2009 offensive lineman plans A&M visit

Junior offensive lineman Clint Naron was concerned that his offer may not still be valid after the resignation of A&M head coach Dennis Franchione, but not anymore. Is A&M still his No. 1 school? What are his thoughts on new head coach Mike Sherman? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop caught up with Naron to talk about that and more.

While many programs are working feverishly to close out a successful Class of 2008, it's almost time for the juniors to start the recruiting process in earnest. For Klein Oak offensive tackle prospect Clint Naron, that process starts this weekend with an unofficial visit to Texas A&M to meet the new coach of the Aggies Mike Sherman.

"I received a letter from Texas A&M inviting me to a reception this weekend to meet Coach Sherman," Naron said. "My mom and I are pretty excited about it and plan to be there Saturday."

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound blue chipper first grabbed the attention of the previous Texas A&M staff with an outstanding performance at the prestigious Game Night Camp last July. In fact, his performance garnered Naron one of the first scholarship offers in the 2009 class, some 18 months before Signing Day. However, with the resignation of Coach Franchione and a likelt changeover in staff, Naron was unsure of his status with the Aggies.

"When I first heard about Coach Fran's resignation, I was surprised it happened so fast," Naron said. "I was a little worried about where I stood with A&M and if my offer was still valid."

But with the invitation received from Coach Sherman for this weekend's meet-and-greet reception, Naron and his mom feel much better about the situation at Texas A&M and they are looking forward to talking with the new coach.

"I can't wait. I'm most excited about Texas A&M and getting the opportunity to come visit Coach Sherman this weekend has reassured me," Naron said. "I'd say A&M is definitely my No. 1 school right now."

With that said, the Klein native isn't ready to end the recruiting process before it gets started. He realizes he owes it to himself and the coaches recruiting him to take some time and evaluate his options before making a final commitment that sticks.

"I feel most comfortable with A&M right now, but I need to take some time to visit some different places to make sure I'm making the right choice," Naron said. "I definitely would like to make my decision by next summer and get it out of the way to focus on my senior season."

Speaking of seasons, Naron and his Klein Oak teammates had a great 2007 season, finishing with a school best 10-2 record despite having to learn a new offense and developing a new offensive line.

"I thought we had a great season. We finished with 10 wins which is the most ever by a Klein Oak team," Naron said. "We have some good skill players, but the offensive line really came together this year. Most of us have played together since pee-wee ball and we know each other and it just clicked."

Individually, Naron feels he's gotten better with more experience and more strength, and he looks to take it to another level in the offseason.

"I definitely feel I got much better and stronger from my sophomore year. I'm more confident in what I'm doing and knowing what I need to do," Naron said. "But I know I can get better and I'm going to hit the offseason hard. I need to get stronger, and definitely get quicker."

While it's still early for junior evaluations and rankings, don't be surprised to see the Klein Oak offensive tackle become a very coveted prospect next spring and considered one of the top 2-3 offensive linemen in the state of Texas.

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