Aggies Land Another Linebacker

The Texas A&M coaching staff is technically on vacation prior to the 2012 season, but with another blue chip defensive recruit wanting to take a campus visit, all hands were on-deck for a Friday visit and they were rewarded with a commitment. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to the head coach of A&M's newest LB verbal pledge.

Verbal pledge No. 24 is now in the books for head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M coaching staff. After an afternoon visit to the Texas A&M campus, Warren Easton HS(LA) linebacker made it official and committed to the Aggies.

"Yes, we conferenced in Coach Sumlin and committed to A&M this afternoon," Easton head coach Tony Hull said. "The staff made Edward feel like he was a priority. The academic support system is an A+. The facilities are an A+ and being in the SEC was a factor."

The New Orleans area linebacker has seen a meteoric rise on the recruiting circuit. As a junior, the 6-foot, 200 lb. prospect played well but his physical measurables did not attract the attention of many high D-1 programs. That all changed in the spring after a growth spurt and college coaches were wowed by the now 6-foot-2, 220-pounder during spring workouts.

"Edward worked hard in the offseason and he also saw a nice growth spurt," Hull said. "He's always been a great football player in high school. He just didn't have the size that excited the top programs."

The bigger and faster Louisiana product suddenly received attention from some of the top programs across the nation with offers from Arizona, Colorado, Cal, Southern Miss, and Texas A&M. In recent weeks home state national power LSU and national champion Alabama started to show some interest in recent weeks. Coach Hull discussed Williams' attributes that attracted the Texas A&M staff and other programs.

"Now that he's bigger, coaches love the combination of his size and speed. His athleticism is exactly what they want in a linebacker," Hull said. "Edward is also more than an athlete in a football uniform. He's a smart, instinctive player that has a very short learning curve. He's a football player."

With high profile programs just now starting to recruit him, does Williams plan to keep his mind open to other schools while committed to the Aggies?

"Edward just told me he's done with taking visits and done with the recruiting process. He seems very happy with his choice," Hull said. "He's also 17 years-old so we'll see what happens. We'll support him whatever he wants to do."

Williams is Texas A&M's 24th verbal pledge in the 2013 class, and the second commitment from a Louisiana linebacker in the past two weeks. At the first of the month, Darian Claiborne called Coach Sumlin to join the 2013 A&M recruiting class that many rate in the nation's top 5.

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