Baylor Football Signs Five on National Signing Day


Baylor Press Release:

WACO, Texas – Baylor head coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday the signing of five of the nation’s top high school football players that will join the program for the 2019 season.

Included in the group are two offensive linemen, one defensive end, one wide receiver and one kicker. There is one player each from Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

Wednesday’s signees add to the nationally-ranked 20 student-athletes previously announced in December during the initial signing period to give the Bears a 25-man class for 2019.

Name                                    Pos.       Ht           Wt          Hometown/Previous School

Elijah Ellis                             OL           6-6          279         Paris, Texas/HS

Paul Matavao-Poialli       OL           6-4          330         Daly City, Calif./Jefferson HS

Garmon Randolph           DE           6-7          234         Jefferson, Ga./HS

Noah Rauschenberg       K             6-1          203         Tulsa, Okla./Union HS

Yusuf Terry                         WR         6-3          175         Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Institute Charter

Elijah Ellis, OL (6-6, 279)

Paris, Texas/HS

High School: Played at Paris High School in Paris, Texas for coach Steven Hohenberger … helped team to 9-3 record, including a 5-1 mark in district … voted to District 7-4A All-District team … graded at 84 percent … 38 pancake blocks … did not allow a sack during senior season … No. 181 in state of Texas … Picked Baylor over SMU

Personal: Son of Carolyn and Rickey Ellis … planning to major in pre-physical therapy

Paul Matavao-Poialli, OL (6-4, 330)

Daly City, Calif./Jefferson HS

High School: Played for coach Will Maddox at Jefferson High School in Daly City, California … helped team to 6-4 record as a senior … named MVP of the Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division … totaled 11 pancake blocks in 2018 on the offensive line in 10 starts … offense averaged 423 yards per game … also tallied 67 tackles and 12.0 sacks on defense … 30.0 tackles for loss … added two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns … two-time first team all-league selection … 247 Sports’ No. 79 player in California … No. 40 offensive guard nationally … ESPN ranks as No. 140 in California … No. 94 offensive guard … chose Baylor over UCLA, Colorado, Missouri and Oregon State

Personal: Son of Ruth Matavao … has one sister, Charlotte Poialii … planning to major in criminal justice

Garmon Randolph, DE (6-7, 234)

Jefferson, Ga./HS

High School: Played at Jefferson (Ga.) High School for coach Gene Catchcart … helped team to 8-3 record in 2018 … played both tight end and defensive end as a senior … 34 tackles and one sack as a senior … added one interception and one fumble recovery … returned lone interception for a touchdown … totaled 14 receptions for 205 yards and five touchdowns on offense … honorable mention All-State in 2018 … two-time All-Region selection … had 12 receptions for 175 yards and two scores as a junior in 2017 … ESPN’s No. 7 tight end nationally and No. 36 player in Georgia … No. 73 player in Georgia according to 247Sports … Rivals ranks as No. 73 in Georgia … chose Baylor over LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and UCLA

Personal: Son of Joseph and Monja Randolph … brother Joseph Randolph II plays football at The Citadel … planning to major in computer science

Noah Rauschenberg, K (6-1, 203)

Tulsa, Okla./Union HS

High School: Played at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla. for coach Kirk Fridrich … helped team to 9-3 record and a 7-0 mark in district … owns  every Union High School record including 185 career PATs … converted 10-of-16 field goals as a senior … had a long of 54 yards … also booted two field goals from 53 yards … Connected on 52-of-54 PATs … Had touchbacks of 50-of-65 kickoffs with an average of 67.95 yards per kickoff … 2018 first team All-State selection … as a junior connected on 14-of-22 field goals with a long of 51 yards … hit 64-of-66 PAT attempts … averaged 64.76 yards on kickoffs as a junior … honorable mention All-State in 2017 … five-star kicker according to Kohl’s and Chris Sailer … ESPN rates as No. 22 kicker nationally … 247 Sports’ No. 24 kicker in the country … 2017 TX Fall Camp FG Champion … 2018 TX Spring Camp FG Champion … 2018 TX Spring Camp KO Champion … 2018 TX Spring Camp Overall Champion … 2018 Vegas XXXII Field Goal National Champion … 2018 TOP 12 Camp Kickoff Champion .. 2018 TX Fall Camp Overall Champion … chose Baylor over Arkansas and Houston

Personal: Son of Jeff and Michelle Rauschenberg … has two siblings, Jessica Harmon and Ashley Rauschenberg … planning to major in kinesiology

Yusuf Terry, WR (6-3, 175)

Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Institute Charter

High School: Played at Imhotep Institute Charter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for coach Nick Lincoln … 32 receptions for 504 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … second team All-State selection at wide receiver … helped team to 11-3 record and state runner-up finish … ESPN’s No. 6 player in Pennsylvania … No. 69 wide receiver in the country … 247 Sports’ No. 12 player in Pennsylvania … No. 92 wide receiver nationally … Rivals ranks as No. 14 player in Pennsylvania … nationally as No. 95 wide out … 52 catches for 1,021 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior … picked Baylor over West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State, Boston College, Syracuse, Pitt, Virginia, Rutgers and UCF

Personal: Son of Aneesha Terry … has four siblings: Shahailah, Hamzah, Rahman and Yasir … planning to major in sports management

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