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Friday, February 6, 2009
Baylor recruiting capsule

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Baylor: Signing class can be found here.

Recruits: 28.

Breakdown: 23 high school, four junior college, one FBS transfer

Positions: 7 OL, 5 WR, 5 DB, 4 DL, 3 ATH, 3 LB, 2 RB

Where they came from: Texas 25, Canada 2, Bahamas 1, Louisiana 1.

The stud: ATH Darius Jones, Marshall, Texas -- Versatile high school quarterback ranked as the No. 76 player on the ESPNU 150 and as the nation's fourth-best athlete by Scouts Inc. Coach Art Briles beat Oklahoma for this commitment and he's already salivating about using Jones as a slot receiver because of his speed.

Recruiting-class sleeper: DE Rico Forbes, Houston (St. Pius) -- Briles is hoping for a contribution from this native of the Bahamas who was too old to play as a senior in high school because he was already 19 years old. Coaches see the 270-pounder, a one-time Texas A&M oral commitment, as being able to develop into a dominant player if he can get his college transcripts in order.

The one who got away: WR Chris Omigie of Arlington (Lamar) was a vital recruit for the Bears because of his playmaking abilities.The lanky wide receiver would have been a nice fit as a deep threat for several years, but instead decided on an offer from Kansas.

Needs addressed: Offensive line, wide receivers, secondary.

Didn't get it: A breakaway running threat.

Scouts Inc. grade: C (ninth in the Big 12, sixth in South Division).

My take: Briles has surrounded quarterback Robert Griffin with several notable athletic receivers and the makings of an offensive line. But the Bears attracted only 12 true defensive players in the class and will likely transition several of their athlete recruits into defensive roles. It remains their biggest need for the future - particularly with standouts like Joe Pawelek and Jordan Lake entering their senior seasons.