Texas A&M Aggies: TCU Horned Frogs

States of strength: Texas RBs 

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When it comes to running backs, the state of Texas is loaded. Ten running backs represent the Lone Star State in the ESPN 300. Of those 10, five are committed. A total of seven running backs in the state have reported FBS commitments.

ESPN 300 RBs from the state:

No. 50 Ronald Jones II: Ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back, Jones is an explosive, game-changing back who -- as scary as it might sound -- will only get better. Jones committed to Oklahoma State on April 6 and finished his junior season with more than 2,400 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

Getting to know DaMarkus Lodge 

April, 17, 2014
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Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

DESOTO, Texas -- With all the multiple camps, combines and special events happening each spring, DaMarkus Lodge chooses not to be a regular on the circuit.

It’s not that Lodge is against them, or that he thinks he’s above them. The ESPN 300 receiver has simply prioritized his life as a student-athlete. The camp circuit happens to be a middle-of-the-pack priority.


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TCU flips ESPN 300 RB Nixon

February, 4, 2014
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With the 2014 recruiting cycle nearing a close and national signing day less than 24 hours away, TCU secured a big-time late commitment on Tuesday.

The Horned Frogs are set to gain the services of ESPN 300 running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), who confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has decommitted from Texas A&M and will sign with the Horned Frogs on Wednesday.

Nixon, the No. 221 player in the ESPN 300, is the highest-ranked recruit on TCU's 23-man commitment list and the Horned Frogs' lone ESPN 300 prospect. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound four-star running back is ranked No. 18 nationally at his position and is the No. 24 player overall in Texas. He is the lone running back in TCU's 2014 recruiting class.

Over the weekend, Nixon took an official visit to TCU and seemed to be wavering on his longtime commitment to Texas A&M. He originally committed to the Aggies on Nov. 29, 2012.

The Aggies, who have the second-ranked class in the nation, are down to 22 commitments in their class while still in the running for a few players. They are finalists for three prospects who are announcing their destinations Wednesday on ESPNU: ESPN 300 guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) and River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian teammates Mattrell McGraw (an ESPN 300 safety) and Kenny Young (a four-star linebacker).

Nixon was the lone running back in Texas A&M's class, leaving the Aggies with no running backs in the 2014 recruiting cycle. They do, however, already have commitments from a pair of 2015 ESPN Junior 300 running backs: Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) and Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora).

As expected, Day 2 at the Under Armour All-America practices were smoother, more concise and much more productive. The players are now starting to think less and play more. Natural ability is starting to come to the forefront, which allows for them to be more productive. There have been fewer dropped passes, fewer misses by the QBs and the offensive lines are starting to jell quicker than expected. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this group is there have not been any true letdowns. They have stepped up and been as advertised almost top to bottom for both squads. Let’s hit the highlights of the day:

Top performers

WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish): Sims might not wow anyone with his 40-yard dash time, but it may not matter. Sims is so similar to Mike Evans at Texas A&M. He just makes plays. He has extremely long arms and is outstanding when in contested matchups. The ball will look like it is uncatchable and then next thing you know he jumps out of nowhere, extends and makes a play and the defender is left scratching his head. When it comes down to it, the QBs for Team Highlight can trust that if they need to throw it up, Sims will make a play. The most basic thing about the position is catching the football and Sims has no problem doing that.


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Big week for ESPN 300 WR Iheanacho 

December, 3, 2013
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Remember when ESPN 300 wide receiver Frank Iheanacho (Houston/Westside) thought his future was on the basketball court?

That was during the summer. Fast forward a few months, and Iheanacho is now preparing for in-home visits from three SEC programs this week. Iheanacho, No. 89 in the ESPN 300, will host Arkansas on Tuesday, LSU on Wednesday and Texas A&M on Thursday. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound receiver, a U.S. Army All-American, will announce where he’ll take his talents at the game on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

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Video: Outside the hashmarks -- Week 1

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- If you don’t live in Texas, chances are, you have no idea where Gladewater, Texas, is located. Many Texans couldn’t find it on a map if given 30 seconds.

