hillmanJalen Pitre didn’t wait for additional offers.  The Stafford safety accepted his first from Baylor and became the seventh commitment for the Bears in their 2017 class.

“It just very welcoming at Baylor,” he told John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  “My parents felt good about the school, and I feel like I can do something good there.”

Although the three-star recruit according to Rivals.com plays safety for the Spartans, Pitre (6-0, 195 pounds) projects as a nickelback for the Bears.  Last season, he made 78 tackles with six interceptions and seven pass breakups.


“I played a little bit of outside linebacker,” he commented to Werner.  “I think nickelback will fit me because I like to hit and make tackles.”

Pitre, ranked as the No. 63 prospect in Texas by 247Sports, joins highly touted teammate Hezekiah Jones in pledging his services to Baylor.  The wide receiver’s influence played a part in convincing the safety to give the Bears his commitment.

“He (Jones) talks about Baylor all the time,” he remarked to the Trib.  “He tells me the coaches are really good people.”

247Sports considers Pitre the No. 32 safety in the country.  Although the Bears made the first offer, Nebraska, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas State also had the sophomore on their radar.

“I might go on another couple of visits, but it’s safe to say that this commitment is solid,” he told Amy Pagitt of 247Sports.com.  “I’ve talked to Hez (Jones), Kellen (Mond), and Jhamon (Ausbon) and with the other guys committed already, we’re just really planning on this class being something special.”

Baylor’s 2017 list currently consists of three defensive and four offensive players.  At the present time, the Bears rank second nationally in recruiting behind Ohio State which has secured eight commitments.

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