Baylor continued its recruiting flurry as it picked up verbal commitments from Midway defensive end Jamie Jacobs and Coppell tight end Blake Mahon within minutes Friday night.
The two commitments gave Baylor 11 in the 2014 class, including eight in the last five weeks.
Jacobs said he has been watching the rise of Baylor football for the last few years and wanted to be part of the program. He also knows several former Midway players on the Bears’ roster, including receiver Levi Norwood, defensive back Orion Stewart and defensive tackle Beau Blackshear.
“I’ve been watching Baylor football for a while and I’m very familiar with the coaches and I know some of the players,” Jacobs said. “They’re definitely one of the elite teams, and I think they’re going to make some noise in the NCAA in the next few years. With the coaching and the training, I think Baylor is going to do some big things.”
Jacobs is also excited about being part of the first freshman class to play in Baylor’s new on-campus stadium, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
“The stadium is amazing,” Jacobs said. “Being part of the
first freshman class to step foot in the stadium is a big factor.”
After playing football as a Midway freshman, Jacobs said he didn’t play as a sophomore to focus on basketball. However, he came back strong as a junior last season as he made an impact at outside linebacker.
“I thought I was burned out on football because I had played it my whole life,” Jacobs said. “But I missed it. That’s my true passion. I got my mind right and came back my junior year stronger than ever.”
Jacobs said the Midway coaches asked him to move from outside linebacker to defensive end during the spring, and he believes the position fits him. The 6-4 Jacobs has beefed up from 190 pounds before last season to his present weight of 215.
“We didn’t have a lot of depth in the line, and the coaches thought that with my size and athleticism I could do some damage at defensive end,” Jacobs said. “I’ve worked really hard to get my weight up.”
The 6-6, 227-pound Mahon is known for his blocking skills and should be able to add strength and weight to his frame. He’s the second tight end to commit to the Bears in the last two weeks after Kingwood Park’s Jordan Feuerbacher.
The other 2014 Baylor commitments are Alief Elsik receiver Ishmael Zamora, Waxahachie offensive lineman Patrick Lawrence, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau receiver-defensive back Davion Hall, Houston Bellaire defensive lineman Devonte Jones, Rockdale offensive lineman Josh Pelzel, Willis receiver Chris Platt, Magnolia West defensive end Xavier Jones and Ennis running back Terence Williams.