Houston Bellaire lineman Jayden Peevy will only have two years of football under his belt when he signs with Baylor next February.
But if his first season is any indication, he has all kinds of potential.
Peevy made a verbal commitment to Baylor on Monday night after playing defensive line for Bellaire last season. The Baylor coaches plan to transform the 6-6, 270-pound Peevy into an offensive lineman.
“He’s got a great amount of athleticism,” said Houston Bellaire coach Herb Kunz. “Before it’s all said and done I wouldn’t be surprised if he works into the offensive line for us next season. I know he’s very excited about his commitment (to Baylor).”
Peevy played basketball for Bellaire before joining the football team last year. Kunz could see immediately that he was serious about becoming a good football player.
“The most impressive thing about him is that when he decided to play football, he was at summer camp every day working hard when he wasn’t playing basketball,” Kunz said. “He’s a real student of the game and very coachable. He wants to take in everything he can.”
Kunz plugged in Peevy at both defensive end and tackle, and he quickly emerged as one of Bellaire’s best players. He collected nine sacks last season, including five in a playoff game against Katy Cinco Ranch.
“First of all his size makes a big difference and he’s got good strength,” Kunz said. “He’s got a lot of flexibility, so we used him at both end and tackle in our scheme. He’s a great competitor.”
The addition of Peevy gives Baylor six commitments in its 2017 class. He’s the second Bellaire player to commit to the Bears as he joins safety Donovan Stiner.