Aggies pick up 2009 commit

The Aggies landed another big fish on Tuesday - literally, with a 288-pound All-State offensive lineman. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp caught up with A&M's newest commit.

Texas A&M picked up another talented prospect for the class of 2009 when Lexington High School offensive lineman Michael Brown gave his verbal commitment to A&M head coach Dennis Franchione and the Aggies.

"I figured that's where he wanted to go the way he talked," said Lexington teammate and A&M class of 2008 commit Andrew Wolridge. "He went to the offensive line camp last week and they offered him today so he talked it over with his parents and decided to commit."

Which is what Brown had been planning on for quite some time. The 6-foot-5.5, 288 pound All-State offensive lineman was raised an Aggie and told Wolridge that they'd both end up in maroon and white before Wolridge even committed this spring.

"We joke around with everything, but I told him before he even got an offer to A&M that that's where we both would end up," Brown said. "I grew up liking A&M and always wanted to go there. I grew up watching (the Aggies) on TV and went to all the games," said Brown, whose parents both attended A&M.

But unfortunately, Brown's father will not have the chance to see his son play for his alma mater. "My dad died when I was four, but my best friend's dad was a quarterback on the freshman team back in the day so we always went up there with him."

Brown said he doesn't really have any specific memories of going to those early games at Kyle Field, but he couldn't forget the atmosphere. "I just remember it being so big and so loud," he said. "I probably went there for the first time in 94 or 95, but the most I remember is the later 90's. I went a lot."

That long-time interest in A&M made Brown's decision pretty easy when the A&M staff made the offer.

"I've been talking (about A&M) for a while and I went to the camp and they said they were probably going to offer after that so I just had to wait it out," he said.

In addition to his family background, Brown said he felt at home in College Station as opposed to the big city feel of Austin.

"It just feels like home because it's not too big," he said. "Austin is huge and it's hard to get around. Once you get outside of College Station it's country again and that reminds me of home."

Brown posted 72 pancake blocks last year for Lexington and was named to the 2A All-State squad as a sophomore.

After Friday night's "Game Night" camp at A&M, Brown said he'll be shutting down the recruiting process completely, which he says is a relief.

"I'm going to the game night camp this Friday and after that, nothing," he said. "I'm shutting it down. (It's) A&M completely."

Bench Press: 315
Power Clean: 235
Squat: 475
40-yard dash: 5.4 (timed at school)

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