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Thomas Johnson leaves Texas A&M

December, 21, 2012
Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has withdrawn from school and his future with the Aggies has yet to be determined, coach Kevin Sumlin said.

ESPN Dallas' Ian Fitzsimmons talks with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin about Johnny Manziel, the Cotton Bowl and the Aggies' first season in the SEC.

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The Texas A&M University Police Department went on a search for Johnson back in November. He went missing for more than 48 hours, but was later found in his hometown of Dallas. Johnson is back with his family and is trying to figure out what to do about his future.

"That's an ongoing process right now," Sumlin said Wednesday. "I think he's trying to decide where he is, if he's coming back, if he comes back next semester, if he's going to take the year off or if he's going to transfer. In my conversations with him that's where he is. He's just trying to figure out what his next step is going to be."

Johnson had a pretty productive first year with the Aggies. In 10 games, he caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown. Sumlin said that he will support whatever decision Johnson makes, even if it means that he leaves A&M's program for good. The well-being of Johnson is all that Sumlin is concerned about at this point.

"We're going to support him in any of those three [options]," Sumlin said. "That's his decision and he's with his family and is trying to figure it out."

A&M WR Thomas Johnson found safe

November, 15, 2012
Missing since Monday, Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson was found safely, A&M's University Police Department confirmed.

A spokesman for the police department confirmed to ESPN.com that Johnson was safe and said that more information about his disappearance would be forthcoming.

The true freshman receiver was last seen leaving his residence in College Station at approximately 6 p.m. ET Monday, according to the UPD. His mother, Linda Hanks, visited her son last week, but received a text message Monday that said he had missed class and practice.

While we still don't know exactly what happened, the good news is that Johnson is safe after an emotional couple of days for those in and around Texas A&M's program. Incidents like this always have a way of putting things in perspective. Days after the Aggies upset previously top-ranked Alabama, all of that was nearly forgotten in College Station, as the same players and fans who reveled in such a historic win searched and prayed for one of their own.

Having him back safe is a real relief.

Instant analysis: TAMU 58, Arkansas 10

September, 29, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M put the pedal to the metal and didn't ease up, rolling to a dominating 58-10 win over Arkansas on Saturday at Kyle Field. Here's how it played out:

It was over when: Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore forced a Knile Davis fumble that was picked up and returned 28 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Tramain Jacobs to give the Aggies a 44-10 lead over the Razorbacks with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter. Arkansas never truly threatened in the second half, but after that scoop and score by Jacobs, it seemed that any hope Arkansas had of getting back into the game washed away.

Game ball goes to: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He has been impressive in his first three starts for the Aggies, and his fourth was even more so. The redshirt freshman set school records for passing yards (453) and total offense (557). He was 29-of-38 passing, threw for three touchdowns and ran for 104 more yards and another score. He broke Ryan Tannehill's school passing record of 449 yards and Jerrod Johnson's total offense record of 487. Most importantly, Manziel had no turnovers and hasn't committed one yet this season.

Game ball, Part 2: The Texas A&M defense. The Aggies trailed 10-7 after a quarter, but the Razorbacks didn't score again. Arkansas moved the ball plenty, finishing with 515 total yards, but it didn't equate to points. The Aggies' red-zone defense was outstanding, as Arkansas finished 1-of-5 in that department. Steven Terrell had two key interceptions to help lead the D.

Rising star: Texas A&M running back Ben Malena. The junior got his third straight start and was effective in his limited touches, gaining 59 rushing yards on eight carries and catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Manziel. He's a good contrast to Christine Michael, who is effective between the tackles and more of a north-south runner. Malena is good in both the passing game and running game and has the speed to make big plays. Honorable mention to true freshman receiver Thomas Johnson, who caught five passes for 108 yards, though 88 of them came on two plays in the fourth quarter.

What it means: The Aggies are a different ballclub from a year ago, clearly. They led Arkansas last season by 18 points at the half, and on Saturday they led by 17. Last year, they fell 42-38. This year, they continued to score and blew out the Razorbacks. This is an explosive offense with an aggressive mentality and a ton of playmakers, coupled with a defense that appears to be much better than it was expected to be in the preseason.

For the Razorbacks, this season is slipping away quickly. Now, one must wonder if Arkansas will even make it to a bowl game. The Razorbacks looked wholly defeated in the second half, and while they kept fighting, their efforts were futile. It already has been a long season in Fayetteville, Ark., and it looks like it will continue to be.

Adjustment period quickens for A&M frosh

September, 19, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With so much in and around the Texas A&M football program being new -- from the conference to the coaching staff to the schemes and even the uniforms -- it seems only natural that on the field, some of the most significant impacts have been made by new players.

Or, in other words, freshmen.

Some are true freshmen completely new to the program. Some are redshirt freshmen who have already spent a year as part of the Aggies' program. Across both spectrums are players who are already contributing significantly and will likely continue to do so throughout the season.

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Brett Davis/US Presswire'Raw' receiver Mike Evans has proven to be one of Texas A&M's most-dynamic offensive options.
In the Aggies' 48-3 win over SMU on Saturday, freshmen were statistical leaders in six different categories: redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel led the team in passing yards (294), rushing yards (124) and all-purpose yards (418), redshirt freshman receiver Mike Evans led in receiving (six catches, 123 yards) and true freshman cornerback De'Vante Harris led the team in tackles (seven).

