One day after visiting Baylor with his parents, Stafford High School junior safety Jalen Pitre took the plunge and made his verbal commitment on Friday.
“It just felt very welcoming at Baylor,” Pitre said. “My parents felt good about the school and I feel like I can do something good there. This was the third time I’ve visited Baylor and the coaches are always the same. It felt good to be with them.”
The 6-0, 195-pound Pitre expects to play nickelback at Baylor. In his first year as Stafford’s starting free safety, Pitre made 78 tackles while collecting six interceptions and seven pass breakups as a sophomore last season.
“My sophomore year went pretty good but I’m trying to improve myself,” Pitre said. “I think I’m a good tackler in open space and I have good ball skills. I played a little bit of outside linebacker, and I think nickelback will fit me because I like to hit and make tackles.”
Pitre said he’s been watching the Bears over the last few years and was particularly impressed by how they rallied from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off a 61-58 win over TCU last fall.
“Baylor works very hard and the TCU game showed they definitely don’t quit,” Pitre said. “That was exciting.”
Last month, highly-touted Stafford receiver Hezekiah Jones, another 2017 recruit, verbally committed to Baylor. Pitre said he is close to his Stafford teammate and they’ve often discussed Baylor.
“He talks about Baylor all the time,” Pitre said. “He tells me the coaches are really good people.”
Baylor previously received 2017 verbal commitments from Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning, Houston Bellaire defensive back Donovan Stiner, Houston St. Thomas receiver Jhamon Ausbon, La Vega tight end Kedrick James and San Antonio Reagan quarterback Kellen Mond.