Wednesday, February 3, 2010
A&M loses one, signs three off ESPNU 150
By Jeff Caplan
Texas A&M lost two commitments in the past 36 hours, headlined by ESPNU 150 linebacker Corey Nelson (No. 62 out of Dallas Skyline High School), who signed with Oklahoma. Wide receiver Jarrett Fobbs out of Shreveport, La., a 3-star recruit according to ESPN's Scouts, Inc., chose to sign with LSU.
Both were stinging loses for a group that had been receiving raves as a top 15 class nationally.
"When we're in the game that we're in, the big thing about our recruiting efforts, you know, is we're not competing against
Timbuktu U., we're recruiting against some pretty darn good universities," A&M coach Mike Sherman said. "It's very competitive. We're going to win and we're going to lose some. The last 24 hours, obviously, we've been on the phone working it pretty good and that's just the way it goes...It's the nature of the game. If you can't handle that you've got to get out of it. I'm very happy with the guys that we have."
So the Aggies have a few scholarships remaining after signing 22 players on Wednesday. Three were ranked on the ESPNU 150: No. 83 Luke Joeckel (6-6, 280), OT, Arlington High School -- who is currently on campus; No. 90 Jake Matthews (6-5, 270), OT, Sugar Land, Texas; No. 125 Toney Hurd, Jr. (5-9, 179), CB, Missouri City, Texas.
Joeckel and Matthews are two of five offensive lineman signed by Sherman, who's looking to beef up the line and get a running game going. Sherman said he expects at least three linemen to be in the mix immediately.
"The guys we have coming in have the strength and the size and are pretty good athletes," Sherman said. "They're a very interesting group of offensive linemen. They're very intelligent, they're very motivated, they have great size and athletic ability. We're really going to push the envelope with them."
The Aggies landed three 3-star running back recruits (according to Scouts, Inc.): D.J. Jones (Denison, Texas), Ben Malena (Cedar Hill, Texas) and Mister Jones (Littleton, Colo.)