Briggs Sees Interest Pick Up

Recovering from an injury-riddled junior campaign, Jersey Village linebacker Trey Briggs turned heads with an impressive performance at the recent combine in Dallas. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with Briggs about his performance and the new list of schools that are now contacting him

One of the top overall performers at the Armour Combine held two weeks ago in Dallas was junior linebacker Trey Briggs from Jersey Village (TX). The 6-foot-2, 216-pound recruit excelled in his drill work, but really turned heads with his 4.69 forty time, second best among linebackers. In fact, Briggs' effort earned him all-combine honors, and he was considered by some observers to be the best linebacker prospect at the event.

"I had a good day," Briggs said. "I was named to the first team all-combine on defense. Overall, I felt great. I was at 100 percent and I had all my speed back."

The Houston area prospect is referring to his recovery from offseason surgery to remove painful bone spurs from his ankles. The condition affected his performance on the field in 2007.

"I developed bone spurs in my ankles that were very painful," Briggs said. "I played through it, but it did slow me down and it affected my game some last year. So I was scoped in January and had the spurs cleaned out. It took about two months of rehab, but I'm feeling 100 percent now."

Prior to his junior campaign, Briggs was starting to get serious interest from major D-1 programs in the region, most notably Texas A&M. In fact, Briggs was invited and participated in the prestigious Game Night Camp in College Station last July. However, it was at the camp that his problems with the bone spurs flared up. The condition has some programs taking a wait-and-see attitude in terms of recruiting.

"The bone spurs first acted up on me at the Texas A&M Game Night Camp and it really limited my participation," Briggs said. "The old staff there was sending me a lot of literature and they said they liked me a lot. The new staff sent me a questionnaire after the season, but I haven't talked to them much so far."

However, other schools are hot on his trail, and his performance at the combine two weeks ago has many schools coming back into the recruiting picture for the Jersey Village native.

"Northwestern, Rice, Texas Tech, and SMU have been recruiting me for a while," Briggs said. "But teams like Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico State, and Nebraska have started contacting me after my performance at the combine."

Briggs hopes to make an impression on the new coaching staff at Texas A&M in June, as he's planning to attend a three-day camp at College Station this summer. After all, there is a strong family connection to the school.

"My mom went to Texas A&M. She is Class of '82. My sister just finished her sophomore year there. She's Class of 2010," Briggs said. "Yeah, I grew up following Texas A&M. If they were to offer, it would be hard not to take it."

But for now, Briggs is open to the recruiting process and is looking at several quality schools.

"Rice has offered and it looks like Northwestern is close to offering. Plus, I have several new schools looking at me so it's exciting right now," Briggs said. "I'd say that Texas A&M, SMU, and Texas Tech are in my top list, but there are several good schools recruiting me that I'm interested in."

In addition to the Aggie summer camp in June, Briggs also plans to attend several other school camps. He's currently in the process of picking which events he will participate in this summer. Needless to say, with his recent performance drawing rave reviews, you can bet he'll have plenty of options to choose from in the near future.

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