- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
If there was one thing that Spring (Texas) Klein Oak linebacker Ja'Von Shelley enjoyed about his trip to Texas A&M's junior day, it was the vibe during the Aggies' first spring practice.
More specifically, the vibe he felt coming from the speakers inside the McFerrin Athletic Center.
"They had some music going," Shelley said. "I liked that. It gets you hype for practice. ... I loved that. I was dancing on the sidelines."
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has made a habit of playing music during his team's practices, something that dates back to his final season at Houston. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker, who was at Texas A&M's second junior day on Saturday with Klein Oak teammate Josh Mabin, said he enjoyed the atmosphere. Shelley had a great time and called A&M a "great place to be."
"I talked to Coach Sumlin, talked to the linebackers coach [Mark Hagen]," Shelley said. "Saw the locker room, saw the [facilities] and what they're going to look like when they get done. We saw other buildings on the campus. I met [Johnny] Manziel, too."
Shelley found himself briefly star-struck but joked that he was surprised at Manziel's height upon meeting him.
"I was like, 'Oh man, is this really him?' He's not that big," Shelley said jokingly. "He looks bigger on TV."
All joking aside, Shelley said that Sumlin and Hagen were interested in taking a closer look at Shelley in the spring. Currently, the linebacker does not have an offer but he has interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. He said he plans to visit Oklahoma State during spring break and trip to Oklahoma for its spring game.
"Coach Sumlin was telling me about A&M and what they were looking for," Shelley said. "He asked me about my grades and so did Coach Hagen. Coach Hagen said him and Sumlin were going to Klein Oak when spring ball starts and watch."
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