Friday, March 22, 2013
Recruiting notes: 2015 recruits to watch
By Sam Khan Jr.
Sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield is already getting offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.
Kendall Sheffield is one of the hottest names in the 2015 class, having picked up three major offers in recent weeks from LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
The 6-foot, 177-pound cornerback was a first-team all-district selection in his first varsity season for Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall and his future appears bright.
He attended Texas A&M junior day on March 2 and, so far, that's his only trip to a college.
"I liked it a lot," Sheffield said.
He said he also enjoyed his talk with head coach Kevin Sumlin.
"He was just happy to see us and plans to recruit us more and wants us to come up there," Sheffield said.
The first school to offer him in the recruiting process was Baylor. Sheffield said he plans to visit Baylor this summer. Texas is also showing significant interest but hasn't yet offered, though Sheffield is attending the Longhorns' sophomore day on Saturday.
Aggies eye another 2015 prospect One of Sheffield's teammates who attended the Aggies' March 2 junior day with him is also a Texas A&M target: 2015 prospect J.W. Ketchum.
The 6-1, 190-pounder played quarterback for Thurgood Marshall, which went 13-1 and made the Texas Class 4A Division II state quarterfinals, and could be a quarterback or play another position in college, according to his head coach at Marshall, James Williams.
"He's one of those guys that could do anything he wants," Williams said. "If you wanted to put him at linebacker he'd be one of the best linebackers in the state. If you played him at safety or running back, he's gifted enough to do all of that. But he's blessed with a very good arm, an accurate arm. He completed 68 percent of his passes this year and threw 22 touchdowns, four interceptions. So obviously, he can play quarterback. He did it very well for us as running the ball. He ran for 29 touchdowns for us. He's just a special kid who can do good things."
Williams said that Ketchum has early offers from Baylor and Texas A&M. Also showing early interest in Ketchum are Oklahoma and Texas.
Ketchum enjoyed his junior day trip to Texas A&M.
"The trip was good," he said. "The food, the campus, you could see all the construction and that they're making it better. It looked like a very up and coming place."
His favorite part was watching the Aggies practice.
"I liked how enthused they were at practice," Ketchum said. "The moving around, the positivity. They're going at it. I liked all of it."
Aggies OL target scores first offer Texas A&M hosted several interior linemen during its March 2 junior day with eyes on finding a potential center. One of those prospects was Southlake (Texas) Carroll guard Evan Brown.
Brown, who had no offers going into the junior day, has scored his first offer from Tulsa recently.
"I had a great junior day there," Brown said of Tulsa. "We had been talking awhile and then I went back up there for a practice because they had been wanting me to come up. They offered me then."
The 6-2, 280 Brown said he would prefer to play center at the college level. That’s where the Aggies are recruiting him.
"I think I'd be a better center," Brown said. "I like snapping and I like that responsibility. I just feel better there."
Aggies' offensive line coach B.J. Anderson will be at Brown's spring practice to evaluate him, Brown said. He enjoyed his trip to College Station, Texas, on March 2.
"It was really good," Brown said. "They have great tradition down there and it was really good. They gave us a great tour of the facilities and stuff and it was pretty cool."
Juco OT revising timeline The offers continue to roll in for 2014 offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor.
The Lackawanna College tackle, who hails from London and has played just two years of organized football, has become one of the most coveted junior college prospects in the class of 2014. He holds 21 offers, including from power programs like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and USC.
Wisconsin was the most recent school to pull the trigger on an offer. Kansas, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech have all joined in the last week.
The 6-5, 300-pound tackle had set up official visits to Ohio State and Texas A&M for this fall, but with his timeline moving up, he'll have to reschedule those. Eluemunor could commit by August and he'll began whittling his list soon, indicating that he could have a top eight list of schools sometime in April.
Eluemunor said he has been in touch with Texas A&M coach B.J. Anderson this week and is working on setting up a revised visit date so that he can visit Aggieland.