LEAGUE CITY — John Humphrey Jr. didn’t take long in choosing where he’d play college football, as the Clear Falls wideout verbally committed to Baylor earlier this week.
“I knew all along that Baylor is where I wanted to be,” said Humphrey, who is ranked 177th overall among ESPN.com’s Top 300 players of the Class of 2015. “I loved how the coaches treated the players. It’s almost like they treat each of them as if they were their own sons.”
The 5-11, 162-pound Humphrey chose the Bears over a host of schools, including the likes of Arkansas, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Utah, each of which offered him a scholarship.
While there were a host of top-level programs that showed interest, Humphrey said Notre Dame and Oklahoma were atop his list.
“I liked watching Baylor on Saturdays,” he said. “They brought an exciting brand of football, and that got the attention of a lot of people.”
The success of former Bears wideouts Kendal Wright (Minnesota Vikings) and Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys) in the National Football League was a factor for Humphrey, who would like to follow in their footsteps.
Humphrey also liked the fact that Baylor runs an offense similar to what he plays at Clear Falls, which he feels will help him make a smooth his transition to the next level.
Baylor’s elite medical program was a major factor in Humphrey’s decision to choose the school. While he has yet to decide what exact direction he plans to go in the classroom, Humphrey knows the medical field is where he plans to devote his studies to.
Humphrey is one of six ESPN.com Top 300 players who has already verbally committed to Baylor, and he is the highest-ranked of the half-dozen players Bears head coach Art Briles and his staff has pulled in.
“He felt a lot like a father figure to me,” Humphrey said of Briles. “He understands what I want to achieve, and he is most concerned about who I am as a person first.”
With the Knights starting spring practice April 28, Humphrey plans to use the opportunity to help fine-tune his skills — improving his strength and route-running skills are high on his list.
Humphrey is the second Galveston County player to verbally commit this week. Texas City All-State linebacker D’Vonta Hinton chose to play at Texas Tech on Sunday.