Tag:Texas A&M
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:04 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:08 pm

Trey Williams officially signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kevin Sumlin has seen some members of his first recruiting class leave for other schools on Wednesday, and he's helped flip some of his own, but the best news he received all day may have been when Trey Williams faxed in his letter of intent to play for the Aggies.

Williams' commitment to the Aggies hasn't really been in doubt since he verbally committed back in April, but given the nature of college football recruiting, and all the flips we've seen already today, Sumlin can move forward knowing he has his running back of the future.

Williams is ranked as the top wingback in the 2012 class by MaxPreps, and the five-star back is ranked #32 over all. He's the highest-rated running back the Aggies have signed since Christine Michael, who Williams could find himself splitting carries with in 2012.

Williams is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, but he also runs a 4.37 40-yard dash. Williams' signing combined with that of wide receiver Thomas Johnson give the Aggies a couple new offensive playmakers as they make the move to the SEC.

Tom Lemming called him "the most exciting player in south Texas." Though you don't have to take Lemming's word for it, you can just check out some of the highlight videos.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:37 am

Top 100 WR Thomas Johnson signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas's loss was Texas A&M's gain as top 100 wide receiver and former Longhorn commitment Thomas Johnson turned the Aggies' Signing Day around in a big way by heading to College Station.

A 6'0", 180-pound three-and-a-half star prospect from Dallas's Skyline High School, Johnson chose the Aggies over local offers from teams like TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma and national programs like Cal and Oregon.

Johnson ranks as the class of 2012's No. 84 overall prospect in the Maxpreps top 100, and the nation's No. 8 wide receiver--meaning his signature will go a long way (and then some) towards easing the sting from receiver Bralon Addison's defection to Oregon earlier Wednesday.

Tom Lemming writes of Johnson:

He is a home run threat who gets significant yardage after the catch, runs precise routes, shows soft hands, brilliant speed, quickness, does a great job of beating the press, and catches the ball with his hands and away from his body. A go-to type of guy with average size and above average speed and athletic ability.

Johnson offers a big boost to a strong Aggie class that currently ranks 11th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25

For regular updates on the Aggies' Signing Day, follow our CBSsports.com Texas A&M RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:20 am

Top 100 LB Kwon Alexander picks LSU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the nation's top linebackers has chosen to go spurn an offer from his home state at Auburn and sign with LSU.

Oxford (Ala.) blue-chip linebacker Kwon Alexander announced he will sign with the Bayou Bengals despite a long recruitment from their SEC West rivals on the Plains. A 6'3", 215-pound prospect who entered his senior season as one of the nation's top handful of recruits before an ACL injury, Alexander still finished at No. 96 overall in the Maxpreps top 100 and the No. 4 outside linebacker.

Tom Lemming writes about Alexander's ability:

Here's a defender who can run with the backs. He impresses you with his overall game, makes plays from sideline to sideline, is an effective pass rusher and also does an outstanding job when dropping back into the passing lanes. The No. 1 defensive player in Alabama.

Alexander also sported offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State.

Alexander is LSU's second big defensive addition of the day following safety Corey Thompson's late switch from Texas A&M. The Tigers now have 23 commitments and could move up in the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25.

For more updates throughout the day on LSU's Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com LSU RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:33 am

Safety Corey Thompson switches from A&M to LSU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU and Texas A&M had a long traditional rivalry on the football field restored by the Aggies' move to the SEC. Now the two schools are reacquainting their rivalry on the recruiting trail as well.

The Tigers made a late push for Aggie safety commitment Corey Thompson and on Signing Day won the 6'2", 195-pound prospect's signature. Thompson hails from Elkins High School in the Houston area, a location for frequent battles between the Tigers and Aggies--and no doubt even more in the future.

Thompson's decision gives LSU a total of 22 commitments, and a shot at moving up from their current perch of 13th in the CBS National Signing Day Top 25.

Signing Day hasn't worked out well for the Aggies so far, with Thompson the second longtime Aggie commitment to make a late switch following the defection of receiver Bralon Addison to Oregon. 

For more updates throughout the day on LSU's Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com LSU RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:21 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:21 am

Oregon nabs Bralon Addison from Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oregon is doing a very good job of taking verbal commitments from the Big 12 on this National Signing Day.

