DeSoto cornerback Byron Hanspard II verbally committed to Baylor on Monday night following his recent on-campus visit.

Hanspard, a three-star recruit by, was widely recruited as he chose Baylor over such schools as Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Colorado and Nebraska. Hanspard decommitted from Arkansas after the school dismissed head coach Bret Bielema.

The new NCAA early signing period for football will be held Dec. 20-22 followed by a second signing period on Feb. 7.

The 6-1, 180-pound Hanspard recorded 42 tackles and an interception as a senior this season after making 40 tackles and three interceptions as a junior.

Hanspard was one of five finalists for the Tom Landry Award which recognizes the top high school football player in North Texas.

He’s the 20th commitment in the 2018 class for the Bears and the third defensive back as he joins Humble’s Christian Morgan and Cibolo Steele’s J.T. Woods.

Hanspard is the son of Texas Tech great Byron Hanspard, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back in 1996 after rushing for a school-record 2,084 yards. Hanspard finished his career as Texas Tech’s all-time rushing leader with 4,219 yards in three seasons.

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