Aggies Land 2006 Wing

Billy Gillispie has long been known for his recruiting prowess. The new Texas A&M head coach is multi-tasking in a big way. Still needing players in 2004 and 2005, the Aggies landed an '06 commitment this week.

On the day Billy Gillispie was hired at Texas A&M, he talked about recruiting players from Dallas and Houston. Well, this week he backed up that talk. Earlier in the week, the Aggies received their first commitment from the Class of 2006 as Jerrod Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 210 pound wing gave the Aggies the thumbs up.

Coming off a successful football season as a sophomore, Johnson averaged 12 points a game last year at Humble (Tex.) High. "He had just come off football," Johnson traveling team coach, John Lopez said. "He was really starting to score toward the end of the year in the 16s, 17s and 18s."

Lopez sees the potential in Johnson and surely Gillispie and his staff does too. "There's two things about him that show how much potential he has," Lopez said. "No. 1, he's without question the best or second best shooter in the Houston area. He's got range.

"Here's the best thing of all: he's just 15 years old. He could be in the 9th grade. He's got one of those late summer birthdays. In terms of full potential, this might be a better deal than the Aggies picking up Jamarcus Ellis."

Johnson has been a standout in two sports on the high school level. Though his recent commitment to Texas A&M is basketball only, there's a football element to his athleticism as well.

"Right now they want to see if he can play football this year and see what he gets done there and go from there and make a decision. He's probably one of the top three receivers in the city. The plan is to try football this year but if he has a hard time getting his basketball skills back then he'll just stay with basketball the rest of way."

Folks, chalk a good one up for Gillispie and he's just getting started.


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