Written by Corbett Smith
Roosevelt cornerback Patrick Levels commits to Baylor, coach Art Briles in person on Dallas campus Thursday
Patrick Levels, Roosevelt's do-everything cornerback and kick returner, has orally committed to Baylor.
Roosevelt recruiting coordinator Broderick Sublet confirmed the choice via e-mail on Thursday. Baylor coach Art Briles was on the Roosevelt campus today to pick up the commitment, Sublet said.
Levels' play for Roosevelt this season was a tour de force, with 177 tackles (118 of them solo), eight interceptions (with four returned for touchdowns), three punt-return scores and and six tackles for loss -- all in 11 games.
The 5-10, 175-pound Levels -- No. 99 on the new SportsDay HS Area Top 100 -- was named the Associated Press' Class 3A defensive player of the year for his efforts.
And those honors weren't unnoticed. His recruiting picked up dramatically over the last two months, picking up offers from Baylor, UTEP , TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech , Morgan State , Northern Colorado and Central Arkansas. The bigger programs came swooping in to try to secure at least an official visit, Sublet said. Levels took visits to Baylor and UTEP over the past two weekends, before making his decision. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville visited Roosevelt on Wednesday.
Oral commitments are non-binding; the first day a football commit from the Class of 2012 can sign a National Letter of Intent is Feb. 1, 2012.