April 17, 2010
Baylor adds to their "big" class
The foundations of Art Briles recruiting classes as Baylor's head coach have always been on the offensive and defensive line, and with the big addition of Dallas (Tx) Lincoln offensive tackle Desmine Hilliard to a class already loaded with talented big players. Of Baylor's six commitments, four of them line up on either the offensive or defensive line, and even their tight end commit Nila Kneubuhl is well known for his blocking ability. The lone player that doesn't fit into this category is running back Brandon Williams who will be able to run behind these skilled players.
As one class came in the Bears started laying the ground work for the next one. Baylor offered Hilliard on national signing day, and less than three months later he chose Baylor over offers from Notre Dame, Kansas, Purdue, Kentucky, and East Carolina.
"I just felt like if you have a good opportunity standing in front of you then you might as well take it," said Hilliard. "I called Coach [Randy] Clements. They were just excited, and I was glad too."
"Baylor the only school I know of that is really concerned about me. That's what I like to see," said Hilliard. "You can give me letters about how your school is doing this and that, but I got interested in Baylor because I feel they know a lot about me."
Hilliard's mother is currently in the hospital, but he was able to talk with her today and she was just as excited about his decision.
"My mom is in the hospital, but I got a chance to call here and I told her," said the Lincoln tackle. "She came with me to the junior day so she got a first hand chance to see how the school looks and she liked it. She thought it was a good choice."
"I talked to my grandpa today too. He just wants tickets to the games," Hilliard said.
Although his mom wasn't with him today when he decided to make his commitment, this is a choice that had mom's blessing since she joined him for Baylor's junior day.
My mom liked the education and that there's a chapel at Baylor. So my mom really likes the religios part," said Hilliard. "I liked that they have new facilities, and that they've been building a lot of new things.
While he hasn't shut the door to the possibility of taking other visits, Hilliard feels at home at Baylor, and doesn't think he could find that at some of the other schools out of state.
"I might (visit other schools), but the only thing is Baylor is the most homey environment for me," said Hilliard. "Let's say I commit to another school and they find someone from their home state that plays my same position. They may like him better than me in the end because he's someone from their state. At Baylor I am the guy from the home state."
The 6-6, 285lb tackle said that Baylor right plans to keep him at tackle, but he wouldn't mind moving inside to guard. He feels his best attributes are his feet and his strength.
Stay tuned to SicEmSports.com for the latest news on Hilliard and the rest of Baylor's 2011 recruiting class.
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