Tag:Tim DeRuyter
Posted on: February 20, 2011 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 9:48 pm

Aggies sweep up on Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As much as you hear about Mack Brown being known as Mr. February (as good and bad as that connotation is) for his recruiting prowess this month, Mike Sherman would like to remind everybody he's not to shabby as a recruiter either. You can see why after Texas A&M had one of its most successful Junior Days in recent memory, grabbing four commitments according to multiple recruiting sites.

Denton (Texas) outside linebacker Jordan Richmond was the first to pull the trigger, showing up to campus decked out in Aggie gear according to GigEm247.com. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Richmond is one of the top linebackers in the state and a great fit in defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 defense. He had 138 tackles last season as his Denton Ryan team fell just short of a state championship.

Commitment number nine for the class of 2012 came in the form of Aledo (Texas) offensive tackle Michael Wilson. 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Wilson had offers from TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas. Hurst (Texas) offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti also committed, an impressive haul for A&M offensive line coach Jim Turner. The Aggies have three offensive line commitments in the class overall.

Tyler (Texas) defensive lineman Eric Davis was the 11th overall and fourth and final Junior Day commit. A 6-foot-3, 230 pound end had 12 sacks as a junior.

All in all, a great haul headed for College Station, as the Aggies look to build on the momentum from their great season last year.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:44 pm

Big 12 needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer


Biggest need: Defensive linemen. Baylor has struggled over the years to get a decent pass rush and the Bears lose their best defensive tackle in Phillip Taylor to the NFL Draft. Getting quality and quantity at this position will be key to continue the momentum from their first bowl season in over a decade.

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Spencer Drango.

Hope to get: Running back Jermichael Selders.

Iowa State

Biggest need: Receiver. Iowa State loses their two leading scorers in the passing game and saw Sedrick Johnson transfer. There’s playing time available right away but the Cyclones need someone to break out and not just fill out the depth chart.

Best verbal commit: Running back Devondrick Nealy.

Hope to get: Wide receiver Cedric Gilbert.


Biggest need: Defensive line. The Jayhawks lose three of the four starters off of the line and will need to bring in some players to bolster a unit that was 105th in the country in sacks and 107th in rush defense.

Best verbal commit: Athlete Anthony Pierson.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Terry Redden.

Kansas State 

Biggest need: Offensive line. All three interior linemen are gone from a unit that paved the way for running back Daniel Thomas. While head coach Bill Snyder will typically get some help from the junior college ranks, the Wildcats need some bodies to build around on the O-line.

Best verbal commit: Defensive end Meshak Williams.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds.


Biggest need: Defensive line. Missouri has been hit by graduation and impact player Aldon Smith leaving for the NFL. Finding players who can play right away will be key if they are to re-tool on defense.

Best verbal commit: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Christopher Cormier.


Biggest need: Secondary. Two starters have graduated and their two replacements should both be upper classmen. The fact that they play in a pass-happy league also means it’s never a bad thing to have several defensive backs.

Best verbal commit: Running back Brandon Williams.

Hope to get: Class is pretty much set for 2011.

Oklahoma State

Biggest need: Linemen. Three starters depart from the defensive line and there will be four seniors on the offensive line. The Cowboys are looking for depth as much as they are players who can compete early.

Best verbal commit: Running back Herschel Sims.

Hope to get: Defensive end Brandon Alexander.


Biggest need: Secondary. Aaron Williams, as expected, left early for the NFL draft and the departures of several seniors leave this group thin. If they’re going to compete against some prolific offenses, Texas needs to grab a few players who can play immediately.

Best verbal commit: Running back Malcolm Brown.

Hope to get: Defensive end Brandon Alexander.

Texas A&M

Biggest need: Linebacker. The loss of Von Miller and Michael Hodges are huge for a defense that was starting to turn the corner under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. In the 3-4 scheme, the Aggies need depth as well as playmakers.

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Hope to get: Linebacker and soft verbal commit Shaun Ward.

Texas Tech

Biggest need: Receiver. All-everything receiver Lyle Leong is gone and the depth at the position looks thin after 2011.

Best verbal commit: Running back Kenny Williams.

Hope to get: Cornerback Marcus Roberson.

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