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Baylor gets first football commitment since Briles firing

Baylor got its first commitment since Art Briles’ firing when a Plano Prestonwood prospect pledged to the Bears.
Baylor got its first commitment since Art Briles’ firing when a Plano Prestonwood prospect pledged to the Bears. AP

Will Jones probably never figured he’d be regarded as a trailblazer when it came to picking a college. But it’s exactly what he is.

Jones becomes the first recruit to commit to the program since the firing of Art Briles amid the swirling sexual assault scandal. While many 2016 signees are seeking a way out, and most of the 2017 commits have reopened their recruitments, not wanting to deal with the fallout of the scandal, Baylor is welcoming a player it now badly needs, even if he’s a player that didn’t make the cut before the program’s implosion.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder from Plano Prestonwood initially committed to Navy following signing day in February, according to 247Sports. He also had offers from Army, Stephen F. Austin and Northeastern State.

According to 247Sports, Jones, re-opened his recruitment last week and planned to enroll at Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on. Communication with Baylor picked up on Tuesday and his visit to Waco the next day led to an offer.

The Baylor football program might not which shoe is next to drop or who will be their head coach come the 2017 season.

But they do know that a defensive tackle named Will Jones is the first to say, yes while seemingly everybody else is screaming no.

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