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Friday, November 8, 2013
Recruits react to Baylor's signature win

By Damon Sayles

In case you didn’t get the memo Thursday night, Baylor football is relevant. Extremely relevant.

It was a message many of the recruits tried to spread before the season started -- though some didn’t listen. After an 8-0 start, highlighted by Thursday’s 41-12 shellacking of Oklahoma, Art Briles’ squad is not only looked at as the Big 12 favorite but also a legitimate BCS national title contender.

Baylor’s 2014 recruiting class is at 23 strong, and the program’s top commit, wide receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) was at Floyd Casey Stadium watching his future team.

“They played great,” Cannon said. “It was crazy from the start until the end.”

Cannon then took to Twitter to further express his excitement:

Baylor Gang I Can't Wait Until I Suit Up In A BU Uniform I Promise Imma Shock The World

— KD CANNON (@IAmTheOne_9) November 8, 2013

Quarterback Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, but, arguably, the biggest story of the game was the play of Baylor’s defense. Oklahoma was held to 237 yards and one touchdown.

With Ahmad Dixon, Chris McAllister and K.J. Morton leading the way, the Bears D held OU to 16 first downs, forced two turnovers and -- more importantly -- its lowest point total since 2011, when the Sooners lost to Oklahoma State, 44-10.

“I watched the game, and I see that this is our first 8-0 season in the history of Baylor,” said four-star safety T’Kevian Rockwell (Wylie, Texas/Wylie), who committed to Baylor on June 7, shortly after a satellite camp. “I’m so happy and proud of my future school right now.

“Our D did so good. It got me to look forward to playing and keeping up the same intensity when I get there.”

Baylor still has room for a couple more recruits and is hoping to score a couple more players who can provide immediate assistance on the field. Uncommitted ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas gave his remote control a workout Thursday night, as he switched between the Baylor-Oklahoma and Oregon-Stanford games. Thomas has interest in all four schools.

Baylor is for real! And the Tree has always been real #sicem #nerdnation

— Solomon Thomas (@SollyThomas90) November 8, 2013

Thomas has a top eight, and while Baylor didn’t make the original list, he said on Thursday that the school is still one that he is considering. Thursday’s game allowed him to see the possibilities of a defense that earned its signature victory.

Thomas, who is being recruited to Baylor by linebackers coach Jim Gush, described the defense in two words.

“Disciplined and explosive,” Thomas said. “I loved it.”

The win was dubbed by many as the biggest game in Baylor’s history. One thing’s for sure: It was a win that earned Baylor additional respect – a perfect win to help with recruiting for the immediate future. ESPN Junior 300 athlete Chad President (Temple, Texas/Temple) and three-star quarterback Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup) are two of Baylor’s 2015 commits who sounded off on Twitter.


— MR.NVO (@Lil_RG_ChadPres) November 8, 2013

My bears puttin in work !

— Blake (@TroupKid31) November 8, 2013