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Recruiting Country: The latest recruiting news surrounding the Maroon & White

August 23, 2023
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TexAgs' recruiting analyst Ryan Brauninger joined TexAgs Radio on Wednesday morning for another edition of Recruiting Country, highlighting the latest news and notes from the recruiting trail surrounding Texas A&M.



Key notes from Recruiting Country

  • It's hard to pull anything from scrimmages, just like any other preseason game. I thought the biggest takeaway for me was 2025 Bridgeland offensive lineman Jonte Newman‍. He was awesome. He has been impressive at camps and was super good last weekend in that scrimmage. I think he will rise up our rankings. 
     
  • We are adding Cade Draughon to our coverage. He went to cover the Blake Ivy‍ commitment and did a fantastic job. He will be going out on his own this year. Jason Howell will start in Oklahoma tomorrow night to see a game in Tulsa. On Friday, Jason will cover Allen vs. Desoto. Thursday, I will cover Grand Oaks and Aldean Nimitz. On Friday, I will cover Summer Creek and Klein Cain. On Saturday night, I have Katy Tompkins and Cy Ranch. They have moved kickoff times back to fight the heat. 
     
  • I don’t know that anything has changed with Terry Bussey‍, other than everybody jocking for positions he has got. He will come to Texas A&M and potentially visit multiple times, one before his commitment and one after.
     
  • We felt extremely good about the Aggies' chances coming off the pool party with Bussey. I don't think we have come off of that. The door is open now. LSU and Alabama are trying to wedge their way in there. Texas is in the mix. A&M has done a great job of appealing to Bussey and the people in his inner circle.
     
  • When you look at what can happen on the roster at corner, there are early snaps for somebody coming in. It may be a true freshman as highly talented as Bussey or a transfer portal guy. There are snaps available there.
     
  • Fantastic job by Steve Addazio heading into the season to get Blake Ivy. A&M has to win games, and if they do, they will sign these kids, and it will be one of the best offensive line hauls Texas A&M has ever seen. 
     
  • We have spoken to Ashton Funk‍ on TexAgs Radio. He does not do any camps. His ratings do not matter at all to him. I don’t see how you rate that kid as a three-star. We have him in the top 10 in the state of Texas. 
     
  • You got guys like Weston Davis‍, who is an elite athlete. Coen Echols‍ is a really specific need as a center. Isendre Ahfua‍ is probably the best offensive lineman in the state of Washington. He plays with real power. You cap it off with Blake Ivy. His tape is really impressive. It's an outstanding haul, and it checks a lot of boxes.  
     
  • Naquil Betrand has to go to prep school. He is not here. You only have three 2023 guys on campus. TJ Shanahan and Colton Thomasson have been working with the twos. Chase Bistonis is pushing to start. 
     
  • Nothing has changed with Xavier Atkins‍. I will see him play on Friday. Summer Creek as a program is slept on in greater Houston. Atkins has settled into football mode. He has a planned commitment in September. I think A&M continues to do a great job with him. 
     
  • Four of the guys from the No. 1 recruiting class have either been kicked off of their next school or suspended. Take of that what you will. 
     
  • I think A&M will take more defensive line commits. They are in it with Dominick McKinley‍, but that feels like it's going elsewhere. He keeps a tight lid on information.
     
  • Aydin Breland‍ in California is a kid they are hard after. Zina Umeozulu‍ was a surprise visitor to the pool party. A&M thought to be out of him. Now, they are back in the picture. Nigel Smith II‍ is another kid out of Dallas that Jason reported there is Oklahoma momentum. A&M has been after him for a while. 
     
  • Jason will talk to Devon Jordan‍ this weekend about where his head is at. A&M is still after Bussey and Kobe Black‍, but after that, it's a mystery. 
     
  • A&M doesn't have a lot of Dallas presence in the class of 2024. They are after some guys in 2025. I think Jayvon Thomas was their only Dallas guy last class. That's two classes in a row where you are thin in the metroplex. I think that's a conversation they need to look at. I don’t think you can put the best roster together at Texas A&M without trying to go get the players in Dallas as well.
     
  • Have you seen the video coming out from Miles O'Neill‍? He has posted some workout videos, but the raw arm talent has been extremely impressive. He is poised for a big jump in recruiting services. If he plays to the level of his talent, people could be saying this is a top 5 quarterback in the country. 
     
  • You have to be excited about what A&M did getting Gabriel Reliford‍. He is not a super tall guy but has a great wingspan. He is super quick. He almost reminds me of Albert Regis. Reliford is poised for a huge season too.
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Recruiting Country: The latest recruiting news surrounding the Maroon & White

8,989 Views | 8 Replies | Last: 11 mo ago by beerad12man
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"Aldean" Nimitz, huh?

Solid.
SAaggie2011
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Matsui
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hcrt74
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Since when did "Aldean" Nimitz change their mascot to the "All-Stars"?
Meximan
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The spelling in this post is all over the place. So many names butchered. Not much room left in the budget for editing, I guess, had to pay for all those McBurgers.
Aggie1188
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Who is in charge of recruiting the Dallas region?

Pray we add more and more to OL. You guys remember how our OL made such a difference in 2020. Need more. And DL & LB goes without saying, as our rivals spend more money than us buying recruits.
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"You just can't out tough the heat"… Junction boys say hello.
For the record I'm glad to see they're taking action to protect the players from the heat.
By the way David the last serious heat wave in this area was in 2011.
That year the earliest recorded 100 day was in June and the last recorded 100 day in September.
Back then like today no rain. Lots of trees were lost to the drought.
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Aggie1188 said:

Who is in charge of recruiting the Dallas region?

Pray we add more and more to OL. You guys remember how our OL made such a difference in 2020. Need more. And DL & LB goes without saying, as our rivals spend more money than us buying recruits.
CB is by far the biggest need of all of them. We need Bussey AND 2 more. Bigger need than OL, LB, and DL right now with what we have committed.

LB is in really good shape. Regardless of them being low 4 stars, Tyanthony Smith was a big-time head to head and our staff had him as a top tier priority. Xavier Atkins, though not committed, would close off our best LB haul since joining the sec / I can remember. Most expect us to land him, but we have to close. If so, we're likely done at LB.

OL, if we take more, I'd rather look towards the transfer portal depending on Fatheree/Foster/Robinson. We have potential to lose a lot of experience. If all three of those guys leave, I'd take a transfer or 2 to close out the class. But 5 HS OL is likely where we stop, unless a guy like Bennett Warren or Ory Williams beg us to come on board late.
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