Wide receiver Bralon Addison had originally given his verbal commitment to Texas A&M, but he signed on with the Ducks on Wednesday. Addison is from Missouri City, Texas, just like wide receiver Chance Allen, who flipped from Oklahoma State to Oregon on Wednesday as well

It appears the Houston suburb is becoming an Oregon town.

A three-star prospect, Addison checks in at 5-foot-10, 182-pounds. He's Oregon's 21st commitment in its 2012 class. 

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:35 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am

DT Edmund Ray commits to Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Defensive tackle Edmund Ray had originally given his commitment to Missouri, but nothing is official until a player signs his letter of intent on National Signing Day, and when Ray signed his on Wednesday morning it wasn't directed to Mizzou. Instead Ray commited to Texas A&M.

The St. Louis product is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, and though he played both defensive tackle and defensive end in high school, he's projected to play defensive tackle in college.

Ray becomes the sixth player to sign a letter of intent with the Aggies in 2012.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:22 pm

LB Otha Peters flips to Arkansas from Vols

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Help is on the way for Arkansas's occasionally porous defense, though it's coming at the expense of suddenly backsliding Tennessee.

Already stung by Texas linebacker Dalton Santos switching his commitment  from the Vols' "UT" to the Longhorn version this past weekend, Derek Dooley's class took another blow Tuesday when Covington (La.) linebacker Otha Peters committed to Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks following an official visit to Fayetteville. Peters was also visited last week in Covington by Petrino and new defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.

In addition to the Razorbacks and Volunteers, Peters also claimed offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss, TCU and Nebraska.

Peters' high school coach Malter Scobel told the Times Picayune that Peters had concerns about Dooley's job stability after the Vols' lackluster 2011 season.

“Otha had some valid reasons to make his change,” Scobel said. “It wasn’t anything silly. Tennessee’s up against a different challenge than they are in Arkansas. Otha was very straightforward with Tennessee about the decision, and I think they still would like to have him.”

We don't doubt it--the 6'1", 220-pound Peters was named 5A All-State even in talent-rich Louisiana, having recorded north of 14 tackles per game.

The Vols and Hogs are two of five SEC teams clustered between 20 and 25 in the current edition of the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25, with Tennessee four spots ahead of Arkansas. But the way both teams are trending, that may not be the case for long.

Looking for Signing Day video? We've got you covered from all angles here.

Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:33 pm

Utah, Wazzu snag commitments from Lutui, Allison

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The good recruiting news in the Pac-12 isn't limited to USC and Washington in these final hours before signing day, nor is just the Trojans and Huskies who are proving they can pull quality recruits from outside their immediate recruiting footprint--just ask Utah and Washington State.

The Utes received a key pledge Tuesday from Dallas-area four-star guard Hiva Lutui, who picked Utah over competing offers from USC and Ute archrivals BYU. 

Meanwhile, in the Pac-12 North, Mike Leach's Cougars pulled defensive end Jeremiah Allison out of Los Angeles, beating out offers from hometown UCLA, Arizona, Boise State and others.

The 6'2", 275-pound Lutui is the second player from Euless Trinity to commit to a BCS school in a matter of days, following Trojan defensive end Polo Manukainiu, who committed to Texas A&M. Lutui was named a first-team Maxpreps U.S. Air Force All-American after a dominating senior season and ranks as the No. 21 interior lineman in the 2012 class. Tom Lemming writes of Lutui:

He is a dominator from the word go. There's no OL prospect in the state of Texas who has completely dominated the way Mr. Lutui has over the past two years. He plays tackle and guard and is best suited to play guard in college. A mean, tough, and nasty disposition, he has very good straight ahead speed, dominates the point of attack, and has enough mobility to keep the defense honest.

Allison is a 6'1, 210-pound defensive playmaker from Dorsey High School who could play either outside linebacker or defensive end for the Cougars. He averaged better than a sack and a half per game and just over six tackles.

The commitments bring the Utes' and Cougars' classes to 24 and 25 members, respectively.

Looking for Signing Day video? We've got you covered from all angles here. 

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