7 Baylor Recruits Reportedly Request Release from NLI’s After Art Briles’ Firing

June 1, 2016

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The Baylor Bears are already hemorrhaging recruits in 2017, and a mass exodus from their 2016 class may be on the horizon with Art Briles’ imminent departure’s Jeremy Crabtree reported Wednesday that seven members of the Bears’ 2016 class are asking the school to release them from their national letters of intent.

Offensive tackle JP Urquidez is one of the seven, according to his father:

According to Crabtree, Devin Duvernay, Patrick Hudson, Jared Atkinson, Kameron Martin, Parrish Cobb and Donovan Duvernay are also looking to get out of their letters of intent. Below is where each of the seven, including Urquidez, ranks overall and at his position, per 247Sports’ composite rankings:

Baylor hired former Wake Forest and Ohio head coach Jim Grobe to take over for Briles on an interim basis, but that has done little to quell the uncertainty around the team’s future. The uncertainty is extending to next year as well. According to 247Sports, the Bears have recently lost five commits from their 2017 class, including dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond.

Mond announced his decommitment Wednesday:

Crabtree noted the seven players who signed letters of intent with Baylor are obligated to the school “unless he doesn’t meet admissions or eligibility requirements; he doesn’t attend any institution for at least one academic year; the school has been charged with breaking NCAA recruiting rules; or he is released by the university.”

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