Top JUCO LB Prospect Adds Another Offer

Northeast Oklahoma A&M LB Chris Baccus (6-3, 225) hauled in his 11th offer recently when Iowa State threw their hat in the ring...

Baccus informed that Iowa State offered him this afternoon.

The offer is the 11th for the talented linebacker, joining the 10 he already had from the likes of Arizona State, Arkansas State, Nebraska, UAB, Utah State, Washington State, Buffalo, Memphis, North Texas and UAB.

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 told this spring. "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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