- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
‘Agg Swagg Movement’ is coming
Fun-spirited, four-star quarterback and Texas A&M commit Matt Davis (Houston/Klein Forest) celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday. For gifts, he received a PlayStation 3 and a MacBook.
Upon arriving in College Station, Davis, No. 108 in the ESPNU 150, wants to give the A&M fans a gift of his own – a little something he helped to coin the “Agg Swagg Movement.”
What started as something of a joke on Twitter between Davis and fellow four-star A&M commit Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower) is quickly turning into a social media phenomenon. The “movement” involves the A&M 2012 recruiting class and the expectations it brings next season.
“The guys we have in our class, we all have a lot of swagger. We have that confidence on the field,” Davis said. “We know we can make plays, and together, we can do some special things. We know we have to earn everything and put in the work, but between us all, what’s understood doesn’t have to be explained.
“A&M’s real traditional, and that’s something we take pride in, but we want to modernize things a little. We want to make plays and bring some swag to it.”
Davis said the phrase has become quite popular, as it is now a well-known Twitter hashtag. The movement even have a following on Facebook.
Game of the year in Missouri
The state of Missouri may have featured the game of the year for the entire nation Friday night. Kansas City (Mo.) Staley dethroned defending Class 5 state champion Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West, 76-70, in a four-overtime instant classic.
Three-star running back and Missouri commit Morgan Steward sealed the victory for Staley with a 25-yard run, ending one of the greatest games in state history.
“Oh, man ... it was astonishing,” Steward said. “I’ve never been in a game like that in my life. It was never-ending. I’m just so happy, especially because they’re the ones who sent us home last year.
“We wanted to make sure we didn’t leave with the same feeling that our seniors had last year. We wanted to do this for them.”
Staley, which will advance to Saturday’s final against Kirkwood (Mo.), features Steward, uncommitted three-star defensive end Nathaniel Lohn and talented juniors quarterback Trent Hosick and junior tight end Tyler Nugent.
ESPNU 150 RB returns from injury
Welcome back, Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks).
The four-star running back, an Under Armour All-American and Oklahoma commit, returned to the football field on Friday after suffering a broken collarbone on Oct. 7. Ross rushed for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Edmonds (Okla.) Santa Fe.
Most importantly for Jenks, Ross is healthy just in time for the Trojans’ trip to the Oklahoma Class 6A state semifinals. Healthy, as well as confident.
“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Ross told ESPN.com SoonerNation’s Bob Przybylo. “I don’t get nervous anymore for something like this.”
Chance to repeat for Kansas teams
As Kansas prepares for its Saturday of state-title games, three teams have chances to repeat as champion
Defending Class 6A champion Wichita Heights will face Olathe South. Heights features quarterback Matt Reed on the offensive end and cornerback Jimmy Washington on the defensive end. Olathe South has one of the best offensive lines in Kansas and one of the most revered sophomores in the country in offensive lineman Braden Smith.
Stillwell Blue Valley will have a shot at defending its Class 5A title against Hutchinson. Quarterback Kyle Zimmerman and running back Justin Fulks lead Blue Valley. Hutchinson’s running back tandem of JaMon Cotton and Lucas Munds spearhead the offense.
Silver Lake and Conway Springs played in last year’s Class 3A title game and will meet again for this year’s championship. Quarterback Dailin Kruger, linebacker Brock Swartz and two-way standout Peter Pfanningstiel lead a Silver Lake team that won last year’s game, 27-21. Conway Springs’ run-oriented offense is fueled by Cory Misak and Brian Doffing.
Fab 50 team D shows it’s human
All year long, Fab 50 power Katy (Texas) has been one of the best teams in the nation from a defensive standpoint. For the first time all year, Katy’s defense received a challenge courtesy of Cypress (Texas) Cy Woods in Friday’s 44-30 win.
Before Friday’s game, Katy had given up 58 points all season. While Katy advanced to the third round of the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs, it showed the world that it can win football games with an offense that displays composure and resiliency. Three-star quarterback and Louisiana-Lafayette commit Brooks Haack leads the team, but freshman running Rodney Anderson has been a force in the backfield. Anderson rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns against Cy Woods.
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