Dennis Franchione and Texas A&M picked up its 18th commitment for the Class of 2008 when Lexington (TX) defensive end Andrew Wolridge verbally committed earlier today (Thursday).
Wolridge, who was recruited as an athlete by the Aggies, is a very strong player who can play several different positions. He will most likely play linebacker or defensive end for the Aggies and may also see some time at fullback, depending on the Aggies' personnel.
The 6-foot-2, 225 pound athlete has been on the Aggies' radar for quite some time after attending A&M's summer camp last year and a couple of junior days this spring.
Lexington head coach Jason Holcomb said the Aggies picked up a very versatile player who gets his work done on and off the field.
"He's a great kid off the field," Holcomb said. "He takes care of his business, his motor runs hot and he knows how to play hurt if he needs to. He'll get after you and he's a motivator, a good leader on the field and brings some toughness to the table I think."
That toughness is one of the main reasons that Franchione and the Aggies extended an offer. Once the Aggies made the offer (Wolridge's eighth offer), it didn't take long for him to pull the trigger.
"We're right between Austin and Bryan and growing up you're either an Aggie or Longhorn around here and I've always been an A&M fan. We had Jordan Peterson sign with A&M a few years ago and my interest grew even more in the Aggies when he signed with them. I talked to my parents first but I knew it was where I wanted to be."
Wolridge was planning on attending camps at TCU, Oklahoma State and Baylor this summer, but said "there's no need for that" anymore.
"I'll go to the camp at A&M next week and that's it. I'm solid," he said. "There's no need to go to those camps."
Growing up in Lexington, just 51 miles outside of College Station, Wolridge says he can't wait to play in Kyle Field.
"All the traditions at A&M and playing in front of 80,000 people is a big deal," he said. "It's a great place."
He recorded 108 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior last year, and recently posted back to back 40-yard dash times of 4.57 and 4.55 seconds.
Oklahoma was also heavily recruiting him recently, and tried to convince him to attend their camp this summer, hinting at a pending offer, according to Wolridge.
Wolridge is the second A&M player to come out of Lexington in the past two years, joining sophomore defensive back Jordan Peterson on the A&M sideline.
Wolridge also competes in discus, shotput and 100-yard dash competitions and finished fourth in the state shotput competition this year with a throw of 56' 7". His personal best time in the 100-yard dash was 11.00 seconds.
Wolridge's last bench press max weight was 345 lbs.
Wolridge had received offers from Texas Tech, Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Duke and Rice. OU coaches also hinted at an offer at a camp in Norman this summer if he attended.
Aggies land No. 18 with Lexington athlete
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