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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tales from the Road: Texas A&M

By Sam Khan Jr.

Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: The Aggies are looking at a mix of guys across different classes and positions currently. 2014 placekicker Aaron Medley (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County) said he got a visit from Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks on Friday. When Medley called Banks on Monday to follow up, Banks told him he had an offer. Banks and offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney journeyed to Katy (Texas) High School on Tuesday for the Tigers' spring game to see 2015 running back Rodney Anderson, whom the Aggies have offered, as well as several other Katy prospects. McKinney checked on Crosby (Texas) High School receiver and Utah commit Raelon Singleton on Monday. Another receiver the Aggies are keeping an eye on and checked out last week is South Houston (Texas) High School 2014 receiver Elton Dyer. 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cypress Ridge) said the Aggies stopped by his school on Tuesday and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates recently spoke with 2014 receiver Darius Hammond (Livonia, La./Livonia) on the phone after seeing his spring game last week.

Area of interest: Texas A&M is hammering the Houston area hard right now as the spring evaluation period hits the homestretch. It is a priority area for the Aggies and head coach Kevin Sumlin has acknowledged as much numerous times during his tenure in Aggieland. With more than 150 high schools within a 70-mile radius of downtown Houston, it's a hotbed for talent that's only about 90 minutes from College Station, Texas, depending on which part of town you're in. The Aggies' highest-ranked recruit in 2014 class (ESPN 150 linebacker Hoza Scott) and in 2013 (ESPN 150 receiver Ricky Seals-Jones) are both from the area surrounding Houston. Nine players in the 2013 signing class were Houston-area products.

Prospect performance: GigEmNation was in Crosby, Texas, on Saturday for the inaugural Crosby Cougar 7-on-7 tournament and there were several Division I prospects involved. One target of Texas A&M interest is 2015 quarterback J.T. Granato, whom we featured this morning and led Houston Kinkaid to the tournament championship. Two other players of interest to the Aggies did not play due to injuries: Houston Kinkaid 2014 tight end Mavin Saunders and the aforementioned Singleton.

Word on the street: Each week, we'll take a reader question in this space and answer it. Today, our question comes from Twitter user Zachary Shoemaker (@zshoemaker86): "Last year we lost to LSU because of our kicker. Few other scares too. What plans are in motion there?"

While Taylor Bertolet will enter the fall at No. 1 on the depth chart and hopes to have a bounce back season, the Aggies did add a walk-on kicker in the 2013 class (Dallas/Jesuit kicker Cody Wicker) and they're searching for a scholarship kicker in the 2014 class. The first offer went out to Gary Wunderlich (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) but he committed to Virginia and is off the board. Now the Aggies are targeting the aforementioned Medley, whom they offered on Monday.

What to watch: Qualifying tournaments for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships begin en masse this weekend. One to keep an eye on is the Manvel SQT which will be held at Manvel (Texas) High School on Saturday. One of the Aggies' top targets right now, Manvel's Koda Martin, will be there, as will 2015 tight end target Jordan Davis (Houston/Clear Lake) and 2015 linebacker target Cameron Townsend (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point). The field is loaded with talented teams and Division I prospects so there will be plenty of guys to watch in Manvel on Saturday.