7 Metroplex Recruits Sign with Baylor Despite University Scandals

Baylor targeted high-character recruits for 2017 recruiting class

2017 National Signing Day Classes
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Local Commitments: All | Baylor

It's a chance to play in the Big 12 Conference. It's a chance to play close to home. It's also a chance for the strong-willed to rebuild a program's image.

Seven DFW student athletes signed with Baylor despite the university's sexual misconduct scandals.

In total, 27 players pledged to the school -- the seven Metroplex players include:

  • Ryan Miller, OL - Southlake Carroll
  • Gavin Holmes, WR - Justin Northwest
  • Bryson Jackson, LB - Mansfield Lake Ridge
  • Henry Klinge, OL - Southlake Carroll
  • Cole Maxwell, DE - Allen
  • Jason Moore, OL - Frisco Independence
  • Xavier Newman, OL - DeSoto

Many of these players are team captains and all are high-character people, according to their coaches and family members.

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Seniors from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex will have a chance to help rebuild Baylor’s program and image after signing with the Bears on National Signing Day. NBC 5’s David Watkins has the story.

Baylor got into the recruiting game this season late because of the coaching change and the cloud of scandals.

The staff, led by new head coach Matt Rhule and former Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire, targeted team leaders.

Twenty-three of the 27 signees committed after Jan. 1, so the staff worked tirelessly to fill this class.

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