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Baylor football receives five verbal commitments

Jan. 28, 1997

By Grant Bullinger

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Baylor football program acquired five verbal commitments over the weekend.

The Bears added some size to their offensive line with the acquisition of Steve York (6-5, 320) from Forney and David Armstrong (6-6, 260) from Jacksonville, Fla.

'I'd committed to University of Washington but started having second thoughts about leaving Texas,' said York.

York's honors for the 1996 season include: Honorable Mention All-State, District Offensive Lineman of the Year, Prep Star Magazine All- American and a listing in every major statewide recruiting list. York made his decision to come to Baylor based on his visit to campus and the need Baylor has for offensive linemen.

'The coaches and the players made me feel like I was a part of the team,' York said. 'Hopefully I can help Baylor's program in any way that I can.'

Armstrong combines size and quickness on the offensive line. 'David has very quick feet which make him a great pass blocker and he is able to pull very well.' Mandarin High coach Craig Howard said. Armstrong was named first team all-district and was chosen to play in the Jacksonville East-West All-Star game.

'David has not maxed out in size or strength,' Howard said. 'Working with a good program, like Baylor has, I'm sure he could reach 280 or 290.'

Baylor also received commitments from a highly recruited Tyler duo; safety, Gary Baxter (6-2, 190) and quarterback, Mickey Jones (5-10, 170).

'Gary is very aggressive and is a great leader,' Coach Allen Wilson said. ' Mickey has the ability to make things happen with the will not to lose.'

Baxter used his size and speed to receive All-District and All-State honors, while Jones received All-District honors and District 12-5A Offensive Player of the Year.

Arlington Heights High School standout Brandon Thompson (6-3, 245) committed to Baylor this weekend. Thompson rushed for over 1,100 yards this season. Thompson could be switched from fullback to tight end or defensive end.

Defensive lineman Bryan Phillips who was reported to have committed to Baylor has instead decided to join the Oklahoma State Univeristy program according to his high school coach Van Fuscik. The 6-6 standout lineman had started for MacArthur High School in San Antonio the last two years.

'Bryan has committed to Oklahoma State University , the reason being is that he has family in that area,' Fuscik said in a phone interview.

The commitments will continue throughout the spring for the Bears.

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