hillmanBaylor’s recruiting continues to thrive.  In the past week, the Bears doubled their commitments for 2017 with the addition of four pledges.

Kennedale’s Baron Browning, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker according to 247Sports, highlights the quartet.  Others verbalizing to Baylor include Waco La Vega tight end Kedrick James, Houston Bellaire safety Donovan Stiner, and Houston St. Thomas receiver Jhamon Ausbon.

“Baylor has a brand that a lot of schools can’t offer,” Browning (6-4, 220 pounds) told John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  “I got a chance to hang around with the players and got a good feel of the coaches and the university.”


The linebacker selected the Bears over gridiron powerhouses such as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Texas, and Oklahoma.  Rivals.com ranks Browning as the top linebacker in Texas and No. 8 in the country.  The site also considers him the 90th best recruit overall in the United States.

Like Browning, James fielded a bevy of offers.  He selected the Bears over Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan, TCU, and Texas.  247Sports named James (6-5, 245 pounds) the No. 3 tight end nationally, and Scout ranked him No. 2.

“We’re definitely excited for Kedrick,” La Vega head coach Willie Williams commented to the Trib.  “He had some options, but to be able to stay in your hometown and get an education while playing football, that’s a blessing.”

Ausbon, who played at Bellaire Episcopal last season before transferring to St. Thomas, announced his Baylor intent via Twitter.

I’ve thought about it for a while, and I’ve decided to verbally commit to Baylor!!  #SicEmpic.twitter.com/Iaz5E9x6D4  (@TheJhamonAusbon)

The receiver opted for the Bears over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Maryland, and several others.  He joins Stafford’s Hezekiah Jones as Baylor’s second wideout commitment for 2017.  Both Rivals and Scout rank Ausbon (6-4, 214 pounds) as a four-star recruit.

Stiner, Baylor’s first defensive pledge for 2017, also committed to the Bears on Twitter.

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to verbally commit to Baylor University!

#sicempic.twitter.com/hqq8ogBCZZ

Last season, Stiner (6-1, 185 pounds) played outside linebacker at Bellaire, but he projects as a safety in college.  Rivals gives him a three-star ranking, and 247Sports places Stiner as the No. 26 safety in Texas and No. 56 overall.

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