Texas A&M Aggies: Torrodney Prevot

Five stories to watch: Dallas NFTC 

April, 7, 2013
The Nike Football Training Camp series will continue outside of Dallas on Sunday. Athletes will trek to Allen, Texas, the home of one of the most impressive high school stadiums in the country. Allen Eagles Stadium, a $60-million facility, opened last year and featured nearly 22,000 fans watching Texas powers Allen and Southlake Carroll clash.

Here are five storylines to watch on Sunday.

Talented DBs aplenty

It’s been said on multiple occasions that the 2014 class may be one of the strongest in years at producing big-time defensive backs in the region. The battle for defensive back MVP has the potential of being extremely competitive with players such as Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt) expected to be in attendance. Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) has committed to LSU, while Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) and Armani Watts (Forney, Texas/North Forney) have pledged to Texas A&M. Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark), a 2015 prospect, has verbally committed to Alabama. All of the DBs will have their shots in one-on-one drills against equally talented ESPN Watch List receivers such as Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and Texas commit Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper).

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Coming into national signing day it was already clear that Texas A&M had hauled in one of its best classes in years, perhaps in school history.

When the dust settled and it added one more player to the fold -- four-star defensive end Daeshon Hall, who flipped from Washington to the Aggies -- that much was still true. Every A&M commit that received a letter of intent signed on the dotted line.

Once the fax machine at the Bright Football Complex stopped, the result was a top-10 class.

But A&M coach Kevin Sumlin made it clear, as a member of the Southeastern Conference, that this class can only be a beginning for Texas A&M if it wants long-term success.

"We're still playing catch up in the SEC," Sumlin said. "I just came from upstairs and on ESPN we're ranked eighth in the country in recruiting. Then I look up at the next page and we're like fifth in our league. We're getting there, but we still have a ways to go."

Sumlin is right -- Alabama (No. 1), Florida (No. 2), Mississippi (No. 5) and LSU (No. 7) all finished ahead of the Aggies in this year's ESPN class rankings. But the Aggies recruited on the level of the other SEC big dogs, thanks in large part to the success it had in year one in its new conference.

The Aggies finished with 32 total players -- 31 signees and one transfer. Nine players are already on campus taking classes and working out in preparation for spring football. The other 23 signed on Wednesday, with Hall's signature putting a cherry on top of the class.

There are many reasons that Texas A&M was able to pull in a class of this caliber.

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GigEmNation signing day blog

February, 6, 2013
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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ESPN 300 DE Prevot flips to Oregon 

February, 6, 2013
Torrodney PrevotSam Khan Jr./ESPNESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot pulled a bit of a surprise by announcing for Oregon on Wednesday. Prevot had been committed to USC and was considering Texas A&M.
HOUSTON -- For the last two weeks, ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot has kept everyone guessing.

College coaches. The media. Even his own high school coaches and teammates. Prevot has been the silent star, at least when it came to his recruitment.

Wednesday, the silence was broken. Prevot is headed to Oregon.

The former USC commitment from Houston Alief Taylor ended his recruitment in dramatic fashion, announcing that he's signing with the Ducks in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates during a ceremony at Alief Taylor High School.

Prevot said that he changed his mind even today and that he considered signing with each of his three finalists: USC, where he has been committed since July, Texas A&M and Oregon.

"When I woke up this morning, I just kept praying," Prevot said. "I honestly didn't know what to do."

Prevot, who is the No. 236 player in the ESPN 300 and the 19th-ranked defensive end in the country, took an official visit to Oregon on the weekend of Jan. 18. His final visit was on the weekend of Jan. 25 to Texas A&M.

The four-star prospect was to visit Notre Dame on the final weekend before signing day, but canceled the trip. He had seen enough. Some thought Prevot would wind up with the Aggies, since that was his last visit. He was among those that thought that.

"Today I thought I was going to A&M," Prevot said. "Today I thought I was going to USC, today I thought I was going to Oregon."

It was an emotional day for Prevot, who had tears in his eyes after announcing his decision. He said that even as he walked down the hallway at Alief Taylor to the theatre, where the signing ceremony was taking place with four other teammates who were signing with BCS conference schools: Duke Ejiofor (Wake Forest), Trevorris Johnson (TCU), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Oklahoma) and Jonathan Wiggins (Texas A&M).

Even with the coaching change at Oregon, Prevot said he has confidence that things will be good in Eugene. He said he got a good vibe from fellow Ducks when he went on his official visit.

"Just the players and the people around me, I felt comfortable with them," Prevot said. "Bralon Addison, Chance Allen, I just felt comfortable with them. I felt like everything was right."

Prevot said he sat down with his family on Tuesday night and scored how he felt about several aspects of each of his three finalists, giving a three for the one he liked the best and a one for the least. At the end of tallying, all three schools were tied at 28.

