Tight end Jordan Najvar
and his Klein Oak teammates had more on their mind than winning the state 7-on-7 tournament title this past weekend. With a new coach and a new offensive system that relies more on the pass than last year, the 7-on-7 competition was a chance for the Panthers to prepare for the upcoming 2008 season.
"We had a solid tournament. The starters didn't play as much because we're trying to get everybody comfortable with the new offense," Najvar said. "The 7-on-7 season has been valuable for all of us to get a head start on next season. We plan to pass more this year, and we're all working hard to get our timing down."
The new offense should provide the 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end with more pass catching opportunities his senior season, and that will go over well with the many college coaches who see Najvar as a talented tight end with extraordinary receiving skills for such a big athlete.
"I was double covered most of the tournament, but I still caught my share of balls," Najvar said. "We plan on throwing it 10-15 times more a game this fall than we did last year, so I'm hoping to have a big year. I just want to help the team win."
Najvar has a long list of impressive scholarship offers. He took an unofficial visit to the Texas A&M
camp this past Sunday, and he has trips planned to see Cal, Stanford
, Arizona State
, and possibly Missouri
in the coming two weeks. He discussed his recent trip to Texas
"I've talked to A&M a lot, but this was the first time I met the coaches in person and the first time to check out the facilities," Najvar said. "I liked that Coach Sherman changed up the facilities to make it more like the pros. They changed up the weight room to be more functional for what they want to accomplish."
It's that attention to detail and the focus on developing young talent in the mold of the pro system that attracts Najvar to the Texas A&M program. He sees the staff's NFL experience as a big plus for the Aggies.
"The staff is great. They have over 75 years of coaching experience in the NFL and they know how to get you ready for the next level," Najvar said. "They've developed prospects into good NFL players, so you think that they can do the same with you. It's good to know that they've been there and done it."
Najvar spent most of his visit with former Texas A&M offensive lineman and Klein Oak alumnus Kirk Elder
, who now serves as a graduate assistant on the team.
"He's from Klein Oak and it was great to have somebody like that who just graduated to relate to," Najvar said. "He basically told me why he chose Texas A&M and what his years playing football and going to school there meant to him."
Despite the positives from the unofficial visit, the talented tight end did not pull the trigger on a verbal pledge. In fact, head coach Mike Sherman encouraged Najvar to take his time with the process.
"Coach Sherman was very open-minded about it," Najvar said. "He said it was a good idea to see other schools during the recruiting process. He encouraged me to take my time, and when I was ready he'd have a spot for me."
The Klein native is now scheduled to leave the state and head out west for unofficial visits to Cal and Stanford this coming weekend, and then he'll return the following week to visit Arizona State. He's also considering a trip to Missouri if time permits before the start of two-a-days. He claims no leaders at this point.
"I'm looking forward to my trip to Cal and Stanford. Then the following weekend I'm visiting Arizona State," Najvar said. "I may take a trip to Missouri if I can schedule it before two-a-days. They have a good history with developing tight ends."
Najvar says he would like to make a decision before the start of the 2008 and that has been his plan, but he admits that if he's not ready to commit and end the recruiting process that he'll delay his decision into the season.
"I want to make a decision before the start of the season, but I'm not sure right now," Najvar said. "If a feel ready to make a decision, I could commit tomorrow. If I'm not comfortable and still uncertain, it could be February so I can't say for sure what my timetable will be."
After meeting the A&M coaching staff in person for the first time, Klein Oak TE Jordan Najvar discusses his first impressions and visits with Aggie Websider about his upcoming visits. Does he have a timetable for making a decision? Where do the Aggies stand in his list of favorites?
Klein Oak TE discusses upcoming season and his timetable for making a verbal commitment