Junior OL recruit thrilled by weekend visit

Junior OL recruit thrilled by weekend visit

Klein Oak offensive lineman Clint Naron enjoyed his first game at Kyle Field on Saturday and talks to Aggie Websider's David Sandhop about the trip.

With the Class of 2008 nearly filled, the Texas A&M coaching staff is already starting to focus on a very talented crop of junior prospects in the Lone Star state. A handful of formal offers went out on September 1, and Klein Oak offensive lineman Clint Naron received one of those early offers.

"After I participated in the Game Night Camp in July, the coaches said they liked me and to expect an offer so I kind of knew it was coming," said Naron. "Still, to see it in writing was very exciting."

2009 OL Recruit Clint Naron
2009 OL recruit Clint Naron from Klein Oak (photos courtesy of KleinOakFootball.com)
The 6-foot-6, 282-pound junior lineman also received written offers from Baylor and Texas Tech, and is getting plenty of mail from OU and Oklahoma State as well. However, it appears that the Aggies have caught the attention of Naron so far after a second trip to College Station this past weekend to watch A&M battle Fresno State in a three overtime thriller.

"I loved it. It's crazy there with the fans," Naron said. "We got to see the players go through their pre-game routine in the weight room and then we got to watch them warm-up on the field. Being down there on Kyle Field was pretty amazing."

The Klein native also picked an exciting and entertaining game to visit, as the Aggies and Bulldogs battled four and a half hours through three overtimes before A&M finally pulled out the 47-45 victory when Devin Gregg broke up Fresno's attempt to tie the game with a two-point conversion.

"The game was awesome. It was the best football game I've ever seen," Naron said. "I got to go to the locker room afterward and the players were happy, but you could tell they left everything out on the field. They were drained."

The talented junior lineman also met with offensive line coach Jim Bob Helduser and head coach Dennis Franchione after the game before making the short drive back to Klein. He left with good feelings about the program.

"Definitely, Texas A&M is my favorite right now," Naron said. "I feel comfortable there. We use a lot of the same blocking schemes that A&M uses and it's a great college environment."

Asked to rate his visit on a scale of 1 to 10, Naron didn't hesitate to come up with his score.

"I'd have to say it was a ten. I want to come down for another game," Naron said. "But it will have to be at night. This was our only bye week and we have film work and lift weights on Saturdays."

Naron did say that he's not in a hurry to make a commitment and will get serious about the recruiting process down the road. He also will consider visiting other schools in the future, but for now he likes what he sees in Aggieland.

"Clinton really enjoyed our trip to A&M," Naron's mom explained prior to our interview. "I think his blood runs a little more maroon after Saturday."

Although only a junior, Naron is already considered one of the top Texas prep linemen in the state and his name will pop up on virtually every blue chip recruiting list. Naron and his Klein Oak teammates will face Willis this weekend in the Panthers' homecoming game.



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