In the end, Prevot said he wanted to be different and not follow a crowd.

"I don't like following a crowd because it's not cool," Prevot said. "I don't want to just be another guy in the crowd. I want to step away and be different."

“What is the impact of Prevot’s decision?”

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Positive signing day outlook for TAMU 

February, 6, 2013
In a year's time, things have changed quite a bit for Texas A&M. Look no further than national signing day as evidence.

In 2012, much of the attention and concern regarding the Aggies' recruiting class heading into signing day was on whether the Aggies could hold on to one of their most notable commitments, ESPN 150 receiver Bralon Addison.

It didn't happen, as Addison flipped to Oregon and signed with the Ducks.

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Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner was one of a dozen prospects who attended Texas A&M's junior day on Sunday, and all indications are the trip was a positive experience for the ESPN Watch List prospect.

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Recruiting notebook: Busy weekend ahead 

January, 25, 2013
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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Signing day primer: Texas A&M 

January, 23, 2013
Team needs: There are three key need areas for Texas A&M in this recruiting class: defensive tackles, linebackers and receivers. The defensive tackle need stems from the Aggies' scheme switch. The 2010 and 2011 seasons were spent in a 3-4 alignment, and recruiting was tailored to that. Once Kevin Sumlin arrived and hired Mark Snyder as his defensive coordinator, the Aggies switched to a 4-3, meaning another defensive tackle on the field, meaning more were needed. At linebacker, the Aggies say goodbye to a pair of senior leaders, Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart, both of whom were starters. The other starting linebacker, Steven Jenkins, will be a senior this season. At receiver there are several contributors leaving as well. Ryan Swope, Uzoma Nwachukwu and Kenric McNeal were all seniors. Thomas Johnson, a true freshman who appeared in 10 games and was one of the gems of the 2012 recruiting class, withdrew from school and might not return. There's another scholarship spot at the position in the form of Brandal Jackson, who was on scholarship but not part of the 105-man roster at the start of fall camp.

Help is on the way: At defensive tackle, A&M scored commitments from ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning and ESPN 300 defensive tackle Isaiah Golden. Three-star prospect Hardreck Walker and three-star Jordan Points (who is already on campus) round out that group. There are six linebackers in the class, led by ESPN 300 ILB Jordan Mastrogiovanni. Three are already on campus and enrolled: Brett Wade, Reggie Chevis and Tommy Sanders. At receiver, the Aggies have plenty. Ricky Seals-Jones tops the list, prep school standout Ja'Quay Williams is already in school, and there's a pair of three-star receivers as well. Not to mention, No. 1 tight end prospect Derrick Griffin would be a receiver at A&M if he makes it in, and athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez likely would be an inside receiver.

Other key commits: A pair of Under Armour All-Americans, guard Joas Aguilar and cornerback Noel Ellis, plus a U.S. Army All-American, safety Kameron Miles, round out a group 10 prospects that are among ESPN's top 300. Two quarterbacks are in the class (Kohl Stewart and Kenny Hill), but it's worth keeping an eye on them as Stewart is a potential high MLB draft pick and Hill took official visits to Baylor and Kansas State. Eight early enrollees in the class are already on campus (Chevis, Points, Sanders, Wade, Williams, Cameron Clear, Alex Sezer and Jeremiah Stuckey), and there are plenty of promising three-star commits, including guys like cornerback Tavares Garner and outside linebacker Darian Claiborne.

Other key targets: There aren't a ton of targets left for the Aggies at this point. Their focus is on a small handful of guys. Adding a defensive end would be ideal for the Aggies, and they're pursuing Washington commit Daeshon Hall and USC commit Torrodney Prevot in that regard. Hall visited recently, and Prevot could soon. They are also still looking at another receiver. Former USC commit Sebastian LaRue is one of those targets, and he was in on an official visit recently. They are also looking at Florida State commit Levonte Whitfield, who said he plans to officially visit Feb. 1.

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USC commit, ESPN 300 DE talks Aggies 

January, 17, 2013
Houston Alief Taylor defensive end and USC commitment Torrodney Prevot had an in-home visitor from his home state Wednesday night.

The ESPN 300 prospect, who has been committed to USC since July, is still being courted by other schools.

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USC commit Prevot talks Irish, Aggies 

January, 6, 2013

SAN ANTONIO -- Unlike many football recruits, ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) had the opportunity to pick his bowl game. He received multiple invitations, but he chose the U.S. Army All-American Bowl because of the opportunities to play for the soldiers who put in work daily for the country.

While his team didn’t win on Saturday, Prevot said he enjoyed the bowl experience. A USC commit, Prevot had the chance to play alongside several future college teammates and established new relationships with fellow standouts.

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Aggies have options in replacing DE Moore

December, 30, 2012
The news of Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore's decision to declare for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft wasn't entirely unexpected.

