Part 1 of this article focused on the behemoth of a defensive lineman known as Xavier Ruben. However, there isn't just one juggernaut out of Baytown Lee committed to Baylor University. At 6'4" and 280 lbs, Tim Smith is also a force to be reckoned with. Bearsillustrated.com talked to Tim about his offseason plans, where he'll be next season, as well as a bond that drove two players to exceptional performance.
"Coaches haven't really told me any specifics I need to be working on [during the offseason]. I'll be doing power-lifting and probably track. I'll be lifting in the heavyweight division and it should be interesting considering I haven't done it since sophomore year."
What Smith has heard from the coaches is where and when he's supposed to see the field.
"I'm going to red shirt for sure. I'm going to be playing offensive line, probably tackle and then later on down the road Coach said he'll probably move me in to center. They want to red shirt me to get my strength and size up."
The most compelling part of the story of these "Baytown Boys" is the competitive relationship between two young athletes that propelled them both towards their dreams of playing Division 1 football.
"We've played together since freshmen year and competing with each other the whole time. I don't think either one of us could be where we are right now without each other. We're always breathing down each others necks and pushing one another. I'm really excited to go to the next level and play with Xavier for another five years."
And Smith's feelings about playing football for the Baylor Bears?
"Oh man I'm psyched. I'm ready to go to the next level and play division one of course; that's been on of my dreams playing throughout high school."
Stick with BearsIllustrated.com for the latest on Baylor recruiting and athletics.
Baytown Boys, part 2
Bears Illustrated Top Stories
5-Things: A Season's Ebb and FlowThe college basketball season is a grind. The only main sport to cross into both semesters, the Bears are in a bit of a lull right now. What do they need to do to bounce back?
Bears IllustratedYesterday at 10:05 AM
BearsIllustrated Periscope ChatBearsIllustrated analyst recaps the 2016 Baylor football recruiting class for members, giving analysis on who can make an immediate impact, and some of the more underrated recruits…
Bears IllustratedFriday at 10:31 AM
Names to watch for the 2016 BearsWith signing day past, it is time to look at new players that could make an impact in 2016. What freshmen, redshirt freshmen, or junior colleges transfers should Baylor fans get…
Bears IllustratedFriday at 10:10 AM
5-Things: A Golden ClassThe first Wednesday of February has become one of the biggest days of the year for college football fans as the next wave of stars sign with their future school. The Bears had a…
Bears IllustratedWednesday at 6:38 PM
2016 Baylor Recruiting HQIt’s your one-stop shop for all of the Baylor recruiting news, videos, interviews, analyses and rankings you need leading up to National Signing Day.