Friday, May 10, 2013
Recruiting notes: 2015 QB adding attention
By Sam Khan Jr.
He doesn't yet have his first offer, but it seems like it will only be a matter of time for 2015 quarterback J.T. Granato (Houston/Kinkaid).
There are plenty of prospects for college coaches to evaluate at Kinkaid, led by 2014 tight end Mavin Saunders, but Granato is getting plenty attention of his own. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound quarterback was invited this week to attend a one-day camp at Notre Dame this summer, and Granato said it's one of many camp invitations he has received.
Kinkaid coach Stephen Hill said Texas A&M, Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi, Purdue, USC, Texas and Oklahoma have all been in to see Granato. Stanford is due to stop by next week.
As for Texas A&M, Hill said quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital stopped by early last week to see Granato work out.
"I played really well when they came," Granato said.
And though he has awcweL camp invitations, ones he'll be sure to hit include LSU, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, he said. He also said he might attend a Stanford camp.
Without question, Granato is a name to watch the rest of this spring and into the summer.
Saunders' offer list growing
Speaking of Kinkaid, Saunders has seen his profile rise significantly.
The former basketball star, who played his first season of football last fall, has had several college coaches file through to see him. Since the evaluation period began April 15, he has picked up offers from Arkansas, Houston, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Purdue and Utah. Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M have all stopped by to evaluate him as well.
"It's been staying pretty busy," Saunders said. "I'm just trying to manage all of it with school work and everything. I'm thankful for all the attention and stuff."
"I'm already starting to narrow it down a little bit," Saunders said. "There's a few schools that I don't even answer if they call and stuff like that. I mean no disrespect, but it's time to start narrowing it down a bit. There's just certain schools I talk to and we just go from there."
Saunders preferred not to name which schools are the ones still in the running for now.
Texas A&M has showed interest, Saunders said, but has not offered yet.
"I think they're going to come back next week," Saunders said. "No word [on an offer]. They're just interested right now."
2015 RB Anderson talks Aggies
Rodney Anderson is a young man of few words. Some around him use the word "focused" and that dedication has led him to become one of the premier sophomore running backs in Texas.
Baylor and Texas A&M are the schools that have recruited running back Rodney Anderson the hardest.
It has also led college coaches to notice the Katy (Texas) High School standout's talents, as he has picked up scholarship offers from six schools: Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Texas A&M stopped by Katy on Monday to see Anderson. Oklahoma stopped in on Tuesday and Baylor on Wednesday. Throughout the spring, others have come as well and more will continue to.
Anderson is in no rush in the recruiting process.
"It's early," he said. "I'm just playing it out and make sure I make the right decision for myself."
Baylor and Texas A&M are the schools that have given Anderson the most attention so far, he said. He visited Aggieland in April for the "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage.
The day after the trip, he called the experience "breathtaking." On Tuesday, Anderson expanded on what he took in while in College Station, Texas.
"It was a good experience," he said. "The way they ran their practices and how everyone got along with each other, it felt a lot like Katy. Katy is a close-knit community and everyone is comfortable with everybody is friends and everybody gets along with everybody else, so it helps the football team out. It makes practices fun and everyone gets things done."
He'll plan to hit some camps in the summer time. He originally planned to hit Alabama and Oklahoma camps. Now he said he's planning on skipping the Alabama camp, as he attended it last year.
2014 QB Jones to get a look
San Antonio East Central quarterback Jeremy Jones was one of two quarterbacks that Texas A&M invited to its March 2 junior day and next week, Jones said he will get a visit from A&M.
Texas A&M quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital has indicated that he'll stop by East Central next week, said Jones, a 6-6, 190-pound dual-threat prospect.
"It means a lot," Jones said. "I get to showcase my skills for him and let him see in person what he said he wants to see."
Jones picked up his third offer this week, from Air Force. Rutgers and Rice have also offered scholarships and several other schools have come through to see him during spring football, including Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas State and UTSA.
A pair of those schools could be close to offering, Jones said.
"It feels pretty good," Jones said. "I'm actually expecting two more [offers], from Texas State and UTSA. And hopefully this A&M deal goes well next week. We'll see where that goes."
Jones said he and his teammates have been getting acclimated to a new offense this spring, one that will allow him to display his throwing ability.
"It's a 100-percent shotgun, spread offense," Jones said. "We'll go two backs sometimes, empty sometimes. It's predominantly a passing offense right now."