The Baylor football program ended April recruiting with a bang as it received three 2018 verbal commitments Sunday from Cibolo Steele defensive back JT Woods, Clear Brook cornerback Mark Milton and Mansfield receiver Jackson Gleeson.
The 6-2, 175-pound Woods is a three-star recruit who had six pass breakups, an interception and a forced a fumble as a junior last season as Cibolo Steele reached the Class 6A Division II championship game.
Woods has the potential to be a two-sport performer at Baylor. As a hurdler, he’s recorded a best of 13.89 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. As a sprinter, he’s finished the 100 meters in 10.4 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.7 seconds.
As an attendee at Baylor’s spring game last weekend, Woods was impressed with the energy Baylor’s defense plays with and believes he’ll be a good fit at safety.
“They play with a lot of intensity and enthusiasm,” Woods said. “They have 100 mile-an-hour types of players and I think I’m like that. I like playing safety because I can see the whole field and help the defense in different ways. I can help the cornerbacks defending passes and help the linebackers with the run.”
Woods likes the way Baylor coach Matt Rhule and his staff relate to players.
“Definitely one of the biggest things is Coach Rhule, Coach (Phil) Snow and Coach Fran (Brown) build relationship with the players,” Woods said. “It’s not just about X’s and O’s.”
The 6-1, 175-pound Milton is a three-star recruit who made 30 catches for 412 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver and also had 71 carries for 487 rushing yards and five scores as a junior last season.
However, he projects as a cornerback at Baylor and plans to play the position at Clear Brook this year after just practicing there last year. He said he will also continue to play receiver.
“I’ve wanted to play defense but they’ve needed me on offense,” Milton said. “Defensive backs are usually shorter and quick. But I’m 6-1 or 6-2 and can run 4.4 (seconds in the 40-yard dash). Receivers are getting taller and I feel that defensive backs need to grow. I love contact.”
Milton thinks he can develop a great deal under Baylor defensive backs coach Fran Brown.
“I came to Baylor’s spring game and I can tell Coach Fran has taught the defensive backs all the little things,” Milton said. “I could see their footwork was spot on. I can tell they’ve put a lot of work into it.”
The 6-1, 160-pound Gleeson is a three-star recruit who made 18 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns as a junior last season.
Gleeson is also a track athlete who has been clocked at 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.4 in the 200 meters.
The Bears now have eight commitments in their 2018 class.