It’s hard to shake your first love. That’s the thinking of Ke’Shawn Somerville, who pounced on his first offer from an FBS school by committing to Baylor on Sunday.
Somerville, a defensive back from Pflugerville Hendrickson from the class of 2016, said it wasn’t hard to make his pledge to the Bears when he received the offer around noon Sunday. There is just a lot to like about Baylor, he said.
“I just love the coaches, from the secondary coaches to the other defensive coaches to the head coach,” Somerville said. “I really love the program, and I’m glad it’s close to home.”
Somerville (5-8, 170) competes in track at Hendrickson as well and has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He thinks he could fit in at either cornerback or safety for Phil Bennett’s defense.
“I’m really a two-position player, because I can play either safety or cornerback,” he said. “I really love both positions, and I think I’ve used that to my advantage. . . . I really prefer corner because I like to get up in a receiver’s face, try to beat them up. But when it comes to picks, safety is where it’s at.”
Somerville made an appearance at a Baylor camp a week ago, and came away impressed. Though Baylor was Somerville’s first offer from an FBS program, he’s expecting more to follow, including an offer from TCU that he thinks will come “as soon as (Sunday) or Monday.”
“You never know, from here to my senior year I could change my mind,” Somerville said. “But right now I’m stuck on Baylor.”
Somerville is the second commitment in Baylor’s class of 2016, joining Grandview quarterback Zach Smith (6-4, 220), who made his choice known last week.