June 17, 2009
Is Fleming Close to a switch?
A top offensive line has been a priority for Art Briles and the Baylor coaches. With seven offensive line signees in the 2009 class, and the commitment of Waco (Tx) Connally lineman Troy Baker, the coaches have not slowed down on the recruitment of top lineman in the state of Texas.
Cypress (Tx) Creek offensive lineman Cameron Fleming has been on Baylor's radar ever since last fall and is definitely one of the top offensive tackle prospects in Texas. Even though Fleming gave his commitment to TCU back in February, his recruitment is still open.
"I don't know about switching my commitment, but I'm definitely open to other places," said Fleming. "I just want to find the right fit that combines good football with the great education that I need if I don't go to the NFL."
Having an 'open recruitment' is a very broad term that is sometimes thrown around, but Fleming knows why he is not solid and still looking around.
"The biggest dilemma for me is if I pledge to TCU I'm not playing in a BCS conference. Like most people who go into recruitment you want to have a chance to win a national championship, or at least be in the running for one," he said. "TCU could still win it, but it would be very difficult to pull it off. Plus, the level of competition in BCS conferences is always higher."
It has been rumored that Baylor has been in good standing with Fleming for quite some time now, but without an offer early in the year he went ahead and committed to TCU. But how does Baylor stand right now with his open recruitment?
"[Baylor] stands pretty well right now. I met the coaches and I like coach Briles," said Fleming. "I like the location because I grew up right down the way in Killeen, so it's really familiar with me. I have always been a big Baylor fan since about the 7th grade."
With camp season in full swing and the Baylor coaches planning for a large camp in July, getting Fleming on campus to build a relationship with the coaches could help Baylor jump up his list. He is still unsure whether or not he will make it to Waco, but currently he and one of his teammates Archie Muniz plan on attending.
"I'm not sure. I think Archie is going to come with me to the Baylor camp. If not, then I probably won't go to another camp," Fleming said.
The question has to be asked, what will it take for Fleming to pull the trigger and switch his commitment to Baylor or solidify his pledge to TCU? Will it be the camp in July or something else?
"I just have to feel like it was the right decision. Once, or if, I change my commitment, then I'm going to be totally locked down. No more recruitment," Fleming said. "That is why it is such a big decision. It will definitely not be open anymore after I decide that I'm solid or going to change."
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