Texas A&M Aggies: Under Armour All-America Game

Coach's take: OG Joas Aguilar 

January, 10, 2013
"Coach's take" is a series which allows GigEmNation to offer 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 ESPN 150 guard and Under Armour All-American Joas Aguilar of North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville by visiting with his head coach, Jim Skinner.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Aguilar recently returned from a week in Orlando, Fla., at the Under Armour All-America game. The four-star prospect is ranked as the No. 109 player in the ESPN 150 and is rated the fourth best offensive guard in the country.

He played left tackle for Birdville but spent his week at the Under Armour game working at guard, the position he will likely play at Texas A&M. Here's Skinner's take on Aguilar:

Texas A&M and UCLA linebacker target Isaac Savaiinaea received his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. Here's an excerpt from the story:

When Isaac Savaiinaea first encountered football, it was far from his favorite endeavor. As a 7-year-old who was introduced to the sport by his father, he didn't take kindly to defeat.

"My first four years of football were rough," Savaiinaea said. "We lost every game, literally. It was kind of discouraging and I wanted to quit."

He started his career playing on the offensive line, and he didn't particularly enjoy the way he was pushed around and hit by defensive players. By time he got to Honolulu Punahou School, he changed that, moving to the defensive side. Now he does the hitting and he does plenty of it -- enough to be recruited by quality college football programs across the United States.

"Getting put on my back every play wasn't too fun," Savaiinaea said. "I switched [to defense] my freshman year. I started to like it when I started getting the chance to hit people and not get hit."

The 6-foot-3, 231-pound inside linebacker and ESPN 150 prospect has had quite a successful last two seasons, which culminated Thursday when he accepted his game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.

Read the full story here.
North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville offensive lineman Joas Aguilar was the latest player to receive his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.

Aguilar, the No. 106 player in the ESPN 150, received his jersey on Friday in front of family, friends and coaches at Birdville High School. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive guard is ranked fourth at his position nationally.

RecruitingNation reporter Damon Sayles was on site at Aguilar's ceremony. Check out his story.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- One of the biggest players, literally, at the Texas Division II 7-on-7 state tournament on Thursday was one who wasn't playing: 6-4, 296-pound offensive tackle Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal).

While 7-on-7 is designed for skill-position players, Knox made the trek to Aggieland to support his teammates and watch them compete at the Penberthy Intramural Fields. The 2014 tackle holds offers from Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and he's approved for offers from Oklahoma and Texas, which will be extended in February.

Knox said on Thursday that while he doesn't know yet where he wants to go, he knows when and where he wants to announce -- at one of the All-American games. Knox said he has been invited to both the Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American game, but hasn't finalized which one he'll head to.

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