Richland High School shooting guard Nolan Dennis has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Baylor, the program announced Thursday.
Dennis had recently indicated he was leaning toward either Oklahoma or Connecticut.
Rated as high as No. 44 in the nation currently in the ESPNU 100, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard was rated No. 15 at his position nationally by Rivals.com in the fall and No. 58 overall in the Class of 2009.
Dennis originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Memphis but was granted his full release earlier this month.
"We have recruited Nolan for some time and have developed a great deal of trust and respect for Carol and the Dennis family," coach Scott Drew said. "We are very excited to have them as a part of our Baylor family."
Dennis led the 2009 Richland Rebels to a third-place tie in District 3-5A and a 15-15 record overall as a senior. He garnered District MVP honors, averaging a league-leading 21.4 points and 10.1 rebounds, while also ranking second in blocks (1.6), third in assists (3.5) and fourth in 3-point field goals per game (1.1). As a junior in 2007-08, he led the league in scoring (21.0) and rebounds (10.0), while dishing out 3.0 assists per contest.
"Nolan is one of the elite players in the state of Texas and the nation," Drew said. "Baylor fans are going to love his versatility and basketball talents. In addition, the Baylor community is really going to enjoy getting to know Nolan as a person as he is an outstanding young man.
Dennis, ranked No. 2 on the 2009 Websider Hoops Top 10 on Rivals.com, joins three members from Baylor's early signing period class in November - Givon Crump, a 6-7 small forward from Wolfeboro, N.H.; Cory Jefferson, a 6-9 power forward from Killeen, Texas; and A.J. Walton, a 6-1 guard from Little Rock, Ark.