Prioleau Preparing For Big Game

Prioleau Preparing For Big Game

Hutson Prioleau and his All Saints Episcopal teammates have jumped out to a 3-0 start, but their district rival provides a big hurdle this weekend. The A&M commit discusses the game as well as his recruiting status with Aggie Websider's David Sandhop

The Saints of All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth have raced out to a 3-0 record in non-district play punctuated by a 38-9 victory last week over Fort Worth Christian School. However, the district season begins this week, and the Saints will have their toughest test and most important game of the season against district rival Episcopal School of Dallas.

"We've started out pretty good at 3-0 in non-district play, but district starts this week and we have a huge game against Episcopal School of Dallas," tight end Hutson Prioleau explained. "They've won the championship the past two seasons, so this is a big game for us."

The Saints have started out the 2008 playing good football, and the team's success can be attributed to consistent play in all aspects of the game on both sides of the ball.

"It's hard to pinpoint one area that has been the key to success," Prioleau said. "Our quarterback play has been good. The offensive line has stepped up and come together. The defense had a big stand in the first game that preserved the win. Really, everybody has risen to the occasion so far. It hasn't been just one person or one unit."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Prioleau, who committed to Texas A&M last spring, has also improved his game as a senior and has been a key component in the Saints success as well. But while he was known as a pass catching tight end earlier in his high school career, Prioleau has contributed with his blocking which is something he focused on in the offseason.

"I needed to work most on my open field blocking and that's where I feel I'm most improved," Prioleau said. "In the offseason I worked with Blake Brockermeyer (former all-American OL at Texas and NFL lineman) on my blocking. He really helped with the fundamentals and understanding the mental aspects of blocking."

While Prioleau is most anxious to discuss his improvement at blocking, he's still a weapon in the Saints offensive arsenal, grabbing 11 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the first three games. He still considers his receiving skills the strength of his game.

"I'm very confident in my pass catching. It's something that comes naturally for me," Prioleau said. "Knock on wood – I haven't dropped a pass all year. If the ball is close, I feel I will get it."

On the recruiting front, Prioleau talks to assistant coach Kirk Doll on a regular basis, but he also received call from head coach Mike Sherman right after the Aggies' win over New Mexico.

"Coach Sherman called me a couple of weeks ago and we just talked," Prioleau said. "We didn't talk a lot about football and it wasn't about what went right and what went wrong in the games. He was keeping in touch and wanting to know how everything is going, and not just football. Relationships are a big deal to me and my comfort level with this staff is why I chose Texas A&M."

Prioleau will be traveling to College Station for the Miami game this weekend. Ironically, the Miami staff contacted Prioleau's head coach this week to see if the tight end was interested in opening up his recruitment and looking at the Hurricanes.

"My coach told me that the Miami coach called, and I thought it was ironic that I was going down there to watch the A&M-Miami game," Prioleau said. "But I'm 100% solid to Texas A&M. I ask myself can any school offer me something that Texas A&M can't, and the answer is no."

Prioleau is looking forward to the game day atmosphere at Kyle Field and meeting up with a couple of his fellow commitments at the game.

"I've stayed in touch with Ryan Swope and he'll be down there," Prioleau said. "I talk to guys like Patrick Lewis and Chris Henderson. I'm looking forward to seeing the other commits down there."

But first is a showdown with district rival Episcopal School of Dallas. The winner will have the inside track to the district crown.

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