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Friday, May 24, 2013
Recruiting notes: A&M makes Frazier's cut

By Sam Khan Jr.

Prospects use Twitter in a multitude of ways when it comes to recruiting, including announcing their commitment or their lists of top schools.

Four-star defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) put a little twist on those things Thursday when he announced his top five by tweeting one school each hour until his top five were named.

The 6-foot-4, 336-pound Frazier noted that there was no particular order to his top five but Texas A&M did make the cut. Frazier, who plans to visit A&M this summer, named a top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas A&M and USC.

The 2014 prospect is ranked second overall among Arkansas prospects and 14th nationally among defensive tackles. He also had offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Auburn.

2015 DT to be evaluated

2015 defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin (Houston/Cypress Falls) has been anxiously awaiting the day that Texas A&M arrived at his practice to see him and evaluate him. That day is coming today when Lampkin said he is expecting special teams coordinator Jeff Banks and defensive line coach Terry Price at his spring game.

"I haven't really got to see them this spring ball," Lampkin said. "I'm excited."

Lampkin visited Texas A&M back in April for the Aggies "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage and the Maroon-and-White spring game. He also visited Texas during its spring practice.

To date, the 6-3, 291-pound Lampkin doesn't have an offer but he has interest from the Aggies, the Longhorns and several others that have stopped by Cypress Falls in the spring. Texas came by last week and so did Nebraska. Lampkin said Baylor sent him a hand-written letter recently.

As for the Aggies, Lampkin said he knows Price and Banks want to get a good look at him.

"They're trying to look at me to [see if they want to] offer me," he said.

In June, Lampkin said he plans to attend a Texas camp on June 2 and a Texas A&M camp on June 9.

2014 OT gets a visit

Thursday was a notable day for Brenham (Texas) High School 2014 offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann.

Austin Schlottmann
Class of 2014 offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann picked up an offer from Texas Tech this week.
The 6-5, 285-pound prospect saw coaches from several schools stop by Brenham to see him: Houston, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Utah.

After practice, he got some good news when Texas Tech gave him his first offer from a power-conference school.

"I'm happy," Schlottmann said. "The Big 12 is awesome. It's a big step."

Schlottmann has visited several schools this year, including Texas Tech and Texas A&M. He attended a junior day at A&M on March 2 and offensive line coach B.J. Anderson was representing the Aggies at Brenham on Thursday.

"I didn't get to talk to him much," Schlottmann said. "He just said he liked how I was working out today and that he'd be in touch."

The Aggies are interested but haven't offered at the moment. As for a decision timeline, Schlottmann said he likely would make one before the start of his senior season. Other offers he holds include Houston, Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Tulsa and Central Florida.

Aggies keeping an eye on QBs

Texas A&M is targeting two high-level quarterbacks in the 2014 class currently: ESPN 150 signal-caller Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and four-star dual-threat prospect Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway).

The Aggies have offered those two, but they've made sure to check out other quarterbacks this spring. A couple of players that Texas A&M quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital has watched throw this spring are Katy (Texas) James E. Taylor quarterback Clay Holgorsen and San Antonio East Central quarterback Jeremy Jones.

If Holgorsen's name rings a bell, it's for good reason. His uncle is West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, whom Spavital worked with as an assistant at West Virginia last year and also worked with at stops in Houston and Oklahoma State.

"I've known him for a long time, through my uncle," Holgorsen said. "We caught up a little bit. He told me to keep up the good work."

Holgorsen got his second Division I offer on Tuesday when Louisiana Tech made the move. The 6-0, 187-pounder also has an offer from Troy.

Jones got a visit from Spavital last week. The 6-6, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback attended Texas A&M's junior day on March 2 and has offers from Air Force, North Texas, Rice and Rutgers currently.

"[Spavital] told me he liked what he saw and that he needed to get me to camp this summer around Coach [Kevin] Sumlin," Jones said.

Jones said he is undecided yet on whether he'll attend an A&M camp, but plans to speak with Spavital more to get a feel for where the Aggies stand with him.

As for Holgorsen, he's not the only player from Taylor that got a look while Spavital was there. 2015 offensive tackle Zach Lucas said A&M is among several schools that have asked about him this spring. Others showing interest are Baylor, TCU, Rice and Kansas State.

A 6-5, 270-pound prospect, Lucas said he intends to attend camps at TCU, Texas A&M and Alabama. He made an unofficial visit to Alabama for a game last fall.

2016 safety hopes to hear from Aggies

Katy (Texas) High School 2016 safety Collin Wilder got some welcome news last week when he got his first scholarship offer.

The 5-11, 180-pound prospect, who played significant time on varsity last season for Katy, the Texas Class 5A Division II state champions, figures to have a bright future. Not many freshmen start or see significant time on varsity at a program like Katy's.

In addition to Texas Tech, several schools have shown interest and he has gotten camp invitations from several.

"I got several [invitations] from Florida State," Wilder said. "I'll be heading up their in July. I got an invite from LSU so I've been e-mailing them. Got some from the Ivy League, Princeton. Also got some from Utah, UTSA, Georgia. I've gotten a few invites from Tennessee as well."

Because he got so many invitations, Wilder has signed up for several camps already. The schedule of those could prevent him from taking in a Texas A&M camp, which is something he wants to do.

"I really wanted to go to the A&M camp too because they're a school that I would love for them to be interested in me," Wilder said. " I already signed up for these [other] camps right away because I got these invites. I've never had them before, so I think I need to be at these. I can take a few camps at a time. So I more than likely won't be able to make any A&M camps this year but I plan to go to some in the years to come."

One of A&M's top 2015 targets, running back Rodney Anderson, plays at Katy and two A&M coaches were on hand Tuesday for the Tigers' spring game to see him. Though Anderson was out with an injury and unable to perform in front of Jeff Banks and Clarence McKinney that night, the duo got a chance to see the handful of other Katy prospects, including Wilder.

Aggies check out 2014 WR/CB

Livonia (La.) High School 2014 receiver Darius Hammond got a visit from the Aggies last week when secondary coach Marcel Yates took in Hammond's spring game last Saturday.

On Tuesday, Hammond spoke with Yates on the phone to get a gauge on the Aggies' interest.

"He came to the spring game," Hammond said. "I got hurt, but he said he liked the way I came back and made plays. He was interested and wanted me to come visit soon."

Hammond plans to visit for an A&M camp and has received interest from several other schools within Louisiana. LSU, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern and Nicholls State have all stopped by in the spring. The 5-9, 160-pound prospect is seeking his first offer and said schools are looking at him at both cornerback and receiver.

"[The Aggies] said they like me at cornerback," Hammond said. "But they saw me at slot and they said they liked what I do in the slot. Whatever I feel comfortable as. They also like me in the return game."