Ags Land Louisiana Linebacker

The Texas Aggie football program continues to set the recruiting world on fire with the verbal pledge of a key four-star Louisiana prospect. The class of 2013 now boasts 23 commitments with seven months left until Signing Day. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with the newest Aggie.

The Texas A&M recruiting train continues to gain speed and there's no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. On Tuesday, the Aggies landed four-star Louisiana athlete Darian Claiborne who is slated to play linebacker in college.

"Yeah, I committed to Coach Sumlin this afternoon," Claiborne said. "It was just time. I like the direction A&M is going in with Coach Sumlin."

Claiborne has been an extremely productive two-way player at Port Allen High School, generating 2800 yards and 36 touchdowns on offense. On the other hand, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound athlete earned all-state honors at linebacker as well as being named the district defensive MVP based on his 128 tackles, 7 sacks, 12 QB hurries, and four forced fumbles.

"The A&M staff wants me to focus on weakside linebacker," Claiborne said. "They have an opportunity for me to play early at that spot, so I won't play any offense."

Claiborne had offers from many of the country's best programs including Nebraska, A&M, Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, and Minnesota. But after a June visit to Nebraska, Claiborne narrowed his list to the Huskers and Aggies. The Louisiana prospect explained why he chose Texas A&M today.

"Coach Sumlin is changing it around at A&M. Our class is one of the best in the nation and he's a winner," Claiborne said. "The fact that they are in the SEC and close to home is a bonus. They also have the support in place to make sure I graduate."

Claiborne hopes to make it to his new school next week for one of the July camps. He said he's likely done with the recruiting process, but left open the possibility of taking a few visits after the season.

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