The Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns not only have a rivalry in the battle for state pride, but also for standing in the Big 12 Conference. This morning, Class of 2017 four-star wide receiver recruit and Baylor commit Hezekiah Jones got himself involved, even though he won’t suit up in Waco for another couple of years.
On his personal Twitter page, Jones called out Texas fans as “salty” and only helped fuel the fire between both fan bases.
It should also be noted that Texas presented an offer to Jones, who currently plays for Stafford High School just outside Houston, but he opted to commit to Baylor last month. In-state recruits choosing the Bears over the Longhorns has become common over the past, since Texas has struggled to regain its footing ever since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS Championship Game and subsequently losing star quarterback Colt McCoy. Baylor, on the other hand, has become a national powerhouse under coach Art Briles the past few seasons and will seek its third straight Big 12 Conference title this season.
Thus, though Texas has shown potential for grand improvement under soon-to-be-second-year head coach Charlie Strong, the rivalry with Baylor is always going to exist, regardless of whether Jones posted that tweet or not. If you ask this writer, a little in-conference competition between fan bases never hurt anybody.
Baylor opens the 2015 season on the road against the AAC’s Southern Methodist Mustangs on September 4.
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