Friday, February 22, 2013
Recruiting notes: Johnson talks UT, TAMU
By Sam Khan Jr.
The increased attention and piling up of offers has been a new experience for Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson.
Johnson has seen his stock rise recently, picking up a slew of offers after his initial two, Missouri and Northwestern.
Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M coaching staff have sent out several offers over the last few weeks.
Schools throwing their hats in the ring for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound 2014 prospect in the last two weeks include Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
The Texas offer came when Johnson ventured to Austin, Texas, for the Longhorns first junior day on Feb. 10.
"That was pretty cool," Johnson said. "Coach Mack Brown took me into his office, showed me around a little bit and we sat down, surrounded by the rest of the coaching staff, and just talked and he told me 'I want to offer you.' "
Later that week, the Aggies, Bears and Sooners followed suit. The A&M offer is notable because it appears Johnson would like to stay in-state, after he told HornsNation that he thinks it's "coming down to A&M and Texas."
"I talked to them on the phone and they said they wanted to offer me," Johnson said. "They like the way that I play, that I'm aggressive. So I'm going to head up there March 2 and try to check them out real quick.
"That was pretty cool," Johnson said of the A&M offer. "Playing with Johnny Manziel, that's what everybody's thinking about right now. If I got that chance, I think it'd be really fun."
So what does Johnson want to see when he gets to College Station, Texas, for the Aggies' next junior day?
"I'm really expecting and hoping that they have as great facilities as Texas had," Johnson said. "I definitely want to feel like the coaches care, and I think they will. And definitely education."
And what's most important to Johnson, who has also said that he could possibly make a decision after making the A&M visit?
"Education," he said. "A will to win. Everybody has to want to win. And that all the coaches care about the players like I said before. I really want to go to a winning program, someone that has already been successful in the past, so we're not rebuilding anything, we're ready to go right now."
TAMU commit getting calls, but staying solid ESPN Watch List athlete Nick Harvey committed to Texas A&M in November, but that doesn't mean schools have stopped pursuing him. Other schools continue to check on Harvey to gauge his interest.
Harvey, who spent last year at Lancaster (Texas) High School but is now at Richmond (Texas) Travis after a mid-year move due to a parent's job relocation, said it isn't easy fending off other teams but he is stll committed to the Aggies and intends for it to stay that way
"Everybody's still calling me," Harvey said. "It's really getting tough right now. But at the same time, I'm committed."
Texas and LSU invited Harvey to their respective junior days, but Harvey hasn't made any trip to other schools and said he doesn't plan to.
"No, I don't plan on going [to junior days or spring practices], unless it's just A&M," Harvey said. "I might take a couple of trips down there."
Contact between Harvey and the A&M staff continues on a regular basis.
"A&M loves me and I love A&M," Harvey said. "I like it down there. The coaches are very committed to me and I talk to them every week."
Offer list growing for Juco OT Eluemunor Things are picking up quickly for Lackawanna College offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor.
The 6-5, 300-pound prospect picked up a flurry of offers over the last two weeks. On Monday, he picked up three: Texas A&M, Texas Tech and East Carolina. On Wednesday, Ohio State offered. On Thursday, it was Oklahoma who threw its hat in the ring.
Those three give the England native eight total offers to date, with more certainly to come. That has made Eluemunor feel pretty good.
"It's unexplainable," Eluemunor said. "But it feels great."
Texas A&M has been one of the schools giving Eluemunor the most attention of late.
"It's great because I've been talking to Texas A&M for about a week or two now," Eluemunor said. "Coach [B.J.] Anderson has been telling me a lot of really good things. Jake Matthews is playing left tackle this year and he'll be gone after that. [Anderson] wants me to come in and start at the left tackle spot and be a leader on the O-line and stuff."
Florida State, UCLA and West Virginia are also schools that have offered Eluemunor, who has only been playing organized football for two years after moving to the United States from London in 2008.
He has already set up official visits to Texas A&M (weekend of Oct. 25, vs. Vanderbilt) and Ohio State (weekend of Nov. 23, vs. Indiana).
So far he said he has built a good relationship with Anderson, the Aggies' offensive line coach.
"It's really fun talking to him," Eluemunor said. "He seems like an energetic coach and the type of coach you would want to play for. He sets goals and tells you how it really is. He's telling me the truth and I feel like he's a really good coach."
Aggies showing interest in 2014 QB As the days go by new offers or new targets are emerging for Texas A&M as spring practice nears and the Aggies' second junior day approaches.
One new player on the A&M radar is a tall Texas high school quarterback: San Antonio East Central's Jeremy Jones.
The 6-6, 190-pound prospect from the 2014 class talked with new Texas A&M quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital on Thursday and received an invitation to the Aggies' second junior day on March 2.
"[I] talked to coach Spavital today and he invited me to their junior day," Jones said. "I told him I'd be there and then I get home from school and have seven hand-written [letters] from them."
Jones posted a photo of all the A&M mail on his Twitter page. After initially hearing from the Aggies in the spring of his sophomore season, the Aggies are now back in touch and are among several schools showing interest.
The rising quarterback prospect recently attended LSU's junior day and said it went "exceptionally well." He plans to return to Baton Rouge, La., for a spring practice and will hit junior days at Baylor and Rice in March. He'll also visit UTSA in the spring.
Jones is still waiting on his first offer but feels like it will come soon with all the attention coming his way.
New offers The Aggies' coaching staff has been busy evaluating prospects and new 2014 offers have been going out over the last several weeks.
This week, the Aggies made their first offer to an in-state defensive tackle, offering Nederland (Texas) High School product DeShawn Washington on Tuesday. The 6-3, 275-pound interior linemen will be at Texas' junior day this weekend and has been invited to A&M's next junior day on March 2.
The Aggies also extended offers this week to River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian teammates Malachi Dupre (receiver) and Kenny Young (outside linebacker), Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek receiver Demarre Kitt and La Mirada (Calif.) High School receiver Dallis Todd.