Here's a look at how programs in the Big 12 are faring on the recruiting trail heading into national signing day on Feb. 6.
ESPN 300 commitments: 2
Who they have: Baylor's firepower is pretty equal on both sides of the ball. Some may say there's more quality with the offense and more quantity with the defense, but the firepower is equal. ESPN 150 wide receiver Robbie Rhodes (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest) and ESPN 300 quarterback Chris Johnson (Bryan, Texas/Bryan) are expected to lead the offense in due time for the Bears. Defensively, Baylor has a quartet of linebackers to watch in four-stars Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Hargrave Military Academy) and Raaquan Davis (Heath, Texas/Rockwall-Heath), and three-stars Travon Blanchard (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) and Xavier Phillips (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal).
Who they want: When Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving) decommitted on Jan. 20, it further put Baylor in a bind in the offensive lineman category. Baylor now only has a center, juco player Tyler Edwards (Malvern, Ark./Blinn College), and two guards in Darius Moore (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall) and juco player Dionte Savage (Flint, Mich./Arizona Western College). Hammad, however, still has Baylor as one of his top four, but Baylor will need to score a couple of other linemen, primarily an offensive tackle or two. One player who could fill an immediate hole is juco talent Aleon Calhoun (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College), who, at 6-foot-7 and 345 pounds, can be an impact player in the Big 12.
-- Damon Sayles