Offers Rolling In For JUCO Linebacker

Northeastern Oklahoma LB Chris Baccus (6-2, 225) is fast becoming one of the most popular JUCO linebacker prospects in the country with offers rolling in from several Power-Five programs over the past 48 hours...



"Things have been pretty busy," Baccus told JCFootball.com. "I have been talking with a lot of schools and I have offers right now from Arkansas State, Nebraska, Washington State and Arizona State.

"The only other school talking to me right now is Arkansas. I met with their coach once, but they haven't offered yet."

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Baccus led the Golden Norsemen with 76 tackles while also posting three sacks, nine tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

"I played running back in high school, so I can run pretty well and that's what I think I do best," Baccus noted. "I don't do just one thing well though. I can drop back pretty well and I make the adjustments for our team, so I have to recognize things and get us into the right play."

While he's got a lot of natural football skills and his Football I.Q. is pretty high, Baccus knows he needs to continue to work on perfecting his craft.

"I am working a lot on my hips, getting more flexible, and also my play-recognition," Baccus said. "I run a lot of drills and do a lot of stretching to get my hips looser and I'm watching a lot of film, recognizing formations and how to adjust to things so we have the right call made out on the field."

As a prep, Baccus prepped at Beggs High School in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He wasn't recruited much, partly because he played at a small school, but also because he was unable to get qualified.

"One big reason I ended up (at Northeastern Oklahoma) is because it is pretty close to home, but another big reason is because they recruited me and I really liked the coaches that were here," Baccus said. "I redshirted my first year and I'm glad that I did because I had to go from playing offense to playing defense and I don't think I would have been as successful that first year if I'd played right away."

Baccus will finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2015 footall season.




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