Standing 6'1" and weighing in at 208 pounds, Byron Landor was a team leader on Blinn College's football team. The Louisiana native starred on the football field this past year, and in turn picked up a lot of interest from around the country. Holding offers from Baylor, Ohio, Houston, UTEP, North Texas, among several others, Landor has also received interest from Kansas State and Michigan State. Landor tells BearsIllustrated.com that he has made his commitment to play football for the Baylor Bears.
"I like the continuity between the coaching staff. That was one of the three things that I was looking for. I was looking for that connection between the coaches, and I feel that the connection between the coaches is real strong at Baylor."
The talented defensive back explains that he feels that the Baylor program is "headed in the right direction". Landor explains that he was able to follow the Baylor football team throughout this season.
"I watched a few games. I kept up with Robert Griffin, because I felt like he was one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. When they had a game, we did too, but I kept up on Fox Sports Net."
The future Baylor Bear runs a 4.5 forty, and is known for being a relentless ball hawk. Although skilled enough to play anywhere in the defensive secondary, Landor will most likely find himself at the strong safety position next year.
Landor already has decided what his major will be once he sets foot on the Baylor campus.
"I am a kinesiology major. From then, I haven't really decided what I want to do. But I will probably use it for coaching."
Landor will have two years to play two, and is looking forward to the new challenges he will face playing at Baylor.
"I kind of feel like it is going to be tough to balance being a new guy, yet being a leader at the same time. Being the fact that I have that college level experience, I am basically put in a leader role as soon as I get there. But yet, I am still a newcomer. It is kind of going to be a rough road to balance. But the tough games that I played in and my experiences, it only benefits me to get ready to play at a higher level."
So how solid is Landor's commitment to Art Briles and his staff?
"I am not one of those people who will commit and then de-commit. So I am not going to sit here and say 100% because you never know what might happen. But unless something drastically happens, I am going to be a Baylor Bear. I was really impressed on my visit with the facilities, the coaching staff, and the players that I talked with."
Landor came away impressed with his visit with current Baylor safety Jordan Lake.
"I was impressed with the fact that he is one of the best players in the conference, but yet he is level-headed and he is a really cool person. I feel like I can learn a lot from him being a Baylor Bear."
Before landing at Blinn, Landor, an under recruited athlete, played his high school football at Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He initially signed to play football at McNeese State, but a coaching change allowed him the opportunity to seek a new place to call home. Landor headed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe to play football. After one season at ULM, there was another coaching change. Landor found Blinn College, a team that was successful, and close enough that his family could watch him play.
"I will always remember Blinn no matter where I go. The coaches there are the coaches that made me the player that I am today. They put me in a position to have the opportunity to make plays."
Landor explains that not just one Baylor coach recruited him to play.
"I can honestly tell you that I talked with almost every coach on Baylor's coaching staff. And that really impressed me. I talked to the receivers coach, o-line coaches, and d-line coaches. I spent most of my time with Coach Norwood, but I talked to Coach Briles maybe three or four times."
Byron Landor will add immediate help at the safety position for the Baylor Bears defense.
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