Aggies add another 2009 commitment

It didn't take long for Texas A&M offensive coordinator Tom Rossley to identify the tight end he wanted. After seeing game film of Fort Worth All-Saints Episcopal Hutson Prioleau the week before spring break, Rossley invited Prioleau to visit Texas A&M.

A day later, the 6-foot-5, 242-pound prospect and his father made the trip to College Station and picked up a scholarship offer in the process. It didn't take long for him to decide Texas A&M was the right school for him, as Prioleau committed to the Aggies on Tuesday.

"It's been in my gut since Friday when I visited," Prioleau said. "Every time I thought about it, I couldn't get A&M out of my mind. It's a school I've followed, and I'd probably go there even if I wasn't playing football."

Prioleau actually made the decision to commit on Monday, and his high school coach called the A&M staff to let them know of his tight end's intentions.

"My coach called on Monday. Everything happened so fast on that Friday before I left for spring break and I did not receive a written offer, so the coach wanted to make sure a written offer was on the way," Prioleau said. "A&M said that the offer in writing had just been mailed and that they would be excited to take my commitment."

So Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Prioleau picked up the phone and called Coach Rossley to make it official. Even though the call was expected, the A&M coaching staff was still excited to hear the good news from their newest tight end prospect.

"They were very excited. Coach Rossley passed the phone to Coach Sherman," Prioleau said. "He said the tight end was a very important position in his offense and that I fit his mold as a player with both strength and speed that can block and make things happen with the ball in my hands."

Prioleau originally wanted to take another visit to a school just to make sure he was making the right decision and have something to compare to his Texas A&M experience. However, that never happened, and according to the Aggies' latest commitment, it won't happen.

"The more I thought about it, the more A&M stayed in my mind and that regardless of what other schools can offer, this is the place I want to be," Prioleau said. "When I decided that A&M was the best place for me, there was no reason to visit another school, so I committed."

Ironically, since the Fort Worth native took that trip to College Station, several schools called to get involved in his recruiting. With offers already on the table from Utah, Houston, and Texas A&M, schools like LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Notre Dame all contacted him last week after seeing his film.

"Yeah, a lot of schools were just starting to recruit me after seeing my video," Prioleau said. "The Notre Dame coaches called my coach to offer, but when they heard I was committing to A&M, they told him that if I ever have second thoughts that I'd have an offer waiting for me in South Bend."

But Prioleau made it clear about his intentions, despite the new interest from several of the top programs in the country. He'll be playing for the Aggies.

"I'm not changing my mind. I'm 100% committed to Texas A&M," Prioleau said. "I'd like to come down for the spring game, but that's the day of our school's prom. I'd like to come up for a spring practice before then."




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