Thursday, May 9, 2013
Introducing the class: OL Joas Aguilar
By Sam Khan Jr.
"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit. Today, we visit with North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville offensive guard Joas Aguilar.
Aguilar, an ESPN 300 prospect, was ranked the No. 11 guard in the country. The four-star prospect was No. 213 overall in the ESPN 300 and was an Under Armour All-American.
ESPN 300 guard Joas Aguilar, a Texas A&M signee, said he grew up a fan of the Aggies.
While playing offensive tackle for Birdville, Aguilar did not allow a single sack in 2012, had 57 knockdown blocks and 27 pancake blocks. He was a first team all-area selection by the Dallas Morning News and a first team Super Team selection by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Here's our Q&A with Aguilar:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Joas Aguilar: I always liked A&M growing up. I was a fan of theirs. When I visited, I got a good feeling about the program. And they were my first offer. That was big.
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
Aguilar: It's been all right. I've just been focusing on working out and getting ready to head down there.
GEN: I know you had a lot of schools pursuing you almost up until signing day. How hard was it to deal with?
Aguilar: It was really chaotic. Several schools weren't leaving my phone alone and stuff. I honestly felt better about A&M and liked it a lot more.
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
Aguilar: He seemed like a really good person. He wasn't like other coaches. He was more relaxed. He was more chill, definitely.
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
Aguilar: I just want to be a good athlete and a good student. I just want to come in and do my best.
GEN: When did you first get into football and why?
Aguilar: My dad loved football. He played it. So when I was about 5 years old, that's when I started playing. And I always played [up in age group]. When I was 5, I was playing with 7- and 8-year-olds.
GEN: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you have before games?
Aguilar: 5-Hour Energy [drinks]. Most players, we all, like, coast and then drink it before a game.
GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
Aguilar: Probably my dad. Ever since I was little he always coached me and pushed me to do better than what I was.
Aguilar: Good. I'm going to the state meet this weekend in the discus. I always liked doing track. This is my third time going to state. It keeps me busy during the offseason and keeps me motivated to keep working out.
GEN: Do you have a favorite memory associated with Texas A&M yet?
Aguilar: Probably the inaugural SEC game against Florida. I was there. The crowd was great. It was my first college game ever, so it was a really good experience.
GEN: How do you see things playing out in the coming years for Texas A&M?
Aguilar: I honestly think we're probably going to win a national championship. A&M is looking pretty good right now.
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
Aguilar: Just relax, I guess.
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
Aguilar: Baseball. I played when I was younger but I stopped when I got to high school. I'd be a pitcher.
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
Aguilar: It has changed my life greatly. I get to go to college now because of it and that's really important.
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
Aguilar: Probably playing against Aledo when Johnathan Gray was there. It was on ESPN.