Just like that, the top two 2017 tight ends in Texas are already pledged with the Wednesday decision by Waco La Vega tight end Kedrick James to join a Baylor Bears class that now features five pledges.
The No. 1 tight end in the country, Cy-Fair's Brock Wright, announced his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in late June.
James, on the other hand, is the consensus No. 3 tight end nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. A four-star prospect, he's considered the No. 195 recruit overall and the No. 26 prospect in Texas. The 6'5, 245-pounder who also stars in basketball for La Vega held additional offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas State, and Texas Tech.
Is it a reservation or an actual commitment? For an offensive player from Waco, there's a chance it's more of an actual commitment than merely a reservation, but it's hard to see James making it until National Signing Day 2017 without visiting some other schools.
Fortunately for Texas, the tight end class in 2017 is pretty deep, as there are currently three consensus three-star prospects in the Lone Star State -- Denton Guyer's Brian Polenday, Victoria East's Chance McLeod, and Bullard's Major Tennison. Look for the Horns to evaluate those prospects in the near future. Texas may also begin the pursuit of some national targets since James and Wright are currently the only two 2017 tight ends with offers from the Longhorns.