Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Kyle Hicks

Scout.com recaps some of the biggest recruiting news and notes from an exciting week of action in the Midlands...

On Friday morning, Scout.com checked in with Mike Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 225-pound five-star middle linebacker, who was on the way to the airport for his first official visit.

Mitchell is in route to Columbus, Ohio to check out Ohio State, which recently completed a 12-0 season under first year head coach Urban Meyer.

Ohio State will also be hosting prospects like Shaker Heights (Ohio) OL Donovan Munger, Massillon (Ohio) athlete Gareon Conley and Detroit (Texas) Cass Tech OL David Dawson.

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Thursday, Texas A&M secured a verbal commitment from Scout.com Top 50 member Justin Manning, who is one of the best talents in the Lone Star State. Manning selected A&M over Oklahoma a school that he had a close relationship with for close to eight years. Manning first hit the OU campus back in 2004 with his brother DeMarcus Granger during his official visit and spent countless weekend's up in Norman throughout the course of his Sooner career.

But it was the relationships that he built with David Beaty, Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M that won out on decision day. He joins a commitment list heavy with beef on the defensive front joining Dallas (Texas) Skyline's Kerrick Huggins, Spring (Texas) Westfield's Hardreck Walker and Carthage's Isaiah Golden as the defensive tackles that have committed to the Aggies for the Class of 2013.

"That is fantastic rotation," Manning said of the quartet of commitments. "I see us winning at least three national championships in the next four years."

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Manning was not the only big news of the week as Arlington (Texas) Martin running back Kyle Hicks got things jump started with some big news of his own. He switched his commitment from Texas to TCU. Giving the program its first Scout.com four-star commitment in the 2013 recruiting class.

"Obviously it is even bigger news that for the first time in the Gary Patterson era that they actually got a kid who is committed to Texas to switch to TCU," said HornedFrogBlitz.com Publisher Jeremy Clark. "They have always gone head to head for recruits, but this is the first time that I can recall that they have been able to do that."

"It is big position of need. They definitely wanted to get two running backs in the 2013 class. Hicks will be a perfect compliment to Trevorris Johnson and vice versa."

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Frisco (Texas) Centennial already boasted one of the top defensive backfields in the Lone Star S tate, but the emergence of Cydney Calvin to go along with Ranthony Texada, Josh Garrett and Ian Neitthercut has put the school squarely in the hunt for a state title with a huge game against Tyler (Texas) John Tyler looming in the quarterfinals.

Calvin picked up his first BCS offer this week from Wake Forest.

"I feel so blessed. Very blessed. It's like my stress has been lifted off," said Calvin. "The weight is off now. I feel blessed to know I'll be able to go to school for free."

"Hopefully more offers will continue to come, but I'm excited that Wake Forest may be a place I can call home."

Calvin will officially visit the Demon Deacons on January 18.

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Scout.com three-star corner Taylor Lewis from DeSoto (Texas) High switched his commitment from Kansas to Oklahoma State. Giving the Cowboys a 6-foot-0, 183-pound corner with good speed.

Lewis and his Eagles teammates are currently in the hunt for a 5A-D1 Stat title with a huge playoff game looming with Southlake (Texas) Carroll this weekend. Despite the commitment news he has tried to not take any time away from his team.

"I really want to hold off talking about recruiting until after my team has won the championship," said Lewis earlier this week.

Oklahoma State also nabbed a commitment from Arlington (Texas) Martin kicker Ben Grogan.

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In the Class of 2014 Ronald Monroe, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Houston (Texas) Bush added his first official scholarship offer.

"Just wanted to let you know that I picked up my first offer from UH (Houston)," exclaimed an excited Monroe to Scout.com's Ahmard Vital. "(It happened) one hour ago. My head coach told me that they offered me."

"It feels good!"

Schools like Baylor, Northwestern, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have also been showing early interest.

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