Alief Elsik High School junior Ishmael Zamora is known mostly for his track accomplishments, but Baylor believes he has a future in football.
The 6-4, 205-pound Zamora wants to develop as a college receiver, and he thinks Baylor is the place to do it as he made a verbal commitment.
Zamora was one of the stars of the state track meet two weekends ago as he won the Class 5A championship in the 110-meter hurdles, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and placed fifth in the long jump.
Playing in a running offense at Alief Elsik, Zamora has had few opportunities to catch the ball the last two years. But he believes he can thrive in Baylor
coach Art Briles’ wide-open attack.
“I really like the offense, the coaches, and Baylor as a team,” Zamora said. “I feel like with my size and speed that I can get in the open and spread out the field.”
Zamora said he would run track at Baylor if the opportunity is there, but his main focus is developing as a football player. Alief Elsik coach Bill Barron thinks Zamora could thrive in the Bears’ offense.
“I think he can be a big-time receiver in their offense,” Barron said. “We’re a run-oriented football team. We had three good receivers and nobody got a lot of balls. But he has tremendous hands and his speed speaks for itself, and he competes extremely hard.”
Zamora is the ninth verbal commitment in Baylor’s 2014 class as he joins Waxahachie offensive lineman Patrick Lawrence, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau receiver-defensive back Davion Hall, Houston Bellaire defensive lineman Devonte Jones, Rockdale offensive lineman Josh Pelzel, Willis receiver Chris Platt, Kingwood Park tight end Jordan Feuerbacher, Magnolia West defensive end Xavier Jones and Ennis running back Terence Williams.