Hop's Musings and Tidbits

Hop's Musings and Tidbits

It was a busy weekend in Aggieland with official visitors from 2013 in town and the A&M basketball team hosting Georgia. On Sunday, Coach Sumlin welcomed an elite group of juniors to campus. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop breaks it all down with a few musings and such.

1) With less than 10 days until Signing Day 2013, the final pieces to the puzzle are clear. The staff is still pursuing defensive ends Torrodney Prevot and Daeshon Hall. Erin Hartigan has been on top of the Hall situation. In fact, she was out at the Next Level Athlete Showcase on Sunday and had a talk with Lancaster coaches Chris Gilbert and Demarcus Ayers. Apparently, the buzz around the event is that Prevot will switch to A&M shortly, and the Lancaster coaches assumed that if that happens, their prized recruit will go to either TCU or Washington, but will likely stick with Washington. Hall is flirting with visiting Washington next weekend.

This comes as a bit of a surprise because the A&M staff has made it clear that Hall is a high priority and that they have room for two more commits…so getting Prevot doesn't necessarily shut out Hall and vice-versa. So I don't know if there is some miscommunication with the Lancaster coaches or if Hall actually believes he will move on from A&M if Prevot commits to A&M before he does.

What is clear I think…if Hall goes out of his way to visit Seattle next weekend, that doesn't bode well for the Aggies.


2) Speaking of Prevot, he's gone underground while contemplating his decision. Unless he pops up in Oregon next weekend or something crazy like that, I fully expect the 6-foot-3, 215 pound (that's what he measured in at this weekend) DE to switch over to the Aggies. Numerous A&M sources seem very confident about the switch. I spoke to teammate and A&M commit Jonathan Wiggins about Prevot. He said Torrodney told him he had a great time and that he REALLY likes Texas A&M. Prevot stopped short of telling him he was coming to Texas A&M, but Wiggins said he wouldn't be surprised at all if he switches shortly.


3) Southlake QB and longtime Aggie commit Kenny Hill finally took his official visit, and according to the two-sport star, he had a great time on his visit. The staff feels they have stabilized the situation and feel confident in holding on to the prolific high school passer. But there's only one catch. He didn't leave College Station with his situation resolved. He still claims to be committed to A&M but acknowledged that he'll sit down with his family this week and will come to a final decision. He says a final decision could come as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. I THINK it will be A&M, but without a definitive word from Hill today, there is some uncertainty.


4) As expected, Kevin Sumlin offered Garland Lakeview Centennial offensive tackle Kealvin Davis during Sunday's first junior day event and the 6-foot-5, 255 pounder jumped on the offer. He told me that would be the likely result if that offer came through…and it did. Once a Texas lean, Davis has fallen in love with the Texas A&M program. Although a bit undersized, his athleticism and fluidity are unquestioned and he's considered by most analysts as one of the top two tackle prospects in the state. Some have him as the top-rated tackle. Davis claims this ends the recruiting process for him.


5) The remaining uncommitted 2014 prospects that were invited to this elite event and showed up included:

Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes

Arlington Martin DL Myles Garrett

Coppell DL Solomon Thomas

Edna Karr (N.O.) WR Speedy Noil

Edna Karr (N.O.) DL Gerald Willis

Manvel OL Koda Martin

W. Mesquite Safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner

North Shore LB Zach Whitley


I spoke to Patrick Mahomes and the A&M staff did not offer. They plan to evaluate further and he is high on Sumlin's list, but until they figure out what happens to Kenny Hill and Kohl Stewart don't look for A&M to push for a QB. I expect that will come after spring evaluations. I don't think they can wait longer than that. QB's get antsy in the spring to choose a school.

By all accounts and an active twitter, A&M made a very good impression on Gerald Willis and Speedy Noil. Still, nothing will happen until the New Orleans natives figure out what the Tigers will do in recruiting. I think A&M will start to challenge LSU for offensive players, especially receiver. But it will take time to compete for frontline defensive players, although Willis and his mom did leave very positive on the Aggies and College Station. But the pair won't be committing in the near future.

If A&M has a shot at an early pledge from this group, pay attention to DE Myles Garrett who I think is the No. 1 end in the state. He left uncommitted, but clearly A&M is his leader at the moment. The same can be said with North Shore's Zach Whitley. I thnk he could be a quick commit because A&M has some leverage here with two LB commits already in the 2013 boat. Keep an eye on him.

I'm also hearing very positive news on A&M's No. 1 safety on their 2014 recruiting board. Clemson commit Dylan Sumner-Gardner has been hinting all week that the Aggies could get him to switch his pledge and that still seems to be the case. It's just a matter of whether he wants to take one more junior day visit to make another comparison. I think he eventually becomes an Aggie.

I didn't text or talk to Solomon Thomas on Sunday. The general consensus is that A&M is in the mix but he'll likely take more time to see other schools and go through the recruiting process.


