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

January 3, 2024
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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

  • Dominick McKinley‍ to LSU started moving in that direction once the firing of Jimbo Fisher was made public. It sounded like Texas A&M would have had a hard time holding onto him in mid-December. It has been going this way for a while. I was surprised it took that long. 
     
  • They still have work to do to hold onto Terry Bussey‍, but I think A&M is still in a good spot there.
     
  • It is not a surprise that McKinley backed away from his commitment to A&M, but maybe a little more surprised it was LSU. We had heard so much about Oklahoma and Texas.
     
  • Based on our latest intel, it will take a lot of relationship-building from Ishmael Aristide, Mike Elko and Jay Bateman, but I feel they have gotten off to a good start with Bussey. Terry's level of comfortability in College Station, taking visits to Georgia and USC, I still feel like that's not who Terry is. I could be wrong. A&M signing Myles Davis‍ and Dealyn Evans‍, two of his best friends in the recruiting cycle, went a long way for A&M.
     
  • If you look at things and how they are unfolding with Holmon Wiggins being here, I think the majority of their recruiting time will be spent on the portal which means Terry Bussey will get a lot of focus if he is one of few high school targets remaining.
     
  • We will add some names to our portal list on the site probably later today. The only time a high school prospect gets real is when an offer goes out. If no new offers go out, there is no sense in even speculating.
     
  • I do like they are bringing in portal running backs. There is a plan. Elko has a plan and will be organized. You can see that with his staff and the visitors this weekend. If you are not a subscriber, A&M is bringing in over 20 players from the portal. That is way more aggressive than previous coaching staffs have been.
     
  • Nic Scourton is on a visit right now. A source in Bryan told me they were going to start the visit at midnight, right when the dead period ended. Nic does have visits scheduled to Oklahoma State, Florida and Missouri. I like where A&M is at. Ideally, you don't let him get on a plane and go to those places. All you can do is put your best foot forward and see what happens.
     
  • A&M has a great plan for Nic. There is a direct line to him being an impact player in the SEC right down the road from where he grew up. His family can watch him play. There is local momentum to getting him back here. I imagine that will be a part of the sales pitch. He has ties to the coaches.
     
  • There was a time when Mike Elko had a real interest in him out of high school. Elko did not have the final say on if the offers went out. Nic played off-the-ball linebacker, stand-up edge and with his hand in the dirt in high school. He changed positions. Now he is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound monster that led the Big Ten in sacks. There is a lot of draw for A&M for Nic.
     
  • That visitor list we put out could blossom close to 40 or get cut down to 10 like that. We felt good about the Caullin Lacy kid. When he left campus, we felt good. 48 hours later, it was undone. 
     
  • A&M will have a few guys in this week that are committed elsewhere.
     
  • Denver Harris will be a popular question. I do think that Denver is an option. He will visit this week. There will be no one more aware of what has happened to him than Mike Elko and Ishmael Aristide. I don't think this was initiated by the Texas A&M staff. I think it was initiated by people close to Denver's recruitment. Mike Elko is a smart guy. I imagine, there will be a lot of one-way conversations taking place, like "If you come here, this is how you will behave." 
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Recruiting Country: The latest recruiting news surrounding the Maroon & White

10,765 Views | 17 Replies | Last: 4 mo ago by txag72
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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no denver harris. don%92t care how much talent kid has he doesn%92t deserve a third chance. he is one of the culture killers from that class.
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You can't be serious that we'd even consider Denver. I don't care how thin we are at CB.

He'll be off the team before spring training is over.

And nevermind his stupidity, the kid couldn't break the 2 deep at LSU when they were short on CB talent.

Hard pass.
Matsui
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AG
Thanks for this update.
lagoag
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Thanks for the update Ryan. I tend to agree with the 2 posters above on Harris but it's Elko's call so I'm good with what he decides. He'd definitely would have to be on a short leash.
AgOutsideAustin
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Trust in Elko , except with Harris.

We are short at wideout so how bout bring back Demas ???

Lol hard pass.
Big Shawn
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Sometime people deserve a second chance. Maybe he saw the grass wasn't greener.
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Correction: 3rd chance
fieldtrailer
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Into Jan and still have not upgraded the oline? The weakest position group.
Agvet12
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I think it's NorthShore coach asking Elko to give him a chance again, and there's a 5* on the table out of NorthShore next year if we do take Harris.

I think it's more a political move and Harris isn't getting a free ride and has to earn it and that's what being told.

Elko isn't dumb, there's more to this than meets the eye
Aggie1188
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fieldtrailer said:

Into Jan and still have not upgraded the oline? The weakest position group.
We do need to sign some OL. Preferably go tamper for some of the very best OL, even if it's GroupOfFive or FBS teams… pay for the very best OL. OL is how we drastically improve beyond who we will most definitely have at the other positions on the field.
Aggie1188
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fieldtrailer said:

Into Jan and still have not upgraded the oline? The weakest position group.
if we're really testing for weed, good luck with recruiting tbh. It's what alcohol once was but not dangerous. Sips already have the advantage that Austin does not arrest for weed. Some of the kids they're getting legit buy-into that selling point in terms of recruiting.
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Re: Denver Harris

I'm all for giving people a chance for redemption. And I am thankful that I've had that opportunity in my life.

But describing his situation as "what has happened to him" is incorrect. Nothing just "happened" to him. He is solely responsible for the situation that he is in.
AgOutsideAustin
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How many chances did Jimbo give Harris that we don't know about? Who knows but between us and lsu he's probably on chance number 7 or 8 by now.
P.U.T.U
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A&M hasn't had any North Shore kids until Denver for like 20 years. I wouldn't put it past his coach trying to get him back to our school in an attempt to get a pipeline started
Sterling82
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If Harris has learned some hard lessons the last couple of years, I don't mind him coming back. My judgment is probably skewed by the bowl game which reinforced my view that we had a good defense that was kept from elite status by the absence of elite corners. That was true whether with or without the starters.
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No to Denver Harris types.
txag72
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PWO?
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