Texas) High School... National position rankings among cornerbacks: No. 14 by ESPN.com, No. 18 by Rivals.com, No. 39 by Scout.com... Rated the No. 3 cornerback recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football and No. 30 on the Austin American-Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55 listing... Overall prospect ratings in state of Texas: No. 47 by Rivals.com, No. 68 by Superprep/Bryan Munson, No. 75 by Scout.com... Named to Texas top 100 lists by following publications: Houston Chronicle/VYPE magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald... Rated No. 25 overall prospect on VYPE's DFW Top 100 recruit listing and No. 3 defensive back on Dallas Morning News Area Top 100... Named first-team 2009 4A All-State defensive back as senior... Class 4A DFW All-Area and first-team All-District 15-4A after registering 63 tackles and five interceptions as senior... Helped Lancaster to 7-5 record and area finals in 2008, totaled 55 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions, 14 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as junior... Credited with 36 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups as sophomore in 2007... Played for head coach Andrew Jackson at Lancaster... Track and field standout at Lancaster, placed second at 2009 State UIL Championships in 300 hurdles with 37.67 time, finished fourth in 110 hurdles with 13.95 time as junior... Finished first at 2009 AAU National Meet and third at USA Nationals in 110-meter hurdles with 14.04 time as junior.
BRILES ON STEPHENSON
"Tyler can run. He has the chance to win the state track meet in both hurdle events this spring. Tyler has a very engaging personality and is a great athlete that comes from a great family."

SEAN WATSON
DT - 6-3, 280 - Fr. - Panama City, Fla. (Rutherford HS)
Three-sport standout (football, basketball, track) for Rutherford High School in Panama City, Fla... Played for head coach Greg Rivers at RHS... National position ranking among defensive linemen: No. 38 by Rivals.com, No. 105 by Scout.com... Named the 82nd ranked player in state of Florida by Rivals.com... Earned all-state second team honors by SunStateFootball.com... First-team all-District 2 and first-team all-Bay County defense... Played both sides of ball for RHS, recording 65 tackles eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup as senior... Had 68 tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks as junior in 2008... Threw discus for RHS track and field team, and lettered in basketball.
BRILES ON WATSON
"Sean has great presence, great energy and is very disciplined and hungry with his attitude. Physically he has great upside, and we are anxious to see his development. We think he can be a physical player."

ISAAC WILLIAMS
RB - 6-0, 190 - Jr. - Los Angeles, Calif. (Locke HS/LA Southwest Col./El Camino Col.)
Junior college transfer signed National Letter of Intent in December 2009, enrolled at Baylor in January 2010 and will participate in spring drills... All-purpose back played for El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., as sophomore in 2008... Rated among nation's top 100 junior college prospects by Rivals.com... Helped El Camino to 9-1 record in 2008, totaled 209 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards and 109 kick return yards... Played for Los Angeles (Calif.) Southwest College as freshman in 2007, totaled 170 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards and 74 kick return yards... Prepped at Locke High School in Los Angeles, topped 1,600 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving as senior in 2006.
BRILES ON WILLIAMS
"Isaac is hungry, determined and focused. He's someone that he feels he has something to prove, and I like that. He's another mature guy that understands that the clock is ticking."


 

 

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