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TAMU commit Jeffery shines at 7-on-7 

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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.

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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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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Lessons learned: ETSN Combine 

May, 19, 2013
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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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Harris to name top six after scrimmage 

May, 16, 2013
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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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ESPN 150 DT Willis ready for visits 

May, 9, 2013
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Now that spring ball has started, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Gerald Willis III has been inundated with interest from college recruiters visiting New Orleans Edna Karr High School. He expected that.

That’s why, even if he’s comfortable with naming his top four schools, his list remains a fluid one. New schools are working hard to get in the mix, and Willis is ready to hit the road for more visits this summer.


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Brandon Harris must feel like he's going through a tryout camp.

The 2014 quarterback from Bossier City, La.'s Parkway High has had coaches coming by his school all week to either watch him throw individually or to watch his team practice.

The week has worked out well for him so far. After a good workout in front of a group of teams led by Ohio State on Monday, Harris said he's been seen by Texas A&M, Tennessee, Baylor, South Florida and Louisiana Tech. Those workouts have yielded a new development in his recruiting process.


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Watch List WR Speedy Noil taking it slow 

March, 19, 2013
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The legend of Devante “Speedy” Noil has been building for years and years, and the latest chapter is about as impressive as it gets.

As a junior, the coveted New Orleans Edna Karr athlete accounted for 3,975 total yards and 50 touchdowns -- 21 of them rushing -- as the program’s unstoppable lefty quarterback. Edna Karr went 14-0 and finally won the state title game it had lost in 2010 and 2011. It was, for all intents and purposes, a dream season.


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OL Uhatafe talks LSU-TAMU experience 

October, 21, 2012
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Salesi Uhatafe (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had heard about the potential frenzy of the crowds in College Station from his stepbrother, Texas A&M freshman Polo Manukainiu.

It didn’t truly hit him until Saturday, when he watched the Aggies host LSU. Uhatafe, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive guard, left Kyle Field with a new outlook on the program.

“[Manukainiu] coached me up on what to expect,” Uhatafe said. “He said he likes it out there because he liked the people and the atmosphere. I couldn’t understand it until [Saturday]. They probably have the craziest fans around. There’s a lot of tradition there.”

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Texas A&M 10: Week 7 

October, 15, 2012
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Each week this season, GigEmNation will rank Texas A&M's top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After five games this season, including the most recent win over Louisiana Tech, here's a glance at who has shined so far:

1. QB Johnny Manziel
The redshirt freshman bounced back from his three-turnover performance against Mississippi in a huge way, setting another total yardage record in the 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech. Manziel compiled 576 total offensive yards (395 passing, 181 rushing) and accounting for six touchdowns. The yardage total broke the Texas A&M and SEC record he already set against Arkansas and he earned Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. He's the nation's top freshman in points responsible for, total offense, passing efficiency, passing yards and rushing and if he performs well against LSU, you could start hearing Heisman Trophy hype begin to gain steam with his name attached.

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3 Up, 3 Down: Texas A&M 59, La. Tech 57 

October, 14, 2012
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It took some fight and many dramatic twists and turns Saturday, but eventually, No. 22 Texas A&M escaped Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., with a 59-57 win over No. 23 Louisiana Tech. With the win, the no. 22 Aggies (5-1) have now won five straight and will prepare for a showdown with LSU (6-1) next weekend at Kyle Field. But before we jump to that, let's look back at the high and low points of the Aggies' win:

THREE UP

1. Johnny Manziel: After a tough day against Mississippi, the redshirt freshman quarterback dazzled again. He broke his own Texas A&M and SEC total offense record, which he set against Arkansas two weeks ago, compiling 576 total yards (395 passing, 181 rushing) and accounting for six touchdowns (three passing, three rushing). He made a critical mistake, throwing an interception to Shakeil Lucas, but Manziel bounced back by leading two consecutive touchdown drives to give the Aggies a 15-point lead.

