Baylor Commit Coming to Town

Sooner fans hoping for another defensive back commit will like this news: a talented defensive back is on the way to visit next weekend.

Baylor soft commit and safety/cornerback Zack Sanchez, out of Central High School in Keller, Texas, is on his way to check out Norman.

And he's excited to do so.

"Really I went to the Junior Day last year, and that was pretty much the only visit I had," Sanchez said. "So, I mean, next week I plan on learning a lot more about the campus and [everything]."

The 6-foot, 165-pounder who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash, is set to check out OU Friday.

And while it's just his second time to tour the Crimson and Cream land, the three-star prospect already has a very solid background of OU and what could potentially switch his commitment, should that be the case.

"Oh man, that tradition," Sanchez exclaimed. "You know, possibly playing for a national championship every year. Every year OU's always in the hunt, whether they fall off late or fall off early. But they're always there, just the possibilities as a football player that I could have at OU, the coaching that I'd get, stuff like that, just the experience alone from OU."

His discussions with the OU coaching staff have been interesting, to say the least.

As one can probably assume, new Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables initially contacted him.

Venables, of course, left OU and officially accepted that position last Friday.

That paved the way for the rest of the discussions between Sanchez and the Sooner coaching staff.

"First, it was Coach Venables," Sanchez admitted. "You know, he called me. He made the first call, and they offered me and he kind of talked about Coach [Bob] Stoops, Coach Mike Stoops and how he was coming back. And then the next day Coach Mike Stoops called me and we've been talking ever since."

Those discussions have allowed him to develop a pretty solid relationship with the new OU defensive coordinator who returned after getting fired as head coach at Arizona.

"I like Mike a lot," Sanchez said. "He came to my school last Tuesday and talked to me in person. I thought he was going to come in and talk--you know, just basically trying to win me over on OU and talking about how it's so much better than Baylor and stuff like that. He explained why he felt like he wanted to come back and his expectations for me on and off the field, you know, what I could do, what could be in the future, just how he is and how he coaches. We had a really good talk."

One that convinced him to go ahead and visit just a few days before Signing Day.

But he maintains he's still committed to Baylor, at least for the moment.

"They were the first really big school to take a chance on me early in the recruitment," Sanchez said. "That was huge. I mean, just for them showing interest and believing in me was big. I know a lot of recruits that have come in here. I like what they're doing with the program. It's up and coming and what not with the new stadium and there's good things happening at Baylor."

It would appear, though, Mike is already making his mark.

If he could somehow sway, this commitment, it would be a very nice pickup for the 2012 class.

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