Midlands Notebook: CenTex (8/1)

TCU quarterback commit Brennen Wooten

With the season just around the corner, recruiting is heating up again throughout Central Texas, with four commitments happening this week...

TCU has landed a big 2016 commitment in Marble Falls (Texas) four-star quarterback Brennen Wooten. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete had offers including Boise State, Clemson, and Kentucky, but decided he wanted to join the Frogs' program, telling Horned Frog Blitz's Jeremy Clark that his relationship with the coaching staff was a driving factor in his commitment.

"I’ve built a strong relationship with Coach Patterson and Coach Cumbie. They were very excited and thought it was great news," he said.

For more on Wooten, check out Clark's full commitment story, a commitment impact by national recruiting analyst Greg Powers, and Wooten's sophomore highlights, below.

Baylor fans received a surprise on Wednesday when head coach Art Briles took to Twitter to "announce" a new commitment out of the Austin area.

The commit? Cornerback Jameson Houston out of Austin (Texas) St. Michael's. Houston held a few offers including Kansas State, Purdue, Tulsa, and Idaho, but chose the Bears after enjoying an unofficial visit to campus.

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"It's a small community, not a lot of people there. They have a good football team and good education and that all helped me choose to commit to Baylor," he said.

You can read his full thoughts on his commitment here.

• Austin (Texas) Lake Travis linebacker James Bailey had also been hearing from a few programs, with offers including Iowa State, Nevada, New Mexico, North Texas, and Texas State, but the 6-foot, 197-pound athlete ended his recruitment this week by committing to Fresno State.

Bailey had recently taken a few visits and while it seemed he may end up at Iowa State with teammate and Cyclone commit Dominic DeLira, it was the Bulldogs that won out.

“My goal is to play as a true freshman. If not, I’m okay with being a redshirt freshman. I want to be a leader there and impact the team and set goals, set the standards up high for the program and for my team there," Bailey told Bulldog Playbook's Josh Webb earlier this week.

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For more, here's Webb's full commitment story.

• Waco (Texas) Midway defensive back Brenndan Johnson had picked up offers from Army, Sam Houston State, and Colgate before the 5-foot-11.5, 172-pound athlete chose to commit to Navy on Wednesday.

In an interview with GoMids' Richard Stover, Johnson said he took his time with the process but ultimately realized that the Naval Academy was the right fit.

"It feels tremendous to be committed to Navy. "I've done a lot of research. I've talked a lot with Coach Yo as well as Nick Martinez, who is also from Waco. It's a good thing to know where you're going by your senior year to be able to put that extra focus on the season," he said.

Johnson recently transferred from Waco Reicher Catholic to Midway, where he will play in one of the state's best secondaries.

For more on Johnson's commitment, check out Webb's full interview recap and Johnson's junior highlights.

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