Chance Waz

After previously making verbal commitments to Colorado and Nebraska, Pflugerville Hendrickson High School safety Chance Waz has switched to Baylor.

Waz made his decision after talking with Baylor coaches on Tuesday.

“Baylor is kind of a special place with what Coach (Art) Briles has done there, and Chance wanted to stay in Texas,” said Hendrickson coach Chip Killian.

The 5-11, 173-pound Waz started at safety for Hendrickson for the past two seasons after playing cornerback as a sophomore. Despite his small size, Killian said Waz is a hard hitter with good enough speed to cover receivers in today’s spread offenses.

“He’s a smart kid who plays physical,” Killian said. “With the way the game is changing, I think he’ll still be a safety in college. He’s not a burner like some guys — he runs a 4.6(-second 40-yard dash). But he plays fast because he’s instinctive.”

Killian said Waz intercepted eight passes and returned three for touchdowns this season. As a junior last season, Waz finished with 116 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

“He’s the quarterback of our defense,” Killian said. “He gets our guys lined up and makes all the checks. He’s like a magnet to the ball. He’s very intuitive and goes where the ball goes.”

With the addition of Waz, Baylor has 23 commitments in its 2014 class.

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