Aggies Offer Tight End Prospect

Texas A&M head coach knows tight ends, so when he extended an offer to All Saints Episcopal HS tight end Hutson Prioleau this weekend, it was a big deal. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Prioleau about the offer and where he stands in his recruiting process right now.

With the advent of early recruiting and so many Class of 2009 prospects already committing during junior day events, some hardcore recruiting fans tend to forget that it's only March and many Division I prospects are still being identified by college coaches. The Texas A&M staff recently found a tight end prospect to their liking, and this past Friday offered All Saints Episcopal HS athlete Hutson Prioleau.

The 6-foot-5, 242-pound recruit and his father visited Texas A&M on Friday before leaving on a spring break vacation. The trip paid off, as the Aggies offered Prioleau a scholarship.

"Coach Rossley had seen my film and last Thursday he invited us down to visit so we came down on Friday," Prioleau said. "We met with him and Coach Doll, and then we had a private meeting with Coach Sherman and that's when he informed us that they were going to offer me."

Prioleau knew that Rossley liked his video and that there was serious interest from the staff, but to hear Coach Sherman actually say that Texas A&M was going to offer him was somewhat of a pleasant surprise.

"Coach Rossley liked my film, so it didn't completely surprise me," Prioleau said. "But to hear that a school as well-respected as Texas A&M is offering you is pretty exciting."

Prioleau plays both tight end and defensive end at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth. As a junior, he had 19 catches for 350 yards and five touchdowns while on defense he racked up 47 tackles and 10 sacks to lead his team on both sides of the ball. The University of Houston offered the Fort Worth native as a defensive end, but the Aggies like him on the offensive side of the ball.

"I really don't have a preference what position I play. I just want to help out the team and do what the coaches ask me to do," Prioleau explained.

Asked about his skills at tight end, Prioleau mentioned his blocking ability and his hands as areas where he thinks he brings the most value at the moment.

"I feel I'm a good blocker and I take pride in that part of my game, but I feel I can run and for my size my hands are pretty good," Prioleau said. "I'm working with a strength and conditioning coach, and I ran a 4.69 last weekend."

So with the new offer from the Aggies, where does Prioleau stand with the recruiting process?

"I like Texas A&M a lot. It's a good school and I like that Coach Sherman seems to value the role of the tight end in his offense. I loved the visit," Prioleau said. "But as I told him, Texas A&M is the first school I've visited and to make a decision as big as this, I feel I need to at least look at another school first. Coach was very understanding about it."

Prioleau isn't sure which school/schools he wants to visit, but programs such as TCU, UH, Auburn, Clemson, Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt are showing the most interest right now. While he wants to see another school, he also would like to move quickly and not draw this process out into his senior season.

"I'm not sure which schools I want to visit, but I would like to stay relatively close to home," Prioleau said. "Whatever I do, I'd like to get back to Texas A&M and let them know something in a few weeks."

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