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Ray Carlin/Icon SMIDefensive end Damontre Moore had 12.5 sacks for the Aggies after moving from outside linebacker.
After a strong junior season in which he earned first-team All-American honors from several publications and organizations and compiled some of the best statistics in the nation for his position (80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss) in the Southeastern Conference, Moore's draft stock was as high as it has been. It could be argued that he wouldn't be able to elevate his stock higher than it is now.

So where do the Aggies go from here?

The good news is, there's another young defensive end on the roster, one who showed a lot of promise this season: freshman Julien Obioha. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound New Orleans Brother Martin product won the starting job at defensive end opposite Moore and showed flashes of his ability this season, with four quarterback hurries, six pass breakups, a forced fumble, a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

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ESPN 300 DE Prevot talks USC, visits 

November, 14, 2012
HOUSTON -- As his team prepares for the Texas state playoffs, Houston Alief Taylor defensive end Torrodney Prevot is focusing on getting better.

Coming into the season, the ESPN 300 prospect knew that he had a target on his back, being a highly-ranked prospect committed to USC. He has taken it in stride.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comFour-star DE Torrodney Prevot is planning a few more visits.
"It's been cool dealing with that," Prevot said. "Really the target on my back, teams try not to come to my side, so I still make my plays so that's pretty good."

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Recruiting notes: Prevot listening to A&M? 

September, 13, 2012
With a crowd of more than 87,000 on hand, a national television crew in the house, ESPN's "College GameDay" providing buildup, and the anticipation for Texas A&M's first Southeastern Conference game, Saturday's season opener was a memorable moment for many Aggies.

It seems the same can be said for the recruits in attendance, many of whom were wowed by the scene in College Station, Texas, that day, despite A&M's 20-17 loss to Florida.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comClass of 2014 running back Shaun Nixon said he 'felt like putting pads on' during his trip to Texas A&M.
One 2014 running back was so enamored that he nearly committed to the Aggies right on the spot.

"I talked to [running backs] coach [Clarence] McKinney before the game and he was all stoked to see me," said Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon. "He was like 'When you going to commit?' He said 'I don't even have to say anything. Just wait until the game starts.' Sure enough, the game started and right then and there, I felt like I should commit.

"But then I texted my coaches and got their opinion and everything and they said, 'You should just wait it out and see how things go.' "

While Nixon didn't pledge before leaving Aggieland, he did leave feeling good about the Aggies and his relationship with McKinney and the staff.

"That was my first [A&M] game," Nixon said. "All I can say is that the fans were crazy, the players were crazy, everyone was pumped up. That's the moment that I'll never forget. My first A&M game against Florida, and I can't wait to go back and see another one.

"I felt like putting pads on and going out there and playing against [the Gators]."

Nixon has five offers, with Baylor, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech joining Texas A&M on the list. Is it safe to say that the Aggies have the edge after Nixon's recent visit?

"Yeah, I would say that," Nixon said. "Right now, all my schools are equal. Texas A&M, I just have a better relationship with everybody there. I've talked to them the most. I would say Clemson would come next because I've been talking to Coach [Chad] Morris a lot. I really can't rank them right now. They're all great schools."

Nixon took in Baylor's season opener against SMU and enjoyed it and said he may try to get to a Clemson game before the season is over. As for A&M, he said the Aggies have given him plenty of attention.

"You know after they offered me they kept continuing to show up and letting me know that they want me to come play," Nixon said. "I've got a bunch of letters from them. They're showing a lot of love and showing that I could be a potential starter when I get there. It's been great."

Prevot still USC solid, but listening to Aggies
Texas A&M hosted 20 of its 28 commitments in the 2013 class for the Florida game. But the Aggies also hosted some uncommitted 2013 and 2014 players and even a couple of committed players, including 2013 Houston Alief Taylor defensive end Torrodney Prevot, who is committed to USC.

Prevot joined Alief Taylor teammates Jonathan Wiggins (2013 Texas A&M commit) and Chris Hardeman (2014 LSU commit) for the trip and said he enjoyed his time in College Station.

"Just the whole entire game and the entire experience," Prevot said. "I was just walking and I saw A&M fans and they were like 'Oh, that's Torrodney Prevot,' and stuff like that. So that was pretty cool just to know that they know me and stuff like that and they're following me."

And the Aggies haven't given up on recruiting Prevot. While he says he's still 100 percent to USC, there's a part of him that's listening to Texas A&M.

"It feels pretty good to know that they're still recruiting me even though I'm committed with the USC Trojans," Prevot said. "It's good to see that they're not giving up. I'm pretty much sold on USC right now, but I'm listening. I'm sold, 100 percent [on USC], but then I hear the little voice just talking on my shoulder."

