At Daingerfield High School, Denzel Mims has gained a reputation for being a dangerous player, whether he’s catching passes or breaking them up.
Where Mims might fit at the college level is still up in the air, but Baylor’s newest football commitment figures to make it easy on his future coaches. Basically, he’s up for whatever.
“It really doesn’t matter where I play,” said Mims, who committed over the weekend after attending a Baylor satellite camp in Marshall. “Whatever helps the team and whatever helps make me a better player, I’m OK with.”
Mims (6-3, 175) said that the Baylor coaches have informed him that he’ll at least get a crack at receiver, which he’s happy about. He thinks he’d fit in nicely in Baylor’s wide-open, high-scoring spread offense.
“I really like what they do in the game,” said Mims, who caught 39 passes for 682 yards and six touchdowns for a 1-9 Daingerfield team in 2014.
Mims fits the Baylor receiver profile, in that he’s blessed with sprinter speed, in the mold of KD Cannon and Chris Platt. Mims won the Class 3A state championship in the 200-meter dash last month in Austin, clocking a wind-aided time of 21.30.
Mims, who was primarily recruited by Baylor assistant receivers coach Tate Wallis, felt like he interacted well with Baylor’s coaching staff, and that made all the difference in prompting his decision.
It still wasn’t an easy one. Mims also had offers on the table from Texas Tech, Tulsa, North Texas, Arkansas State, Texas State and Central Arkansas. But Baylor rose to the top in Mims’ mind.
“I’m really glad to have the decision behind me,” Mims said. “It was still a little hard, but I really liked Baylor. The coaches made me feel at home, and I just felt like this was the place I needed to be.”
Mims is Baylor’s ninth commitment for the 2016 signing class, and the first at receiver.