When Baylor offered Jameson Houston a scholarship Wednesday morning, he couldn’t respond fast enough.
The Austin St. Michael’s Academy defensive back verbally committed on the spot to give the Bears 11 recruits in the 2015 class.
“It feels perfect,” Houston said. “I like the coaching staff, the facilities and the education at Baylor. A big factor is that Baylor is close to home.”
Houston said he chose Baylor over schools like Kansas State, Purdue, Idaho, Tulsa, North Texas and New Mexico State. He’s anxious to play at Baylor’s new McLane Stadium, and plans to attend the first game Aug. 31 against SMU.
“I’m excited about that,” Houston said. “That stadium is nice, and it’s going to be intriguing to play there.”
The 6-2, 190-pound Houston primarily played running back and receiver during his freshman and sophomore seasons at St. Michael’s. But he found his groove at defensive back as a junior last fall and plans to play cornerback for the Bears.
“I was kind of nervous at first, but I got the hang of it and started liking the position,” Houston said. “I like the physicality at that position. I feel like I can jam receivers and play man-to-man and get close to the ball.”
Throughout last fall, Houston watched Baylor make its run to its first Big 12 title. He enjoyed watching how the defense developed under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
“Coach Bennett is a great coach and just wants to do the best thing to help you,” Houston said. “Baylor’s defense is really good, and their linebackers and defensive backs can cover pretty well.”
Houston won the TAPPS Class 5A 200-meter championship with a time of 22.5 seconds this spring, and also anchored St. Michael’s 4x200 relay team to a second-place finish.
Houston, a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, is Baylor’s first commitment in the 2015 class since Keller Fossil Ridge safety Montrel Wilson on June 17.
Two weeks ago, Baylor received three commitments from 2016 recruits, including Silsbee offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, Navasota receiver Tren’Davian Dickson and Port Arthur Memorial running back Kameron Martin.