Baylor's lone remaining 2017 commit: 'The education hasn't changed'

Baylor's lone remaining 2017 commit: 'The education hasn't changed'


Baylor's lone remaining 2017 commit: 'The education hasn't changed'


Jaylen Pitre (Photo: 247Sports)

Jaylen Pitre (Photo: 247Sports)

Amid the firing of coach Art Briles amid scandal at Baylor, five of the Bears’ six football commits in the Class of 2017 decommitted.

The one who remains: Stafford (Texas) three-star safety Jalen Pitre.

The reason?

“The education hasn’t changed,” Pitre told the Houston Chronicle. “My coach is still there. Coach Briles is a big part, but I didn’t feel like he was the whole reason I committed in the first place.”

The Baylor safeties coach is Cris Dishman, a 13-year NFL veteran who has spent two years at Baylor. He was named safeties coach in January 2015.

Pitre, who committed to Baylor last July, is ranked among the top 50 safeties in the nation and among the top 100 in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Pitre’s Stafford teammate, four-star wide receiver Hezekiah Jones decommitted from Baylor after Briles was fired. He told the Chronicle that he is still considering Baylor but wants to see what happens. He has more than 25 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

“(Recruiting) just started to pick up again,” Jones told the Chronicle. “It’s really the same, but more (schools) are starting to come in. I haven’t set up any recruiting visits yet. (This summer) will probably consist of a lot more visits than what it was going to.”

The biggest loss in the class was the decommitment of quarterback Kellen Mond, the San Antonio area native who is playing at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Mond is considering Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M.


More USA TODAY High School Sports