Texas A&M Aggies: Kerrick Huggins

Three-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) has flipped his commitment from the Aggies to the Sooners, according to a Dallas Skyline coach.

Huggins, who is 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, decommitted from Texas A&M and committed to OU on Thursday, according to Dallas Skyline recruiting coordinator Jason R. Garrett.

The change in commitment is a major boost to OU, which has been desperate to find a defensive tackle for its 2013 class.

The Sooners and Aggies have battled it out four times for defensive tackles in this class, and the scoreboard read 4-0 for the Aggies in terms of recruits that had offers from both schools.

The biggest blow was last week when ESPN 150 tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) picked A&M over OU despite all of his OU connections and the fact his older brother, DeMarcus Granger, played defensive tackle for the Sooners.

Huggins was among Texas A&M’s first commits for the class, pledging to the Aggies in February. Since then, A&M has racked up three more tackle commits and had five commits at the position coming into the week.

OU, which is hoping to have three commits at the position, had zero entering the week. It has come close with several top prospects but has not been able to seal the deal. Until now.

OU didn’t initially offer Huggins. It wasn’t until September that the Sooners extended that honor. Huggins said then he was flattered by the offer, but he was solid with A&M.

The Sooners didn’t stop, though, continuing to recruit him even if it didn’t look like it was going to pay off.

The persistence did pay off. Huggins is OU’s 15th commit and second of the week, joining three-star defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Houston/Alief Taylor). Like Huggins, Okornkwo was a flipped commitment, too, going from Bedlam rival Oklahoma State to OU on Wednesday.
Each week GigEmNation takes a look some of the top performances from Texas A&M 2013 commits on the field from the previous weekend's action. Here's a glance at some of the best performances from the weekend of Dec. 7-8:

Kenny Hill, Southlake (Texas) Carroll: The quarterback was 18-of-33 passing for 339 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 99 yards on five touchdowns on 40 carries in a 49-45 loss to DeSoto (Texas) High School in the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals. Hill finished the season throwing for 3,369 yards and 27 touchdowns with just three interceptions while rushing for 1,421 yards and a whopping 33 touchdowns.

Quincy Adeboyejo, Cedar Hill (Texas) High School: The receiver caught 11 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 49-34 win over Waco (Texas) Midway in the Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinals.

LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Cedar Hill (Texas) High School: Gonzalez 15 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 35-28 win over Copperas Cove (Texas) High School in the first round of the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs.

Kerrick Huggins, Dallas Skyline: Huggins had a sack and two tackles for loss in the Raiders' 37-17 loss to Allen (Texas) High School in the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals.

Five from Friday: 2015 QB Murray has tools 

December, 9, 2012
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Each week, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you five things he learned from watching high school football action in the Midlands region that week, including observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players that catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:

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Courtesy of Gilmer ISDJosh Walker continued to have a big impact for Gilmer (Texas) High School.
1. Allen (Texas) High School 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray is a well-rounded talent. Son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, Kyler has a lot of appealing traits. One of the first that strikes you is his speed and elusiveness. He chewed up 122 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns on 21 carries in Allen's 37-17 win over talented Dallas Skyline in the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals. Murray wasn't his best as a passer on Saturday, but he showed arm strength, good touch on his deep passes and the ability to thread the needle, finding receivers in coverage. He's shorter than your ideal college quarterback (5-foot-11) but he just turned 15 and has time to grow.

2. Texas A&M 2013 defensive tackle commitment Kerrick Huggins (Dallas Skyline) is a relentless player. In the Raiders' loss to Allen on Saturday, the 6-3, 285-pound three-star prospect used his consistent effort to get into the backfield on several occasions and pressure quarterback Kyler Murray. He collected a sack and with his overall effort, showed why he appealed to the Aggies and other schools that recruited him.

Scouts: Aggies fill DT need with Manning 

December, 6, 2012
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Defensive tackle was an area of need for Texas A&M in its 2013 class, but the Aggies now have verbals from a handful of prospects at the position.

