Friday, June 14, 2013
Recruiting notes: Aggies have momentum
By Sam Khan Jr.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M has found itself in a bit of a hot streak when it comes to verbal commitments. Since the month began, the Aggies have landed four commitments: three last week and one on Thursday.
In the 2014 class, the Aggies have 13 total commitments and the nation's No. 2 recruiting class. Thursday's commitment, Houston Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis, marked the Aggies' first commitment of the 2015 class.
Class of 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack won't be committing to the Aggies this weekend.
So what is resonating with players that the Aggies are recruiting right now?
"People ask me all the time, 'Is there one thing you can point to that's helped you?' " head coach Kevin Sumlin said on Thursday before appearing at the Brazos County A&M Club Coach's Night. "I think it's a combination of a lot of things: The move to the SEC has strengthened our brand and strengthened our footprint nationally. I think that having some success in Year 1 has helped us and certainly, style of play. All those things add up. It's not really one thing. There's a lot of things."
And Thursday's news of landing Davis officially gets the ball rolling for the Aggies' 2015 class, a group of recruits that haven't yet begun their junior seasons of high school football. The Aggies have offered several sophomores and are evaluating 2016 prospects (current high school freshmen) also. Seeing an offer go out to one of those prospects before long isn't necessarily out of the question.
But Sumlin said the line for the Aggies is drawn there. Kentucky offered a seventh-grader on Thursday and several schools have already offered Dylan Moses, a 2017 linebacker who took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on June 2. Don't expect Texas A&M to offer prospects who haven't entered high school, according to Sumlin.
"It's kind of hard for me to go that far," Sumlin said. "Everybody's got their evaluation process. We're not at that level yet. I don't see that changing very much. It's the way things have gotten. Right or wrong, everyone has their philosophy and they're trying to get better. I don't think we're headed down that path to seventh- and eighth-graders yet. I don't think that's going to be the case."
Nevertheless, the Aggies have plenty of steam on the recruiting trail and Sumlin hopes it can keep going.
"We do have some momentum right now," he said. "I think our fans get it and it looks like recruits get that, too."
He had ideas of possibly committing to the Aggies officially on Friday or Saturday, but Mack will press pause for the moment.
"I'm postponing it," Mack said.
The 6-foot-2, 307-pound prospect, who holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas in addition to Texas A&M and several others, said his parents would like for him to take some more time before shutting things down.
But his feelings toward the Aggies are the same, he said.
"[My feelings] haven't changed," he said.
Mack said he has no visit plans set up to any schools in the near future.
2014 DT talks A&M visit
Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber 2014 defensive tackle Joshua Frazier made a stop in Aggieland this week. Frazier took an unofficial visit to the campus on Monday shortly after a trip to Houston to see family members.
"A&M was very fun," he said. "I got to see the campus, my mom liked it, everything about it. They're doing renovations on the [athletic facilities]."
Frazier, who put the Aggies in his top five along with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and USC, received a chance to get familiar with Aggies' defensive line coach Terry Price while there.
"Coach Price was awesome," Frazier said. "He's a real down-to-earth guy. He told me he's a championship barbecue cooker, he's in a jazz band recording an album and plays music. He really cares about his players, too. He gave me some background on his history and broke down all the defensive stuff, too."
The four-star defensive tackle, who is ranked 14th in the nation at his position, tweaked his top five recently, adding Auburn and eliminating Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 336-pound Frazier was finishing up a two-day visit to Auburn on Thursday night and will head to Alabama next.
"I have five good schools," Frazier said. "I just have to pick the one that best fits me."
2014 TE talks Aggies camp
Katy (Texas) High School tight end Logan Lister got a call from the Aggies earlier this month. Special teams coordinator Jeff Banks, who recruits parts of the Houston area, informed Lister that the Aggies were looking for athletic offensive tackles and invited him to the camp.
Lister, who is being recruited at both tight end and offensive tackle depending on the school, is getting experience at tackle this year. During the Tigers' spring game, the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Lister started at right tackle and as of right now, it looks like Lister will be projected to start there when Katy kicks off its 2013 season. So Lister accepted the invitation and went to College Station on Sunday.
"I felt like I did pretty well for not having played the position much," Lister said.
Lister said Banks gave him positive feedback at the camp but the Aggies want to see him play the position more before going further.
"He said, 'We're really interested in you; we just haven't seen enough of you at tackle yet,'" Lister said. "He said after my third game, they'll be able to see how I'm doing."
Lister has offers from Houston, Nevada, Rutgers, Texas State, UTEP, Central Florida and Arkansas State currently.