The news we've waited months for has finally arrived: Copperas Cove OT J.P. Urquidez has committed to Baylor University. At the time of this writing, we don't yet have an "official" commit tweet from the man himself, Head Coach Art Briles, but Urquidez himself announced his intentions this morning after months of speculation that had him linked to Texas, Oklahoma, Miami, and a host of others.
Name: J.P. Urquidez
School: Copperas Cove HS (Copperas Cove, TX)
Weight: 300 lbs
Rankings: Composite: 91.38 (4*, #227 Nat'l, #20 OT), 247: 87 (3*, #48 OT)
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Offers: Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss, Miami
Video: Junior Year (Maryland)*
*If you're wondering why he moved from Texas to Maryland and then back, it's because his dad is in the military and was assigned to the Pentagon for a year.
Though Urquidez holds offers from nearly 3 dozen schools, including numerous power programs from major conferences, the race for his commitment has long been considered one involving just two teams: Baylor and Texas. The Longhorns were rumored to lead for his commitment for a significant period of time, but 247's Crystal Ball held firmly in Baylor's favor, locking at 68% for the Bears the night before his announcement.
With Urquidez joining Silsbee's Patrick Hudson, Baylor has what is almost certainly the best pair of bookend tackles in this still-early 2016 class. They will be the building blocks of what will likely be a large OL class from the high school ranks as Baylor opens things back up after taking a class of just 19 in 2015. This commitment brings Baylor back to 7 in the class, 4 offensive and 3 defensive.
I don't normally suggest that people here tweet at recruits, but should you want to congratulate J.P. on his commitment or welcome him to Baylor, I don't personally see any harm in that. He's on Twitter as @JP_OT2016.
Welcome to the Baylor Family, JP!