Daylon Mack laughs every time he’s questioned about his hometown: “Gladewater? Where’s that?” The east Texas town has a population of about 6,500. The high school features roughly 590 students – which dwarfs the size of some senior classes at Texas schools.


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2015 WR talks TAMU camp, TCU offer 

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Sunday’s Texas A&M camp was a closed session to media members, but as the camp concluded, James Proche II (Dallas/Prime Prep) heard from several people about his play. By Monday morning, the 2015 wide receiver was approached, not only for his camp performance, but also for his biggest offer so far.


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Texas A&M hosted its final one-day camp of the year Sunday, and 2015 ESPN Junior 300 offensive guard Conner Dyer (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) was one of many notable names on campus.

The 6-foot-4, 276-pound Dyer did not participate in the camp, instead using the day as an opportunity for an unofficial visit.


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One of the most-asked questions at last weekend’s Texas State 7-on-7 Championships in Leander, Texas: Is Edwin Freeman an outside linebacker or a safety at the next level?


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LEANDER, Texas -- Around this time last year, when the Cedar Hill (Texas) High School talented tandem of LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Quincy Adeboyejo and Brandon Harris were putting on a show, 2015 propsect DaMarkus Lodge was taking a back seat, patiently waiting his turn.

No matter how good you are -- or how good you’re expected to be -- it’s tough as a sophomore to get top billing over two SEC signees and a Big 12 signee. Add in Nevada signee Travis Wilson, and Lodge knew he’d be lucky to get touches early. Collectively, the four signees caught 191 of Cedar Hill's 210 completed passes and helped it advance to the Texas Class 5A Division II championship game in 2012.


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ESPN 150 OG Smith focused on season 

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While many top college prospects are traveling across the country to take unofficial visits, attend camps and find ways to visit schools that they're interested in, ESPN 150 offensive guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) is taking a different approach, according to his head coach.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect, who is No. 118 in the ESPN 150, is focusing on offseason workouts and not recruiting currently.


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Many accomplished Texas high school quarterbacks have come through Stephenville (Texas) High School. Current head coach Joseph Gillespie has been working at Stephenville High long enough to see most of them.

Some went on to the NFL, some went on to college careers, others found themselves doing something outside of football. But to those associated with or who follow Stephenville football, they're easily recalled, whether simply for their terrific careers or for leading the Yellowjackets to state titles.

Jarrett Stidham could be the next great Stephenville quarterback -- even colleges are betting on it with scholarship offers to the 2015 prospect -- and he hasn't even started as a varsity quarterback yet.

"Oh he has the potential, certainly," Gillespie said.


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HOUSTON — Beaumont (Texas) Central 2015 safety James Locke, his head coach and a couple teammates made a roughly 90-minute trek to Tully Stadium on Sunday to get a chance to perform in front of Oklahoma coaches at the McMurry University/University of Oklahoma satellite camp.

The weather wasn't cooperative, however, preventing the athletes from competing. But even so, Locke is already getting plenty of interest from colleges.


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Texas A&M held its second one-day camp of the month on Sunday at the Coolidge Grass Practice Fields in College Station, Texas and there was plenty of action during -- and after -- the camp when it came to recruiting. Among the highlights:

Aggies offer 2014 OT

La Grange (Texas) High School offensive tackle Zachary Ledwik has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket recently. A week ago, Texas offered the 6-foot-5 prospect and on Sunday, Texas A&M became the latest team to offer Ledwik. He weighed in at 273 pounds and with a handful of power conference offers already (Arizona State, Baylor, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Texas Tech are the others), he's finding that his decision will be a difficult one. Ledwik will return to Texas today for a visit and after that's complete, he said he plans to schedule an unofficial visit to return to Texas A&M.


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