Recruiting Weekend Overview
The big news of the weekend was the quick switch of long-time commitment Michael Wilson who apparently gave Mike Gundy his verbal pledge Saturday morning. This spurred the Texas A&M staff to offer 6-foot-5, 300-pound Friendswood offensive tackle Seaver Myers who is committed to SMU. He will visit next weekend and the expectation is that he'll likely commit to the Aggies. Despite visiting College Station this past weekend, it also appears that Brenham commit Adrian Bellard will come down to the wire academically and may have to go the JUCO route. As a result, the staff is scouring the nation for another offensive lineman in addition to Myers. One target who MAY visit next weekend is Mission Viejo (CA) tackle Colby Cyburt who is currently committed to UCLA. There may be other OL names that pop up during the week.
As somewhat expected, DB Colin Blake decommitted from Texas A&M and appears to be signing with TCU. I addressed his situation in detail in a post pinned at the top of the forum but it seems this was a mutual decision after the staff secured a verbal commit last week from a pure cover corner DeVante Harris. At 6-foot-3, Blake was a hybrid defensive back and didn't have the cover skills of Harris or the other CB's committed. But the Aggies are not out of the woods at either corner or safety. As I mentioned in Tidbits on Friday, Darion Monroe is contemplating staying close to home and Tulane appears to be a real threat. Well, add a second more powerful threat as we're hearing from Scout's LSU site that the Tigers' staff now has Monroe on their radar screen. It's not a done deal he'll get offered, but if a couple of targets don't pan out, he could get the call…and I can tell you I think he would jump all over an LSU offer in a second. He grew up a big Tiger fan and has not been shy to talk about his disappointment over recent months.
LSU continues to haunt this Texas A&M class as safety Corey Thompson visited Baton Rouge and came away very impressed. Now, if you follow the world of Twitter, Aggie recruiting fans are fearing the worst after Thompson made some comments to some LSU fans and that he changed his profile status on his account. Personally, I think he's doing this for drama. He's been an A&M commit for almost a year. He's a legacy. The depth chart is favorable, and upon returning from LSU he told close family friends that he thinks he'll stick with his Texas A&M commit. Still, the situation is worth closely monitoring.
Let's switch and talk about the recruiting visits in College Station this weekend. Let's start with the biggest uncommitted recruit left on the Aggie board – Dallas Skyline wide receiver Thomas Johnson who was hosted by freshman A&M QB and president of Agg Swagg, Matt Davis. Considered one of the two best 2012 receivers in the state, Johnson had a great time and from what I'm hearing he'll take a couple of days to talk it over with the family and announce his commitment to A&M in his own time…much like cousin DeVante Harris did early last week after his visit.
Let's talk defensive line where the Aggies hosted Lufkin's Tomme Mark. The UH commit is a little on the short side for the Aggies need in the SEC but the kid is quick and has a nice motor. It appeared he was on his way to get an A&M offer and switch until reports surfaced that he was arrested last weekend in Lufkin. Marks was a borderline offer to begin with, so the arrest really closed that opportunity for Coach Sumlin. More bad news on Sunday night as Carencro DT Jacoby Briscoe, who was A&M's best DT prospect still on the board, had a great time in Miami and reaffirmed his commitment and told me he was going to call the A&M coaches and cancel their in-home visit and official visit to College Station next weekend. In fact, Briscoe went to Miami with friend and Tennessee commit (and one time A&M commit) Devante Bourque who talked him into visiting Knoxville next weekend. I'm sure the A&M staff will take one more crack at him, but it doesn't look good. Late word on Sunday from the LSU site has Les Miles also looking at Briscoe. Time for A&M to move on.
And it appears they will to Trinity Euless DL Polo Manukainiu. The one-time OU commit visited Baylor this weekend and rumors swirled just prior to his trip that he would commit to the Bears despite having an A&M trip scheduled for next weekend. In some rare good news from the weekend, he did not commit and was actually tweeting with A&M commit Kimo Tipoti hinting that he's leaning heavily to the Aggies at the moment. Given what happened with A&M's other two DL targets, that is great news and expect the Aggies to land the 6-foot-6, 260-pound playmaker. Speaking of DL's, more good news after I spoke with long-time DL commit Alonzo Williams who was supposed to visit Hawaii this weekend but his basketball game ran late and he missed his flight to the big island. Despite a good visit to Washington last week, he told me that he's still a solid commit to Texas A&M. He's visiting College Station next weekend and his mother, brother, and girlfriend are all meeting him in Aggieland. That's a great sign. Plus, he told me that something would have to go wrong on the visit for him not to sign with the Aggies. Williams is probably the most underrated commitment in this class.
Despite a visit to Arizona State where he is committed, Williams said that his teammate at Cal Poly, outside linebacker Matt Rowe, is still planning to travel with him to College Station and he's still seriously considering the Aggies' recent offer. I still think it's a long shot, but stranger things have happened. What isn't strange is another twist to the Dalton Santos story. He has tried to find reasons not to go to Texas A&M over the past year and it now seems he has his ultimate excuse…an offer from the Longhorns. This isn't a big loss on several levels, but mainly he wasn't going to come here despite some of the stories you might hear. That development will likely cause the A&M staff to move on Klein linebacker and Boise State commit Ben Weaver. I'll give Ben a call today and get the latest on his situation but I would be surprised if he wasn't in College Station next weekend.
Keep an eye out for a couple more names to pop up on the January 27 visitor list including another DL prospect and possibly another DB and of course the OL's we've talked about. I'm hearing some names pop up and I'll try to confirm those in the next couple of days.
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