Manor (Texas) 2016 Rivals100 linebacker Erick Fowler initially planned to take two Big 12 visits over the weekend. He was unable to make the Friday trip to TCU, but he was able to check out Baylor on Saturday.
The Bears made a strong impression on Fowler's first trip to Waco.
"It wasn't too long," Fowler said. "It was great. It was great. Everything was almost perfect as a matter of fact. Little details about Baylor were on point. It was not too far away from home. They sold themselves really well and I'm going to have to take another trip back up there."
The drive from Manor to Waco was one thing which caught his attention.
"The drive (wasn't too long)," Fowler said. "We were only driving for like an hour and 20 minutes maybe."
Once he arrived in Waco the Bears also made sure he got a good look at some of the perks of being a Baylor Bear from the gear to the facilities.
"The equipment. I got to see the Big 12 trophy. I got to watch the team practice. I went to go see the locker room, the nutrition room, and the weight room," Fowler said. "It was all just amazing."
The people around the Baylor program also caught his attention.
"The coaches had amazing energy on and off the field," Fowler said. "The fans were very supportive. We got to go to Meet the Bears where the players autograph everything. The people there are just too nice. I liked that. They were amazing."
Coach Jeff Lebby is Fowler's lead recruiter for Baylor, but the Bears also have a family connection with Fowler's cousin Terence Williams. Williams, who is a freshman running back for the Bears, made sure to give him a little insight into the Baylor program.
"Of course, he was telling me everyone feels like family up there, which I could tell before he even said it," Fowler said. "I see he also progressed weight-wise. He went up there at 218 and now he's almost 240."
He was not able to check out Baylor's new McLane Stadium, but he plans to make it back soon for a tour.
"They can't open it just yet, but they're going to open it Saturday when I go up there," Fowler said. "They're going to give me a tour and all of that."
Before his trip to Baylor next weekend, he plans to try and make it to TCU for the Horned Frogs Friday evening practice. He is still getting familiar with TCU, but he has a few things he is looking forward to about his trip to Fort Worth.
"I'm hoping to see the exact same thing I saw from OU and Baylor. Even more actually," Fowler said. "They have pretty high expectations as well so I can't wait to see them."
Fowler does not have any other trips planned at this time, but one visit is high on his priority list.
"I'm trying to plan a trip to UCLA. It cost quite a bit, but we most definitely have to make it up there," Fowler said.
As a sophomore in 2013, Fowler recorded 83 tackles, 19 sacks, an interception, and earned district defensive newcomer of the year honors. He is currently ranked No. 84 in the Rivals100 and No. 6 among outside linebackers.