Baylor landed its second major 2016 offensive line recruit when Copperas Cove tackle J.P. Urquidez made his verbal commitment Monday.
Urquidez joins Silsbee’s Patrick Hudson who committed to the Bears last summer.
Hudson is the No. 1 nationally ranked offensive guard in the 2016 class by Rivals.com while Urquidez is the No. 13 offensive tackle.
Copperas Cove coach Jack Welch believes Urquidez has the size and athleticism to excel at the major college level.
“We have a lot of good linemen but J.P. is 6-6 and 300 pounds, and that’s what makes him so inviting,” Welch said. “J.P. has the frame and the size. The next thing college coaches want to see is (quickness in) your feet. J.P. is good in that area and is improving.”
Urquidez chose Baylor over such schools as Texas, Oklahoma, Miami and UCLA. Urquidez connected with Baylor coach Art Briles and his staff, and likes what the program has done and where it’s heading.
“I’m really comfortable with the coaches and I like the proximity to home,” Urquidez said. “I’ve been into them since they started recruiting me. I feel like we can win a national championship.”
The Bears have won back to back Big 12 titles and are expected to be a top 10 team heading into next season.
Urquidez believes he’ll make a smooth transition to Baylor’s high-tempo spread offense since Copperas Cove runs a similar style.
“They mix it up, they pass the ball and get after it in the run game,” Urquidez said. “Everything they do, I like to do. We run a very similar offense at Cove. It’s a hurry-up offense that keeps opponents guessing.”
Urquidez started for Copperas Cove as a sophomore in 2013 but played his junior year at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic High School after the Army transferred his father.
After Urquidez recently moved back to Copperas Cove, Welch said he will start at left tackle for the Bulldawgs as a senior.
“J.P. always wanted to play close to home,” Welch said. “Coach Briles is a proven coach who took a doormat program and turned it into a national power. J.P. is intrigued with the coaching staff and knows their abilities.”
The Bears now have seven verbal commitments in their 2016 class.