According to a report from Sic’Em 365, Baylor basketball guard Ishmail Wainright is considering suiting up for the football team this fall.
“Ishmail Wainright is heavily considering playing tight end for the Baylor football team in the 2017 season, SicEm365 has learned.”
A second source also hinted to the move. If Wainright, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, does play football this fall he is expected to be a tight end.
Wainright is out of basketball eligibility after playing the last four seasons, but has one year of eligibility remaining in football due to the NCAA’s five-year clock. He’s contributed a little more than 9 minutes per game his freshman and sophomore year, and averaged 24.7 minutes and 29.4 minutes his junior and senior years, respectively.
The move would help the Bears too. The tight end position will take on a different role under coach Matt Rhule. He wants guys that can help stretch the field. Having an athletic big body with great hands on the roster will give Baylor some depth at the position.
As Sic’Em 365 points out, Wainright wouldn’t be the first to make the switch. It worked out pretty well for Rico Gathers who playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Update: It looks like this is happening.
Former #Baylor bball star Ish Wainright tells me he does plan to play football for BU next season. He hopes to join team next week at TE
— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) April 12, 2017