Jaylen Ellis knew he wanted to play for Baylor as soon as he stepped on the field at McLane Stadium on Sunday during Matt Rhule’s summer camp.
The talented junior receiver already knew Baylor assistant Shawn Bell since he played for him at Round Rock Cedar Ridge High School. Then he got a chance to meet the other Baylor football coaches.
Ellis became the first member of the 2019 class to make his verbal commitment to Baylor on Thursday night.
“As soon as I stepped on the field, I could see this is an amazing place,” Ellis said. “The coaches treated me like I was already a player there. Coach Rhule talked to me like I was prepared for Baylor. They see something in me and I feel I should be a part of it.”
Ellis enjoyed a breakout sophomore year for Cedar Ridge as he made 23 catches for 690 yards and seven touchdowns. Averaging 30 yards per catch, the 6-0, 180-pound Ellis showed he can burn defenders deep but also possesses good strength.
“I feel like I can beat defenders with my speed but I can also outmuscle them,” Elli said. “I can outplay them mentally and make things easier for me.”
Ellis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at Baylor’s camp. He competes in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay for the Cedar Ridge track team and plays centerfield for the baseball team.
Ellis is looking forward to reuniting with Bell in two years and plans to attend some Baylor football games in the fall.
“Coach Bell is a win now type of person,” Ellis said. “He’s aggressive and isn’t going to wait for anything. I’ll definitely make some games this year. The stadium is beautiful. It’s my favorite in Texas.”