While the Class of 2008 prepares for Signing Day next week, top junior football prospects are already getting an early start on the 2009 recruiting season with several schools holding junior day events to show off the facilities, discuss academics, and discuss the football program. Texas A&M and new coach Mike Sherman held its first junior day, and welcomed some of the top prospects in the state of Texas.
One of the top wide receiver prospects, Greg Timmons from Aldine Eisenhower, made the trip up to College Station and he liked what he heard from the new staff.
"A&M is a good school. It's like a family there," Timmons said. "They have a lot of tradition and they treat their football players like rock stars. I like A&M a lot."
In regard to the new coaching staff, the No. 24 prospect in the state according to the Aggie Websider's 2009 Top 100 (to be released on Wednesday) was impressed with the pro experience on the staff.
"I've seen Coach Sherman at Green Bay and he's won there," Timmons said. "I couldn't believe he was taking to me about playing for him. It was great to meet him in person."
During the camp, the prospects broke down into position meetings with the Texas A&M coach, in the case of Timmons he met with offensive coordinator and receivers coach, Nolan Cromwell. They discussed specifics about the offense A&M will run in the future and where the receivers fit in the offensive set.
"He's a good coach that knows his stuff," Timmons said. "He talked about the formations he ran at Seattle and how they plan to throw the ball more next year and they need receivers."
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound talented receiver finished his junior season with 41 receptions for 704 yards and 7 touchdowns. Not bad when the receiver on the other side of the field, Jaz Reynolds, is also considered a highly-rated receiver in the state. Timmons attributes his success to a set of well-rounded receiving skills.
"I run very precise routes and I know how to get open," Timmons said. "I have pretty good hands and I have enough speed to separate and make plays."
Timmons has been timed at 4.54 in the 40, a time he would like to lower in the offseason along with building up his upper body strength. Even though he sees room for improvement, that hasn't stopped Division I programs from inviting the highly-rated receiver for junior day festivities.
"I'm going to Texas' junior day next weekend," Timmons said. "Then I'm going to OU's junior day on February 10."
Timmons is interested in a large list of schools like OU, A&M, Texas, Arizona State, Miami, Texas Tech, and Florida. He claims no leaders and has no timetable for a decision. The receiver did indicate that he'd like to come back to Texas A&M for a future visit, and mentioned wanting to come to the Game Night Camp held in July.
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