Sherman hauls in DB

New Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman may still be pulling double duty with the Houston Texans, but that's not slowing him down in filling out his first recruiting class. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the latest commit to join the Aggies' class of 2008.

With the graduation of Marquis Carpenter and significant season ending injuries to cornerbacks Danny Gorrer and Jordan Peterson, Mike Sherman and staff went looking for a playmaker in the secondary.

Their search started and ended at Katy High School, when Trent Hunter decommitted from Kansas State and accepted a scholarship offer from Sherman Tuesday afternoon.

"Coach Sherman called me today at lunch and said that he wanted me to come play for him and that he was extending me a scholarship offer," Hunter said. "I accepted. We didn't really talk about it much. We talked about my championship game this weekend and he talked about his game with the Texans. We're both busy right now."

Defensive backs coach Van Malone first showed serious interest in Hunter last Tuesday. In fact, quite a few college coaches started to notice the 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back after a breakout senior season that earned him the Houston Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year honors earlier this month. Besides Kansas State and Texas A&M, Hunter had offers or serious interest from schools such as UCLA, TCU, Baylor, and Duke.

"I had an average junior season and I'm considered short for a safety, so I didn't get much attention until I had a great camp at Kansas State," Hunter said. "I ran a 4.43 and they liked me. Coach Prince texted me with an offer while I was still at the airport."

Hunter eagerly accepted the offer and he's been a Wildcat pledge since the summer. He was solid with his commitment until last week when the Aggies came calling. When Coach Sherman finally offered him a scholarship on Tuesday, it was an offer that the Katy star could not refuse.

"I was happy with Kansas State and I had no intention to change," Hunter said. "But Texas A&M is one opportunity I just couldn't pass up. It's a great school, and it's close to my parents and family. They supported me for 18 years and I feel I owe it to them to play somewhere they can see me play every week."

Hunter's special senior season has given him the opportunity to play close to home in the Big 12. So what changed between his junior and senior years that transformed him into a blue chip recruit?

"Coach Joseph sat me down after last season and made me realize that I had to work harder and I needed to be a leader on defense," Hunter said. "So I dedicated myself to being a better player and a better teammate. I spent all summer watching film of Will Thompson (2005 Katy defensive MVP) and observing how he played, how he led, and how he helped that team win. It's all about preparing in the offseason. That's the basis of the regular season, coming together as a team, and weeding out the weak links."

While Hunter plays safety for Katy, Texas A&M is recruiting him as a cornerback. The three-star recruit says his strength as a player is his physical style of play and his ability to digest what he sees on the field and quickly react.

"I'd say my strength is my ability to think quickly and anticipate what will happen on the field," Hunter said. "I also consider myself a good tackler and a big hitter. I'm very physical with my game."

His goal for the offseason is to increase his speed and get his forty time down in the 4.3's. Hunter feels his coverage skills are good, but will look to improve even more in the offseason. However, the Katy Tigers haven't reached the offseason yet, as they look to secure another state championship. They face Pflugerville on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

"This is what we work for in the offseason. We expect to be in this position every year," Hunter said. "We're told as freshmen that we have a legacy to live up to and that we must work hard every day for four years to perform at this level."

Once the season is over, Hunter plans to spend more time with the new Texas A&M coaching staff and will schedule his official visit in January. For now, he has a championship to win and a legacy at Katy to sustain.

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