WACO, Texas -- Baylor University football head coach Guy Morriss announced Wednesday the signing of 29 players to National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year. Included in Morriss' fourth Baylor recruiting class are 24 high school standouts, four junior college transfers and one Division I-A transfer.
Head Coach Guy Morriss announced Wednesday the signing of 29 players to National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year. photo by BaylorBears.com
"I believe that this is arguably the best of the four classes we've signed so far," said Morriss. "We've added size, speed and athleticism to our roster. There are some players who I expect to come in and contribute early in their careers.
"There is no question that our improvement last year on the field helped us get in on a higher level player than in past years. Now, we've got to start working on next year's class and continue to make improvement on the field. If each class we bring in is better than the previous year's, we'll get where we want to go."
Three of the four-year junior college transfers (Connor Redfearn, Brandon Stiggers and Paul Tolbert) are currently enrolled at Baylor and will go through spring practice, which begins March 6. Adam Geib, a transfer from the United States Air Force Academy, has also joined the program and will be eligible in 2007 after sitting out a year per NCAA rules. Two others, Jameon Hardeman and Roman James, also enrolled mid-year at Baylor and will be eligible for spring practice and the 2006 season.
The Bears' 2006 newcomers include:
OL 6-7 260 Shiner, Texas (Shiner) The tallest player in Baylor's 2006 recruiting class committed to Baylor in June 2005 ... Rivals.com 2-star rating ... Earned first-team 2005 Class A all-state honors from The Associated Press and second-team recognition from the Texas Sports Writers Association as an offensive guard ... Unanimous first-team all-district pick as a senior ... First-team Victoria Advocate all-area pick ... Member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football 2005 Texas Top 300 ... Also played defensive tackle in final prep campaign ... Led 2005 Comanches to a 10-3 record and the Region IV area title ... Helped pave the way for Shiner's 2004 Class A state championship team which finished 16-0 ... First-team all-district pick at offensive guard as a junior when he also saw time at defensive end and defensive tackle ... Also drew interest from Texas A&M, Northwestern, Duke, Rice and SMU ... Played for coach Steve Cerny at the District 31-A school ... The son of Mark and Gloria Hagens, Dylan was born March 10, 1988.
Guy Morriss on Dylan Hagens: "Dylan will add size and strength to our offensive line. He has a tremendous frame, and once he gains some weight, I expect him to be a force in the trenches. He's very athletic for his size."