2015 Commits #13 and #14
This past Thursday was UTSA’s senior camp, an event where hundreds of incoming high school seniors of various skill levels gather in the Alamodome to partake in various football drills and hope that they catch the coaching staff’s eye. Each year the staff usually gives out a couple of offers and often gather commitments from kids that are certainly impressed after practicing in the Alamodome for the first time. Just one offer went out at camp this year but it turned into a commitment. Even though the staff only put out one new offer, the staff gained two commitments on the day after an athlete with an outstanding offer decided to become a Roadrunner after going through the camp circuit.
Baylen Baker had just one FBS offer from New Mexico State coming in to camp but he impressed the coaching staff enough to leave San Antonio as a new commitment to the program. A big-bodied athlete, Baker has seen time as a 5-tech defensive end, a nose guard, and tight end in his prep career. At 6’5″, 250 pounds, Baker has mostly relied on his size to crush his opposition at the 3A level (now 4A). Baker moves well for a prospect of his size and obviously has impressive strength. I believe that the coaching staff plans on having him either transition to a defensive tackle in college or to play that inside/outside defensive line utility position that Jason Neill plays so well. Baker can be a good defensive end in college but he could be really special at a three-tech defensive tackle if he is able to add 20-30 pounds to his frame, which I’m inclined to believe he should be able to do at 6’5″. While Baker only had one other offer, these Louisiana Tech fans were in a clamor to have him recruited to Ruston.
Baylen Baker highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Y_t-jgs-Q
Jacolbie Butler is an explosive running back that will play cornerback for UTSA in college. While Butler has already rushed for 2216 yards and 38 touchdowns in his high school career, his lack of size seems to have scared off college recruiters looking for a running back. At 5’10, 174 pounds, Butler has much more suitable size for the cornerback position. Boasting a legit 4.46 40 yard dash and a 116.07 SPARQ aggregate score, Jacolbie certainly has the physical tools to succeed as a cornerback. Hopefully his coaching staff will let him take a few snaps as a cornerback in his senior season to give him some additional exposure to the position before beginning his collegiate career. Butler’s commitment gives UTSA the fourth-best class in Conference USA and the 65th best recruiting class in the nation, per 247 Sports.
Jacolbie Butler highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1286371/highlights/118288376
UTSA Class of 2015 Commitments
1.) Furquan Shorts WR – Atascocita HS (6’2”, 190, 4.47)
2.) D’Anthony Hopkins RB/ATH – Cuero HS (6’2”, 220)
3.) Treveon Hamilton WR – Atascocita HS (6’4”, 197)
4.) Matt Guidry RB – Clear Springs HS (5’9”, 160, 4.63)
5.) Alex Snow OL – Clear Lake HS (6’3”, 280)
6.) Jess Anders RB – Aledo HS (5’9”, 174, 4.5)
7.) Manny Harris QB – Copperas Cove HS (6’0”, 225, 4.7)
8.) Peyton Hall WR – Brandeis HS (6’0”, 179, 4.48)
9.) Derrick Dick WR – A&M Consolidated HS (5’9”, 173, 4.5)
10.) Clayton Woods C – Highland Park HS (6’3”, 274, 5.2)
11.) Jaylon Henderson QB – Kingwood Park HS (6’2”, 197, 4.81)
12.) Andy Martel SS – Richmond Foster HS (6’1”, 195, 4.51)
13.) Baylen Baker DE – Abilene Wylie HS (6’5”, 250)
14.) Jacolbie Butler ATH – Pearland HS (5’9”, 175, 4.51)
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter