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I'm not expecting anything groundbreaking out of this, but I'll bring you guys some summaries of what's said.
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- Style of play helped attract receivers and the history of offensive football. Not just last year. People had doubts about if their offense would work, now people have a better understanding of their offensive philosophy and how it works and understand what they're trying to do. JaQuay coming from prep school and Clear from JUCO, Clear gives you a different kind of guy at tight end. They didn't play with a TE at Houston because they couldn't recruit one, but did in the past like Gresham. Guys they signed today are all different. Ricky Seals-Jones one of the best players in the State, Parker committed to LSU, LaRue to USC, he brings some speed along with Quiv. They're all different players. Need that because they don't have the depth they need at receiver. Lose three pretty solid players, really only have two guys back with solid experience. All of these guys could be in the mix.
- Front seven was a real emphasis this year. One year into the SEC, it's obvious it's a line-of-scrimmage league. To be the program they need to be or want to be, you have to increase the size and profile of the team, you need depth. Six defensive linemen on the list and six linebackers, that's a good way to do that. Some of these guys are going to need to play next year, but not sure who. Guys you won't talk about today that will have an impact. Last year nobody talked about Julien Obioha and he started every game in the SEC as a true freshman. Walker, Golden and Manning are big time steps forward on the inside. Points, Arnold and Hall are big guys, have to develop some pass rushers. Still playing catch up to the SEC. Getting there, but still have a ways to go.
James White is "big, and he's fast." James is already about 210 last time he saw him, just a bigger guy. In the next couple of years could easily be 225 or 230. With guys they have in now, Williams' are both slightly built. Tra Carson is about 235 or 240 so still needed a bigger back. Really happy to get James, he'll compete. Explosive player. Quiv and Victor Davis also guys that like to compete and are really athletic and explosive.
- This was probably, in 20 something years, the least stressful signing day. Guys they had committed all signed up. Hall was committed to Washington and that came down to the end, but he just felt comfortable at A&M. When you recruit better players and they go to these all-star games, guys recruit other good players. They liked being around each other at all-star games and talking to each other on the phone. Several guys that A&M's players recruited and Hall is one of them. Players know good players when they're around them, and getting an early start with guys helps that out.
- Had a lot of guys even committed before the Alabama game, probably had more recruits for the LSU game than any other game. Success is a combination of a lot of things. Everything matters. Being in the SEC is part of it, but competing and winning games, finishing the way they did, not just the Heisman, but the Outland Trophy, being in Orlando for awards. All of that stuff helps. Not just one thing you can say accounts for that.
Also have a really really talented staff of guys. Families and prospective athletes, particularly early bought in early.
- Tabuyo they found while in Hawaii recruiting a couple of players and brought them for official visits. Gameday atmosphere has been the thing he's heard more than any other. Their brand is expanding, particularly with exposure in the SEC. Were on television every week but one, because of that, people were able to see their style of football, were able to sell the university instead of coming in cold, particularly moving east because of the footprint of the SEC.
Always going to start in-state, high school coaches do too good of a job to skip over, but for position needs if there's a special situation or a player they ranked very high and have a relationship with.
- Doesn't care who's recruiting players or where they're rated. They understand evaluating players for them. For their particular situation they're looking for certain things. From a perception standpoint, there's some guys that are highly recruited, there's some guys on this list that may not be recruited by anyone else. They're going to recruit their guys, and the rankings are the rankings.
- Could have gotten one more offensive lineman, Stuckey has three years though, 4 to play 3, he's like a high school guy. Cedric Ogbuehi said he's athletic and that means something.
- Had a lot of conversations with both Hill and Stewart's dads about baseball. Kenny Hill is a winner, a lot of pressure in that high school to be a winner and he's one of the top dual threat guys in the country. Kohl is a bigger guy, has Aggie parents, has family members here, loves Texas A&M. Had some real frank conversations about baseball. He's a viable baseball prospect, both of them are but Kohl could be a top ten pick. Would love to have him, but also nothing wrong with being Brandon Weedon, will still have a place for him when he's 25. Says a lot about perception of the program to have a redshirt freshman and still go get two of the best quarterbacks in the state.
Thanks Aubs! Awesomeness right here!
- Mastrogiovanni is a guy they went hard on early and he really broke their hearts. You talk about relationships and how you handle things, told him they weren't going to bug him, as difficult as that was and the family respected that, then over the course of time, guys talk on the phone, they play against each other, they feel comfortable. He came back and was around the guys at a game and it started to wear on him, that was long before the Cotton Bowl. He's a guy when they started off at the beginning of the year, losing two of their three linebackers, had to get guys in that were mike linebackers at 6-1, 6-2 right now. He's the kind of guy that has the ability to be a quarterback type guy on the defense.
- Said many times the player development center is as fine a facility is there are in the country. Investment by the university has been huge from that to the new nutrition center, the new entry to the Bright Complex, people recognize that stuff is important and there's a commitment from the university and from former students. You combine that with what's going on with the stadium, and it's pretty exciting for young guys.
- Ability for guys like Spavital who was with him five years ago at Houston. From there to Oklahoma State to West Virginia, he walks into rooms now and guys recognize that. Being able to work with him was a factor with both quarterbacks. Mark Hagen comes as a linebacker coach and guys wanted to talk to him right when he got to College Station, talked to Darian when he got to College Station. Two of the three were recruiting coordinators also, setting a record for recruiting coordinators on staff.
- Houston, being an hour away, we're starting to count Fairfield as Houston now and that's only about 45 minutes. More and more schools on the West Side, Seven Lakes all the way up. Third largest city in America an hour away, and arguably the best football playing city of those three. Going to evaluate Houston and Dallas and this region and East Texas before they go anywhere else, but certainly by the large numbers of population and quality of football, and great relationiships there. People talk about travel and everything else with the SEC, but they have eight home games and they go to Baton Rouge. After that they'll play in Dallas every year. Travel, guys are excited, parents are excited about the eight home games and going to Baton Rouge next year. Heard about travel but it's a non-factor.
- AJ Hilliard, had a relationship with at Houston and he went to TCU. Reached out to them and wanted to come back. He's a guy that played as a freshman at TCU and has to sit a year, so he'll have three years left after that. He can really help them, can really run.
Midyear guys, Cam Clear brings another dimension, he's a bigger guy. JaQuay and Stuckey have been getting praise. Points was in the 260s in high school. Those guys have this semester, and then the summer, and then five years of eligibility after that. You get a guy like Jordan Points at 260, in two or three years he'll be in the 280-290 range, Reggie Chevis was in the 250 range. Linebackers are probably going to have to help them from a depth and special teams standpoint, that's why four of the six opted to get here early. Those guys are working hard.
Spring practice starts Saturday March 2nd.
Great stuff, thanks
Any potential transfers "in" on the horizon?
Interesting comments on Stewart. My take is that they believe there's a good chance he goes to the Majors, but that his skills were worth the risk of a potential wasted 'ship.
Won't be a wasted ship if he goes baseball. We get the ship back
Won't be a wasted ship if he goes baseball. We get the ship back
I'm saying they were willing to use a spot of the 25 today.
Oh ok got you
I find amusing Bloom left out the comment Sumlin made about a certain OL commit shooting up the rankings after committing to a certain school!
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