Friday Night Lights Preview and Tidbits

The Texas Aggie football team held a Friday scrimmage that was billed and marketed to recruits as the Friday Night Lights event. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop previews the event and lists who is expected to attend and who is most likely to receive an offer and who might commit.

Here's who is expected to roll into town this afternoon/evening for tonight'S Friday Night Lights event that is not open to the media or the public. Here's a list of the headliners:


2015

DB Roney Elam Newton
LB Landis Durham Plano East
WR DaMarkus Lodge Cedar Hill
OL Josh Jones Fort Bend Bush
DL DuVonta Lampkin Cy-Falls
DB P.J. Locke Beaumont Central

There are a few others, but these are the ones to watch. Elam was offered by A&M last month and his stock has been rising since. He visited Texas last week and enjoyed it. Texas services thought there were in position to get a commit, but he did not and is now going to College Station for tonight's event. LSU and Baylor are also involved but this looks like an A&M/Texas battle. This one is too close to call, but the fact that he's hinted at an early decision and not pulling the trigger gives A&M fans something to feel good about.

Landis Durham has flashed up the recruiting boards of most schools, and he's getting some major offers rolling in the past couple of weeks. He should get his A&M offer confirmed tonight, and I'm hearing it's not out of the question he ends it this weekend. He likes A&M a lot. In a weak year for linebackers in the state, Durham has jumped up to No. 2 on A&M's list of backers behind Malik Jefferson. If it doesn't happen tonight, it shouldn't last long before he pulls the trigger.

The most interesting storyline of the FNL event is 5-star WR Damarkus Lodge. Lodge was leaning heavily to A&M last year, but with A&M holding up an offer and the old Texas staff throwing the kitchen sink at him at the same time, the Longhorns grabbed control of the situation. That changed with the coaching change and Strong's tentative approach to these early offer guys. That turned off Lodge and he's again back on the Aggie bandwagon along with Baylor. Lodge is so highly-rated that I'd be surprised that he'd shut it down now, but he's been to A&M so many times and is very close with the staff that if he is having a good time and feeling the vibe, I could see him pulling the trigger. It's not expected to happen, but he's seen all he needs to see from A&M. So why is he coming back…again?

Josh Jones is a long, athletic tackle prospect from fort bend bush that Greg Powers alerted us to a few weeks ago. And since then, his stock has risen enough that A&M invited him to FNL. He's not as filled out as Toby Weathersby and he's very raw, but his ceiling is very high and someone you'd sign and get into the pipeline for a few years and see him pop out filled out and more refined. I'm not sure he'll get an offer tonight, but with Weathersby off the board to Texas, he's getting closer to a formal scholarship offer. It will be interesting to see what A&M tells him tonight.

Duvonta Lampkin from Cy-Falls was considered one of the top junior DL's before last season. After a less than spectacular junior year, he dropped off some boards including Texas A&M's board despite having been to College Station numerous times. Thus, Lampkin jumped on an OU offer a few months ago. So I'm surprised to see him coming back to A&M. He has a great frame, but needs to show more on tape. I think A&M will keep the channels of communication open and will continue to keep a foot in the door, but I think A&M will wait to see the September tape before deciding whether to eventually offer.

P.J. Locke is an under-sized safety that has a bunch of offers from mid-level d-1 schools and a few top level schools like Notre Dame. But schools like Alabama, LSU, Texas, and A&M have yet to offer. With all of the offers that have gone out recently to DB's, I'm not sure Locke will get an offer today. Then again, A&M has decided to cast a wider net with DB's the past few weeks, so at this point nothing would surprise me at this position.


2016

OL Patrick Hudson Silsbee (just committed to A&M)
OL J.P. Urquidez Copperas Cove (Maryland)
DL Kendall Jones Killeen Shoemaker
CB Travon Fuller Athens

Patrick Hudson, the big 6-foot-6, 330 lb. tackle, is considered either the top 2016 ol in the state or the no. 2 OL in the state. It's either him or Allen OL Greg Little. Either way, he's a high four-star prospect that has a huge frame that can hold even more weight. Anyway, he just committed as expected. He's been a longtime A&M lean and it was expected he would pull the trigger and become the first commit of the 2016 class.

I saw OL J.P. Urquidez at a practice last week in street clothes and he's a big kid as well….in the 6-foot-5 range I'd say. He looked good on the hoof. He played at Copperas Cove last season and he's transferring with his family to Maryland next year. But, he wants to come back to Texas to go to school and play football. The fact that he's been to A&M several times this early in the process shows he's serious about the Aggies. In fact, I've heard he'll likely accept an offer if one is extended.

Kendall Jones is considered by some analysts as the top 2016 dl in the state. He has been scheduled to visit College Station a couple of times this spring but didn't make it for various reasons. Thus, just because he's on the guest list doesn't mean he'll show up. It's one of those "I'll believe it when I see it" deals.

Finally, Athens DB Travon Fuller is a special sophomore. In earning all-state honors as a sophomore at Athens, the corner intercepted seven passes. Yeah sounds pretty good. He also blocked 15 (yes 15!!!) extra points and four field goals. That's what the Athens paper reported. It sounds like a typo, but people say it's true. That is an incredible stat. Regardless, as a corner he's being mentioned as one of the top corners in the state and I've seen him listed on a couple of early Top 15 lists.

There are a few others attending, but these are the headliners.

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