Naturally, much of the focus has been on Manziel, the quarterback who won the starting job during fall camp and is already beginning to dazzle observers with his athleticism and ability to freelance, which has resulted in a handful of big plays for the Aggies (1-1).

There is an adjustment period for those freshmen though, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said.

"You saw that in high school," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said of Manziel and his playmaking ability. "What he's finding out is that he's not the fastest or most talented guy on the field. So for a lot of players, they go through that, you have to figure out what you can do with your strengths and what you can't do with your weaknesses."

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Wrapping up signing day in the Big 12

February, 2, 2012
National signing day has come and gone, and as with any game week, we'll provide a proper wrap-up of the events of the week. Time to hand out a few superlatives.

Top class: Texas

The Longhorns did what the Longhorns do once again: Dominate a state with a talent pool as rich as any in America. The flagship school in the state of Texas reeled in 12 ESPNU 150 signees, seven more than any school in the Big 12, and finished the day at No. 3 in ESPN Recruiting's class rankings, the only Big 12 team in the top five.

Player you'll see next year: Courtney Gardner, WR, Oklahoma

The Sooners grabbed Gardner, a juco prospect, on signing day after he had been committed to Arkansas. Gardner's physical maturity earned rave reviews. For the Sooners, who need big help at pass-catcher positions, he'll provide a big, versatile target to help replace Ryan Broyles, who left for the NFL and left a big void in the Sooners' lineup when he tore his ACL late in 2011.

Best save: Texas A&M

The Aggies got some semi-expected news early, receiving word that Bralon Addison had sent his letter of intent to Oregon. It didn't take A&M long to get over it, though. The nation's No. 18 receiver had left the fold, but later in the day, at a news conference in Dallas broadcast live on ESPNU, the nation's No. 3 receiver pledged to the Aggies. The sweetest part for the Ags: SEC-bound Thomas Johnson had previously been committed to Texas, which is badly in need of receivers.

Biggest thieves: Texas

The Longhorns did a little work on the recruiting trail late, too. Eight of the final nine commitments that Texas received were previously committed elsewhere, and Mack Brown's staff flipped four players between Saturday and signing day. The final one came midday on signing day, when LSU-committed, Shreveport-bred Torshiro Davis flipped his commitment from LSU and sent Texas his letter of intent.

Future award winner: Johnathan Gray, RB, Texas

You don't become the nation's all-time high school leader in touchdowns scored by accident. Gray is the top overall player headed to a Big 12 school and could do big things in Texas' physical attack. The backfield will be crowded at first, but Gray seems like a can't-miss prospect who could perhaps become another award winner in the backfield for Texas, which hasn't had one since Cedric Benson in 2004.

Program on the rise: Baylor

RG who? Baylor's more than just one player, and Art Briles' staff proved it this year. Baylor brings in a class just outside the national top 25 that's loaded with prospects on the side of the ball the Bears need the most help with: Defense. Linebacker Brian Nance and defensive tackle Javonte Magee are among the nation's best at their positions.

Aggies land top receiver, former UT commit

February, 1, 2012

The Aggies lost one commit on Wednesday morning, but Texas A&M picked up an even bigger signee later.

Thomas Johnson, the nation's No. 3 receiver, chose the Aggies live on ESPNU, sliding on a Texas A&M hat after asking host Dari Nowkah for his thoughts on where he should go. Johnson is the nation's No. 33 prospect.

Better yet for the Aggies? Johnson was previously committed to Texas before de-committing from the Longhorns last month.

Here's what our scouts have to say about the Dallas native:
Johnson is a game breaking wide receiver with an athletic wiry build and explosive speed. He was hampered by injury as a junior, but his limited duty produced some eye-popping production both as a wide receiver and Wildcat QB. Reminds us of another Skyline WR Mike Davis from the 2010 class only Johnson may be a little more fluid. He plays big and physical. Has a muscular build and could develop into an imposing threat. Is very fluid and shifty with smooth change-of-direction skills.

The Aggies lost Bralon Addison, but picking up Johnson will be huge. The 6-foot, 180-pounder was apparently attracted to new coach Kevin Sumlin's reputation for being one of the game's best offensive minds.

Texas leads the way in ESPNU 150

June, 8, 2011
ESPN Recruiting has released its annual ESPNU 150, the nation's top 150 recruits. No more watch lists. No more guesses. The list can shift, but here's how the full list looks.

Committments are non-binding, and players won't be able to sign letters of intent until next February, but upon the list's release today, here's who is committed where:

And which players are committed where in the Big 12.

Texas (9 of 17 commits)
Texas A&M (3 of 22 commits)
Oklahoma (2 of 7 commits)
Texas Tech (2 of 8 commits)
Oklahoma State (1 of 6 commits)
Notes from the group:
  • Texas' nine commits are the most in the nation, leading Florida State (7) and Alabama (6). Texas A&M, with its three commits, is tied for seventh-most in the nation.
  • Oklahoma and Texas Tech's two commits have them tied for 12th most.
  • Of the ESPNU 150, 82 still remain uncommitted with about eight months to go before signing day.
  • Counting up the members of the list by state, Florida leads the way with 28 natives. Twenty of the players on the list call Texas home.
  • Six positions had more than 10 players on the list. Offensive tackles (21) were the largest group, followed by athletes and receivers (19), defensive tackles (16), defensive ends (14) and outside linebackers (11).