Tag:Texas A&M
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:01 am
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Harris makes flip to Texas A&M official

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Lost amid some of the brouhaha surrounding the Gunner Kiel and Ellis McCarthy switches on Monday night was the commitment of former Oklahoma pledge and Mesquite (Texas) cornerback De'Vante Harris to Texas A&M.

"Officially committed to Texas A&M University!" Harris tweeted.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound corner decommitted from the Sooners shortly after playing in the Under Armour All-American game and it wasn't too long before he was headed to the SEC to play for the Aggies. He also held offers from schools such as Ohio State, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Harris' father, Rod, was a star receiver for A&M in the 1980's. The younger Harris recently took a visit to College Station to meet new head coach Kevin Sumlin and position coach Marcel Yates during the school's big recruiting weekend and that appeared to seal the deal.

With his pledge, Harris becomes Texas A&M's 24th commitment in the class of 2012 with just over two weeks until Signing Day.


Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am
 

Vols add big defensive tackle and speedy athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was a productive weekend for Tennessee despite some coaching uncertainty as the program added two players who are complete opposites in terms of what they do on the field with pledges from speedy Crowley (La.) athlete Davante Bourque and mammoth Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.

“They were the first one to offer me, so that was a big thing to me,” McCullers told GoVols247.com. “When they came up here, we talked. We had a good time. They’re real down-to-earth, the whole coaching staff. The new D-coordinator (Sal Sunseri), I know him from Alabama."

In addition to the Vols and Crimson Tide, Peters - all of 6-foot-6, 380-pounds - also held an offer from N.C. State and was drawing interest from several other programs. He will team up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bourque, who previously was committed to Texas A&M and LSU before settling on Tennessee after an official visit and close ties with the current staff.

“Coach (Terry) Joseph and I have developed a really good relationship,” Bourque told InsideTennessee.com. “He is my main recruiter and he is a Louisiana guy so that has made things easier. He has been to the house a couple of time for visits and we sat down on the couch and had some gumbo.”

The pair gives the program a total of 20 commitments for the class of 2012. Bourque is ranked as the 20th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps.
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:52 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Aggies swipe Baylor commitment Holmes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The rivalry between Texas A&M and Baylor was turned up just a notch with last year's realignment mess and it no doubt means some tensions on the recruiting trail as well. Southlake (Texas) athlete Sabian Holmes is the latest to be in the middle as he flipped his commitment from the Bears to the Aggies over the weekend.

"(A&M) offered me earlier this week as a receiver," Holmes told Aggieyell.com. "I had heard from the other staff some, but it was for defense. When they told me they wanted as a receiver, I thought about for a few days and then called (wide receivers) coach (David) Beatty and told him I wanted to be part of the Aggie family."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder was wanted by Baylor as a defensive back and also held offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and Wyoming. Still, the chance to play wide out at the next level was too enticing for Holmes and being in new head coach Kevin Sumlin's offensive system didn't hurt either.

"They spread the ball around and everyone gets their chance," he said. "That was the big thing for me. They've also got a program with a great tradition."

Holmes becomes the 24th commitment for the Aggies' class of 2012. He caught 85 passes for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year as the Dragons won the 5A state title.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:42 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Two-sport star Griffin commits to Texas A&M

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Derrick Griffin, a 6-foot-7, 215-poiund two-sport star has committed to Texas A&M.

He confirmed the news to MaxPreps Friday night via text message.

The standout wide receiver and small forward for Terry (Rosenberg, Texas) also told MaxPreps that he plans to pursue both football and basketball when he arrives in College Station.

On the football field, he hauled in 36 passes for 509 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Griffin may be even better on the hardwood. He currently ranks as the No. 27 basketball recruit in the Class of 2013.

His size and blended skill set make him comparable to the No. 1 football recruit in the Class of 2012, Dorial Green-Beckham, who led his team to a state title in basketball as a sophomore.

At one time, Green-Beckham considered pursuing both sports in college but has since decided to focus solely on football.

