The Baylor Bears received their second commitment of the day as 4-star, Scout-300 wide receiver Josh Fleeks committed to Baylor.
The Baylor Bears received their second commitment for the 2018 class as 4-star Running back/Wide receiver Josh Fleeks committed to the Bears. He joins Southlake Carroll offensive lineman Jackson Kimble as the starting off point for the 2018 class.
Fleeks is a premier athlete in the state, a true 4-star stud for the Bears. He is the first Scout-300 commit of the Matt Rhule era. Fleeks plays slot receiver in high school, but could be a better fit as a running back at the collegiate level. In fact, Fleeks was listed as a running back in the Scout database prior to this week, converting over to wide receiver. Truthfully, Fleeks could stick at slot receiver, playing the hybrid RB/WR role that Oregon has used the past few years.
The Cedar Hill product played under tight ends coach Joey McGuire his first few years in high school. That relationship obviously played a large role in his recruitment. Fleeks had offers from Houston, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Stay tuned for more on Fleeks and the 2018 recruiting class.
Josh Fleeks is a highly athletic prospect who is a true offensive athlete. Fleeks lines up at running back, his natural position, and slot, where he's dangerous in the vertical passing game and the screen game.
Fleeks owns a laser-timed 4.48 40 and a shuttle of 4.10, so he combines impressive straight-line acceleration and top-end speed with good closer-quarters agility to make defenders miss in space. Flashes the open-field wiggle to avoid tacklers. Once he plants his foot and goes, he's very difficult to track down from behind.
Excellent potential as an all-purpose back who can contribute in the running game, passing game, and special teams as a return threat. Possesses good height (6-0), but will need to add bulk at the next level. Added weight will help his overall strength and ability to pick up blitzes and/or block on the perimeter as needed.
Playing for one of Texas' best programs against excellent competition will help preparation for high-major college football. Overall, Fleeks is an electric offensive weapon who is a true big-play threat every time he touches the ball. -- Gabe Brooks
Quickness off the line
Areas to Improve
2016: As a junior, Fleeks enjoyed a breakout season with 53 catches for 663 yards and eight touchdowns, along with 74 rushing yards as he primarily played in the slot for an 11-3 Cedar Hill team that reached the Texas Class 6A D-II state quarterfinals.
Spring 2016: At The Opening Dallas, Fleeks measured 6-foot, 167 pounds with a laser-timed 4.48-second 40.
2015: Fleeks made his varsity debut as a sophomore, when he ran 30 times for 135 yards.
Note: Fleeks will likely soon be re-classified as an ATH or a receiver.