Feb. 11, 2014
WACO, Texas -- Baylor assistant football coach Kendal Briles has been named the 2014 Big 12 Recruiter of the Year by Scout, Rivals and 247Sports following his efforts in helping the Bears land a top 25 signing class.
The honor from Scout is the second in as many years for Briles, the passing game coordinator and offensive recruiting coordinator at Baylor, who was named the 2013 Big 12 Recruiter of the Year last year. Briles is ranked 14th nationally by 247Sports' 2014 "Recruiter Rankings."
Baylor's 2014 signing class, which included two All-American receivers (KD Cannon from Mount Pleasant [Texas] High School and Davion Hall of Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas) recruited by Briles, was ranked 22nd nationally by ESPN, 23rd by Scout, 26th by 247 and 34th by Rivals.
Briles coaches the receiving corps for what has become known as "Wide Receiver U", and has mentored three of the most prolific pass-catchers in school history: former All-Americans and current NFL wideouts Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) and Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), as well as potential 2014 NFL draftee Tevin Reese.
Rivals also listed Baylor running backs coach Jeff Lebby amongst its top 10 recruiters in the Big 12. Lebby was previously honored as Running Backs Coach of the Year by Football Scoop.
The 2013 Big 12 champion Bears open the 2014 season Aug. 31 by hosting SMU in the debut of the state-of-the-art McLane Stadium on the Brazos River. Baylor will conduct spring drills Feb. 28 through April 5.