Griffin's commitment is a great start to the tenure of new Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:25 am
 

1/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Be sure to check the blog throughout the rest of the day for updates from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Penn State recruits were positive about the hire of Bill O'Brien as head coach.

 Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons clarified his comments about Florida.

 Wide receiver Thomas Johnson is no longer committed to Texas.

 Junior college quarterback Bo Wallace has a decision to make and Mississippi State is awaiting anxiously.

 Cincinnati offered junior linebacker Rasheen Jones.

 Stanford's recruiting coordinator Brian Polian left for Texas A&M.

 DeAnthony Arnett's transfer has provided Michigan State some options.

 Alabama appears headed for a number one recruiting class.

 Boise State added a commitment from kicker Sean Wale.

 Wide out Brett Bartolone committed to Mike Leach and Washington State.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 8:58 pm
 

SEC junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st is the first day Junior College players can sign with schools across the country and the faxes are already in for several commitments. Here's a list of each SEC team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Arkansas

Los Angeles Harbor C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Austin Flynn

Alabama

Eastern Arizona C.C. (Ariz.) cornerback Travell Dixon

Auburn

None.

Florida

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Damien Jacobs

Georgia

Coffeyville C.C. (Kan.) offensive lineman Mark Beard

Kentucky

East Central C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Kory Brown

LSU

None.

Mississippi

Coahoma C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Darone Bailey
City College of San Francisco (Calif.) offensive lineman Pierce Burton
Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) defensive back Dehendret Collins

Mississippi State

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Denico Autry
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Dylan Holley
Butte C.C. (Calif.) offensive lineman Charles Siddoway

Missouri

None.

South Carolina

None.

Tennessee

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Darrington Sentimore

Texas A&M

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Otis Jacobs

Vanderbilt

None.


Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Texas defensive end picks Arkansas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Even before the addition of Texas A&M to the SEC, Arkansas has always recruited the Lone Star State well and that has picked up under Bobby Petrino. The coaching staff added another Texan on Wednesday as Manvel (Texas) defensive end Taiwan Johnson surprisingly committed to the Razorbacks.

“I love the community there and the coaching staff was great,” Johnson told 247sports. “The Arkansas Razorbacks are doing some big-time things. It's a chance for me to play in the SEC.”

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Johnson held scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Missouri, SMU and others but many expected him to pledge to Nebraska. He took visits to both Lincoln and Fayetteville but felt the Hogs provided the best opportunity and was the right distance from home.

“I have made up my mind so there was no point in dragging it out,” Johnson said. “This way, I can focus on Arkansas and come in and make an impact.”

Johnson becomes the 22nd commitment for the Razorbacks' class of 2012.

"Taiwan shows quick feet, long legs, does a good job of playing off blockers, and has really improved his quickness over the past year," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He turned into one of the better pass rushers in the district in 2010 and should fill out to 270 pounds in a couple of years. He does a good job of fighting double-teams, staying on his feet, and finding the ball. He also shows very good lateral quickness and does a good job of hitting moving targets."
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Cornerback Kevin Peterson commits to Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma's recruiting class got a little bit bigger on Sunday as Wagoner (Okla.) cornerback Kevin Peterson committed to the Sooners in the middle of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Norman in some time.

"My decision (to commit) was a collection of everything really," Peterson told SoonerScoop.com. "Talking to coach (Willie) Martinez through the day, what he had to say - it really stood out to me."

The 6-foot, 170-pounder had been on the Sooners' radar for a while but had not received an offer. With interest picking up in Peterson following the conclusion of his senior season, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M had extended offers before the one he finally wanted came through in Oklahoma.

"They said eventually they could see me at either, they could see me playing either (corner) position," he said. "They just said we just have to get you in the program and handle the weight room."

Peterson becomes the 17th commitment for the Sooners class of 2012 and second defensive back. He led his team to a state title two weeks ago and racked up 36 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

"He proves to be an outstanding cover corner," analyst Tom Lemming said. :Shows a nose for the ball, a smooth backpedal, and can turn and run with the best of them. Shows excellent lateral agility and the explosive burst needed to play major college ball."
 
 
 
 
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