Thursday, May 26, 2011
Baylor serious about stocking up on DBs
By ESPN.com staff
Baylor added former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Phil Bennett after the 2010 season.
Bennett brought with him a handful of his coaches, shaking up the Bears' coaching staff.
Now, the Bears are adding one of his former players at Pitt.
Kolby Gray, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back and Houston native, has signed a financial-aid agreement and will transfer to Baylor from Pitt. He'll sit out the 2011 season and be eligible in 2012 with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
"He’s a former high school quarterback and we knew him when he was in Houston," Baylor coach Art Briles said in a release. "We’re glad to get him back. He brings toughness, intelligence and athletic ability to the safety position."
Gray redshirted in 2009 and moved to safety. Last season, he appeared in 12 games and made 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
ESPN ranked him as the nation's No. 52 dual-threat quarterback in the 2009 recruiting class.
That's the second addition to the secondary in the past week. Last week, the Bears added juco cornerback Joe Williams. Like Gray, Williams was also a former high school quarterback.
You need a whole lot of defensive backs to succeed in the Big 12, and a lot of good ones. Bennett is bringing in a player he knows well and two who clearly have a good idea of how offenses operate.
Smart defensive backs make good defensive backs, and Baylor hopes they've added a pair of good ones this offseason. Cornerback Chance Casey is a returning starter, and safeties Prince Kent and Ahmad Dixon may be budding stars.