It's been a roller coaster week, not only for Aggie fans but current Texas A&M commits like quarterback Tommy Dorman of Birdville High School (TX). On Friday, the Aggies played its best game of the season to defeat Texas (38-30) for the second consecutive year in front of a festive Kyle Field crowd.
"It was a blast," Dorman said. "I've come to almost every game the past two seasons, and this was by far the most exciting game I've been to. The team came out and took control of the game. You could tell the team came out playing loose and having fun, and that set the tone."
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blue chip signal caller could tell by the atmosphere that this wasn't your ordinary game. It was Texas A&M-Texas, and the tension in the air was noticeable.
"It had a different feel to it. You could tell the fans on both sides were on edge a little bit," Dorman said. "It's a rivalry atmosphere, and even though I'm not at A&M yet, I was feeling a little bit of that hatred. I was recruited by Mack Brown and Texas and I respect their program, but I have to admit I'm starting to feel the rivalry personally."
However, immediately after the game when recruits normally are allowed to go back into the players locker room, Dorman realized that something was wrong.
"When we went to the Bright Complex after the game, the mood was different. They wouldn't let us back in the locker room. We were told it was just the players this time," Dorman said. "It was dead quiet. You could hear a pin drop. I had a feeling something was going on. I had heard all the talk earlier about Coach Franchione, so I thought he could've been saying his goodbyes."
It turns out the Scout.com four-star quarterback was correct, as he heard on the post-game radio show that Franchione had indeed resigned after the game. It was a tough moment for Dorman.
"When I heard it, I went numb. I have a great amount of respect for Coach Franchione and his staff. They were always straight-forward and honest with me," Dorman said. "It hurt. I felt like I was losing a good friend. I am especially close with Coach Koenning and Coach Clay."
However, Dorman also understands that coaching is a business, and by the time Monday rolled around and the Aggies were ready to announce Mike Sherman as the next head coach, the quarterback for this 2008 class who will enroll at mid-term next January was excited about the possibility to play under NFL offensive coordinator and former NFL head coach Mike Sherman.
"I was a big fan of Coach Sherman when he was the head coach at Green Bay. I liked his offenses there. They spread the ball around and were aggressive," Dorman said. "I have a good feeling about him. I'm excited to come in and learn from him."
Dorman indicated that he spoke to several commits in his class about the coaching change, and while there is sadness that most of the old staff likely won't be around next year, there's an excitement surrounding Sherman and the potential for bringing in a very knowledgeable staff given the head coach's NFL and college contacts.
"I talked to Andrew (Wolridge), Kyle (Mangan), and Kapron (Lewis-Moore) about it. We're sad to see the old staff go. They were the ones that recruited us here," Dorman said. "But we also see this as a new start for us and the team. Coach Sherman is a proven winner and has done it at the highest level. That's exciting."
Dorman briefly spoke to Coach Sherman on Tuesday, and from all indications the conversation went well and the highly-touted signal caller will be in College Station as planned in January to participate in spring practices.
Dorman reacts to Sherman, Texas game
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