Why Baylor is losing a top recruiting target

The Bears have lost three top recruits in the last month.

That includes the No. 1 overall pick, who transferred to Texas A&M and now will play for his old school, as well as two-star wide receiver D’Angelo Mitchell, who committed to the Bears this past weekend.

But that loss has not come without cost.

The loss of top recruit Damion Lee has already cost the Bears four-star safety Tyree Robinson and two-year starter Deon Cain, who is also considered a top target for the Bears.

Both are projected to be available in the late- to mid-2020s, according to 247Sports.

In addition, defensive end Jalen Tabor, linebacker Marcus Thomas and safety Kaelin Bowers are all expected to fall through the draft.

The Bears also lost a commitment from cornerback Jovani Minton, who was considered a potential top target at No. 2 overall, but he decided to come out of school for his own career.

On top of those losses, Baylor’s recruiting class has also suffered.

The Beargs have lost two-stars cornerback Tavien Feaster and safety Marcus Maye, while safety Trevon Stewart and defensive back Chris Brown have also left for the NFL.

The Bears have also lost one of the best offensive lines in the country in quarterback Aaron Murray.

He is projected to land with an NFL team in 2019.

But all those losses aren’t just bad news for the team.

Baylor is facing serious problems on defense, and that’s especially true with a revamped front seven.

This year, the Bears have had five players leave their senior rosters, including senior linebackers Jonathan Casillas, Michael Barrett, Mike Jones and Johnathan Brown.

But defensive line coach Steve Longo, defensive tackle Johnathan Foster and defensive end/outside linebacker David Johnson are still on the team, as are linebacker D.J. Armstrong and defensive tackle Tyrell Sutton.

All of these players, as a group, are projected as high-round prospects.

But this season has been particularly difficult for the offense, with a total of seven players taking over at quarterback for the 2018 campaign.

The offense has been ranked 29th nationally and 22nd in the FBS in passing efficiency, but the Bears are currently tied for fourth in scoring and fifth in total offense, according of ESPN Stats & Info.

The offensive line has also been hit hard by injuries.

Senior tackle Tyreek Dukes left the team this offseason to sign with the Washington Redskins, but is still listed as a senior on the Bears depth chart.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder has had two surgeries in the past few years.

Baylor has lost several key players on defense in the process.

Linebacker Alex Okafor is expected to sign a major-college contract with a team this summer, while cornerback Justin Crawford is expected back for his senior season.

But the Bears lost cornerback De’Anthony Thomas and defensive lineman Kyle Fuller in the offseason.

The offense has struggled to score points.

The defense has been the worst unit in the nation in points allowed per game, ranking 27th nationally.

Injuries have also been a problem, with quarterback Dak Prescott losing two key starters to injury in 2018 and 2019.

He has been struggling with his accuracy in his first year with the Bears, and he is expected in the early stages of the 2019 campaign.

The defense has also struggled to produce turnovers.

The linebacking corps was ranked No. 3 nationally in sacks per game last season, but only six players have finished with more than one.

Linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Michael Schofield were the only players to rank in the top five, while defensive end DeAndre Smelter had five sacks and four tackles for loss.

The linebackers have also struggled, ranking No. 11 nationally in passes defended per game.

Safety Brandon Graham had a breakout season in 2019, but was suspended for two games in 2019 after violating the league’s drug policy.

And linebacker Kyshoen Jarrett has also had a rough few years as well.

While the Bears may be losing a few top prospects, they have made it far enough in the recruiting process to be considered the best recruiting team in the conference.

That’s not to say the Bears won’t be one of college football’s premier programs in the future, but they will be competing for recruits for years to come.

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