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Terry Joseph accepts spot at A&M

January, 6, 2014
Terry Joseph is leaving Nebraska to join the Texas A&M coaching staff.

Joseph spent two seasons under Bo Pelini as the secondary coach, helping the Huskers rank fourth nationally over that time in opponent pass-completion percentage.

Two sources close to the situation confirmed the move.

Nebraska cornerbacks Josh Mitchell and Daniel Davie thanked Joseph on Twitter after learning from the coach of his decision. Also on Twitter, A&M recruit Justin Dunning, a safety from Whitehouse, Texas, applauded Joseph’s hiring.

At Texas A&M he will replace Marcel Yates, the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach who left recently for Boise State.

Joseph interviewed with A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday and told the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star that he was offered “a lot of money” but that he needed to confer with Pelini before finalizing the decision.

Joseph earned $245,000 at Nebraska in his final year. Yates was paid $308,200 at A&M.

A Louisiana native, Joseph coached high school football in the state and played baseball at Northwestern (La.) State before coaching stops at Louisiana Tech and Tennessee.

He’s known as a strong recruiter. This change moves him closer to area with which he is familiar.

His departure leaves Nebraska to search for its fourth secondary coach in five years.

Five from Friday: Whitley a leader 

December, 3, 2012
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:

1. Whoever lands 2014 inside linebacker Zac Whitley will be getting a hard-hitting, driven player who consistently plays hard. The ESPN Watch List prospect, who has offers from Texas, Texas A&M and Houston, showed each of those traits during Houston North Shore's 17-10 playoff win over Houston Elsik on Saturday at Reliant Stadium. Some of the hits he delivered to opposing players were impactful, he was almost always around the ball and showed he can get from sideline to sideline quickly and he showed leadership. When his team's offense turned it over, he could be seen firing up his teammates and they got a stop on the ensuing possession.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPN.comClass of 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott is all but committed to Texas A&M.
2. The race for La Porte (Texas) High School linebacker Hoza Scott is all but over with Scott openly saying that he wants to go to Texas A&M and that he will commit there soon. It was the third time I've had the opportunity to watch the 2014 ESPN Watch List outside linebacker, and Saturday, when he and his teammates took a 55-10 defeat to Texas Class 5A No. 1 Katy, it was by far the toughest challenge for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect. Early on, Scott was in on several tackles and was near the ball often but as the game went on, Katy imposed its will on the entire Bulldogs' defense, running it at will. Still, he's a big, fast, strong linebacker who will be a nice addition to the 2014 Texas A&M class when he makes his commitment official.

Aggies part ways with DT Rob Zimmerman 

November, 28, 2012
This season hasn't gone quite as Rob Zimmerman had envisioned.

The Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle wasn't able to play this season because of injuries. Now Zimmerman is looking for a new landing spot after Texas A&M parted ways with the 6-foot-3, 320-pound prospect, who originally committed to the Aggies on July 25.

Zimmerman said the Aggies staff informed him through his head coach, Rion Rhoades, that they no longer have a roster spot for him. Zimmerman said he wasn't too caught off guard by the development.

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Q&A: 2014 running back Shaun Nixon 

October, 19, 2012
Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon and Texas A&M have had mutual interest for awhile. The Aggies have long been interested in the 2014 prospect who stands 5-foot-10, 180 pounds.

The Aggies originally offered Nixon in May but plenty of other schools have taken notice of him too. Baylor, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech all offered him and several others have shown at least some interest, including Alabama and Texas.

GigEmNation's Sam Khan Jr. spoke with Nixon to talk about his upcoming visit plans, who he has been hearing from and more.

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LB Hoza Scott talks A&M-Florida visit 

September, 9, 2012
While many eyes around the country were on College Station, Texas, as Texas A&M made its Southeastern Conference debut, Kyle Field was also the place to be for several notable recruits in the 2013 and 2014 classes.

Among those 2014 players present on Saturday was hotly-pursued linebacker Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas).

Scott, who attended a game at Kyle Field last year when the Aggies hosted Oklahoma State, came away impressed with the atmosphere for Texas A&M's 20-17 loss to Florida.

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Cedric Collins (Dallas/Skyline) received his first scholarship offer when he was a freshman, has visited 10 schools and has a dozen current offers.

That's quite a bit of recruiting activity for a player who still has two full high school football seasons left. The 2014 cornerback feels like he has seen all he needs to see though, particularly from his top three schools: Baylor, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

With that in mind, the 5-foot-10, 170 pound Collins believes he knows where his future lies and he'll announce that decision Aug. 22.

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Recruits Miss Lone Star Showdown
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton spoke with top prospects at Nike's The Opening regional in Dallas. The findings were overwhelming: Players want the game back.