Monday, March 4, 2013
WR Cameron Batson enjoys TAMU
By Sam Khan Jr.
For Oklahoma City Millwood receiver Cameron Batson, there was a lot to like about Texas A&M.
From the facilities to the coaches to the postgraduate career potential, it all seemed like a great place to be to the emerging 2014 prospect. Batson, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver, was one of several prospects but one of only a few out-of-state players to attend Texas A&M's second junior day of the year on Saturday.
Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty began recruiting Batson after receiving junior film from one of Batson's coaches at Millwood. From there, the Aggies requested his transcript and invited him down for the junior day.
"I liked the campus, I liked the coaches, I liked everybody," Batson said. "They have a nice weight room; they're doing a lot of construction, a lot of building as a program. I like it a lot."
Currently, Batson holds offers from Texas Tech and Washington State and is receiving interest from California, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
Though the Aggies didn't offer a scholarship while he was on the trip, Batson said he sensed that Beaty likes him as a prospect and Batson is hopeful one will come in the future.
"Coach Beaty, the receivers coach, me and him were chopping it up a lot," Batson said. "He really wants me to come down there again. He couldn't promise me an offer. He wants me down there. He's just waiting on Coach [Kevin] Sumlin to go ahead and pull the trigger and make that offer. That would be a place that I would be very high on my radar as a school. I like everything."
Batson had the chance to meet several players -- and one ESPN personality that was on campus to interview Johnny Manziel -- as well as tour the facilities and learn about the academic side of things.
"I got to meet Johnny Football of course, Ryan Swope, Kirk Herbstreit, when they were practicing and everything," Batson said. "I liked the uptempo practices that they have. Their facilities are going to be real nice. We got to go into their weight room, which is very nice. I liked everything that I saw.
"If I were to get an offer from Texas A&M, it would be a good offer. Not only because they're in the SEC but also because of the networking that they have. So many people graduate from Texas A&M so it would be easy for me to find a job."
Batson, who is in the middle of a playoff run in the Oklahoma Class 3A basketball playoffs with his Millwood teammates, will not make any trips this week, but after his season is over he has plans to visit Texas Tech. He also could make a trip to Tulsa, and said he would definitely like to make a return trip to Aggieland.