Earlier in the process, Texas A&M did a nice job of addressing the spot with pick-ups like the promising Isaiah Golden (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) and Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline), but Thursday the Aggies made arguably their biggest pick-up at the position.

In what can be considered a bit of an upset, the Aggies landed a verbal from in-state D-Tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball), and he really strengthens what was already a pretty good haul.

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TAMU recruiting momentum continues 

December, 6, 2012
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videoLanding Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning is hardly the start of a wave of momentum for Texas A&M on the recruiting trail, but it is without question one of the biggest signs of it.

Whatever a recruit has on a list of wants in a football program, chances are the Aggies can fulfill it. With a winning season in the country's premier football conference, the possibilities seem endless. The energy Kevin Sumlin, Johnny Manziel and the Southeastern Conference membership has injected into the program has the Aggies thinking big and it's catching the attention of the top recruits around the state of Texas, with Manning being the latest to jump on board.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comJustin Manning is the top defensive tackle in Texas.
The ESPN 150 defensive tackle, who is ranked eighth at his position in the country and is the 12th-best prospect in the state, committed to Texas A&M during a ceremony on Thursday afternoon at Kimball High School. The four-star prospect is the No. 88 player in the ESPN 150 and is the fifth player in the ESPN 150 to commit to Texas A&M.

The acquisition of Manning gives the Aggies 33 commitments in their 2013 class. Included in that list is Texas' No. 1 tight end prospect [Derrick Griffin], the state's No. 1 quarterback [Kohl Stewart], the No. 1 offensive guard [Joas Aguilar], the No. 1 safety [Kameron Miles] and now the No. 1 defensive tackle in Manning.

Let that sink in for a minute. The Aggies have the state's top-ranked 2013 recruit at five different positions. They could make it six if they close on Sealy (Texas) High School athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, a former Texas commit who is considering only LSU and Texas A&M currently.

Manning, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound prospect, was long considered an Oklahoma lean. His older brother, DeMarcus Granger, was a defensive tackle at Oklahoma. It was thought that Manning would follow in his brother's footsteps.

But the Aggies persisted. Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty, who has been a force in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Aggies, built a good relationship with Manning and the defensive tackle began to build one with his future defensive line coach, Terry Price, when he took his official visit in September. The key word for Manning throughout his recruitment has been "trust" and the A&M coaches have clearly earned Manning's.


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High school highlights: White hits 200 

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Each week GigEmNation takes a look some of the top performances from Texas A&M 2013 commits on the field from the previous weekend's action. Here's a glance at some of the best performances from the weekend of Oct. 25-27:

James White, Pearland (Texas) Dawson: The running back had his third-consecutive 200-yard rushing performance, carrying 35 times for 203 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 42-33 win over Friendswood (Texas) High School. White's squad is 8-0 and remains the state's no. 1 ranked team in Class 4A.


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DT Kerrick Huggins solid to Texas A&M 

October, 3, 2012
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DALLAS – You couldn’t miss Kerrick Huggins on Friday night.

At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, the three-star Dallas Skyline defensive tackle usually towers over his peers. This night was no different from the rest, with the Texas A&M pledge serving as the key disruptive cog in Skyline’s defense in a 56-24 rout of Dallas Jesuit.


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A&M OT pledge done with recruitment 

October, 2, 2012
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DALLAS – Offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson (Dallas/Jesuit) had no other way to put it after Jesuit’s 56-24 home loss to Dallas Skyline on Friday.

“It sucked,” he said.

The Texas A&M commit was confident his Rangers could avenge last year’s 54-7 blowout loss to Skyline. Through most of the first half that seemed possible, with Jesuit hanging close at 14-14.


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Many things have come to define the SEC’s success.

Among those factors is the size, strength and depth of defensive lines across the conference. And as Texas A&M embarks on its first season in the league, it's the one area where the Aggies are playing a little catch-up.

As the Aggies transition away from the 3-4 alignment to a 4-3 this year and for the foreseeable future, head coach Kevin Sumlin and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder say that the defensive line is a focal point.

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