hillmanRajah Preciado relies on hard work rather than luck.  But the newest Baylor Bear garnered the lucky 13th spot when the College Station cornerback pledged his services to Art Briles for 2016.

“I’m most interested in what the school can offer academically,” he told Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  “Baylor is a great school in that regard and it’s close to home, so it really was a perfect fit.”

Last season, Preciado (5-9, 180 pounds) tallied 113 tackles and snared two interceptions for the Cougars.  He accepted Baylor’s offer over seven others including ones from Fresno State, Tulsa, SMU, and North Texas and relishes the challenges of playing in the Big 12.

“I know I still can gain a lot of knowledge,” he commented to the Trib.  “That’s what I’m trying to do, just get smarter and better myself as a player, improve my football IQ.”

Ranked with two stars by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com, Preciado becomes the fifth defensive back committed to the Bears for 2016.  However, he views the competition as an asset rather than a liability.

“I’m not too worried about everyone else coming in,” he remarked to Cherry.  “I’m just focused on getting my education and working hard to the best of my ability.”

Baylor’s early offer relieved Preciado from the pressures of recruiting.  With his signature secure, he can concentrate on playing football and honing his skills.

“I frees me up to just play and have fun,” he told the Trib.  “There is no stress, no worry, and I can focus on nothing but trying to get better and help my team win.”

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