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‘Expanded role’ for tight end draws recruit to Baylor

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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 1:05 am, Sun May 12, 2013.

Art Briles’ offense is known for producing NFL-caliber wide receiver and quarterbacks, but Jordan Feuerbacher believes it’s a tight end-friendly setup, too.

Feuerbacher, a 6-4, 240-pound tight end out of Kingwood Park near Houston, made his verbal pledge to Baylor on Saturday, becoming the sixth commitment in the 2014 class. He also had offers from Oregon State, Boise State and Nevada, among others, but said he felt most comfortable with Baylor’s proximity to his hometown and the Bears’ up-tempo, high-scoring attack.

“They’re really starting to expand the tight end position at Baylor,” Feuerbacher said. “Jordan Najvar has been good for them, and they’ve expanded his role. I think the coaches want me to come in and try to pick up where he left off, try to fill his shoes.”

Feuerbacher, the 88th-ranked player in Texas by 247Sports.com, contends that he can help the Bears in a variety of ways. He said he’s not afraid of sticking his nose in there to block on short-yardage running plays by any stretch.

“I love it, actually. I feel like I’m a very, very good blocker,” Feuerbacher said. “I may not be the best at running routes, but I don’t feel like there’s one part of my game that I can’t do. I feel like I can do it all.”

Prior to tweeting out his decision Saturday, Feuerbacher called the coaches at the other schools that offered him and broke the news that he was bound for Waco. It wasn’t easy, he said, but he’s thrilled to put the recruiting process to bed.

“I had great relationships with all those other coaches, but I know this is the place where I want to be,” he said. “There’s definitely a sense of relief. . . . I think this is a great fit for me, and a great fit for Baylor.”

The Bears also have commitments from Texarkana Liberty-Eylau defensive back Davion Hall, offensive linemen Devonte Jones of Houston Bellaire and Josh Pelzel of Rockdale, wide receiver Chris Platt of Willis and running back Terence Williams of Ennis.

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