Rajah Preciado relies on hard work rather than luck.Â Â But the newest Baylor Bear garnered the lucky 13thÂ spot when theÂ College StationÂ cornerback pledged his services to Art Briles for 2016.
â€œIâ€™m most interested in what the school can offer academically,â€ he told Brice Cherry of theÂ Waco Tribune-Herald.Â Â â€œBaylor is a great school in that regard and itâ€™s close to home, so it really was a perfect fit.â€
Last season, Preciado (5-9, 180 pounds) tallied 113 tackles and snared two interceptions for the Cougars.Â Â He accepted Baylorâ€™s offer over seven others including ones fromÂ FresnoÂ State,Â Tulsa, SMU, andÂ North TexasÂ and relishes the challenges of playing in the Big 12.
â€œI know I still can gain a lot of knowledge,â€ he commented to theÂ Trib.Â Â â€œThatâ€™s what Iâ€™m trying to do, just get smarter and better myself as a player, improve my football IQ.â€
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.Â Â However, he views the competition as an asset rather than a liability.
â€œIâ€™m not too worried about everyone else coming in,â€ he remarked to Cherry.Â Â â€œIâ€™m just focused on getting my education and working hard to the best of my ability.â€
Baylorâ€™s early offer relieved Preciado from the pressures of recruiting.Â Â With his signature secure, he can concentrate on playing football and honing his skills.
â€œI frees me up to just play and have fun,â€ he told the Trib.Â Â â€œThere is no stress, no worry, and I can focus on nothing but trying to get better and help my team win.â€