After a big on-campus recruiting weekend, the Baylor football program made a major haul by landing four verbal commitments on Sunday.
The new 2017 commitments included Henderson wide receiver Trestan Ebner and three offensive linemen: DeSoto’s Xavier Newman, Alief Taylor’s Eleasah Anderson and Frisco Independence’s Jason Moore.
Sunday’s recruiting blitz gave the Bears 12 commitments in the 2017 class, including 11 since Matt Rhule became head coach in early December.
The 6-0, 188-pound Ebner is a a four-star recruit by Scout.com. He had previously committed to TCU before backing out in December after Baylor offered him a scholarship.
“I like everything about Baylor – it has been my dream school since I was young,” Ebner said. “They’ve got an amazing coaching staff. Coach Rhule keeps it real and is smart and knows football, and makes sure you’re treated right. I will bring big playmaking ability and explosiveness.”
The 6-4, 280-pound Anderson, a three-star recruit by Scout.com, had offers from TCU, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Though he played offensive tackle at Alief Taylor, he said he’ll play wherever Rhule wants to put him on the offensive line.
“Coach Rhule is a very serious guy who wants to win,” Anderson said. “He’s a man of his word. I like the academics, the environment and the football program. It was awesome having my future teammates there and hanging out with them and having a great time this weekend.”
After recently decommitting from Colorado, the 6-3, 272-pound Newman announced his commitment to Baylor on his Twitter account. He’s rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.
“I want to thank Coach Rhule and the entire Baylor coaching staff for the opportunity,” said Newman on Twitter. “Now I am blessed to say I have committed to Baylor.”
The 6-4, 275-pound Moore is a three-star recruit by Scout.com who picked the Bears after getting offers from such schools at Houston and Kansas.
Ebner isn’t shocked by the recruiting haul after visiting Baylor over the weekend.
“It doesn’t surprise me because of how great the coaching staff is,” Ebner said. “It was amazing being around the players and coaches this weekend.
“We had a good time and I love the facilities. I love everything about Baylor.”