National Top 100 Player Commits to Baylor

National Top 100 Player Commits to Baylor

Along with teammates, Mike Williams and Baylor commit Jacody Coleman, Beaumont Westbrook standout Billy Chavis visited the Baylor campus on Sunday. The nation's #5 ranked tight end holds many offers, but did he decide to end his recruitment on Sunday? Find out inside BearsIllustrated.com.

Billy Chavis (6-5, 225, 4.7), the #73 ranked player in the Nation by Scout.com, took notice when teammate Jacody Coleman committed to Baylor, but at the time he was still waiting on his promised offer from Miami. A few weeks later, when one of the top quarterbacks in the state committed to Baylor on Fox Sports Southwest, Chavis couldn't keep his eyes off Baylor any longer.

Jacody was already planning a visit to Baylor to meet with the coaching staff that would be coaching him the next several years, and convinced his Beaumont Westbrook High School teammate to come along. After all, Chavis felt pretty good about the fact that G.J. Kinne, the top QB that committed to Baylor, called him that same day he committed to see if Chavis would be interested in joining him in Waco.

After visiting campus and the coaching staff for himself, Chavis made the call that Baylor would be where he was going to play his college ball.

Chavis gives Baylor their second commitment of the weekend: John Jones, offensive lineman from Cedar Hill, officially decided Saturday afternoon that Baylor was the place for him. That brings Baylor's total to an astounding 20 commitments, and we're not even to August yet.

And with that 20th commitment, the Bears landed their top ranked player yet. Chavis checks in on the Scout.com National Top 100, is listed as a 4 star prospect, is ranked as the #29 player in the state of Texas, and was recently ranked as a top 5 tight end nationally.

Chavis talks about his commitment: "The opportunity to play early, not to far from home, and education. Just everything, nothing but love. I will have the chance to play early and everything."

Although Chavis certainly has the ability to be a top tight end on the next level, it's unclear at this point what position he will play at Baylor. In high school, he has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and linebacker. That's the kind of versatile athlete that will certainly help Baylor compete in the Big 12.

Chavis's recruitment really took off at the Scout.com combine in Waco. As Jeremy Patterson, Big 12 recruiting expert, wrote, "Beaumont Westbrook athlete Billy Chavis turned in one of the best performances at the Scout.com combine in Waco last month and now he is getting hot with college recruiters." Patterson also selected him for the All-Combine team, commenting: Billy Chavis, Beaumont (Texas) Westbrook-Chavis has played many different positions for his high school team, but today he may made a decision that could pay off. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Chavis chose to work out as a tight end where he absolutely demolished linebackers attempting to defend him. He has a big, lean body and plays at a speed much faster than his 4.85 second 40-yard dash indicates. This is a prospect that will see the offers coming heavy once coaches have had a chance to see his skills as a tight end.

Whether the Baylor coaches decide to utilize those tight end skills remains to be seen, but they will definitely have him on the field somewhere right away.

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