Friday, March 15, 2013
Recruiting notes: ATH Jackson talks plans
By Sam Khan Jr.
ESPN Watch List athlete Adoreť Jackson wasn't able to participate in the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp over the weekend because of a foot injury, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy on the recruiting trail.
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound prospect has been working through his spring plans of visiting schools. Most recently, he took in a practice at USC and he also has plans to visit UCLA soon.
This summer, he'll hit several schools across the continental United States, including a trip to the Lone Star State to see the Texas A&M campus.
"Yeah that's definitely one of the campuses I want to see this summer," Jackson said.
A cornerback and receiver at Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra, Jackson has been a hotly pursued prospect by plenty of schools. His impressive offer list includes the likes of Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC and of course, Texas A&M.
Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates is the recruiter of note for A&M of Jackson. He said that he has received plenty of letters from the Aggies and that each time he goes to his coach's office to pick up mail, he has "5-10" letters from Texas A&M.
"They've been hitting me up a lot," Jackson said. "I get a lot of mail from them."
Originally from Bellevue, Illinois, Jackson moved out to California and has been living there for about a year. He said the recruiting process hasn't been stressful, it has been a positive experience.
"It's not really crazy or anything, it's more of a relief," Jackson said. "It's like a dream come true. To have this happening, it's just a dream come true."
His other notable plans in the coming weeks include trips to the USC and UCLA spring games. He is pleased to have multiple options in front of him.
"Everybody was recruiting me at DB but now a lot of schools are recruiting me as a receiver so I have options," he said.
Aggies offer California TE Texas A&M's latest Class of 2014 offer went to the tight end position and it went to the West Coast.
ESPN Watch List tight end Bryce Dixon got an offer from the Aggies on Thursday morning, receiving the news from Aggies' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Jeff Banks via Facebook.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound prospect from Ventura (Calif.) Saint Bonaventure played only part of his team's season last fall because of an ankle injury.
Saint Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien said Dixon played six games last year and missed seven because of a high ankle sprain. But when healthy, Therrien said, he's good.
"When he's healthy, he's as good as they come," Therrien said. "But he hasn't been healthy for a whole year yet."
Dixon also got an offer from Utah on Thursday and has offers from several others, including California, Florida, Ohio State, UCLA and Washington.
Busy weekend ahead for DT Garnett
This Saturday should be a busy one for New Orleans Saint Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett.
First, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound prospect will hit Houston for a Rivals/Under Armour camp. Then, after he's done there, he and his coach are driving to Austin, Texas, so that Garnett can make an unofficial visit to Texas.
Texas A&M is among the schools that have offered Garnett. He is the fourth player the Aggies have offered from Saint Augustine, with Garnett's teammates Leonard Fournette, Jermaine Roberts and Joseph Paul being the others.
Garnett hasn't had a chance to speak with Aggies coaches but he has talked to Texas and is excited about his upcoming trip.
"[I've talked to] Coach Bo Davis, and I've been talking to coach Mack [Brown]," Garnett said. "They say they think I'm a great guy and they're impressed with my film. I think they're a great group of guys, great staff over there. I'm very excited and very thrilled about Texas. I heard a lot about Texas. So I can't wait to get up there and see what it's about."
In addition to his Texas and Texas A&M offers, Garnett also holds offers from Oklahoma, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and Tulane.
The recruiting attention that he has received lately has Garnett smiling.
"It's great," he said. "It's a dream come true. All this stuff that's happening the last few weeks and months, it's been great."
QB Hansen visiting TAMU soon ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen will be making the trip south soon to visit Texas A&M.
The Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe signal caller could make visits to a few schools, but the Aggies are one program he wants to be sure to hit. Hansen’s usual contact is Aggies quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital, but with Spavital busy moving to College Station from West Virginia [where Spavital coached last season], special teams coordinator Jeff Banks took over for this week.
“I talked to Coach Banks [on Tuesday],” Hansen said. “I want to spend one full day at A&M. See a practice and look around the campus and everything like that. That’s one trip I’m definitely making.”
Hansen, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, also holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma.
--Bob Przybylo, SoonerNation
Stewart shining on the mound While ESPN 150 quarterback Kohl Stewart was one of the top signal-callers in the 2013 football class, he's also one of the premier pitchers nationally on the baseball diamond.
The Houston St. Pius X righthander made his second appearance since returning from a mild shoulder strain and was flawless in a 3-0 extra-inning win over Houston Christian.
Before an army of about 30 scouts and personnel from Major League Baseball teams on hand, Stewart through four perfect innings, striking out seven on 42 pitches (30 strikes). He did not allow a single ball to leave the infield in his start.
Stewart, who is considered one of the top high school prospects in the upcoming MLB draft and is ranked 14th in ESPN Insider Keith Law's "Future 50" ranking of top draft prospects, was consistently throwing 91-95 miles per hour on his fastball and sported a 78-82 mph curveball as well as a changeup that hovered in the low 80s and a slider that went 85-88. †Law's scouting report on Stewart can be found here.
The 6-2, 195-pound prospect was No. 96 in the ESPN 150 football prospect rankings and the No. 6-ranked pocket passer in the country. He signed with Texas A&M's football team in February.