July 23, 2013

Hasty takes in Baylor

For nearly seven hours on July 19, JaMycal Hasty saw everything Baylor's football program had to offer.

He spent the early hours watching players strain, groan and gasp through every rigorous weight training exercise. Later, he toured the campus visiting academic and athletic facilities and academic advisors.

Indeed, Hasty soaked in a lot but it consider it time well spent. Part of that day was spent visiting with Baylor's exciting backfield of Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin.

"Everybody was into everything,'' the 2015 Longview running back said. "It was amazing and pretty intense. You could see how well everybody acted toward each other.''

The 2015 running back class is robust, especially in Texas. Hasty, who was offered by the Bears at June 8 Marshall camp, is like many recruits of this era who are now discovering and seriously considering a program that is ascending.

His dad is from Killeen and was stationed at Fort Hood. But even with the Central Texas connections, he really didn't have much interest until Robert Griffin III showed up. And now, he's paying attention to what Baylor is doing.

"I looked at a lot of Baylor film since the offer,'' he said. "The way they run their offense and running game is great. And you know their offensive linemen are going to make their blocks. They have great linemen. You just have to hit the holes.''

At 5-9, 184, Hasty is well put together. His upper body strength should be considered sculpted. His dedication to his own training regimen has put him in unique physical condition.

"I've been focusing on my core,'' he said. "If your core is strong, then everything else falls into place. A great core will mean so much to your flexibility and being able to do a lot of things.''

As a sophomore for the Lobos, he rushed for just 340 yards and five touchdowns. But it became apparent then that he was going to be highly pursued.

He's holding offers from Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech and Texas A&M where he has visited several times. A visit to Texas on July 27 could produce another offer.

While there is going to be a lot of time before he decides where he is going to play in college, he knows enough about Baylor have a good idea about the future.

"I'm just trying to sort everything out,'' he said. "I'm taking it step by step. I want to be comfortable with teammates and the people of the town. I want to major in kinesiology because I want to be a coach. I'm glad I got to Baylor.''

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