Brownsboro, Texas offensive tackle Lonnie Edwards was enjoying the recruiting process, but the talented young man knew where he wanted to go and wasn't going to waste any more time on a decision.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder made a phone call last night to the Big 12 school that he had been so high on since the beginning and made it official on where he was headed for college.
"He committed last night to Baylor," Brownsboro co-defensive coordinator James Croley said Tuesday. "Then he actually called coach John Settle here last night to let him know that he had made up his mind. He's extremely fired up about it and we're excited about everything for him."
Edwards, a second-team all-state pick as a junior, wanted to focus on his senior season without the distraction of recruiting. Offers had come in from all over from schools such as Arizona, Kansas, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Texas Tech.
In the end, Croley says that his top offensive lineman just had to follow his heart.
"He's been leaning towards them all along because they've been hot after him," Croley said. "I think it's a place that he can play either as a freshman or at least by the year after that. It's a good fit."
Edwards was being recruited by Bears assistant Chris Lancaster. Croley said that he and the other coaches felt that a great job was done by the Baylor coach in recruiting Edwards.
"I think as far as all the recruiting coaches that came in, he was the most laid back and real with Lonnie," Croley said. "They hit it off immediately because of his coaching style. He didn't pressure him but just spoke with him on a real level. That hit it with Lonnie the most."
Croley also added that he doesn't see Lonnie's decision on changing.
"When he makes up his mind, he's set on it," Croley said. "He just wants to have a great senior year."