Texas A&M Aggies: Jeremiah Stuckey

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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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.
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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How TAMU is making the numbers work 

January, 7, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Some people might not believe it, but Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he knows the rules.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- One game does not a recruiting class make.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin knows and understands this. So when thinking about the impact that the Aggies' clash with Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 might have on recruiting, Sumlin prefers to look at the body of work the Aggies have put together this season rather than the results that will play out that day.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesKevin Sumlin says Texas A&M has built its brand in the SEC 'very, very quickly.'
"I think people make a lot out of one game when it comes to recruiting," Sumlin said. "Very few guys that I have recruited have ever gone in and told their dad, 'You know what, Dad, I'm going to go to whoever wins this game tonight.' That doesn't really happen that much, but what does happen is over the course of time you build your brand."

The building of Texas A&M's brand is something that has happened rather quickly this season. With the Aggies going 10-2 in their first season of Southeastern Conference play, having a Heisman Trophy winner in Johnny Manziel and reaching the top 10 in the national rankings, the Aggies have very quickly become a force.

That much can be seen by their 2013 recruiting class, which has 34 commitments, five of whom signed letters of intent during the mid-year junior college signing period, which began Dec. 19. Those five were receiver Ja'Quay Williams, tight end Cameron Clear, linebackers Kenny Flowers and Tommy Sanders and tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

"The junior college guys -- you guys know who they are," Sumlin said. "They're impact guys for us in positions of need. The reason that we were able to go out and recruit them from all over the country -- whether it was San Francisco, Arizona Western, you name it, Fork Union, that's east-to-west coast -- is because I think our brand has grown. I think guys understand where we're headed as a program. We go out, particularly from a junior college player or a prep school guy, we're looking to fill a hole. Those guys understand that, and that's why the quality of those guys to come into our program, we need that. I said, 'We need to upgrade our talent level, and we need to upgrade the profile of our team,' and I think the mid-year guys bring that to the table. And it gives them an advantage to come in here and compete in the spring and to go through Larry Jackson's whole workout and through spring practice. Those guys are trying to get on the field next year."

Texas A&M's class is ranked seventh in the country currently, and some serious punch has been added in the last few months, both in the 2013 and 2014 classes. Some of the highest-ranked players in the 2013 class and highly-touted players in the 2014 class are considering -- and even choosing -- the Aggies.

Oklahoma has built its brand well over the years, Sumlin said. That's where the Aggies are trying to get.

"Oklahoma has done a great job of that over time, and we're trying to catch up quickly," Sumlin said. "I think that us being in the SEC and having a strong year has built our brand very, very quickly. Either way, like I said, it gets back to playing meaningful games. This team, as I said earlier, has done that in putting us in a position to do that in the SEC. That's what brings you to Jan. 4 and playing Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and that's why that game becomes meaningful -- because of the atmosphere, because everything that's there, and it's still going to be a great venue and a great game."

Aggies again dip into junior college ranks 

December, 18, 2012
When it comes to junior college prospects, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has always been open to the idea of sprinkling a few into his recruiting classes.

He did so when he was the head coach at Houston and is continuing that trend at Texas A&M. While at Houston, the Cougars signed at least a pair of junior college prospects in each of Sumlin's final three signing classes.

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Denzel Wright Juco tight end Cameron Clear could make an immediate impact for Texas A&M in 2013.
At Texas A&M, Sumlin closed out the 2012 class by picking up a pair -- cornerback Tremaine Jacobs and receiver Derel Walker -- and has three more committed in the 2013 class, with the possibility of acquiring one more. Wednesday marks the first day that mid-year junior college transfers can sign a national letter of intent and all three of the below names will be officially joining the Aggies then (*-denotes returning starter):

Cameron Clear | 6-6, 285, TE
Arizona Western College
Returning TEs: Nehemiah Hicks, Caleb Little, Daniel Inglett
Other committed TEs: Derrick Griffin
Where Clear might fit: Tight ends aren't used heavily in Sumlin's offense but they are used, whether it's in the running game or lining up next to the quarterback as the second back in a two-back set, which the Aggies used on occasion with Hicks and Michael Lamothe this year. There's a chance for Clear to come in and see the field quickly since Lamothe is graduating and Hicks is the only returnee that gained significant playing time on offense. Little saw action in three games while Inglett, a walk-on, saw action in two. Griffin is more of a receiver than a tight end when he arrives.

