A&M Recruiting Summary and Analysis (1/26)

The Texas A&M football staff is working hard to put the finishing touches on what will be a Top 10-15 class nationally. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop summarizes the latest on the recruiting trail and what it means to the 2012 class.

There was a few interesting bits of information of note from last night that could affect this class. Let's go player-by-player.

Corey Thompson

Several pieces of information from yesterday seemed to indicate that Thompson is definitely leaning toward sticking with his Texas A&M commit over bolting for LSU. The most important news is that Thompson has apparently canceled his trip to OSU this weekend and instead wants to go back to College Station and meet one-on-one with new DB coach Marcel Yates. Earlier in the day, Thompson did attend a Houston Chronicle photo shoot with the Houston area A&M signees group photo for the Signing Day coverage next week. Third, LSU seems to be making inroads with 5-star safety Landon Collins and that would be Corey's spot.

Darion Monroe

Go read my detailed update from late last night. I talked to him about 9:45 PM and he enjoyed his first meeting with Marcel Yates. I think it helped solidify him, but he's still taking his Tulane visit and says if he decides to stay close to home, he'll choose Tulane. I put A&M's odds at 75/25.

Ben Weaver

Well, it was late coming...maybe too late. But A&M coaches finally did deliver an offer and an invitation to visit this weekend. As he told me on Tuesday, his initial reaction was "thanks but no thanks...it's too late." That's where things still stand, but Coach Snyder is expected to stop by today to try to smooth things over and persuade him to visit. If he can persuade him to visit, I think he'll sign with Texas A&M. He's been a longtime fan and has attended numerous games over the years, so it's a matter of Snyder selling him that they really want and need him and that he's not just a last minute class filler. Yeah, I think there's a chance here but he was pretty head strong about the lateness of the offer yesterday. Had the offer come a few days earlier immediately afer A&M made first contact last week, I think it would have been a likely switch for him. Now, I'd call it a chance.

Polo Manukainiu

He has always liked Texas A&M when I spoke to him on the phone. I think when he didn't commit to Baylor last weekend on his visit that A&M was in pretty good shape. He is also good friends with Kimo Tipoti and their Twitter conversations are pro-A&M. I'd be surprised if he didn't commit after the weekend visit to College Station.

Edward Pope

The Texas A&M staff has been hot and cold with Pope over the past few weeks. Around the time of the Army AA Game, the new staff was showing interest in him as a receiver and not a safety. After landing a couple of targets and looking good with Thomas Johnson, the staff cooled. But rumors from Carthage indicate that the staff stopped by the school to see Pope and invite him to visit. He's currently committed to TCU but has shown a lot of interest in the Agg Swagg guys and he communicates with them quite a bit. I tried contacting Pope last night but no answer. I'll try to contact the coach later today.

Seaver Myers

Barring something strange happening, I think Myers will switch his commitment from SMU to Texas A&M after his scheduled visit this weekend.

Dalton Santos

He's finally where he's always wanted to be, committing to the Longhorns yesterday. It was clear long before the Longhorns entered the picture that he was looking for reasons not to go to Texas A&M so this isn't a big shock here.

Ryan Jackson

The RB/CB from Angleton who is committed to UH has been rumored to be a possible target of former UH coach Kevin Sumlin when he took the Texas A&M job. But A&M did a good job of picking up a cover corner and some skill players. But rumors late Wednesday started up that Texas A&M may have stopped by to see the versatile athlete who could play on either side of the ball. This is another one I'll need to follow-up on today to see if it has any legs.

The Mysterious Unnamed Defensive Linemen

I'm hearing from multiple internal sources that the staff is working behind the scenes very quietly to flip a couple of higher profile DL's. It's a sensitive topic and the staff wants to do its best to keep certain names out of the public discussion. Is this real or just a storyline to make it look like the staff has everything under control at the undermanned DL position? It sounds real to me (that they are seriously working to flip somebody) but will it net a Signing Day switch...certainly history suggests it's a long shot, but it happens occasionally...think Pierre Brown.


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