Keller Fossil Ridge coach Tony Baccarini compares his team’s safety Montrel Wilson to “an SEC-type defensive back.” That’s good news for Baylor, since Wilson verbally committed to play with the Bears in the Big 12 back in June.

“Obviously he’s a tremendous athlete, he runs well, has long arms and is a very smart football player,” Baccarini said. “He knows what each position is supposed to be doing and can talk to us on the sidelines between series about what he is seeing, which helps us to make adjustments.”

Wilson said he’s always tried to see the game, rather than just play recklessly.

“I’m very physical and very smart on the field,” he said. “I’m good at recognizing what’s going on.”

The 6-3, 195-pound Wilson, who is rated as a three-star recruit by various recruiting services, verbally committed to the Bears June 17, nine days after he attended a camp at Baylor. And while other schools would still like to change his mind, Wilson said he is committed to the Bears.

“I just liked the energy and the environment there,” he said. “And I liked the coaches, especially Coach (Brian) Norwood. He was my favorite.”

Norwood works with the Baylor safeties.

Wilson and Keller Fossil Ridge are off to a great start this season. The Panthers are 5-0 heading into a showdown at perennial powerhouse Denton Guyer Friday. For the season, Wilson has 40 tackles, two interceptions, two passes defended, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal.

While Wilson is not sure how Baylor will use him on defense, Baccarini believes Wilson offers a commodity that defensive coaches crave.

“He’s a hybrid guy,” Baccarini said. “I can see Baylor using him as a bandit (a safety/linebacker hybrid type). With today’s offenses you need guys like that. We started him out at corner a couple of years ago, then moved him to high safety last year. We can sit him down in the box and move him around.”

Whatever position he plays, Wilson said he is looking forward to getting to Baylor and working with the coaches there.

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