Seeking quick help on the defensive line, Baylor received a verbal commitment from Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Will Jones.
Jones is Baylor’s first commitment since Art Briles was fired on May 26. The 6-2, 290-pound Jones plans to sign his scholarship in time for enrollment for Baylor’s second summer session in July.
Jones said he met with Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe and his staff on Wednesday and was thrilled when he got the scholarship offer. He was planning to walk on to the Oklahoma State football team this fall before he received the Baylor offer.
“I was beside myself,” Jones said. “I had been wanting to go to Baylor for a long time. My mom and sister went to Baylor, and it had always been around me. It’s like a dream come true.”
Though there’s a lot of uncertainty around the football program after the sexual assault scandal, Jones believes the situation will eventually stabilize.
“The whole situation will play itself out,” Jones said. “I really like the coaching staff and Coach Grobe is a great guy. I know what kind of man he is. Everything will work out.”
Jones originally planned to play football for the Naval Academy but was released from his commitment after signing in February.
“Baylor got a good one,” said Prestonwood coach Chris Cunningham. “He was under recruited because of his height. Watch him on film and you can see what kind of player he is. He’s one of the best defensive linemen I’ve coached, and I’ve coached some good ones.”
Cunningham said Jones was a three-time TAPPS all-state player and has been instrumental in the team’s success. Jones played both tackle and end at Prestonwood, but expects to be an interior lineman for the Bears.
“He’s just a dominant force up front and a big reason why we won the state championship this year,” Cunningham said. “His greatest asset is he’s quick with his first step off the ball. He’s got great balance and can play down low. He’s got tremendous strength and great feet.”
Additionally, defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk was released from the team on Tuesday after transferring to Baylor this spring.
He received NJCAA All-America honors at Garden City (Kan.) Community College last fall.