The name Stanley Hackett is probably familiar to a good portion of fans of the Big 12. The Texas halfback committed to Texas Tech back in August, and essentially shut his recruitment down. After another down year for Tech, and some serious rumblings about Kliff Kingsbury’s potentially soon-to-be-over tenure in Lubbock, Hackett reopened his recruitment in January. he picked up offers from UCLA and Baylor, and the latter was thought of as the favorite ever since that offer. Today, the long-held expectation that Hackett would pick Baylor came true, as Stanley made his commitment to Baylor official on Twitter.
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Hackett is the 13th player in Baylor’s 2018 class, a class that just keeps improving. He’s the second highest (highest meaning closest to 1st) ranked player in the class, behind only Joshua Fleeks. He chose the Bears over offers from UCLA, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, and obviously, Texas Tech. The main competition following his decommitment came via the Bruins, though I doubt he was seriously considering heading from one Pasadena to another.
Hackett fits into this Baylor class perfectly. He’s the first running back, and just like many of his fellow Baylor commitments, his greatest asset is his pure athleticism. He runs an incredible 40 time for his height, 4.55, and should be an absolute joy for the Baylor coaches to develop, because he has a great work ethic, a common theme in this class.
On the field, as I said, Hackett is heavily dependent on his athleticism. At his size, it’s pretty easy for him to tear through high school defenses, though he’ll need to work on a few technical things in Waco before he’s ready to tear through college and pro defenses. He’s an upright runner, which is fine, but he really needs to work on his leverage. He doesn’t have the weight to be a bruiser, and prefers to make space with his ability to make guys miss. He’s elusive, and obvious has the raw potential, he’ll just need to work on learning the position a little more in Waco. His ceiling comparison is a throwback, Eric Dickerson. (Here’s some Eric Dickerson highlights, for your enjoyment)