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Instant Analysis: A&M 59, La. Tech 57

October, 14, 2012
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After a wild game with dramatic twists and turns, including a furious comeback attempt, Texas A&M outlasted Louisiana Tech 59-57 and escaped Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., with a win to improve to 5-1 overall and give the Bulldogs (5-1) their first loss.

It was over when: Texas A&M running back Ben Malena recovered a Louisiana Tech onside kick attempt with 37 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs already had recovered one onside kick to set up their final touchdown, but Malena stepped in front of the ball and secured it for the Aggies to take a knee and leave with a win.

Game ball goes to: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman continues to shine and broke the Texas A&M and Southeastern Conference records that he set against Arkansas earlier this season, compiling 576 total offensive yards. Manziel was 24-of-40 passing for 395 yards and three touchdown passes while rushing 19 times for 181 yards and three scores, including a 72-yarder that gave the Aggies their final points.

Game ball, Part 2: Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton deserves a game ball for his tremendous effort for the Bulldogs. The Biletnikoff Award watch list member showed why he's considered one of the best receivers in the country, catching a whopping 21 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns. The Aggies rarely had an answer for him, and Patton played a huge role in the Bulldogs' late rally to narrow the Aggies' lead.

Rising star: Louisiana Tech true freshman running back Kenneth Dixon. He had 18 carries for 111 yards (an average of 6.2 per carry) and had two touchdowns. He broke plenty of tackles on his second scoring run of the night. Texas A&M redshirt freshman receiver Mike Evans also was impressive and continues to produce for the Aggies as perhaps Manziel's favorite receiver, catching four passes for 137 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch.

What it means: For the Aggies, it sets up a huge showdown with 6-1 LSU next week at Kyle Field. Texas A&M saw some issues that existed in its season-opening loss to Florida (penalties and missed tackles among them) and after a strong first four games on defense, allowing 57 points certainly won't be comforting for coach Kevin Sumlin and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.

For Louisiana Tech, it means its BCS-busting hopes are all but dashed. The Bulldogs likely will drop out of the rankings, but Sonny Dykes and Co. have nothing to be ashamed of. They showed tremendous fight and gave an SEC team a run for its money. The Bulldogs are still the favorites to win the WAC, and should they run the table the rest of the way, they'll jump back in and move up the rankings.

And depending how he fares next week against LSU, Manziel might start hearing the word "Heisman" mentioned in connection with his name pretty soon.

Aggies survive late La. Tech rally, win 59-57

October, 13, 2012
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Johnny ManzielAP Photo/Kita K WrightJohnny Manziel rushed for 181 yards and passed for 396 to carry the Aggies.
Johnny Manziel accounted for six touchdowns -- three passing, three rushing -- but it took a missed 2-point conversion by host Louisiana for Texas A&M to escape with a 59-57 victory.
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Halftime: Texas A&M 39, La. Tech 16

October, 13, 2012
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Texas A&M takes a four-score lead into the locker room at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., holding a 39-16 lead over Louisiana Tech at the midway point:


Stat of the half: The Aggies have rolled up a whopping 428 offensive yards in the first half. Louisiana Tech's defense has showed little resistance to the Aggies' first-half attack, with the exception of forcing Texas A&M to kick a few field goals. The offense has moved the ball seemingly at will, and the 39 points is a reflection of that.

Player of the half: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He's 15-of-22 for 271 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions and has 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Clearly, he's bouncing back fine after his three-turnover day at Mississippi.

What’s working for the Aggies: On offense, just about everything. Running game is great (157 yards), and Christine Michael even got in on the mix, starting the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run. Manziel has made some big throws, and Mike Evans was a recipient of one of those, catching a 75-yard touchdown pass. On defense, the Aggies were strong in the first quarter and struggled some in the second, allowing all 16 points.

What’s not working for the Aggies: The tackling could be a little better for the Aggies on defense. Also, they didn't generate a ton of pressure on quarterback Colby Cameron as the Bulldogs began to move the football.

What Texas A&M needs to do to win: Keep scoring points and taking care of the football. Louisiana Tech's offense likely willcome out with some energy after scoring points at the end of the half, but the Aggies have a nice cushion to work with.

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