Friday, April 26, 2013
Recruiting notes: WR Booth talks offer
By Sam Khan Jr.
With the spring evaluation period underway, Texas A&M is making sure to cast its recruiting net far and wide.
Assistant coaches began to hit the road this week and with the majority of the 2014 prospects in Texas undergoing mandatory state-standardized testing this week, it was an opportune time for coaches to get outside of the Lone Star State to see prospects.
Four-star wideout Dominique Booth said he's thinking about taking a visit to Texas A&M.
One of those prospects that got a visit from an A&M coach was Indianapolis Pike receiver Dominique Booth. Aggies' linebackers coach Mark Hagen paid a visit to the four-star receiver and the Aggies extended the 6-foot, 195-pound prospect an offer.
It wasn't the first time Booth encountered Hagen, though.
"He recruited my area when he was [at Indiana]," Booth said. "It was cool. I was real comfortable. He was one of the recruiters I was closest with so we had more of a personal relationship. He would always check up on me all the time to see how I was doing. It was cool to talk to him again and see where he's at and how he's doing and everything."
Booth said Hagen made it clear that the Aggies think highly of the receiver, who is the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Indiana and the nation's 24th-ranked receiver. Booth holds offers from several notable programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee just to name a few.
"I know he was interested in me as a junior and he thinks highly of me and I know that from his words, everyone there [at Texas A&M] thinks highly of me too," Booth said.
The interest is genuine -- on both ends. Booth said he'll discuss it with his family but he would like to get down to College Station, Texas, for a visit.
"I don't much familiarity with them but the thing about me is I don't care about how far away I go or where I go [for college]," Booth said. I want to go somewhere where it's warm. But I don't care about being up here near home or anything like that. I'm just trying to find the place that's best for me."
"I'm thinking about [a visit]. I just need to talk to my dad a little more. I've got to make sure it has the things I want in a school first because that's a long trip to take. I have genuine interest in it. I know it's a big program and they beat Alabama last year so that's a really big deal. I'm definitely looking into it more and more. I already knew it was a good program."
Booth said he took notice of what the Aggies accomplished in their first SEC season.
"It was impressive watching what they did their first year in the SEC," he said. "I was getting heavily recruited by Missouri and I know they didn't do as well. So for them to do so well coming in, they seem to be rolling now. I saw they did real good in recruiting last year."
Mabin expecting visitors
One of a small handful of schools to start spring football in Texas already is Spring (Texas) Klein Oak, which began spring drills this week.
The Panthers' starting inside linebacker, Josh Mabin, is expecting coaches from several schools to come see him soon, including from what appear to be his two favorites at the moment, LSU and Texas A&M.
Mabin has visited Texas A&M for a junior day and for Friday Night Lights. The 2014 prospect also took in a junior day at LSU and recently visited Baton Rouge, La., for the Tigers' spring football game.
"There were a good amount of people and a great atmosphere," Mabin said. "They showed their progress over the year and it got me ready to show my progress and for my spring ball.
"I spoke with Coach [Thomas] McGaughey and Coach [John] Chavis. He introduced his wife to me at the picnic after. He introduced his family to my family and we bonded on a deeper level."
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Mabin holds offers from the likes of Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. LSU and Texas A&M have not yet offered but Mabin feels like both are close to doing so. He said the Aggies coaches have told him they want to see him and ensure that his knee his 100 percent healthy after suffering an injury to it in his sophomore season. LSU plans to come see him but also would like him to return to Baton Rouge for a camp, he said.
As for how he feels physically?
"I feel amazing," Mabin said.
Another Klein Oak prospect to watch
Mabin's teammate, Ja'Von Shelley, is also someone who will get a look when the Aggies visit Klein Oak during the spring evaluation period.
Shelley visited for a junior day and for the Aggies' Maroon-and-White spring game and enjoyed both visits. The 2014 outside linebacker has interest from Baylor and Oklahoma currently, in addition to the Aggies, and he just picked up his first offer from Houston on Thursday.
He could line up at defensive end or outside linebacker for Klein Oak this fall and was getting repetitions at defensive end earlier this week at Klein Oak's spring practice.
"I can put my hand down or stand up," Shelley said. "I'll do anything just to win. I don't care."
Shelley said he has spoken with linebackers coach Mark Hagen recently and that Hagen informed him that he plans to come evaluate him at Klein Oak soon.
"He talked to me about A&M and their system," Shelley said. "He said he'll come out here and see."
2014 QB nearing offer? One quarterback that the Aggies have kept as a target is Bossier City (La.) Parkway signal caller Brandon Harris.
The Aggies offered two quarterbacks initially, extended offers to Justice Hansen and Kyle Allen. Hansen committed to Oklahoma on April 13. Allen is uncommitted, visited Texas A&M for the Maroon-and-White spring game and will likely get a visit from an A&M assistant coach soon, but so will Harris.
Harris, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound prospect who is ranked the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, could be nearing an offer with the Aggies still on the hunt for a quarterback. He confirmed via text message on Thursday that he's expecting both Texas A&M offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital at Parkway High School on Monday to watch him throw.
Harris has double-digit offers including ones from Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Aggies in running for ESPN 150 DE Texas A&M got a mid-week unofficial visit from ESPN 150 defensive end Justin Thornton (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) and it looks like the Aggies will be in the running for him when he makes his decision.
Class of 2015 running back Patrick Carr could be a potential A&M offer down the road.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect, who is ranked No. 111 in the ESPN 150, named a top five of LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia and Auburn, in that order, after his visit to Aggieland on Wednesday.
Thornton posted the top five on his Twitter page. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked 13th nationally among defensive ends.
2015 QB Murray feels the love Allen (Texas) High School 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray may have been uncertain about how the Aggies felt about him prior to his unofficial visit to Texas A&M earlier this month, but he certainly got a grasp of how the fan base feels about him.
Murray, who said he got some clarity on where the Aggies coaches stand with him and a comfort level with where things are, said the Aggies fans have shown him a lot of support. Kyler is the son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, who starred for the Aggies in the 1980s. Kyler led Allen to a Texas Class 5A Division I state championship as its sophomore starting quarterback.
Kyler said A&M fans have shown excitement toward him.
"It feels real good," Murray said. "Going down there you have people tweeting you 'Have a safe trip' and all of that. They're the only ones that have done it so far but I haven't really gone anywhere. A lot of people tweeting me 'Gig 'em' and all of that, they're real friendly people down there so it's nice to have."
Murray has offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas Tech and he intends to take several unofficial visits this summer.
2015 RB gets a feel for Aggies The Woodlands (Texas) High School 2015 running back Patrick Carr is getting a feel for schools as his recruitment picks up. He has visited two so far: Texas and Texas A&M.
Though he has no offers yet, Carr seems a certainty to get some as time wears on. His visit to Texas A&M earlier this month for the Friday Night Lights scrimmage was a positive one, he said. He particularly liked the Aggies' offensive style and the chance to see them up close.
"I like their offense and their plays and how they set up practice and stuff," Carr said. "And I like how we were able to be right on the sideline and watch them play, just like any other practice."