Texas A&M Aggies: Ishmael Wilson

"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 individually. Today, we visit with Dallas Bishop Dunne offensive tackle Ishmael Wilson.

Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect, was ranked 39th nationally among tackles and was an Offense-Defense Bowl All-American selection and a first-team all-district pick in TAPPS 1-5A. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Bishop Dunne's 297-yards-per-game offensive output. Wilson chose the Aggies over a host of other offers, including ones from Michigan, Nebraska, Auburn, Baylor and Texas Tech.

Here's our Q&A with Wilson:

Coach's Take: OT Ishmael Wilson 

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"Coach's Take" is a GigEmNation series that offers readers a closer look at the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class by visiting with someone who coached the player or coached against him. Today we take a look at three-star offensive tackle Ishmael Wilson of Dallas Bishop Dunne by visiting with his coach Michael Johnson.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Wilson ranked 39th nationally among tackles, was an Offense-Defense Bowl All-American selection and a first-team all-district pick in TAPPS 1-5A. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Bishop Dunne's offensive output of 297 yards per game. Wilson chose the Aggies over a host of other programs that offered, including Michigan, Nebraska, Auburn, Baylor and Texas Tech.

Here's Johnson's take on Wilson:


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GigEmNation signing day blog

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Welcome to GigEmNation's live coverage of national signing day for the Texas A&M Aggies. We'll be with you throughout the day providing up-to-the minute updates on A&M's class of 2013.

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Torrodney PrevotTom Hauck for ESPN.comTexas A&M has a chance to impress in-state DE Torrodney Prevot who has been committed to USC since July.
There will be no shortage of recruits on the Texas A&M campus this weekend.

From longtime commits who are finally taking their official visits, to one visitor from the class of 2013 who is committed elsewhere and several notable members of the 2014 class.

One of the notable names that will visit is expected in town today: 2014 offensive tackle Braden Smith.

The ESPN Watch List prospect from Olathe (Kan.) South High School will be touring the campus today in advance of Mondo Challenge college track and field meet taking place on campus. Smith's sister, Megan, is a thrower for TCU which is competing in the event.


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The feeling of vindication for Ishmael Wilson is strong these days.

The three-star offensive tackle from Dallas Bishop Dunne has long been sold on Texas A&M, the direction the Aggies were heading and what they had to offer. He felt that way the moment he walked into coach Kevin Sumlin's office and committed during a junior day last February.

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Texas A&M junior left tackle Luke Joeckel was presented with an opportunity he couldn't pass up. He didn't.

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Brett Davis/US PresswireTexas A&M's Luke Joeckel has been projected to be a top-five pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound winner of the Outland Trophy officially announced on Tuesday that he is bypassing his senior season and declaring for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft. Many projections have Joeckel going in the top five selections, and some even have him going first overall. He's the consensus top tackle on the draft board.

With the Jan. 15 deadline to declare approaching, only right tackle Jake Matthews remains among those highly-regarded draft-eligible A&M juniors who haven't officially announced a decision. Defensive end Damontre Moore declared before the AT&T Cotton Bowl that he's entering the draft.

Joeckel's loss is significant because he was a stalwart at left tackle. He was stellar in pass protection and solid in run blocking as well. All the reasons scouts like him as a potential NFL player are why he was an asset to the Aggies this season. He was durable and reliable. Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl described Joeckel as having excellent footwork and awareness and called him a "smooth mover" who "adjusts well in space."

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In trying to ensure depth at every position, coaches can often play the "What if?" game when it comes to recruiting. Expecting the unexpected can mean the difference between feeling comfortable enough to have a capable body step in and contribute at a position and scrambling to make sure any depth exists.

When it comes to their offensive tackles, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his offensive staff are ready for anything. After the conclusion of the AT&T Cotton Bowl, junior tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews will have a decision to make: Apply for early entry into the NFL draft or return to Aggieland for their senior seasons?

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Focus on '14: Offensive line 

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Demetrius KnoxMiller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN Watch List offensive tackle Demetrius Knox is a coveted prospect.
GigEmNation is taking a weekly position-by-position look at the 2014 recruiting class as it relates to Texas A&M, whom the Aggies are targeting as well as 2013 commits and who on the roster will graduate. Today, we look at the offensive linemen:

2013 commits: OG Joas Aguilar (North Richland Hills/Birdville), OT J.J. Gustafson (Dallas/Jesuit), OT Ishmael Wilson (Dallas/Bishop Dunne).

Offensive linemen who will graduate: Patrick Lewis and Allen Woodum. Also, keep an eye on junior tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, both of whom will be likely NFL draft prospects.

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Focus on '14: Cornerbacks 

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GigEmNation is taking a weekly position-by-position look at the 2014 recruiting class as it relates to Texas A&M, whom the Aggies are targeting, as well as 2013 commits and who on the roster will graduate. Today, we begin with the cornerback position.

2013 commits: Noel Ellis, New Orleans Edna Karr; Tavares Garner, Manvel (Texas) High School

Cornerbacks who'll graduate: Dustin Harris

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As fall practice and the 2012 season approaches, GigEmNation will take a look at where the Aggies stand currently and in the future at each position group. Today, we glance at the offensive line:

Current starters: Jarvis Harrison, Luke Joeckel, Patrick Lewis, Jake Matthews, Cedric Ogbuehi
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Mark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIRETackle Luke Joeckel will anchor A&M's offensive line, which could be one of the best in the country.

This crop should be among the strongest starting offensive lines nationally, particularly at tackle with the combination of Joeckel and Matthews, a pair of future NFL draft picks. All five have starting experience and only one (Lewis) is a senior. The quintet has started a combined 92 games, with Lewis leading the way (35 consecutive starts). Ogbuehi had a good redshirt freshman season at right guard but missed some time because of injuries. Harrison started five games as a redshirt freshman last year, four of which came in place of an injured Ogbuehi.

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