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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A&M OT pledge done with recruitment

By Max Olson


DALLAS – Offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson (Dallas/Jesuit) had no other way to put it after Jesuit’s 56-24 home loss to Dallas Skyline on Friday.

“It sucked,” he said.

The Texas A&M commit was confident his Rangers could avenge last year’s 54-7 blowout loss to Skyline. Through most of the first half that seemed possible, with Jesuit hanging close at 14-14.

Then Skyline, with the help of two Jesuit turnovers, put 21 points on the scoreboard in a span of 76 seconds. There was no coming back from that.

“I thought we were ready. Everybody believed it watching them on film, we didn’t see anything we didn’t think we could handle,” Gustafson said. “It was just that 21-point swing real quick that kind of put us in a hole. We tried to fight back but there’s only so much you can do.”

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior held up well at tackle for Jesuit in the loss and did appreciate the opportunity to go up against fellow Aggies pledges Kerrick Huggins and Cedric Collins.

“I got to see Kerrick. He’s pretty big,” Gustafson said. “I thought he was going to be out with an injury, but that’s not how it worked out.”

Since choosing A&M over 10 other offers in February, Gustafson has never wavered in his commitment. In fact, he has no interest in finding out which other schools have interest in him.

He’s completely shut down his recruiting process, and Gustafson is glad recruiters have been respectful of that decision.

“I think it’s very well known that there’s no swaying me,” he said. “No one is talking to me, which I appreciate. I think that’s the gentlemanly thing to do.”