Prevot is being recruited by Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney. Prevot said the new feel around the program, with the new coaching staff and offensive and defensive schemes, has his attention.

"Probably just the opportunities that are coming up," Prevot said. "They're basically just starting a new program. That's really another thing to listen to."

But Prevot said he is still keeping in regular contact with the USC coaches and still feels good about the Trojans.

"We're pretty close," Prevot said. "I've been talking to a lot of my teammates and we're all trying to get down there for the Oregon game. We're all going to be down there just chilling. I keep in contact with the coaches and stuff and we're really building a relationship, so I'm going to stick with them."

Wiggins, Hardeman enjoy trip
Wiggins and Hardeman were in College Station with Prevot taking in the Texas A&M-Florida game.

Wiggins, who has been to several Texas A&M games, said it was good to see such strong representation from the 2013 class of commitments.

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Notes: QB pitching Seals-Jones on Aggies 

September, 6, 2012
Like many elite players, there's a mutual respect that exists between Sealy (Texas) receiver Ricky Seals-Jones and Houston St. Pius X quarterback Kohl Stewart.

They've played each other before, both are highly-ranked recruits and they're each among the best at their respective positions nationally. While there is a healthy respect, there's also a bit of a friendship between the pair: they text each other on a regular basis and have since they first met last year.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comTop-ranked wideout Ricky Seals-Jones will be one of several prospects in College Station this weekend.
So you can bet that Stewart, who is committed to Texas A&M, has been in the ear of Seals-Jones, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 150 and the nation's No. 1-ranked receiver, about the Aggies.

"He knows I'm trying to get his butt over at A&M," Stewart said. "I'm trying not to be to harsh on him and let him make his own decision. He's a special player and he has a lot of ability."

Seals-Jones has offers from countless schools but is considering Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Baylor for the time being. Like Stewart, Seals-Jones is among at least two dozen highly-regarded recruits that are expected to be in attendance at Kyle Field on Saturday when Texas A&M makes its Southeastern Conference debut against Florida.

The pair also play each other tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPNU as Sealy travels to St. Pius X. They met last season, a 33-25 Sealy win in which Seals-Jones ran for 143 yards and a touchdown.

"Me and Kohl text a lot," Seals-Jones said. "We text on a daily basis. Me and him are cool guys. I met him last year at St. Pius and he hit me up on Facebook and ever since then, we've just been keeping in touch with each other."

As for the weekend, Seals-Jones said he's looking forward to taking in the game in College Station, Texas.

"I'm excited," Seals-Jones said. "First I have to take care of my game first. But other than that, I'm excited to go check it out."

Stewart, who is the seventh-ranked pocket passer in the country and 91st overall in the ESPN 150, knows that Seals-Jones would be a huge addition to the Texas A&M recruiting class.

"Oh no doubt," Stewart said. "I'm going to let him make his own decision, he's got to do whatever is best for him. But he knows how we feel and how he'd fit into the system at A&M. If we got a player like him, it'd definitely help us out."

Stewart, too, is looking forward to attending the Florida game and using his sales pitch on Seals-Jones in the process -- though not before taking care of business on the field.

"From Thursday to Sunday I'm all over Ricky after we beat his a--," Stewart said with a laugh. "We're ready. Hopefully he can get over it by Saturday and buddy back up with me again, but we'll see."

Several notable 2014 visitors on tap
While Seals-Jones headlines the 2013 visitors and there are a few remaining 2013 Aggies targets that will be in attendance at A&M-Florida, there will also be several notable 2014 visitors, including Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr receiver Speedy Noil, Lake Charles (La.) Barbe receiver Trey Quinn and Westlake (La.) tight end Jacory Washington. The Aggies' first 2014 commitment, Dallas Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins, also hopes to be there. Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman, who is committed to LSU, will be there as well. Arlington (Texas) Bowie safety Edwin Freeman, who recently said the Aggies lead his top three, is also a possible attendee.

Nixon taking in second straight game
Shaun Nixon took in the Baylor-SMU game last week and will be attending the Texas A&M-Florida game this week. The 2014 running back from Austin (Texas) Lake Travis holds offers from Baylor, Clemson, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

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Visitors for Texas A&M-Florida 

September, 4, 2012
Plenty of eyes from around the country will be on College Station, Texas on Saturday afternoon as Texas A&M begins its first Southeastern Conference campaign against Florida.

Not only is the game of interest to college football fans, it's also going to be a hot spot for recruits who will be visiting Kyle Field and taking in the game.

Here's a list of recruits that are expected to be in attendance for the game on Saturday. As the week goes on and we confirm more visitors, we'll update the list. So far, here's who has been confirmed by RecruitingNation:

  • 2013 WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Cedar Hill (Texas): No. 77 WR; Texas A&M commit
  • 2013 OG Joas Aguilar, North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville: No. 106 in ESPN 150; Texas A&M commit

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