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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ESPN 300 lineman headed to Baylor

By William Wilkerson

The curious case of ESPN 300 lineman Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco) has finally been resolved.

He’s going to Baylor.

Billings announced his decision on ESPN Central Texas on Tuesday afternoon, crushing the hopes of TCU and Texas fans who were hoping the reigning state power lifting champion would reign supreme for their respective programs.

"Where I wanted at the end it was hard," Billings said. "I didn't want to leave home."

This puts an end to one of the longer roller-coaster rides of the 2013 recruiting cycle. Billings said that he had Baylor as his second option and the Longhorns were third earlier in the day. Now the order is Baylor, TCU and the Longhorns.

Texas appeared to really make a strong impression when it started to recruit him as a defensive tackle, his preferred position, rather than the offensive lineman it originally sought him as.

“Oh, they probably went to third in the bunch to ... they went up from third, I’ll tell you that much,” Waco High coach Marty Herbst said.

But the allure of early playing time kept him close to home.

Billings (6-foot-2, 308 pounds) is the No. 252 player overall, the No. 13 offensive guard and No. 35 player in Texas. He claims he has run a 4.8 40-yard dash and can bench 475 pounds.

His recruitment started off a little slow, but once it gained momentum he became one of the most heralded linemen in Texas.

He also had offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana, Iowa State, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, New Mexico, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UTSA and Washington State.