Baggs Talks Offseason, Possible Mid-Termer?

In today's dog-eat-dog world of college football and recruiting, success is measured by the blood, sweat, and tears put in when nobody is watching. That's exactly what Donnie Baggs is doing, getting ahead of the curve, which is an essential element for his potential success at the next level. Not only is he doing it in the weight room, but in the class room, as well.

In today's dog-eat-dog world of college football and recruiting, success is measured by the blood, sweat, and tears put in when nobody is watching. That's exactly what Donnie Baggs is doing, getting ahead of the curve, which is an essential element for his potential success at the next level. Not only is he doing it in the weight room, but in the class room, as well. Similar to the Joeckel twins, Jameill Showers, and Clay Honeycutt, the Clear Springs linebacker is on course to be a mid-term enrollee next spring.

"I already have my first semester of English 4 out of the way and I start my second semester next week in summer school. I'm knocking out my science credit online, it's an astronomy class. I have 3 more weeks of that left and then in the fall the only classes I need to satisfy all 24 credits is government and economics. I'm going to take both of those this fall and be at A&M in the spring."

"I made it a goal for me to get there in the spring so I could get familiar with the system more quickly. You get ahead of all of the incoming freshman and once the season starts, you are in a position to possibly play early. Also, from an education standpoint, I can complete about 15 hours that spring semester and stay up there in the summer and get about 9 hours completed. That way I get ahead school wise too so when I actually start my true freshman year I'll have a year of college under my belt."

Donnie keeps in constant contact with other A&M commits like Devonta Burns and Josh Stewart as well as his work out buddy and teammate, Howard Matthews. One player Baggs is hoping to get the chance to learn from in the spring is last year's national sack leader.

"As we all know, Von is a tremendous player for A&M. I just want to know what he did as an incoming freshman, like what did he do to get where he is now. I almost want him to write down some specific steps like, this is what I did to get here, this is what I shouldn't have done, and this is what motivated me. Because that's my ultimate goal -- to get where he is right now."

Baggs knows his strengths and weaknesses. There is a specific area of his game he feels like he needs to improve on.

"Change of direction. That is the one thing I need to get better at on the field. Especially at the position I'm most likely going to be playing at in college. The SAM linebacker position is where I'm being recruited at so I know I will be dropping back in coverage as well as pass rushing. I just want to be able to open up my hips quicker and be able to change direction faster and not take as long to get on the ball. That's what I've been focused on for a while and what I'm striving to get better at."

All the endless hours in the weight room are starting to pay off for the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder. He attributes a lot of his weight gain to his new eating habits.

"My goal is to get to 220, at least that is where I want to be, and I'm on my way to getting there, I'm at 215 right now. My parents have been helping me out with my diet. We are cooking a lot more at the house now instead of them handing me 10 bucks and I go to McDonalds or something. Three course meals each day is the regiment I'm on now. Dinner has been off the chain lately, my mom has been killing it."

"The coaches didn't say anything to me about my weight but I've been talking to my coaches and different people about that kind of stuff. A lot of them tell me to keep my speed and worry about gaining the weight later. I just did it personally and I didn't think I was going to gain this much weight until my mom started cooking these meals. Those meals along with the workouts have allowed the weight to gain and the muscle to start piling on. I can definitely achieve that goal if I keep doing what I'm doing."

Donnie's daily regiment is keeping him ahead of the curve and while he has personal goals for next year, his ultimate one is to help lead his team to a state title.

"I wake up around 6am, head up to the school, and hit the weights hard in the morning. We alternate upper body and lower body days. I don't really have any goals personally, I know all the work in the weight room over the offseason will help me achieve my ultimate goal next season, and that is to lead my team to a state championship. I'v already accomplished most of my personal goals, of course I would like to have more sacks or more tackles and all that stuff, but mainly what I want to do is lead my team to a state championship.

Baggs will be up on Sunday July 11th to visit with the A&M coaches during the one-day camp. Donnie has also picked up an offer from Kansas since committing to A&M but has no interest in any other schools.


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