Baxter: Still waiting but confident

Although Jarvis Baxter has been a productive starting WR at Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) for the last two years, the junior is still waiting on his first offer. Baxter has made a big splash on the camp/combine circuit this spring, and you can read further to find out which east coast BCS program is on his wish list. Also, Baxter identifies two more schools that are seriously evaluating him.

You can't argue with Jarvis Baxter's numbers.

The junior from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex caught 39 passes for 666 yards (17.08 ypc) with seven touchdowns last season, and while those might fall a little short of "eye-popping numbers" for a wide receiver, there are additional factors to consider.

First, Lakeview Centennial's team amassed 1,316 passing yards in 2011, which means that Baxter hauled in almost half of that total.

Second, Baxter hasn't been on the biggest of stages during the course of his prep career.

While Lakeview Centennial is a large (5A) school, the Patriots were a combined 3-17 the past two years, and programs with poor won/loss records simply don't get the exposure of marquee teams like the Longview Lobos, Southlake Carroll Dragons or Dallas Skyline Raiders.

"I think we'll have a great season," said Baxter when quizzed about the '12 outlook. "We have a new offense and a new (head) coach."

Baxter put his skills on display at the recent NIKE Football Training Camp held in his area, and we asked him to break down the recruiting situation.

"I'm still waiting on my first offer," he said. "A couple of coaches have come by the school (during spring eval).

"Oklahoma, Missouri, Houston, Arizona, North Texas, UTSA, Washington State and Rice came by. Houston is recruiting me the most of all the schools. Coach (Travis) Bush is my recruiter, and I plan on visiting Houston soon."

Other than Houston, the schools Baxter singled out are Washington State and Virginia.

"Washington State really likes me," said Baxter. "When they were here at our school, my coach drew plays on the board for them - showing plays I can do," said Baxter.

"They have Mike Leach now as their head coach, and I believe I would be a good fit in Washington State's offense."

What's the connection to Virginia for a Texas prospect?

"I'm from Virginia," explained Baxter (5-10, 175). "I lived there from when I was born until I was 15.

"Virginia will offer if they're impressed during the spring or if I perform well at their summer camp.

"I leave for their camp on June 4th. I grew up liking Virginia. I want to open some eyes at their school. My close friend, Demetrius Nicholson, plays for Virginia and my cousin - LB Eli Harold - is committed to them."

Nicholson was a four-star CB (ranked No. 3 nationally at his position) from Bayside HS in Virginia Beach (Va.).

Harold is a five-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked outside linebacker in the country in the '12 class. He's another Virginia Beach product (Ocean Lakes HS).


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