Ifedi Decides To Stay Closer to Home

The Texas A&M football staff appeared satisfied with the current haul of OL's in the 2012 class, but the senior film of Houston Westside's Germain Ifedi impressed the A&M coaches so much that they offered him last week. Aggie Websider's david Sandhop spoke with Ifedi and provides the latest

Coming off a breakout season in 2010, the Texas A&M coaching staff quickly capitalized on that success and reeled in a large number of verbal commitments in the 2012 class during their junior day campus events in February. Among those in attendance at the junior day session was Houston Westside offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. While the 6-foot-5, 310-pound guard was high on the Aggies' radar, he ultimately did not receive an offer after head coach Mike Sherman secured commitments from four highly-rated linemen in early spring.

Thus, Ifedi progressed through the recruiting process and eventually committed to Missouri. In the offseason, Ifedi dedicated himself to improving his technique and his approach to the game for his senior year, and the hard work paid off so far.

"I always got by with my size and athletic ability," Ifedi said. "I knew that if I wanted to get better I needed to improve my technique, my footwork, and finish my blocks."

All was going as planned until the Westside product received a call from Texas A&M assistant coach Nick Toth a couple of weeks ago. At that point, Toth told Ifedi the staff was completing their evaluation of his senior film, but that they liked what they saw so far.

"They told me they liked my senior film and how much I've improved," Ifedi said. "The coaches said I play meaner and I'm finishing my blocks and playing with more fire and intensity."

A week later (last Wednesday), Toth and Coach Sherman called him up to offer him a scholarship to play for the Aggies, something he'd been dreaming of ever since attending their junior day in February. He indicated that his decision to commit to the Aggies was an easy one.

"I've loved A&M from the start. When they offered me, I was like ‘Oh God, is this true'," Ifedi said. "I knew right away I wanted to commit. It's where I want to play ball and go to school."

Ifedi needed to talk it over with his family and inform the Missouri coaches of his change in plans. With that out of the way, he called Coach Sherman Tuesday evening. Asked whether Texas A&M's move to the SEC played a factor in his decision, Ifedi said he liked the school prior to the move, but he's excited about the move.

"It didn't have a big factor on wanting to go there," Ifedi said. "But it's exciting knowing that I'll be lining up against the best defensive linemen in the nation. The best defenses are in the SEC, and I look forward to the challenge of playing the best."

The Houston native said his commitment to the Aggies ends the recruiting process and he won't consider other options in the future. For now, the big offensive lineman is focused on the current high school season. Westside is currently 6-2 and they have a big showdown Saturday night with an improved Bellaire squad.


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