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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M got some positive news on Tuesday gaining the commitment of a significant prospect in the class of 2015.


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LEANDER, Texas — This summer hasn't been too eventful for Katy (Texas) High School 2015 running back Rodney Anderson.

He hasn't been attending any college camps, instead focusing on getting healthy for the fall. Anderson suffered a minor knee injury in May during a Katy spring practice that kept him out of the spring game, but his recovery has been fast. He already has been cleared medically for all football activities.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNClass of 2015 running back Rodney Anderson recently picked up an offer from LSU.
Even so, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect decided to continue resting and was a spectator at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships, rooting on his Katy teammates, who went 3-2 in the tournament. His preparation for the fall isn't different than it has been in the past.

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LEANDER, Texas — One of the most discussed teams over the weekend at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships was Lufkin (Texas) High School.

And one of the most noticeable players for the Panthers throughout their stay in the tournament was Texas A&M receiver commit Jamal Jeffery.

The 2014 prospect turned in one of the top performances of the weekend, hauling in pass after pass and several touchdowns over the Panthers' 5-1 run, which saw them eliminated in the quarterfinals by Arlington (Texas) Bowie.


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Each week this spring, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you notes/nuggets from watching and visiting with high school football prospects in the Greater Houston area that week. He will include observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players who catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:

MANVEL, Texas -- For some, camps are a chance for players to show college coaches that they're worthy of an offer. For those who have more offers than they can fathom, it's a chance to watch, interact and visit with the coaches to get a feel for the program's staff.


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Each week this spring, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you notes/nuggets from watching and visiting with high school football prospects in the Greater Houston area that week. He will include observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players who catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:

HOUSTON -- Summer camp season is officially underway for colleges as the spring evaluation period has come to a close. In Houston, plenty of players have flocked to camps to show off their talents.


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The legend of Dalton Santos was the talk of Van, Texas, a couple of years ago. Santos, a former Under Armour All-American, now is making his name even bigger as a Texas Longhorns linebacker. The Santos name continues to make waves around Van, as Dalton’s younger brother makes a case for being one of the state’s top offensive linemen.

Class of 2015 offensive guard Wyatt Santos has watched his stock rise in recent weeks after an outstanding performance at the East Texas Sports Network Combine on May 19 in Tyler, Texas.


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Prospects use Twitter in a multitude of ways when it comes to recruiting, including announcing their commitment or their lists of top schools.


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With summer drawing closer, Texas high school football teams are transitioning from spring football to 7-on-7 competition and there were a handful of teams in attendance at the inaugural Crosby Cougar 7-on-7 tournament in Crosby, Texas, on Saturday.

Among them was a talented private school squad, Houston Kinkaid, which appears to have major Division I prospects in the 2014 class and beyond.


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TYLER, Texas -- East Texas often is considered one of the nation’s most underrated areas in finding elite talent when it comes to college football recruiting. Sunday featured the inaugural East Texas Sports Network combine, which showcased more than 100 players from East Texas.

The event took place at the Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) training facility, which has trained professionals such as quarterback Graham Harrell, running back Kendall Hunter and pro baseball pitchers Phillip Humber and Josh Tomlin.


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True to his word, Bossier City (La.) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris named his top schools after spring practice concluded.


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For quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), the schedule book is starting to fill.

The first day to mark off the calendar is Thursday, when his Parkway team scrimmages Alexandria (La.) Senior High to conclude spring drills. He'll play in front of coaches from several major colleges. At the end of the scrimmage, sometime around 7 p.m, he'll announce which six schools he plans on visiting this summer.

"It's going to be a big day," he said. "I can't wait."


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TEXAS CITY, Texas -- These days, it's all smiles for ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman.

Life is good for the Texas City (Texas) High School star. Offers are coming left and right. He's preparing for a banner senior season with his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman. He's enjoying the final weeks of his junior year of high school. On Tuesday, Armanti was sprinting past defensive backs and juking defenders out of their shorts, showing the playmaking ability that has so many colleges at his doorstep.


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Spring (Texas) Klein Oak High School has a handful of prospects in the 2014, 2015 and even the 2016 classes and plenty of college coaches have made their way to the school in the north Houston area to evaluate them this spring.

One of them is 2014 inside linebacker Josh Mabin, who continues to add schools to his offer list.


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Before Monday, Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point 2015 linebacker Cameron Townsend had not heard from or spoken to anybody at Michigan.

As a result, he had no idea of the Wolverines' interest level in him. He found out on Monday.


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Rodney AndersonSam Khan Jr./ESPNRodney Anderson has offers from Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
KATY, Texas -- When Rodney Anderson got called up to Katy High School's varsity squad for the Tigers' 2011 season opener, he was unsure what to expect.

Then a 160-pound freshman, the 2015 running back was elevated as a receiver to help in an area in which the Katy coaches felt they needed a boost in depth.

"It was a huge adrenaline rush," Anderson said of his new responsibilities. "Mentally, I was just trying to make sure I remembered everything and carried out my assignments."

One injury to a teammate changed everything: his position, his playing time, his future.


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