Huntsville (Texas) offensive tackle Ronnie Major goes by Buck, a nickname he picked up in the sandbox as a little kid. Now he also answers to Baylor Bear.
On Thursday night Major decided it was time. He was ready to end the recruiting process, and make his college decision.
"I went to three camps this summer and when I went up there I fell in love with Baylor," Major said. "They said they're going to have a great team this year and they're building a new stadium. I fell in love when I went up there."
Baylor offered shortly after the camp, and at that moment it was easy for those around Major's recruitment to see both parties were pretty excited.
"Baylor offered really and truly in late July after their camp," Huntsville head football coach Shane Martin said. "We went there for a camp. They had some great offensive linemen down there in the 2015 and 2016 class who I thought were really impressive and Ronnie was one of them.
"They saw some things they loved. He has great hips. He's not a bender. He's a guy who drops his hips and can really play underneath all that and get underneath guys. They were very excited he was coming and I think they both fell in love with each other on the same day with what he saw of Baylor. Of course it didn't hurt to look across the river and see a brand new stadium going in. That was another plus for Ronnie."
A few days before his announcement Major let his coach know of his plan to commit. His coach then told him to wait and make sure he was ready.
"That was one of the things," Coach Martin said. "When Ronnie came to me we kind of put it off for two or three days and I told Ronnie I want you to make sure this is what you want to do. Is there another school out there, a dream school, that walks in and offers you that is going to make you want to change your commitment? He said no and that's even with his sister (Ronisha Major) being a Longhorn, she plays basketball for UT. He's been around them because they've been around there to see some ball games, but there was just something about coach Clements and coach Montgomery at Baylor that made the decision easy for him. Also our recruiter is an outstanding recruiter from Baylor, coach Buckels, and they really just hit it off. He felt good about it. I told him I thought it was just because he wouldn't have to change the color green. He can keep everything he wore here."
Major also camped at Texas and Texas A&M this summer and feels at home at left tackle. The film is limited on the big guy since Huntsville had two three-year starters at tackle in 2012. However, excitement is growing in Huntsville as he shows his abilities.
"Ronnie is a big ole guy. Right now he's about 6-6.5 about 290-pounds," Coach Martin said. "He's just a kid who continues to improve every day. Every day we go to practice he gets better and better. He's a very aggressive guy. If you meet him his personality wouldn't show it, but when he gets inside those white lines and once he latches on and gets on to you it's hard to get away from him. He's going to be a big time player for us this year."
Excitement is also high in Waco.
"They said they would love for me to come up there and they were happy and excited about me coming up there," Major said. "I told them I'd be at the first game."