This past Friday, SMU commit Jarvis Baxter was supposed to be taking an unofficial visit to North Texas but a change of plans was required after tragedy struck.
"A friend of mine passed away so I wasn't able to make it. I don't think I'm going to make it out there," Baxter said. "I'm still going to go through the recruiting process and keep in contact with the coaches, but I'm not going to reschedule. I think I might just go to a game in the fall."
The Lakeview Centennial wide out also had visits scheduled for Baylor and Texas A&M in mid-July but canceled both due to ‘transportation issues.' Baxter explained that he is now just focused on seeing SMU this weekend.
"I'm definitely going to go to the first practice," Baxter said. "I want to see how my position coach coaches and what his receivers do in practice. I really want to see what they do and how Coach (June) Jones runs his program. I need to get a feel of what to expect when I get there."
Baxter said he plans on taking an official visit to Texas A&M and would be extremely interested if the Aggies were to offer. For now, the two-star prospect full expects to play on the Hilltop next fall.
"I'm still solid to SMU. Lately, I've just been thinking about getting to college already and playing for a good coach," Baxter said. "My favorite thing about SMU is the education and also Coach Jones. He reminds me of my high school coach by the way he runs his offense. He's really trying to build that team up."
Recently, Baxter's commitment became even stronger after he found out that all of SMU's games are going to be televised this season.
"I'm excited. It's a dream come true for me. To play on television as a college student, that's a dream," Baxter said. "From where I come from, that's a dream for us kids to play on television and in the Big East. I don't even know what to say, but it's going to be great."
Two-a-days is just around the corner for Baxter, who has been working hard this summer to ensure his team doesn't have another 2-8 season. Despite the disappointing record, Baxter was still able to record 800 yards receiving and seven touchdowns and will now be looked to as a senior leader.
"I've just been working hard and being a leader," Baxter said. "We really want to make it to the playoffs this year. I want to help my team do something that hasn't been done in a while."
Baxter visiting SMU this weekend
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