WACO, Texas (AP) - The decision by defensive tackle Andrew Billings to stay home made the wait worthwhile for Baylor.
Billings, a four-star player from Waco High School, is among 23 players the Bears signed to national letters of intent Wednesday.
Considered one of the top 12 defensive tackles nationally, Billings made his decision official on signing day after verbally announcing his decision a day earlier.
When asked about the excitement once Billings made his decision public, Baylor coach Art Briles says it was pandemonium. The coach described Billings as one of the three of four prep defensive tackles in Texas who could an immediate impact at the Division I level.
The Bears also signed another recruit rated four stars by Rivals, getting receiver Robbie Rhodes from Southwest High in Fort Worth.
Baylor 2013 football signing class
Baylor's 2013 football signees announced Wednesday:
Andrew Billings, dl, 6-0, 305, Waco (Texas) HS
Travon Blanchard, lb, 6-1, 185, West Orange-Stark HS, Orange, Texas
Byron Bonds, dl, 6-1, 280, Allen (Texas) HS
Terell Brooks, dl, 6-4, 305, Navarro College (Texas)
Raaquan Davis, lb, 6-1, 205, Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas
Kyle Fulks, db, 5-8, 160, Katy (Texas) HS
Kiante' Griffin, wr, 6-0, 200, Hebron HS, Carrollton, Texas
Wesley Harris, db, 6-0, 175, Southwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Johnny Jefferson, rb, 5-9, 195, Shoemaker HS, Killeen, Texas
Chris Johnson, qb, 6-4, 195, Bryan (Texas) HS
Quan Jones, wr, 6-4, 200, Wylie East HS, Wylie, Texas
Austin Jupe, db, 6-0, 180, East Central HS, San Antonio
Darius Moore, ol, 6-2, 275, Fort Bend Marshall HS, Missouri City, Texas
Brian Nance, lb, 6-2, 230, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)
Gus Penning, te, 6-5, 245, Riverside (Calif.) CC
Xavier Phillips, lb/de, 6-1, 220, All Saints Episcopal School, Fort Worth, Texas
Maurice Porter, ol, 6-6, 290, Fort Bend Marshall HS, Missouri City, Texas
Alfred Pullom, s, 6-1, 185, Cypress Woods HS, Cypress, Texas
Robbie Rhodes, wr, 6-0, 185, Southwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Taion Sells, s, 5-9, 180, MacArthur HS, Irving, Texas
Kevin "K.J." Smith, de, 6-1, 240, Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas
Tanner Thrift, dl, 6-5, 260, Hutto (Texas) HS
Taylor Young, lb, 5-9, 215, DeSoto (Texas) HS