Anxious to get a jump on his college football career, Gilmer senior Blake Lynch has signed a financial aid contract with Baylor and plans to enroll in January.

Lynch is the second high school player to sign with Baylor during the last week, joining Temple quarterback Chad President. Both players took advantage of the new NCAA rule that allows mid-semester enrollees to sign with colleges as early as Aug. 1.

The 6-4, 190-pound Lynch, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, plans to graduate from Gilmer in December.

“I like Baylor a lot and it’s only three hours from Gilmer,” Lynch said. “I want to get in school and start spring ball. It looks like I’ll probably play wide receiver or safety for Baylor.”

Playing quarterback for Troup High School last season, Lynch went out with a midseason arm injury. He has since transferred to Gilmer and expects to play quarterback, running back and safety.

“We’ll run a spread offense similar to what Baylor has,” Lynch said. “I played in an up-tempo offense last year and was mostly a running quarterback. I also like playing safety because it allows me to roam and cover receivers.”

Lynch plans to attend all of Baylor’s games at McLane Stadium this season.

“I went over there a while ago, but it sure looks a lot different now,” Lynch said.

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