- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
HOUSTON -- Not much has changed for Reggie Chevis since he pledged to Texas A&M.
The Houston/Sharpstown linebacker has been working out, preparing for the 2012 season and keeping in regular communication with the two Aggies coaches that recruited him: running backs coach Clarence McKinney and linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt.
"I talk to my recruiting coach and position coach every day or every other day," Chevis said. "I'm very close to them and I have a good relationship with those guys."
The 6-foot-2, 244-pound linebacker, who is ranked 19th nationally among inside linebackers, was one of seven Texas A&M commitments honored on Wednesday by the Touchdown Club of Houston, which annually selects a preseason All-Greater Houston high school football team. Joining Chevis in that group were Rosenberg (Texas) Terry teammates Derrick Griffin and Victor Davis, Manvel (Texas) Manvel cornerback Tavares Garner, Houston/Westfield defensive tackle Hardreck Walker, Pearland (Texas) Dawson running back James White and Houston/Alief Taylor safety Jonathan Wiggins.
Chevis said he's still solid to the Aggies and that when he made his commitment in June, it was "meant to be.” This season he's trying to raise his game even more than he did a year ago, when he recorded 102 tackles and 12 sacks.
"I just want to be perfect," Chevis said. "If I could make [fewer] tackles and still be better, then I'll take that. I never want to play for statistics. I just want to play to get better and play for perfection, so the main thing is me getting better and me being perfect this year."
Chevis said he has considered graduating early to join the Aggies for the 2013 spring semester, but that if it doesn't work out, he's OK with that, too.
"It's most definitely a consideration," he said. "I'm not going to sweat it. If I can't graduate early, I won't. It'd be nice, but I'm not really sweating it."
For the Sharpstown Apollos this fall, his goal is simple.
"We all have a common goal and that drives me," Chevis said. "Let's win; let's go as far as we can. This is our senior year and we have nothing to lose."
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