Last week, Baylor made official their offer to 2015 LB Breckyn Hager, little brother to current MLB Bryce Hager. This week, he reciprocated with his commitment, becoming the 10th member of Baylor's 2015 class. Hager is a 3* recruit by 247Sports' composite rankings and the first for Baylor at the linebacker position in this class. This is the earliest in a recruiting cycle that Baylor has reached double digits in verbal commitments since ... probably ever.
Name: Breckyn Hager
School: Westlake HS (Austin, TX)
Weight: 210 lbs.
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
If the heights and weights listed on Hager's various profiles are accurate -- they're probably close, but a little exaggerated -- that means he's bigger than his brother Bryce was at the time of his recruitment. Baylor is one of four schools to offer Hager thus far, joining SMU, San Diego State, and, most recently, Oklahoma, so he is what we would optimistically refer to as an up-and-coming recruit. Briles and Bennett saw enough in him, while probably also considering his family ties and the likelihood of a commitment, to make an offer, so I trust them.
Speaking of Briles, it seems like he very nearly let the cat out of the bag on this commitment with his curiously worded tweet this afternoon. Speculation ran rampant at the time he sent it, but because it didn't follow the normal pattern of including the commit's area code, we just didn't know. Now we do. Hager is commit #10 for 2015 and will get to Baylor next year as his brother departs, hopefully for the NFL.
As far as ultimate playing position goes, Hager projects to follow in his brother's footsteps in more ways than one. When I see him, I see, given a couple of years to mature and add weight, the frame of a future MLB in action. If it's true that he's running a 4.55 already, all the better. Check out his HUDL film for yourself and tell me what you think.
Baylor's 2015 Recruiting Class:
QB: Chad President
QB/WR: Blake Lynch
RB: JaMycal Hasty
WR: Devontre Stricklin
OT: Maurice Porter (JUCO)
C: Sam Tecklenburg
DE/LB: Louis Brown
LB: Breckyn Hager
CB: Jordan Tolbert
ATH: John Humphrey
From the Twitterverse:
New Austin Westlake coach Todd Dodge says LB Brecklyn Hager committed to Baylor right after the spring game tonight.— Kevin Lonnquist (@baylorrivals) May 23, 2014
Perhaps Briles sees the future?
http://t.co/engTTpuqho was there for this tonight... Full interview tonight pic.twitter.com/yzVJo1elbb— Brian Ethridge (@TruthOrBear247) May 23, 2014
Articles to come from all the major services, I'm sure.