Lake Dallas’ Ijiyera plans to sign with Houston Baptist

Lake Dallas High School offensive lineman Segun Ijiyera (70), an area standout, follows a play during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas High School offensive lineman Segun Ijiyera (70), an area standout, follows a play during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas lineman Segun Ijiyera was set to sign with Texas State just a few weeks ago.

Those plans changed in a hurry as national signing day approached.

Ijiyera was prepared to sign with Texas State as a member of its 2017 class. The school later asked Ijiyera to blue shirt, a practice that would involve joining the team as a preferred walk-on and being put on scholarship after the start of fall practice.

Following that path would allow Texas State to back date his scholarship to the 2018 class.

Ijiyera elected to follow another path, one that led to Houston Baptist. Ijiyera confirmed Sunday afternoon that he is planning to sign with the Southland Conference school on national signing day this week.

Ijiyera had five offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs at one point or another during his recruiting process. He committed to Texas State over Tulane and Houston Baptist, which competes in the Southland Conference. The Southland is a Football Championship Subdivision conference.

“Texas State tried to give me a blue shirt offer after I committed,” Ijiyera said. “I didn’t want to go that route. Houston Baptist was my No.3 school and Tulane had already filled its spots.

“Houston Baptist made a lot of sense.”

The 6-2, 270-pound Ijiyera played mostly on Lake Dallas offensive line, but also played defense last season due to a series of injuries the Falcons suffered on their defensive line. He finished with 31 tackles, including nine behind the line of scrimmage, and a sack.

Ijiyera is a member of The Dallas Morning News’ Area Top 100 list.

“Houston Baptist is on the come-up,” Ijiyera said. “Playing time won’t be that hard to come by.”

— Brett Vito

Ryan’s J.T. Williams, Sekou Clark add HBU offers

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams was offered a scholarship by Houston Baptist on Sunday night, making it the fourth offer he's received.

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams added to his list of suitors on Sunday night when Houston Baptist head coach Vic Shealy called Williams and offered him a scholarship.

It’s Williams’ fourth scholarship offer. He’s been offered by Missouri, North Texas, and Houston, and he seems to be leaning toward Missouri (where his brother, Jordan Williams, is an offensive lineman) but he’s still undecided.

Now the difference between those three schools and HBU is that the Huskies are in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA), not the Football Bowl Subdivision.

This year is HBU’s first year playing football, and the Huskies will join the Southland Conference in 2014.

Do I expect Williams to go there? No, not really. But it’s always worth mentioning an offer, especially for a guy like Williams. He’s got 47 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks.

(UPDATE: 8:38 p.m.) : Williams said fellow senior defensive lineman Sekou Clark was also offered by HBU, which isn’t a bad decision by the Huskies. This is the first offer the defensive end received this season.

Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane and Washington State offered Clark prior to this season. I know a lot of recruiting folk were high on Clark because of his what they call “measurables” (6-4, 240 pounds). It’ll be interesting to see if anybody else offers Clark before national signing day next February.