Recruiting soaring for Briles, Baylor

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Baylor's improvement in the Big 12 apparently has caught the attention of recruits.

Baylor coach Art Briles said that the Bears' improvement with quarterback Robert Griffin and promising signs from a 4-8 season were big selling points for his 28-player recruiting class.

"Our 2008 football team allowed us to have a good recruiting season," Briles said in a prepared statement. "Without a doubt, it created momentum that carried over off the field, where the image of Baylor football is good across the country. That has allowed us to increase our recruiting potential and ability, which we have done and that is evidenced by this class."

The class was topped by Darius Jones, an all-purpose player who played quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver at Marshall (Texas) High School. Jones, ESPNU's No. 71 recruit nationally and Scouts Inc.'s fifth-ranked athlete, is projected as a slot receiver for the Bears.

The Baylor class has 25 players from Texas, two from Canada, one from the Bahamas and one from Louisiana.

"We are extremely pumped about our 2009 signing class," Briles said. "I think we really filled some needs and solidified positions for the future."

Here's a complete list of Baylor's recruiting class.