Billy Chavis, an imposing 6-5, 225 pound athlete from Westbrook, Tex. recently de-committed to Baylor, a team he'd made a verbal to way back in April.
"I went on and de-committed, opened it back up," Chavis said. "I took a visit to Arizona, and I enjoyed myself. I started thinking ‘Man, maybe it's good out there in other places.'
"I'd never been out of Texas to go see other places, I feel like I rushed my commitment. When I decided to that, take more visits, I kind of enjoyed it. I wanted to go see what was out there for me."
Despite his de-commitment it doesn't mean Baylor is out of the running for the 4-star's services.
"They're still in the running," Chavis said. "I not going back out and just leave them alone."
Chavis said the Baylor coaching staff took the news of his de-commitment well.
"They didn't take it too hard," Chavis said. "They played like they understood, so hopefully they understand what I'm going through. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Chavis currently lists his top 5 as Iowa, Clemson, Missouri, Arizona, and Kansas State, all having offered. Chavis said he was waiting on a Miami offer, but has been waiting for a while. He was visited by Miami earlier this spring.
"They said they wanted me and everything," Chavis said of a visit Miami assistant coach Mario Cristobal took to his school. "I was ready to commit to them. I was just going to close the recruiting down, I was ready to be part of Miami, but I felt like he was kind of beating around the bush."
Chavis has at least one school in mind for an official visit, the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"I'm trying to (visit) Iowa," he said. "I've been talking with Coach Johnson and Coach Jackson, I talked with the head coach once. Just trying to see what days they can find available for me."
Iowa has a history of recruiting Texas well, and that seems to be continuing with Chavis.
"They're great. Over the phone, so far so good," Chavis said. "They're telling me great things, they believe in me, they want great things to happen for me. That's why I'm so anxious to get down there and meet them in person."
Chavis said that ever since he started playing football, he had been on the offensive side of the ball, being a playmaker. This year, he's gotten a chance at strong safety and linebacker, something he's enjoying so far.
"On defense in 4 games I have like 64 tackles, two interceptions," he said. "I'm just back there breaking up balls, scaring people, blindsiding people, just laying it. I'm enjoying myself."
Chavis said he doesn't have a time table for his decision, and right now he's more focused on school work.
"Right now I'm not going to even worry about recruiting, I'm just going to worry about school and just helping my team win state," he said. "The TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) down here in Texas, we've got to pass TAKS. That's what has stopped a lot of great athletes from going to college. After I take care of TAKS I'll be all good."
We'll check back in with Chavis as his season continues and his team makes an expected run in the playoffs.
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Former Baylor verbal Billy Chavis opened his recruiting back up. Read who's now at the top of his list, planned visits, an update on his season, and much more in this recruiting update.