The Baylor Bears were able to add their eight commitment to the 2014 football recruiting class yesterday in three-star offensive tackle Patrick Lawrence. Predicted by both 247Sports analysts to choose the Bears, Lawrence is the sixth-best recruit out of the eight commits that Baylor has locked up in the class.
Lawrence chose the Bears over offers from the Michigan State Spartans, Oregon State Beavers, Rice Owls, Arizona State Sun Devils, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Washington State Cougars. The Waxahachie standout also had interest from two major in-state programs in the Big 12 in the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Baylor’s eight commit made his decision just four days after being offered by Michigan State, so the Bears must have been “the school” for Lawrence. The 6’5″, 255 pound OT has excellent size and is one of the top 100 offensive tackles in the 2014 recruiting class. According to the 247Composite, Lawrence is the 182nd-best prospect in the state of Texas, and this was certainly a great commitment for recruiters Jeff Lebby and Brian Norwood.
As of right now, Baylor has one of the top 25 classes in the nation and has the fourth-best recruiting class in the Big 12, according to 247Sports. Baylor’s biggest commit thus far in 2014 is in-state safety Davion Hall, who is a sure-fire four-star recruit and is ranked by the 247Composite as the sixth-best safety recruit in the country. Hall, by the way, is our 71st-ranked prospect in the country.