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Clear Lake offensive lineman Blake Blackmar has made so many trips to Baylor that he has become very familiar with Art Briles’ football program.

Next year, he plans to call Baylor home.

Blackmar became the 13th verbal commitment of Baylor’s 2014 class Saturday when he told Briles and offensive line coach Randy Clements of his decision at a camp the Bears were holding in the Houston area.

While Blackmar has been recruited by such schools as Kansas State, Texas Tech and Arizona State, Baylor got a jump on all the others.

“Baylor was the first school to offer (a scholarship) in the recruiting process,” Blackmar said. “I’ve always really liked Baylor and I talked to my family about it and made my decision. It’s the biggest decision of my life to this point.”

The 6-6, 325-pound Blackmar has certainly done his homework on Baylor. He said he attended the Bears’ 52-24 win over No. 1 Kansas State last November at Floyd Casey Stadium. He came back to Waco for Baylor football junior day in February and attended

the Bears’ spring football game in April.

“No. 1 Baylor gives you a great education, and that’s very important to me and my family,” Blackmar said. “They’ve also really turned around the football program and have a big upside. They have a great strength coach in Coach Kaz (Kazadi). I definitely wanted to go somewhere that I can develop into the best I can be, and I think I can reach my potential under Coach Clements.”

Blackmar, a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, expects to play guard at Baylor but he’s proven at Clear Lake that he can play any position in the offensive line. He started at guard as a freshman before moving to left tackle as a sophomore. As a junior last season, he played left tackle and center, and expects to play center as a senior.

“I’ve played them all,” Blackmar said. “But I think they’re looking for me to play guard at Baylor.”

Blackmar is the fourth offensive lineman to verbally commit in Baylor’s 2014 class as he joins Rockdale’s Josh Pelzel, Bellaire’s Devonte Jones and Waxahachie’s Patrick Lawrence.

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