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Baylor adds All-Sun Belt pass rusher via Arkansas State

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Dave Aranda and company have been busy on the waiver wire of late. In addition to adding a 17-year-old JuCo and long snapper from Division II, the Bears on Friday night announced the addition of defensive end William Bradley-King.

A Kansas City native, Bradley-King was a First Team All-Sun Belt honoree in 2019, leading his Arkansas State club with 8.5 sacks and 13.5 TFLs to go with 49 total tackles. He was a Second Team All-Sun Belt performer in 2018, collecting 33 tackles, six sacks and 9.5 TFLs.

Bradley-King will replace the spot vacated by Deonte Williams, who left earlier this month for Florida State. The Bears lost 35.5 of their Big 12-high 46 sacks from a year ago, including the 13.5 posted by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year James Lynch.

Baylor DE transfer Deonte Williams commits to Florida State

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A loss for Baylor will turn into a gain for the Florida State football program.

Earlier this offseason, Deonte Williams signaled his intention to leave Waco by entering the NCAA transfer database. Monday, Williams indicated on Twitter that he received a scholarship offer from FSU. Two days later, on the same social media service, the defensive end announced that he has committed to the Florida State football team.

Williams has a familial connection to Florida State as his father, Alphonso, played his college football for the Seminoles. His father played with Odell Haggins, the longtime FSU assistant who was retained by new head coach Mike Norvell.

During the 2018 season, Williams suffered a significant fracture in his arm. Williams sat out the 2019 season after “[m]e and my dad decided to take the medical DQ to have time to think about my future moving forward,” he told A few months later, he entered the portal.

A three-star 2016 signee, Williams was rated as the No. 37 outside linebacker in the country. The Plano, Tex., product took a redshirt as a true freshman. He started four of the nine games in which he played in 2017, then played in the first seven games the following season before the arm injury in a game against Texas.

Nov. 3, Florida State announced that Willie Taggart was out as the program’s head football coach. A month later, Norvell was hired away from Memphis as Taggart’s replacement.

Including Williams, Norvell has added five Power Five transfers since he arrived at FSU, which is coming off back-to-back sub-.500 seasons for the first time since 1975-76.