For the second time in six weeks, Baylor lost a major football recruit. This time, the Bears are down a blue chip receiver.
On Tuesday night, Jhamon Ausbon decommitted from the Bears, reopening his recruitment. The IMG Academy four-star prospect holds more than 10 additional scholarship offers from top programs, with others also waiting in the wings. It’s too early to get a sense of where Ausbon may be leaning, except to say that he’s definitely not inclined toward Baylor.
The more troubling factor for Baylor fans must be that Ausbon isn’t the only teen to come to that conclusion. In mid February, 5-star linebacker prospect Baron Browning also decommitted from Baylor, leaving a gaping hole in the program’s Class of 2017. With the defections of Ausbon and Browning, the Bears still retain three other four-star pledges, though none on the defensive side of the ball. Both of the program’s two current defensive commitments are from defensive backs. And, while Hezekiah Jones still plans on joining Baylor as a wide receiver in 2017, Ausbon would have set up Baylor as one of the most talented crops of offensive skill position athletes in the country.
That could still happen, depending on Ausbon’s eventual decision; he could always recommit to Baylor. Until then, the Bears have plenty of work to do again, on the recruiting trail and off.