Briscoe Courted By Texas A&M

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin inherited a very strong class from Mike Sherman, but one position that still needs work is defensive line. One target Sumlin is pursuing is Carencro(LA) defensive line playmaker Jacoby Briscoe. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the details

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have a highly-regarded class that is rated by in the nation's top five. The class is loaded on the offensive side of the ball, and on the defensive side the Aggies have pledges from strong collection of defensive backs. Where this class needs a boost is in the defensive line, especially at the defensive tackle spot where Texas A&M graduates two starters from the 2010 squad.

One of the defensive tackles that the new staff is trying to interest in a career at Texas A&M is Carencro (LA) defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe who is currently committed to Miami. Sumlin and defensive line coach Terrell Williams were at Carencro High School on Wednesday to plead their case and persuade the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Briscoe to visit College Station on the January 27 weekend.

"It was a good visit. Coach Williams was saying they are switching to a 4-3 defense and that I'm a perfect fit at the 3-technique," Briscoe said. "The old A&M staff was recruiting me as a nose guard in the 3-4, so it opened my eyes a little bit that they are going back to the 4-3 which fits my style better."

While the technical talk of defensive schemes was illuminating to Briscoe, what impressed him the most from the visit was the message from Coach Sumlin and the new direction he's taking the Aggie program.

"I liked Coach Sheman and I respect him. He's a good coach, but there was a special presence about Coach Sumlin," Briscoe said. "He was confident the team will win in the SEC a lot sooner than the experts think. He's extremely knowledgeable about the game and he knows what he's doing. A&M is going to win a lot of games with him as their coach."

With that said, Briscoe is still committed to Miami and he's scheduled to visit South Florida this weekend on his official visit. He talked about what he's hoping to see while he's down there.

"I want to feel comfortable with the players and the coaching staff. I want to get to know them," Briscoe said. "I also want to feel comfortable in the environment and I want to see if I can handle the travel down there and being away from home."

So with a trip planned to Miami and being a verbal commit to the Hurricanes, did the visit from the Texas A&M coaches open the door to his recruitment?

"I don't know. It will depend on how my visit to Miami goes," Briscoe said. "The Texas A&M coaches are coming to my house next week to meet my parents. After they visit, I'll see what my mom thinks and we'll decide whether to take a visit there or if I end the process."

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