Baylor Offers Hooks’ Two-Way Star Montrell Estell
Montrell Estell, the region's most recruited 2017 football prospect in terms of FBS scholarship opportunities, has added to his lead.
The uncommitted Hooks two-way standout announced through his personal Twitter account Wednesday evening that Baylor reached out to him with an offer. With the invitation from the Bears' program in hand, Estell (6-2, 180) has six choices among power five conference schools plus a standing offer from Notre Dame and 11 FBS options in total.
Bullard tight end Major Tennison, Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson and John Tyler receiver Damion Miller -- all Texas verbal commitments -- are the next closest players to Estell with nine offers each.
As a receiver, Estell finished the 2015 season with 34 catches for 417 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 380 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in 11 games.
He simultaneously recorded 64 tackles with four sacks, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks as a defensive back.
Hooks posted a 9-1 regular season record and won the District 7-3A Division II championship before falling to Arp by a touchdown in the first round of the playoffs.
Baylor, the fourth Big 12 Conference school to enter the mix alongside Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech, enjoyed the most success among those conference rivals last season en route to a 9-3 regular season and then a win against North Carolina in the Citrus Bowl to finish the year ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.
The Bears threatened to win a third straight Big 12 title through the first week of November and climbed as high as No. 2 in the AP poll before dropping three of its final four regular season games.
Baylor's decline began only after starting quarterback Seth Russell was lost for the season with a neck injury in a win against Iowa State. Backup and true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham kept the winning streak going for another week at Kansas State, but the squad was handed its first loss against ultimate league champion Oklahoma on Nov. 14.
Stidham was lost for the season with a broken ankle in the following game -- a win at Oklahoma State.
Both signal callers should be available once again this season.
Head coach Art Briles, a former Texas high school coach, is preparing for his eighth season in Waco and inherited a program slightly below .500 through its first 109 years of existence. He has a 99-65 overall record despite the fact his first two Baylor teams went 4-8.
Baylor has not missed a bowl game since 2009 and has posted four 10-win seasons, including three straight with a conference championship win in 2013 and a shared conference title with TCU in 2014.
The 2016 Bears football team will feature seven East Texas players.
Estell, like all high school prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Houston, SMU, ULL (4)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — committed to SMU; additional offers from Arkansas, Kansas (3)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR, 6-2, 180 — offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (11)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (6)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — offer from Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from SMU, Tulane, ULL (3)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offer from Arkansas State, Tulsa, ULL, ULM (4)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — offers from Houston, SMU, Texas State, ULL, UTSA (5)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 -- offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 5-11, 160 — offers from Bowling Green, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (9)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by SMU (1)