Tag:Mike Sherman
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:50 am

10/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mike Sherman finally breaks his silence on Texas A&M's move to the SEC and discusses the impact on recruiting.

Minnesota is the first offer for defensive end Corey Vereen.

Several top 2013 recruits in Georgia are playing at the Rising Seniors Bowl, including Robert Nkemdiche and UGA commit Brice Ramsey.

Junior quarterback Tyrone Swoops holds offers from Texas and Stanford, with Notre Dame about to offer shortly.

Arkansas coaches are hitting the road to recruit with the team on a bye week.

Tough news for BYU commit Phillip Amone, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Michigan State is using the Michigan game to host several top juniors.

Safety Leo Thomas decommited from Arizona following Mike Stoops' firing.

LSU has a huge edge recruiting in-state talent.
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:59 pm

Business as usual in recruiting if A&M heads East

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stop if you've heard this before, but it appears that Texas A&M is departing the Big 12 for the SEC. While the move appears all but done to some, to Aggies' head coach Mike Sherman, things around the program could be the furthest thing from his mind. The talk in the media during the week might be all about conference realignment but his team it has been purposefully avoided.

“We’re a very matter-of-fact, work-every-day type of team,” Sherman said. “We don’t think too far ahead – we’re not that smart.”

While Sherman and his team may be focused on their opener against SMU this weekend, other coaches have weighed in on the move and, in particular, the possible affect on recruiting if the Aggies move East. Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows the back roads around the state from his years at Texas but said that his strategy wouldn't change much even if the move occurs.

"If that happens, so be it. I've been really focused on our game," Muschamp said earlier this week. "We're going to recruit the best players in the country. If some of those are in Texas, so be it. It's a great state for high school football. The coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Other SEC coaches, many of whom were only minimally aware of recent developments about the move, had no problem commenting on what - if any - affect the move would have on their programs.

"We're always going to recruit the state of Texas," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good success there in the last three years and we're going to work hard to recruit the best players in the country. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on Texas A&M because it'd be very premature for me to discuss anything about that."

"It's not going to hurt us," Mississippi State's Dan Mullen added. "Texas has not been a huge recruiting area for us. We do recruit a little over there so I'm sure it's not going to hurt us extending the footprint into the Houston area and, really, the whole state."

"I can understand why everybody wants to come to out conference," Ole Miss' Houston Nutt said. "The stadiums are full, you're on TV every game and it's just a competitive, competitive conference. The best in America."

If there is one program who might be looking at a bounce, it's Tennessee thanks to the ties of head coach Derek Dooley.

"I've recruited Texas my whole career," Dooley said. "Coaching at SMU and LSU and Louisiana Tech, I've recruited just about every part of Texas for a long time. We have two commitments right now from that state. There's a lot of talent down there but there's a lot of good teams recruiting them too."

Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:46 am

5/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NCAA is conducting a "mock" enforcement hearing today at their headquarters. I wonder what recruiting rules some fake coach will break?

- A couple of updates on Michigan recruiting, including possibly stealing an Ohio State commit. Assistant Fred Jackson is the man responsible for the Wolverines' in-state success.

- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is reeling in the recruits early.

- A high school football star is learning tough life lessons to do his best.

- The nation's top tight end Kent Taylor is trying to stay grounded in the recruiting process.

- Texas and Florida State are the two schools on the top of the recruiting world early in the process.

- Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Auburn are on top for a talented pair of recruits who are a packaged deal.

- Offensive tackle Ryan Ward was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:29 pm

Aggies add another running back

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M wanted to capitalize on the success of their 2011 season with the class of 2012. No one thought Mike Sherman and company would capitalize so soon however, as the Aggies added their 19th commitment in Crowley (La.) running back Davante Bourque on Wednesday.

“I felt it was the right time (to commit),” Bourque told Scout. “The coaching staff stayed with me and showed me love the whole time. When some schools questioned my academics, the A&M staff didn’t back off and understood my situation. Plus, everybody there is so helpful and like a family. Everybody says ‘Howdy’ there and makes you feel comfortable. I also fit into their offense.”

The 6-foot-2, 200 pound running back is a terror on the field but several schools were scarred off due to academic issues early in the recruiting process. Bourque has been working daily towards qualifying and appears to be on track to enroll next year.

“It’s been a challenge, but I know that if I don’t do this then I won’t get a scholarship,” he said. “I’m used to it. I have to do it to graduate and reach my goals of going to college.”

