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GigEmNation writer Sam Khan Jr. chatted with readers on Friday about Texas A&M football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript of the chat. Topics covered included Jake Matthews' return, the promotion of Clarence McKinney to co-offensive coordinator and playcaller and of course, recruiting. Here's an excerpt from Friday's chat:
Drew (Colleyville, TX): So with Jake Matthews coming back does this mean he will be moved over to LT? And if so who do you think will be the RT next year? And who do we have on the C depth chart that can take over? Thanks for the chats!
Sam Khan Jr.: Drew, yes, Matthews will be moved to LT. That should be a good transition for him and I think he'll do well. As for right tackle, I think you're looking a few possibilities: redshirt freshman Joseph Cheek, who backed up Matthews and played in the "unbalanced line" power running formations could be an option. True freshman Germain Ifedi, who was on the two-deep, is an option. And I wouldn't rule out moving someone out to right tackle that's already in the lineup (maybe RG Cedric Ogbuehi?). As for center, Mike Matthews, the younger brother of Jake Matthews, will be the heir apparent to Patrick Lewis. Matthews is the favorite to start and was the backup this year. Look for him to be a possible three-year starter at C for the Aggies.
Josh (DFW): So now that McKinney has been promoted to playcaller and co-OC with [Jake] Spavital, how does that work exactly as far as the offense is concerned? Also, with as many seniors as we have leaving on the defense, how do you think we'll be looking next year? [Defensive coordinator Mark] Snyder did well in turning the D in the right direction, especially in the second half of the season, but a lot of those guys are gonna be gone.
Sam Khan Jr.: McKinney will call the plays but he'll still coach the running backs and my guess is he'll still be in charge of the running game with OL coach B.J. Anderson like he was this season. Jake Spavital will coach QBs and probably work with WR coach David Beaty in coordinating the passing game. That's how it was set up this year, only with Kliff Kingsbury coaching the QBs and calling the plays while coordinating the passing game with Beaty. As for the defense, I think there's plenty of talent there, but the question is going to be leadership. Where's it going to come from? Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart were leaders and I think the same can be said for Damontre Moore and Spencer Nealy. But the Aggies still have a lot of talent. It may take some time finding someone to be as good rushing the passer as Moore, but Julien Obioha showed some promise this year.
Dan (Philly): Which early enrollee will have the greatest impact next year? Which Fall enrollee will have the greatest impact?
Sam Khan Jr.: My guess on early enrollee that has the greatest impact is Butler Community College linebacker Tommy Sanders or Hutchinson Community College linebacker Kenny Flowers. There are spots up for grabs at that position with Porter and Stewart gone so I would expect one of those guys to win one of them. Of the fall guys, I'll go with one of the defensive tackles, Justin Manning or Isaiah Golden. DT depth is something the Aggies need.
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