Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Aggies again dip into junior college ranks
By Sam Khan Jr.
When it comes to junior college prospects, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has always been open to the idea of sprinkling a few into his recruiting classes.
He did so when he was the head coach at Houston and is continuing that trend at Texas A&M. While at Houston, the Cougars signed at least a pair of junior college prospects in each of Sumlin's final three signing classes.
Juco tight end Cameron Clear could make an immediate impact for Texas A&M in 2013.
At Texas A&M, Sumlin closed out the 2012 class by picking up a pair -- cornerback Tremaine Jacobs and receiver Derel Walker -- and has three more committed in the 2013 class, with the possibility of acquiring one more. Wednesday marks the first day that mid-year junior college transfers can sign a national letter of intent and all three of the below names will be officially joining the Aggies then (*-denotes returning starter):
Cameron Clear | 6-6, 285, TE
Arizona Western College
Returning TEs:Nehemiah Hicks, Caleb Little, Daniel Inglett Other committed TEs:Derrick Griffin Where Clear might fit: Tight ends aren't used heavily in Sumlin's offense but they are used, whether it's in the running game or lining up next to the quarterback as the second back in a two-back set, which the Aggies used on occasion with Hicks and Michael Lamothe this year. There's a chance for Clear to come in and see the field quickly since Lamothe is graduating and Hicks is the only returnee that gained significant playing time on offense. Little saw action in three games while Inglett, a walk-on, saw action in two. Griffin is more of a receiver than a tight end when he arrives.
Kenny Flowers | 6-2, 228, OLB
Hutchinson Community College
Returning OLBs:Donnie Baggs, Steven Jenkins*, Michael Richardson, Jordan Richmond, Tyrone Taylor, Shaun Ward Other committed OLBs: None
Where Flowers might fit: Jenkins is the only returning starter among the above names and Baggs made some forward strides this year, starting in place of Jenkins when he served a one-game suspension. Richardson appeared in nine games while Ward appeared in seven. There's plenty of competition for Flowers, but if he comes in and impresses, he can be in the mix.
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Jeremiah Stuckey | 6-6, 280, OT
City College of San Francisco
Returning OTs:Germain Ifedi, Joseph Cheek, Garrett Gramling, Nate Gutekunst, Luke Joeckel*, Jake Matthews*, Kimo Tipoti.
Other committed OTs:J.J. Gustafson, Ishmael Wilson.
Where Stuckey might fit: Stuckey will have four years to play three so he has a redshirt year available if he needs it. Joeckel and Matthews are both eligible for early entry into the NFL draft; if one or both declare, that creates the need for another body to step in and provide depth. If that's the case, expect Stuckey to come compete with the youngsters like Ifedi, Cheek, Tipoti and Gutekunst for a spot in the lineup.