Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sooners swipe a future Aggies QB
By ESPN.com staff
Texas A&M's recruiting class is currently ranked No. 4 nationally by ESPN, but the Aggies took a hit on Wednesday.
Quarterback Trevor Knight decommitted from the Aggies and has pledged to become a Sooner, according to a report.
Knight, a San Antonio native that ESPN ranks as the nation's No. 23 quarterback, gives Oklahoma its first commitment from a quarterback in the 2012 class, but he was one of two quarterbacks for Texas A&M. Oklahoma's class was ranked No. 12 in the last rankings on July 1, but the addition of Knight may give them a bump.
For Texas A&M, the decommitment is part of what national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill says may be tougher than assembling the Aggies class in the first place.
"The difference right now, in my opinion, between Texas and Texas A&M, is when it comes to verbal commitments, very, very few times will Texas have to fight to keep a guy," Luginbill told me in May. "They don't see guys swaying. They don't see guys decide to decommit. I think that's going to be more of a challenge for Texas A&M than it's going to be for the Texas Longhorns. Not only fulfilling the rest of the class, but the challenge of maintaining this level of a class over an extended period of time could be one of their greatest recruiting challenges.
"It's a long way between now and February."
Here's what our scouts had to say about Knight:
This guy is a really gifted prospect athletically and if he can become more consistent in terms of accuracy he will see his recruitment skyrocket in the fall. He is tall and lean, but has a late-bloomers frame and plenty of room to fill out. He is a deceptively good dual-threat with a live arm. You can see that he is green, but a playmaker and has a cool swagger and demeanor that is contagious. He can run, throw and create when things break down. Has a natural feel for the game, has pretty good overall mechanics, shows good set-up quicks and good feet on drops. He has a quick, whip-like release. He's not only mobile and a threat to run with the ball, but has good pocket awareness and creates a lot of second chances.
Texas A&M still has Matt Davis committed, who ESPN ranks as the nation's No. 22 athlete and plans to play quarterback for the Aggies.
Oklahoma's situation at quarterback could still soon be complicated. Gunner Kiel, the nation's No. 1 quarterback and No. 12 overall prospect, has kept his recruitment process quiet, but reportedly has interest in Oklahoma and Missouri, who recently received a commitment from Maty Mauk, the nation's No. 14 quarterback.
Will either recent commitment affect Kiel's decision? It's possible, but the Columbus, Ind., native may end up keeping his talents in Big Ten country.