DB Rockwell makes Baylor pledge official
June, 8, 2013
By Damon Sayles | ESPN.com
DALLAS -- For T’Kevian Rockwell (Wylie, Texas/Wylie), it wasn’t a matter of which school. It was simply a matter of when.
The four-star safety has been a Baylor lean for quite some time, and he hasn’t been shy about admitting it. Friday night, while at a Baylor satellite camp at Lake Highlands High School, the 6-foot, 200-pound athlete made the commitment official.
Rockwell became the Bears’ 15th commitment in the 2014 class. He chose Baylor over Nebraska, Michigan, Texas Tech, West Virginia and a host of other programs. Rockwell gave his pledge to the Baylor coaching staff, then participated in both safety and linebacker drills at the camp.
“I just felt like it was the right time,” Rockwell said. “I knew I was coming out here, and I felt like this was what I wanted to do. I’m excited about it.”
Rockwell recently said he knew Baylor would be his school of choice, but he didn’t want to make any decisions without the coaching staff present. He was recruited by linebackers coach Jim Gush, but he had built a solid relationship with several members of the staff.
“Oh, it was the coaching staff, definitely the coaching staff,” Rockwell said of his reason for committing. “Just watching what they do and talking with them, I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”
Rockwell has the tweener build, and the big question involves where he’ll play. He has exceptional speed, which makes him a candidate for safety, but his hitting ability puts him in the running to play outside linebacker.
Many feel Rockwell would be the perfect candidate for Baylor’s “Bear” position -- the program’s nickelback. He’ll be able to serve as a rover in the secondary.
“I like to hit, so it really doesn’t matter to me,” Rockwell said. “As long as I’m on the field, I’ll play wherever they want.”
Rockwell’s commitment gives the Baylor class a significant boost on defense. He will join cornerback Chad Adams (Allen, Texas/Allen) in the secondary and three-star defensive end Xavier Jones (Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia) and outside linebackers Cordell Dorsey (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) and James Jacobs III (Waco, Texas/Midway) on the defensive side of the ball.