Welcome to the #MizFam Houston, TX About to be #MizzouMade— Nick Otterbacher (@Coach_Otter) June 9, 2015
Trey Baldwin has confirmed to @btaustin he is committed to #Mizzou. Tigers’ 8th for 2016 class and 5th in 5 days. pic.twitter.com/3DnzNLvrM0— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) June 9, 2015
Trey Baldwin, a three-star athlete from Houston with offers from Illinois among others, has apparently just committed to Mizzou. He is the Tigers' fifth commitment in five days.
Baldwin is a unique guy -- he's listed at 6'3, 223, and plays linebacker, running back, and some receiver at West Orange Stark high school. His offensive highlights below are fine, but he looks mean on defense.
He closes quickly, shows good form on his tackles (which isn't always the case for high school defenders), and is much, much stronger than everybody else on the field. He told PowerMizzou last week that Mizzou was recruiting him as an outside linebacker, and it's not hard to see why.
He's listed only as a low-three-star prospect by Rivals; that could be because he doesn't have a specific position (though he certainly fits the linebacker mold to me), and it could be because he doesn't show just a ton of agility on film. But once he gets going in he right direction, he seems to get to full speed in a hurry. And perhaps as a bonus, he ends a Texas drought for Mizzou (or at least, he will if he ends up signing). Mizzou signed no Texans in the class of 2015 and only two in the class of 2014
Remember when people were starting to get a little bit antsy about that whole "only three commitments" thing? Mizzou now has nine commits, meaning the class is now between 45 and 55 percent full.