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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tight end Feuerbacher pledges to Baylor

By Sam Khan Jr.

The first time Kingwood (Texas) Kingwood Park tight end Jordan Feuerbacher visited Baylor, he left with a pretty good feeling.

Two days later, he had an offer. On Saturday, he made his return trip to Waco, Texas, for a second visit and gave the Bears his verbal pledge.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end became the sixth commitment of Baylor's 2014 class.

"I've been planning this return trip to see more of the campus and more of the facilities," Feuerbacher said. "I had some time, obviously, to sit on the offer. I really like Baylor and it felt like the best fit for me."

Feuerbacher chose the Bears over 10 other offers, including one from Oregon State, the school Feuerbacher tabbed as second to Baylor in the race for his pledge. Boise State, Illinois and South Florida were among his other offers and he had interest from Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

He made his initial trip to Baylor for the Bears' spring game in April.

"I got a really good vibe from the coaching staff," Feuerbacher said, recalling his first visit. "I felt like my personality meshed really well with theirs. They said they were going to look at my film again and that they liked my size and let me know about an offer [the following] Monday. That next Monday, they offered.

"Something about Baylor really caught my eye. After I got that offer, they were definitely the leaders for me."

His return trip Saturday confirmed those initial positive feelings. Feuerbacher was recruited by cornerbacks coach Carlton Buckels and receivers coach Kendal Briles.

"I really [like] the coaches' personalities and they were treating me like they really wanted me," Feuerbacher said. "They seem like great, quality guys. The university as a whole seems great. It's a great school; I know that. It has a good business school, which is what I'm going to major in. It felt like the right time to do it."

Feuerbacher said the Bears plan to use him in the role that they currently utilize 6-6, 260-pound senior tight end Jordan Najvar and that plans to involve the tight end more in the offense are in the works.

"They use their tight end position a decent amount," Feuerbacher said. "They're looking to use it more with Najvar. He's a real good player. They're trying to involve him a little bit more. They basically want me to come in and basically pick up where he left off."