Reese will stay in-state

Texas A&M struck in a big way on Thursday. J-Mychal Reese,'s No. 5 point guard, pledged to the Aggies during a trip to College Station.

J-Mychal Reese is going to stay close to home.

During an unofficial visit to Texas A&M, Reese, one point guards in the 2012 class, gave a verbal commitment to Billy Kennedy and his staff at Texas A&M.

"I just felt like it was the best fit for me," Reese told "I want to stay close to home and stay close to all my family."

Kansas, Louisville and others were involved with Reese's recruitment. He had initial plans to visit both schools. One factor Texas A&M had over those schools was his brother – Jerron. He's a manager for the Aggies.

"He's been here," Reese said. "He told me how much he liked it and he told me how much he thought I would like it if I was there. I know he will look out for me."

Reese, who lives just 15 minutes away from the College Station campus, developed a strong relationship with the Texas A&M coaching staff. He cited coach Kennedy's style and his bond with Glenn Cyprien as reasons for the commitment.

"He's real laid back and his style of play fits me perfect," he said about Kennedy. "It's exactly the way I play. I feel like I would do good in his system."

"Coach Cyp was recruiting me at Memphis and when he came to A&M it really caught my eye," he added. "I thought that would be a real good fit for me."

Reese is coming off a strong summer playing with the Houston Hoops. The 6-foot-1 lead guard out of Bryan (Tex.) High is currently rated as a four-star prospect and No. 47 overall.

Reese is Texas A&M's first pledge in the 2012 recruiting class.

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