Sam Tecklenburg

Baylor picked up its second 2015 recruit this week as Plano’s Sam Tecklenburg made a verbal commitment late Wednesday night.

Tecklenburg has played defensive tackle and tight end for Plano since his freshman year. However, the 6-4, 260-pound junior expects to play center for Baylor.

“I feel like Baylor gives me the opportunity to have team success and individual success,” Tecklenburg said. “I love Coach (Art) Briles as a coach. They’re explosive on both sides of the ball, and I really like to play uptempo. Blocking-wise I feel like I can fit in, but I’ll have to learn to snap the ball.”

Tecklenburg committed to the Bears a day after Clear Falls receiver-defensive back John Humphrey made his commitment Tuesday. Tecklenburg said he was recruited by schools including SMU, Wake Forest and Tulsa, but got the offer from Baylor on Wednesday afternoon and quickly accepted.

“Sam is excited for the opportunity to play for Baylor,” Plano coach Jaydon McCullough said. “They’re getting a guy who is focused, tough, a hard worker and has great character. He’s a real smart kid and everything you want in a football player.”

A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Tecklenburg has been an all-District 10-5A pick the last two years at both tight end and defensive line. Last year, he collected six tackles for losses and 2½ sacks, and could still potentially play defensive line for the Bears.

“It really doesn’t matter where they play him because he’s going to do whatever he can to help the team win,” McCullough said. “He’s team-oriented, coachable, and makes everybody around him better.”

Sam Tecklenburg is the son of former Texas Tech linebacker Kerry Tecklenburg, who played in the early 1980s.

Tecklenburg is the eighth verbal commitment in Baylor’s 2015 class. He’s the second lineman in the class as he joins Navarro College offensive lineman Maurice Porter.

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