For the past weeks, Taion Sells (Irving, Texas/MacArthur) has had Baylor extremely high on his recruiting list.
On Saturday, the three-star defensive back announced he was planning on giving his verbal commitment to head coach Art Briles and the Bears. On Sunday, Sells made his commitment official during a visit to Waco, Texas.
A 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety, Sells chose the Bears over offers from Iowa and West Virginia. Sells also had offers from Arizona State, Iowa State, Colorado, Kansas, Tulsa and a few other programs. He also had interest from Oklahoma State and TCU.
“When I went to the Baylor camp at [Dallas] Lake Highlands on Thursday, it just felt like home when I got there,” Sells said. “I talked to Coach Briles, and he loved me. How everybody treated me just put it over the hump.
“I told him I had some good news coming. He told me that he was keeping me to my word. I feel like I got the monkey off my back. I feel accomplished. Baylor’s where I want to be.”
Recruited by linebackers coach Jim Gush, Sells is the No. 36 safety in the country. He is No. 99 among all players in Texas.
Sells is a cover safety with good speed and an ability to make the big hit. He’s been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.43 seconds and has built a reputation for being a ball hawk. Sells was a first-team, all-district selection as a junior.
“They [Baylor] are getting a player who’s going to come down, make a hit and play good coverage,” Sells said. “I want to make it where you never have to worry about a side, because that side will be locked up. I’m a playmaker.”
Sells was the second commit of Sunday for Baylor, joining ESPN 150, four-star wide receiver Robbie Rhodes (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest).