The time has come, Baylor fans, to set aside your pinch-hit-related frustration and celebrate yet another commit for the 2013 Baylor Football recruiting class. This past weekend marked the second straight of summer camps for HS players, and Austin Jupe, a CB from East Central HS in San Antonio, Texas, liked what he saw at Baylor's Sunday camp enough to call it his future home. His commitment brings our 2013 class to an even dozen in the second week of June; for reference, we had 7 at this point last year.
Here's what you need to know about Mr. Jupe (much more below the jump!):
Name: Austin Jupe
Height: 6-1 (6-2 in some places)
40 time: 4.55
Links/Ranks: Rivals (3*, 5.5), Scout (3*, #57 S), 247Sports (3*, 84), ESPN (NR yet)
Commit Coverage: ESPN ($), Rivals ($), Scout ($), San Antonio Express
Major Offers: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Air Force
Videos: HUDL, ESPN
Listed as a CB, the position he plays for his HS team due to his athletic ability (typically, HSs put their best players at corner rather than safety if they have a choice) with most recruiting services, Jupe has the size and speed to play both corner and safety in college. From what I've read, Baylor likes the flexibility Jupe offers but will likely use him at safety. Given what we know (or should know by now) of Bennett's preferences at CB, that seems to fit. Bennett tends to play smaller, faster corners like Tyler Stephenson, K.J. Morton, and Joe Williams to match up with speed receivers. At 6-1, possibly 6-2, Jupe's size could offer tantalizing possibilities to cover tight ends (a relative rarity in the Big 12, true) and assist in run support. Continuing a trend in our recruiting this year of emphasizing overall athleticism over nearly all else, Jupe is a track star in the hurdles in addition to playing football. Baylor fans can probably recall the last elite hurdler we were lucky enough to convince to come to Waco.
Assuming I'm right and he stays at S, that makes Jupe the second in as many days to commit to Baylor's 2013 class at that position and the 7th defensive commit overall. I would expect that, unless something crazy happens, our recruiting there (at S) is done. The same can't be said for CB, still a definite need in this class despite the fact that we took 4, possibly 5, in 2012.
Securing Jupe's verbal commitment not only keeps Baylor's current recruiting momentum going, it also signifies another recruit in this class that Briles and Bennett beat one of our rivals to get. Like Texas (and almost everyone else) with Rhodes, Oklahoma State recruited Jupe hard and nearly pulled a commitment from him during his visit last week. Let's hope that this recruiting victory is just one of many going forward because I don't think those schools are going anywhere.
I've embedded the best football highlight video I can find for Jupe below. He also has a veritable cornucopia of track videos should you wish to view them as well, but I'm not going to embed all of those. You'll have to settle for a link, instead.
Austin Jupe (junior highlights) (via 247SportsStudio)