Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Baylor gets some good recruiting news
By ESPN.com staff
Baylor coach Art Briles received some good recruiting news today as his top recruit recommitted and the Bears attracted a player from one of the most noted families in Texas football.
Tom Luginbill of Scouts Inc. reports that Waco Midway High School safety Ahmad Dixon has again confirmed he will be coming to Baylor after considering Tennessee before the Lane Kiffin coaching change.
Dixon was originally a Texas recruit before opting for the Bears. He's a four-star prospect who is ranked 15th among ESPNU's top 150 players and is the nation's third-highest rated safety. It's not a stretch to say he's the most highly decorated prospect to come to Baylor during Briles' coaching tenure.
His recommitment came even after Dixon's recent recruiting trip to Alabama.
Dixon also seriously considered recruiting offers from LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida and TCU, among others.
The Bears also are celebrating the commitment of linebacker Bryce Hager of Austin Westlake High School. His father Britt, was an All-American linebacker for Texas in the 1980s.
Bryce Hager opted for the Bears' offer of a full scholarship after he was given the chance to join Texas as a preferred walk-on, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
“Baylor is an up and coming program, and I really enjoyed meeting the players and coaching staff over the weekend,” Bryce Hager told the Tribune-Herald. “Texas wanted me to come as a preferred walk-on, but that’s not what I wanted to do. I think things are going to work out the way they need to be.”
Even his father, who played nine seasons in the NFL, was excited about his scholarship offer with the Bears.
"I can’t wait to get me some Baylor stuff,” Britt Hager told the newspaper. "Bryce wants to play in the Big 12 and stay in Texas, and I believe Baylor is going to have some great football teams in the next few years.”