Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Big OT is fifth commit for Baylor
By Damon Sayles
Baylor picked up another commitment Wednesday afternoon, and in turn the Bears might have landed a player who can provide instant help on the offensive line for the 2014 season.
Three-star offensive tackle Josh Pelzel (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) confirmed he verbally committed to Baylor and became the Bears’ fifth pledge for the 2014 recruiting class. Pelzel chose Baylor over offers from Texas Tech, Washington State, Houston and Rice and interest from schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
In a word, Pelzel described being committed to Baylor as “amazing.”
“I just really liked the campus, staff and location,” said Pelzel, who was recruited to Baylor by both running game coordinator/offensive line coach Randy Clements and running backs coach Jeff Lebby.
Pelzel joins guard Devonte Jones (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire) as a commitment for the Bears’ offensive line. A shade shorter than 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds, Pelzel brings size and length to the Bears. He also plays with a mean streak, a characteristic that will be beneficial in the Big 12.
He most recently visited Lubbock, Texas, for Texas Tech’s spring game, and he had said that Baylor and Texas Tech were on equal playing fields in the recruiting process. A big part of his decision came down to one important factor that favored Baylor.
“Location,” Pelzel said, referring to the one-hour drive to Waco, Texas, versus a near six-hour drive to Lubbock. “I didn’t want my family to have to make that drive to see me.”
Pelzel is ranked No. 31 among offensive tackles nationally and No. 50 among all players in the Lone Star State for his class.