The Baylor coaches are set to host several current offers, targets and other prospects at the program's annual spring game this weekend. One of the prospects expected to attend is First Baptist Academy offensive tackle Jack York.
The 6-foot-5, 293-pound tackle, a one-time Texas State commitment, actually reopened his recruitment over the weekend.
"Yes, I decided to reopen things recently," York said. "When I committed, I had three offers at the time and was already kind of tired of the recruiting process. I hated it actually, it was just miserable. Some coaches would lead you on, even lie to your face.
"At that point, Texas State was the third team to offer me and I felt comfortable with them. So I made my commitment, then my recruiting started picking up a lot. I had some Power Five schools showing interest and I have always felt that I'm a Power Five talent. I wanted to reopen my recruitment and make sure coaches knew that I belong on that level."
Please respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/n9CMbxlZbj
— Jack York (@jackyork98) April 16, 2017
While York is not in a hurry to make another commitment anytime soon, he did share that Baylor was a 'dream school' growing up.
"Growing up here in the Dallas area, Baylor was my dream school," York said. "It's close to home, it's big time football and really everything you can ask for from an opportunity at the college level. My Godfather was the student pastor at a church in Waco, and I remembered we would always go over there to watch football and I would always drive by the Baylor stadium.
"I have just always dreamed of playing there. So I will see how it goes, but if they were to offer, then it might be a done deal. I would have no hestitation taking that offer, it's a perfect setup for my situation. Coach (Joey) McGuire has not necessarily implied an offer is coming, but he just says that he wants me to become a Bear."
Outside of his family connections to Baylor and the city of Waco, York is also close with one of the current 2018 commitments.
"Jackson (Kimble) is committed to Baylor and we were best friends in middle school," York said. "We used to do everything together, and I actually attended Southlake Carroll my freshman year before moving to Waxahachie. I know all of those guys and we have been talking about how cool it would be to play together again ever since Jackson committed."
Baylor spring game this Saturday📍 #SicEm 🐻
— Jack York (@jackyork98) April 17, 2017
The connections do not stop there either, in fact, York's high school coaches are close with some of the new assistants on Coach Rhule's staff at Baylor.
"I have mostly been talking with Coach McGuire and Coach (Shawn) Bell," York said. "It was right around the time they were hired at Baylor. My offensive coordinator at Waxahachie actually coached with Coach McGuire at Cedar Hill. At first, Coach McGuire came by the school and met with my coaches, then he came back another 2-3 times. We have stayed in contact ever since and he invited me to the spring game a few days ago.
"With Coach Bell, he is friends with my new head coach at First Baptist Academy. I feel that has helped me because those coaches know and trust one another, and hopefully my coaches had good things to say about me when Coach McGuire and Coach Bell spoke with them."
York attended the Baylor junior day last month and shared more about what he is looking to see this time around.
"I was there for the junior day last month," York said. "I just really like the program they are trying to run and it seemed like a family environment. From everything I have seen online and from videos, Coach Rhule seems like a great coach and a player's coach.
"I'm looking forward to watching the team in action, watching the coaches in action and seeing the offensive line during the scrimmage. I also want to spend more time around the coaching staff and the offensive line coach, Coach (George) DeLeone, as well."
The standout prospect currently holds seven total offers and several other programs are joining Baylor in showing interest this off-season.
"I'm up to seven offers now, and there are several schools beginning to show interest," York said. "I talk with the Oklahoma State coaches on a daily basis and I have visited Stillwater about 4-5 times now. I'm also hearing from coaches at Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona State, Duke, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Kansas.
"I have visited four of the seven schools that have offered me. I want to see Nevada, Arkansas State, New Mexico State and Abielene Christian sometime later this summer. I have also talked with the Arizona State coaches about visiting, but I'm not going to start setting up any visits yet. I want to see how things go and just see what schools check in this spring with an offer."
Currently rated a 5.6 three-star prospect, York earned District 10-5A All-District First Team Offense honors this past season.