DB Austin Jupe commits to Baylor

Baylor's 12th commitment for the 2013 recruiting class is a player that can play anywhere in the secondary.

Austin Jupe (San Antonio/East Central) gave the Bears a verbal commitment Monday evening. At 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, Jupe is a high school cornerback who is projected to be a college safety. He committed on Monday after visiting the Baylor campus for a camp on Sunday.

Jupe chose Baylor over an offer from Oklahoma State. He also had offers from Air Force, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Texas State, UTSA and New Mexico.

“I just had that feeling about Baylor,” Jupe said. “That’s where I needed to be. I feel really good about it. I’m stress-free and don’t have to worry about anything.”

Jupe had 56 tackles and four interceptions for East Central in 2011. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds two weeks ago at a Texas Tech camp -- all while battling a minor case of tendonitis.

Jupe was recruited by defensive tackles coach Chris Achuff, but he also has been in contact with defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.

“Coach Bennett told me I can play either safety or cornerback there. He said I have the ability to play either one,” Jupe said. “It really doesn’t matter to me; I can play either one.”

Jupe is Baylor’s third commitment in a two-day span. He also is the Bears’ third defensive back of the 2013 class.