Thursday, September 20, 2012
Notes: A&M hosting juco duo on officials
By Sam Khan Jr.
This summer, Texas A&M dipped into the junior college ranks to add to an area of need in its 2013 recruiting class: defensive tackle.
The result was the commitment of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Rob Zimmerman, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound prospect who committed to the Aggies in July.
This weekend, when the Aggies host South Carolina State at Kyle Field, Zimmerman will be one of two official visitors expected to be on hand. The other is his Hutchinson teammate, outside linebacker Kenny Flowers.
Flowers (6-2, 228), an undeclared prospect, claims five other offers: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia. But it was the Aggies who offered him first, in the spring. Flowers, who is being recruited by A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, said he is looking forward to the trip.
"It's a chance to see the game and the atmosphere and everything," Flowers said. "I'm really excited."
Flowers has already made unofficial visits to his other favorites -- Arkansas and Georgia -- and visited Texas A&M earlier this year as well. He said he has a good feel for the Aggies at the moment.
"I like the program," he said. "I like the coaching staff and everything."
Could Flowers, who has three years remaining after this season and would be a December enrollee, make a pledge on this trip?
"I think if everything goes well and I like everything, there's a chance of me doing it," he said. "But I'll talk to my coaches and see what I think about it after the visit."
And it's likely that Zimmerman, who is already on board with the Aggies, will spend some time this weekend trying to sell Flowers on joining him.
"Yeah, he probably will," Flowers said. "We're real cool. We're buddies and good teammates and talk and stuff a lot. He's real excited about me going down there with him to visit A&M."
Chevis returns to Aggieland: At least one 2013 commit will be on hand for the South Carolina State game as an unofficial visitor: Houston Sharpstown linebacker Reggie Chevis.
The 6-2, 235-pound Chevis visited for the Aggies' season opener against Florida as well. He and his Sharpstown teammates play Houston Davis on Thursday.
Savaiinaea set for Arkansas game: One of the notable visitors coming for the Aggies' next home game, Sept. 29 against Arkansas, is Honolulu Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea, a Stanford commitment.
Savaiinaea has been committed to Stanford since the spring, but he wants to take official visits to other schools and explore his options. In addition to the A&M official visit coming up next weekend, he'll take officials to Notre Dame and UCLA and, of course, Stanford.
The Texas A&M target has been recruited by special teams coordinator Brian Polian and said he has established a good relationship with Polian, who recruited another Punahou product, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o, when Polian was on the Notre Dame staff.
"He's a great guy," Savaiinaea said of Polian. "He's actually the one that recruited Manti when he was at Notre Dame. So I talked Manti about it and I talked to my coach and they both said he's a great guy. Just by talking with him, I feel like a great connection."
As for Stanford, Savaiinaea got a chance to watch the second half of Stanford's upset win over USC on TV and said he was excited to see the Cardinal pull it off.
"It's great, because a lot of people have mostly said that they didn't have a chance against a great team such as USC," Savaiinaea said. "But I had faith in them and they pulled through and did an amazing job."
Savaiinaea said he's planning to take his official to Stanford when the Cardinal host Washington State. His Notre Dame official will take place when the Fighting Irish host Stanford because it falls on an open date in Savaiinaea's high school schedule. He said he'll take his official to UCLA after the season.
Beating the team he's committed to could be a tall order, however.
"I'm just happy and excited to see the places I'm going and even though I'm still committed to Stanford, it's going to take something really amazing and big to really change my mind on that," he said. "Some of these schools might have that, and some of them won't."