Recruiting Weekend Review

New head coch Kevin Sumlin and his staff welcomed 13 commits and prospects on-campus for their first big recruiting weekend of the Sumlin era. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop breaks down all of the players in attendance and their reaction to their visit to College Station

New Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff held their biggest recruiting weekend to date as 12 committed players and one uncommitted prospect visited College Station over the weekend. When head coach Mike Sherman was fired, he left one of the program's best recruiting classes in years and consensus Top 10 group nationally. Job No. 1 for Sumlin was to secure these current commits while adding a few final pieces to finish out the 2012 class.

Among the committed prospects in town included five-star running back and recent Parade All-American Trey Williams along with four-star standouts Bralon Addison (ath), Corey Thompson (DB), Michael Wilson (OL), and Germain Ifedi (OL). The lone uncommitted prospect in town over the weekend was four-star defensive back and one-time OU commit DeVante Harris.

Others in attendance included Mike Matthews (OL), Kimo Tipoti (OL), Jordan Richmond (LB), Julien Obioha (DE), Darion Monroe (DB), Sabian Holmes (WR), and Michael Richardson (DE/LB).

Based on feedback from the visitors upon returning home, the weekend accomplished its mission for the most part. Several commits that had plans to take additional visits over the next two weeks told Aggie Websider's David Sandhop on Sunday that they were strongly leaning toward ending the recruiting process after meeting with Sumlin and his staff over the weekend in College Station.

"I had a great time this weekend and I'm comfortable with the coaches' plans for me," Michael Richardson said. "They want to play me at defensive end in their 4-3 packages and as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 sets. I was supposed to go to OU next weekend, but I don't think I'm going to visit. I'm 100% solid to the Aggies.

"This staff is ambitious and energetic, and they have a plan," Germain Ifedi said on Sunday. "Coach Sumlin took a personal interest in me and he's laid back. But when it comes to football, he's intense I'm sold. I'm not going to take my visit to Arkansas next week."

New Orleans native Julien Obioha was scheduled to visit Northwestern with his parents next weekend, but after his trip to Colege Station, he's thinking about shutting down the recruiting process.

"I had a great time and I feel Texas A&M is where I want to be for the next four years," Obioha said. "I'm going to talk with my parents tonight, but I'm not sure I want to take that trip to Northwestern. I'm ready to end all of this."

Southlake Carroll wide receiver Sabian Holmes was the most recent Texas A&M commit, verbally pledging to Sumlin's staff last week without seeing the campus or football facilities. He commented on his thoughts from the weekend.

"I was really surprised at the size of the university and the overall football facilities. It was a great visit," Holmes said. "The staff spent a lot of time with me and believe I can come in and help out next season. I got along great with the other guys and I feel comfortable that I made the right choice."

But most Aggie recruiting fans were asking about Trey Williams and the status of his commitment. The five-star running back had plans to visit Arkansas and possibly Oklahoma State or Oregon prior to signing day. By all accounts from the recruits we spoke to, Williams had a great time and was leading the Agg Swagg Movement, a social media term coined by Williams and fellow Texas A&M commit and mid-term enrollee Matt Davis to describe bringing the swagger back to Texas A&M football program. According to fellow Houstonian and A&M commit Bralon Addison, Aggie fans don't have much to worry about with Williams taking visits.

"…trust me THE TREY WILLIAMS ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE...he is a co-founder of aggswagg," Addison said Sunday via his Twitter account.

Legacy and long-time commitment Corey Thompson indicated that the weekend was a success, but he appears determined to take at least one more visit. That will be to LSU next weekend. Thompson claims to be a solid commit to the Aggies, but anytime a player is still taking visits it's hard to count them in the solid category. Still, most people close to the situation feel Thompson will likely stay with his verbal pledge to Texas A&M.

Devante Harris was the lone uncommitted prospect on-campus over the weekend. He had recently decommitted from OU and the speculation is that the A&M legacy is leaning heavily to pledging to Coach Sumlin and the Aggies. While Harris did not grant any post-visit interviews yesterday, several commits we spoke to on Sunday indicated that Harris may have verbally committed to the staff but wants to wait to make a public announcement in the near future.

The Aggies were hoping to host Dallas Skyline four-star receiver Thomas Johnson, but he was not in attendance and apparently he visited Oregon over the weekend instead. One Texas A&M commit visited another school this weekend. DB Colin Blake from San Antonio Bandeis traveled to Florida State, and early reports indicate that he did not switch his commitment during the visit. It does appear the situation is competitive and Sumlin and his staff will need to continue working to hold on to his commitment.

However, a large majority of the 2012 recruiting class does seem to be solidified and that was the first order of business for the former University of Houston coach that took the Texas A&M job just days before the NCAA-mandated dead period in December. Now, the next order of business is filling out this class with a couple of defensive line prospects. The Aggies are expected to host Lufkin DL Tomme Mark and Euless Trinity standout DL Polo Manukainui among others. Stay tuned to the Aggie Websider for up-to-the-minute recruiting news leading up to Signing Day 2012.

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