Bourque rushed for 2,326 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. He has reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash to go along with a pair of good hands out of the backfield. LSU offered him as a wide receiver while other schools are recruiting him as an athlete or running back.

Bourque becomes the third Aggie commitment to hail from Louisiana in the class of 2012 and is the second running back in the class.

Posted on: March 23, 2011 6:25 pm

Pair of Big 12 schools pick up commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Big 12 schools Texas A&M and Oklahoma State each picked up a commitment Wednesday afternoon in a productive day for the conference rivals.

The Aggies received the verbal commitment from Missouri City (Texas) athlete Corey Thompson, a talented player who will likely play wide receiver in college.

"Corey called coach (MikeSherman today and gave him his verbal commitment," Thompson's father, Tony, told AggieYell.com. "I had a sense things were heading that way, but I was really surprised when he came in last night and said he was committing. I was really surprised and really pleased."

The elder Thompson was a star wide out for Texas A&M during the mid 80's under head coach Jackie Sherrill. Although there was no pressure for the younger Thompson to select the Aggies, the connection with Sherman and his staff made all the difference in his recruitment.

"He said he had developed a good rapport with the guys up there and the staff," Tony Thompson told the website. "But what really, first and foremost, made the difference was the interest A&M showed in him. It was impressive to say the least."

Corey Thompson is a MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 Watch List player and also held a scholarship offer from Arkansas. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound Thompson is the 17th commitment for the class of 2012.

Further north, Oklahoma State added the commitment from a player on the other side of the ball in North Richland Hills (Texas) linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanaga.

"Pretty much I was looking at Oklahoma State since I was a sophomore," Tshimanaga told OStateIllustrated.com. "I went through the process and I visited for a couple of games and I've been there about three or four times. I went to the Nebraska game when they played them. They lost but I enjoyed my time there and I went there a third time and it felt like home."

The 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker will transition into a bit of a hybrid defender for the Cowboys. He will play the "Leo" position which puts Tshimanaga's hand in the ground as a defensive end at times.

"Coach (Bill) Young and Coach (Glenn) Spencer will be my coaches pretty much," Tshimanga added. "Coach Spencer coaches linebackers and Coach Young coaches defensive ends and the Leo position is basically a linebacker and a defensive end at the same time. It's like a DeMarcus Ware type of a look. So right now they want me at the Leo position."

Tshimanga is the fourth commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012.

Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 1:23 pm

Aggies grab 2012 signal-caller

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There may be more people discussing Texas recruiting around the country but their main rival Texas A&M has quietly been burning up the recruiting trail with the class of 2012. The Aggies picked up their nation-leading 16th commitment Thursday night in San Antonio (Texas) quarterback Trevor Knight.

“It's a gut feeling,” Knight told the San Antonio Express-News. “I've been up there three times, and I just saw myself in College Station for four or five years.”

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback is a threat running or passing, racking up over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns as a junior at Ronald Reagan High. Although he grew up a Longhorns fan, Texas has not offered a scholarship and has already snapped up their quarterback for the class in Connor Brewer.

Knight chose A&M over offers from Texas Tech and TCU.

“At all three places I would have been happy," Knight told Gigem247.com. "But Texas A&M was the gut feeling."

This would be the third year in a row where head coach Mike Sherman was able to get one of the top in-state dual threat quarterbacks. Kerrville (Texas) gunslinger Johnny Manziel signed with the Aggies in February as part of the class of 2011.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:19 pm

Familiar name among pair of Aggie commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

They say relationships are everything in recruiting. Given the amount of time Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman has spent with the Matthews family, he might actually be considered part of the family as a result.

The youngest of the Matthews clan (on Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews’ side), Missouri City (Texas) offensive lineman Mike, became commitment number 14 for the Aggies’ class of 2012 Wednesday night according to AggieYell.com.

The 6-foot-3, 260 pound Matthews will be the third Matthews brother to head to College Station, joining older brothers Kevin (now with the Tennessee Titans) and Jake (the Aggies starting right tackle).

The commitment is the Aggies’ fourth offensive lineman in the class of 2012. Earlier in the day, A&M picked up defensive end Alonzo Williams as commitment number 13. A 6-foot-4, 250 pound end form Abbeville (La.), Williams was being pursued by LSU, Tennessee and Georgia among others.

Surprisingly, Texas A&M has double the number of commitments as in-state rival Texas (14 to 7) at this point early in the 2012 recruiting cycle.

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.

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