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October 21, 2013

Lynch brings versatility to Baylor

Baylor' s 2015 recruiting class is giving the appearance of becoming one of the strongest in the country. Securing athleticism and versatility are the early trend.

Late Sunday, Troup athlete Blake Lynch announced on twitter he had given his verbal commitment to the Bears. SicEmSports verified with Lynch through a direct message. Lynch becomes the third member of this class. The 6-2, 191 two-way standout joins Temple's Chad President as the second four-star recruit to commit to the Bears.

"He's a big athletic kid,'' Rivals Midlands analyst Jason Howell said. "His size translates into other positions. He can grow into another position.''

While Troup is tucked away in East Texas, other major programs knew where to find him as Nebraska, Clemson and Mississippi State had offered him.

However, Lynch's commitment to Baylor doesn't come as a surprise. Within the last four months, he has listed Baylor as one of hit two leaders or his leader. He attended one of Baylor's summer camps, came to the spring scrimmage and attended a couple of games thus far.

The timing, though, seemed to be a byproduct of the program's news-filled weekend. On Sunday, Baylor enjoyed its highest ranking in the polls since 1980 and then made its debut at No. 8 in the initial BCS poll.

While he is a quarterback, it appears his Baylor destination is either at wide receiver or in the secondary.

"As a wide receiver, he can jump…he has a great vertical,'' Howell said. "Blake definitely has the speed. When you watch him, he's not a guy who doesn't have to plow over people. He can make nice sharp cuts. And you can see how that translates at that position.''

Should Lynch play defense, the advantage he brings is playing quarterback so he knows what a quarterback is looking for.

"There are definitely some adjustments he'd have to make about coverage schemes,'' Howell said. "But the best thing he has going for him is that he has the footwork.''

Unfortunately, Lynch's season appears to be in jeopardy. He broke his right arm in the 35-21 loss to Tatum. While he told coach Dennis Alexander he believed he could play defense, Alexander wasn't as sure.

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