Baylor signing class includes top receiving group

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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Big 12 champion Baylor's 2014 signing class was in place for so long that the Bears didn't even host any campus visits on the final weekend of recruiting.

Coach Art Briles' team added 23 players Wednesday, seven who are taking classes in Waco. Briles said the group mostly committed last summer after the 2012 season and a Holiday Bowl victory, and that their decisions were reinforced by the Bears' first Big 12 title in the fall.

"They have stayed strongly committed to us with many suitors. They had a chance to date other people, and they didn't do it," Briles said. "That really says a lot about them, and I think a lot about the direction of our football program."

Briles admitted that it "felt so weird" not hosting any recruits or parents last weekend, a first for the coach. But he and the Bears were feeling good when signing day was done.

The class is headlined by four receivers, all from Texas — KD Cannon from Mount Pleasant, Davion Hall from Texarkana, Chris Platt from Willis and Ishmael Zamora from Houston. Hall will be going through spring drills after graduating high school early and enrolling at Baylor.

"If there is a better receiver class in America, then somebody's speaking with fork and tongue, because there's not," Briles said. "There's not four receivers better than who we signed. They're just not out there. ... These guys are phenomenal players that are very, very skilled. And that's a great thing about where we're at as a program right now. We have proof to these student-athletes that this can happen, and will happen."

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