Thursday, January 10, 2013
Coach's take: OG Joas Aguilar
By Sam Khan Jr.
"Coach's take" is a series which allows GigEmNation to offer readers a closer look at the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class by visiting with someone who coached the player or coached against him. Today, we take a look at ESPN 150 guard and Under Armour All-American Joas Aguilar of North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville by visiting with his head coach, Jim Skinner.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Aguilar recently returned from a week in Orlando, Fla., at the Under Armour All-America game. The four-star prospect is ranked as the No. 109 player in the ESPN 150 and is rated the fourth best offensive guard in the country.
He played left tackle for Birdville but spent his week at the Under Armour game working at guard, the position he will likely play at Texas A&M. Here's Skinner's take on Aguilar:
GigEmNation: What was your first impression of Aguilar when he entered your program?
Jim Skinner: "He came from one of the middle schools that feed our high school, so we saw him in the eighth grade. We knew he was a tremendous prospect. We knew he had a lot of potential and a lot of upside. He was real quick with his feet, he had good speed as a freshman. We started letting him play as a freshman, so we knew right off the bat that he was going to be an outstanding player."
GEN: So he moved to varsity quickly?
JS: "He played as a freshman in our game against Aledo. He took a butt-whipping, but I thought he did a great job for a freshman. We had to play him because another kid got hurt. But he really learned a lot about the varsity level as a freshman and he began to work extremely hard in the offseason and he knew what it was going to take to go to the next level."
GEN: What are his biggest strengths?
JS: "I think his biggest strengths are his speed. The kid can run; he has really tremendous feet. He could really be a good basketball player. He has that much agility to get up and down the floor. He has long arms and he could pass block really well at tackle with his arm length. He gets his arms inside really well. He has a lot of athletic ability.
Texas A&M commit Joas Aguilar is rated the nation's No. 4 offensive guard in the ESPN 150.
GEN: What are the areas he needs work in as he transitions to the college level?
JS: "He'll have to get stronger. With the long arms he has, it will take him some time to get his bench press up to where he would like to have it, I'm sure. I think overall he has good feet and some natural athletic ability. Once he gets into the weight room and on the training table, you're going to see him bloom."
GEN: He didn't have a ton of offers before Texas A&M came into the picture. Why do you think that was?
JS: "I really don't know, to be honest with you. People came to spring ball and saw him. A lot of schools really did like him, but didn't commit to him. I don't think he would have ever had a problem receiving a scholarship though.
GEN: What will be your lasting memory of him as a player?
JS: "I loved to run the outside zone to his side because he did such a good job with his feet. His technique was extremely good and he just got up on people really good and got tons of pancakes."
GEN: What is he like off the field?
JS: "He's a great kid. He's never, ever been a problem and never, ever been in trouble with the coaching staff or administration. He has a great family and was brought up right. He just has a lot of upside to him."
GEN: How do you see him fitting into Texas A&M's up-tempo spread offense?
JS: "Great. That's what we did -- spread and up-tempo. Once he gets over to A&M and gets around to the great players that they have and the coaches they have, he's just going to bloom. He's got so much upside to him. He's 6-5, 290, and he actually looks skinny. I saw him walking down the hall today and he looks very thin. I think he's going to be huge one day."