Baggs to camp at Texas, A&M

Clear Springs sophomore Donnie Baggs is coming off a terrific spring in which he made waves after a move from safety to linebacker. The 6-2, 201-pounder that took his game up physically more than a notch is now receiving regional interest from the likes of Texas, A&M and others. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Baggs about his camp plans.

In 2008, sophomore linebacker Trevon Randle stole the show on the Clear Springs defense with over 120 stops. On that same defense, fellow sophomore Donnie Baggs was patrolling the secondary at safety showing his vast potential.

Baggs was active despite playing a new position in 2008 recording two interceptions and four pass break ups as well as 19 tackles in six games. This spring, Randle moved to running back and Baggs moved back to his natural linebacker position. The results were very impressive as the 6-2, 201-pounder with long arms and a quickly developing body took his play up two or three notches physically and made an impression on the colleges that stopped by the 5A school in May.

Baggs says the move to linebacker was a simple transition.

"The transition has been real easy," Baggs said. "It was real quick. I knew all of the stuff and it was easy because I played linebacker as a freshman. I need to improve on reading my keys a little, but it's been pretty easy."

Baggs was especially impressive on days when Texas and Texas A&M coaching staffs were on hand. With the physical play and ability to turn and run, the junior to be has seen his stock rise.

"I'm receiving interest from Texas, A&M, UCLA, Iowa State, Purdue, Houston and Arkansas. I'll be attending the UT camp (June 14) and the A&M camp. I may go to a couple of others too. It's extremely motivating to have the college coaches at out practices. They are here to see us and could be anywhere watching other players, but they came to see us. We have to show them what were made of," Baggs said.

Baggs didn't grow up a fan of Texas or Texas A&M, but that is because he wasn't born in Texas. Having lived in Houston for a decade now, he is looking for a place close to home.

"Growing up, UCLA was really my favorite because I was born in California. I was born in San Diego and moved here when I was five or six. I'm looking for a school closer to home though. I'm looking for a good football team, of course. I want to go to a place there will be a variety of people on the campus and at the school," Baggs said.

The June 14 camp visit to Texas, which he will take with fellow 2011 linebacker prospect Trevon Randle, will be his second visit to Texas after taking in the spring game.

"I went to Texas once before. I went to the spring game. It was a good experience. It was nice seeing the school, the players and meeting Mack Brown and the rest of the coaches," Baggs said.

Baggs is the younger brother of Abilene Christian freshman safety Nathan Baggs, who attended Clear Creek High.

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