Recruiting Spotlight: Defensive Backs

Adrienne Kruse

Baylor knew it was going to be young in the secondary this season. Injuries to Grayland Arnold and Harrison Hand also made the Bears a bit thin at certain positions. With safety Verkedric Vaughns graduating, the Bears are looking to bring in reinforcement and bolster depth at defensive back.

Hakeem Vance’s verbal commitment in February marked Baylor’s first DB commitment for the upcoming season. The 6-2, 294 safety from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has a 5.6 rating from Rivals and is ranked 29th in the state. The three-star safety committed during national signing day for the 2018 season and may transition to wide receiver at some point in his career at Baylor. He recorded 490 receiving yards for 7 TDs in his 2017 season at Hattiesburg High School.

Solomon Turner, the 6-2, 203 safety from Plano, Texas, verbally committed to the Bears in June. Known as a hybrid player, Turner brings a versatility the coaches are looking for in this upcoming season. The three-star safety is projected to play outside linebacker. He fielded offers from 10 other schools, including offers from Citadel and Army. Turner cited family as a big reason for his commitment to football. Turner’s uncle, Scott Turner, played cornerback in the NFL for the Redskins, Broncos and Chargers.

Tyrone Brown verbally committed in June over offers from Houston and A&M. The 6-4, 198 safety and linebacker from Beaumont, Texas, has a 5.7 rating from Rivals and is ranked 42nd at his position. Brown recorded 72 tackles and 2 forced fumbles during his junior year at Beaumont United High School before transferring to Atascocita High School to finish out his senior year.