6) The Aggies welcomed two 2015 prospects. Gladewater DT Daylan Mack is considered to be the top sophomore interior defensive lineman while West Mesquite QB Chason Virgil will challenge Kyler Murray and the young Tannehill brother for top honors in the 2015 class. Mack seems to be smitten with the Aggies and left College Station on the verge of a very early but valuable verbal commitment. It sounds like he will take a junior day visit to OU and possibly Texas, and then if he still feels good about the Aggies, he could be the first commit of 2015.

I watched tape of the 6-foot-1, 170 pound Virgil for the first time on Saturday, and I was most impressed with his decision-making and poise for a sophomore. His passing is accurate and he's a very good scrambler and runs the zone read efficiently. A&M still has time to figure out its plans for 2015, so there's no hurry. In fact, A&M needs to figure out 2013 and 2014 first.


7) In China, they take their looks and their one allotted child seriously. Jian Feng fell in love with a very attractive young Chinese woman and they entered into wedded bliss. As a symbol of their deep, true love, the couple had a little baby girl. Sounds like a fairy tale ending, right? Well, there was a problem. The baby girl was ugly. The following quote from Feng sums it up.

"I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues. Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me."

In fact, she was so ugly that the husband suspected the woman had cheated on him because he was too good looking to produce such an ugly baby. You think I'm making this up, but I'm not. Feng even conducted a paternity test, and sure enough he was the father. Finally, the wife came clean. She admitted to over $100,000 of cosmetic surgery. That's right, she was the ugly one and the daughter looked just like her prior to going under the knife.

So what do you suppose Feng does? Of course, he divorces the wife and sues her for duping him about her "manufactured" good looks. A Chinese judge agreed and ordered the woman to pay her ex-husband a whopping $120,000. There's no word whether Feng plans to go to next month's daddy-daughter dance.


8) The whole key to success in this 2012-2013 basketball season has been to win enough to keep the high level 2013 recruits interested in the Texas A&M program, and with a good staff of recruiters I assumed an NIT berth and 19-win season would do the trick. The Aggies were well on their way after the UK win and a 2-0 SEC record. The team's next two games were on the road, and despite disappointing losses the the team was still on schedule to hit the 19-win goal. Well, Saturday's bad loss to 1-4 Georgia was a dagger to those chances. It's not a lethal dagger, but that 59-52 home loss now puts the team behind the curve at the moment and I had them winning in Starkville on Wednesday. Another road loss on Wednesday, and it's hard to see a path to reaching that 19-win goal. And if that doesn't happen, then how does this team recruit well enough to right this ship?

But it goes deeper than that. It's about playing decent basketball and having the players play up to their abilities. Granted, those abilities across the board are limited, but on Saturday four things became evident. Ray Turner's career has just about officially turned into a disappointment. Elston Turner isn't good enough to overcome double teams and the opponents' main focus on defense. He can't carry this team as we thought after UK didn't really guard him in Lexington. Third, J-Mykal Reese has been a disaster so far and he looks nothing like the national Top 75 player that has been on the national recruiting scene since eighth grade. During the four game skid, Reese has a negative 12 assist-to-turnover ratio. He's been credited with just two assists and no steals in that four game stretch. He is doing nothing that a coach asks of its primary point guard. He doesn't create. He doesn't guard much. He has a hard time initiating the half-court offense. Finally, for the first time in SEC play I saw bad body language with players as they came to the sideline with the coaches. Are they losing faith in the staff? I don't know, but it's now a valid question going forward.

As I've said from day one, this staff will be here through the end of the season at the very least, so I'll still evaluate and analyze the team as if they will be going forward in the future…until I hear otherwise and there's been no indication from decision-makers that something is in the works.


9) Ramjit Raghav is a 96 year-old Indian farmer. Before the advent of my musings feature, I think I posted on the board about Mr. Raghav becoming a first time dad at the tender age of 94. Well, he and his 54 year-old wife remain fertile and gave birth to their second child, a healthy baby boy. That makes him the all-time oldest dad. Ironically, Raghav will not extend his world record as he has ordered his bride to have a tubal ligation. After all, Raghav claims to have sex with his wife three times a day so precautions are needed. The secret to his healthy sex drive and fertility? He credits his vegetarian diet and his first 84 years of celibacy. That's right, he saved himself for marriage until the age of 84.


10) Yes, Tony Trocha was spotted in Reed Arena on Saturday. Now to be clear, he wasn't sitting with the players but rather in the recruit seats. I think it's clear the plan is to get him qualified and eligible for the 2013-2014 season. So in a period of two weeks, the Aggies have hosted 4-star Tony Trocha, high 3-star JUCO wing Jamal Jones, and five-star shooting guard/wing Justin Jackson.

The Aggies have made Jackson's top five and Texas A&M is his only in-state school on his list. In additiona, 5-star 2014 forward Justise Winslow just narrowed his list to 8-9 schools this week. The Aggies and Bears made the cut along with a list of national powers. Surprisingly, the 1-6 Longhorns did not make the cut. Despite recent struggles on the court the past 3-4 years, Barnes has still recruited well. It looks like the product on the court is starting to take its toll on the recruiting tail.

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