Kenny Flowers | 6-2, 228, OLB
Hutchinson Community College
Returning OLBs: Donnie Baggs, Steven Jenkins*, Michael Richardson, Jordan Richmond, Tyrone Taylor, Shaun Ward
Other committed OLBs: None
Where Flowers might fit: Jenkins is the only returning starter among the above names and Baggs made some forward strides this year, starting in place of Jenkins when he served a one-game suspension. Richardson appeared in nine games while Ward appeared in seven. There's plenty of competition for Flowers, but if he comes in and impresses, he can be in the mix.

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What if ... the tackles enter the draft? 

December, 7, 2012
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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How TAMU can sign 34 recruits for 2013 

November, 29, 2012
Now that Texas A&M's regular season is complete, coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have turned their full attention to recruiting, closing out the 2013 class and building on their 2014 haul, which already has begun with three commitments in the books.

With 31 commitments for the Class of 2013, the Aggies currently lead the nation in total commitments. And they're not finished yet, still in the hunt for some of their top remaining targets. Among the players the Aggies are still pursuing:

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Q&A: OT commit Jeremiah Stuckey 

November, 20, 2012
Texas A&M added to its 2013 recruiting class on Sunday when it scored a commitment from City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect spent the weekend in College Station on an official visit to Texas A&M. The experience was significant enough for him to make a pledge and cancel previously scheduled visits to other schools that had offered him, including Mississippi and Oregon.

Recruited by linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, Stuckey will have three years of eligibility left and four in which to play them, leaving the door open for a redshirt season if he needs it. The 18-year-old is the third offensive tackle prospect in the Aggies' 2013 class and GigEmNation's Sam Khan Jr. caught up with Stuckey to get his thoughts:

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Weekend rewind: Texas A&M 

November, 19, 2012
Texas A&M turned much of its recruiting attention to junior college prospects over the weekend, hosting four juco prospects for the Aggies' game against Sam Houston State. It was Texas A&M's first home game since Oct. 20, and the Aggies made it a productive one, scoring a commitment from one of those prospects in attendance, City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

Stuckey, who is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, will be a mid-year transfer and will join the Aggies in time for the spring semester. That means he will have four years to play three seasons at Texas A&M.

"One thing I'll say is that I really liked the whole community [in College Station] and everything," Stuckey said. "I felt like everyone there was really friendly and it could definitely be somewhere I could go and fit in and feel welcome."

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Texas A&M has added to its 2013 class.

The Aggies received a commitment from City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey, who made an official visit for the Sam Houston State game. Stuckey, who is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, will be a mid-year transfer as a full-qualifier, joining the Aggies in time for the spring semester. Stuckey, who confirmed the news via text message to GigEmNation, will have four years to play three.

The 18-year-old Stuckey had offers from Mississippi, Nevada and Oregon in addition to Texas A&M and was recruited by Aggies linebacker coach Matt Wallerstedt. Playing offensive tackle in a spread offense for City College of San Francisco, he appears to be a good fit for the Aggies and can help with depth at the tackle position should one or both current junior tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, decide to declare for the NFL draft.

Stuckey played his high school ball at Pacifica (Calif.) Terra Nova. He and his City College of San Francisco teammates are 9-1 and will play American River College in the Northern California Football Association championship game on Saturday.

Stuckey is the 31st commitment for Texas A&M in the 2013 class.

Sumlin: SEC success helping recruiting 

November, 16, 2012
Kameron MilesDamon Sayles/ESPN.comKameron Miles, who committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday, isn't likely to be the only recruit to switch his committment from another school to the Aggies.

Earlier this week, when speaking about the impact the current buzz around Texas A&M's football team after its win over Alabama, head coach Kevin Sumlin uttered a handful of interesting words.

"Our phone is ringing off the hook at this point," he said.

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