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Abilene High record-breaking running back signs to Baylor

Abram Smith signs letter of intent...

ABILENE, Texas - A day after tweeting out his decision, Abilene High running back Abram Smith made it official by inking his letter of intent to play football for Baylor University.

"It's the school that I wanted to go to, and I"m blessed that it happened," said Smith, who holds school records for most career touchdowns, rushing yards, 100-yard rushing games, touchdowns in a single-game, and the longest rush.

"It's a great school. I've been up there so many times. I went through their camp, and I like how they play football. They've got a whole new coaching staff. I've talked with them and they've got a good plan."

Matt Rhule took over as Baylor's head coach in December after back-to-back 10-win seasons at Temple.

Smith will enroll early at Baylor with the spring semester beginning on Jan. 9.

"I just want to get a head start on everything. It gives me a better chance of seeing the playing field in the fall. I'm pretty much starting a whole new life, and I"m extremely excited."

"That's his dream school. He's always wanted to go to Baylor," AHS quarterback Peyton Killam said.

Killam and Smith have been playing in the same backfield since Pop Warner ball, with Killam handing off to Smith each step of the way.

"We've built a relationship that not a lot of people have, and a brotherhood that not a lot of people have," said Killam. "I'm very thankful to have him as a friend, and I'm very glad that he's making this decision for him."

Smith verbally committed to Tulsa in May of 2016, but his patience paid off.

Smith said he began talking with Baylor coaches around Christmas, and de-committed from Tulsa on New Year's Eve.

"It kind of happened really fast," AHS head coach Del Van Cox said. "They were needing some help right now, and it was a great fit for Abram."

"I love Baylor. It's somewhere I wanted to be at...the place I wanted to be. So, when they gave me the opportunity there was no way I was going to pass it up," Smith explained.

Smith will major in business management at Baylor.

24/7 Sports rated Smith as a 3-star running back. Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Army had also made scholarship offers.


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