About six hours ago, during his unofficial visit to Waco, Texas, TE Jordan Feuerbacher pulled the trigger as Baylor's sixth commitment for a now-burgeoning 2014 class. His commitment, which put us about a week ahead of last year's pace, also lifted the Bears into a tie for fourth with TCU in the Big 12 (in absolute number of commits) behind Texas, Texas Tech, and Kansas State. That's not a qualitative judgment-- 247Sports has us firmly in third by points in their rankings. It's safe to say things are heating up a bit for the 2014 class as we head into the summer, when the staff will spend a tremendous amount of time on the road recruiting and running camps across the state.
Feuerbacher, whose name includes both the German word for fire and the name of one of the most well-known composers of all time, is the first commitment we have at the tight end position, typically not a point of emphasis in Baylor recruiting. Reports from attendees at several luncheons conducted by Baylor coaches say that the position should receive more attention in our offense going forward, however, and close readers of the board know how hard we hit the TE spot in 2013 from my nearly-obsessive coverage of Christian Morgan's recruitment. I'm still not over the pain.
Anyway, in Mr. Feuerbacher, Baylor gets a 6-4.5, 240-pound tight end that ranks among the best in our state for 2014 and who should develop into an impressive two-way threat. Jordan held offers from Oregon and Boise States, Nevada, and Illinois, among others. He was also courted by Harvard, yes, you read that correctly, so put any questions you might have about his qualification aside. If such things matter to you, Feuerbacher is also an A&M legacy. They were sniffing around.
To the nitty gritty:
Name: Jordan Feuerbacher
School: Kingwood Park (Humble, TX)
40 Time: 4.8 (from Scout)
Links/Ranks: Rivals (5.5 3*), 247Sports (3* 87, #19 TE, #88 TX), Scout (UR), ESPN (UR)
Offers: Baylor, Oregon State, Boise, Illinois, Nevada, UTSA, Harvard
Commit Articles: ESPN, Scout (updates to come)
Highlights: 2012-2013 season
Welcome to the family, Jordan! If you, like me, try to follow our commits on twitter, here you go: