Aggies' new commit is 'lockdown corner'

He came from Marlin, Texas--a small town less than an hour north of College Station on Highway 6. Now JUCO cornerback Coryell Judie is coming back home to play for the Aggies. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visits with Judie's defensive coordinator about what made him such a big target to Division-I schools.

Fort Scott Community College coaches needed a cornerback in a bad, bad way, and according to defensive coordinator Russ Pickett, they "lucked into" their answer with Coryell Judie, a six-foot, 185-pound cornerback from the sprawling metropolis of Marlin, Texas.

"He was kind of a surprise to us," Pickett said. "We really lucked into him. He's from Marlin Texas and the highlight film was grainy at best. We (offered) him after we saw three plays that he made against a Texas signee, that's what we based our evaluation on. After the first day of drills we knew he was a different kind of athlete. His feet were incredibly quick and everything he did was sudden."

Those drills quickly turned into results on the field last year when Judie led the conference with seven interceptions, but this year, Pickett has bigger plans for the cornerback, who also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last season.

"Our goal for him is to lead the country this year and to step into more of a leadership role," Pickett said. "We're going to depend on him being a key part of our return game this year as well. He's just a football player. He can do anything that you ask him to do."

But while returning punts and kickoffs is a nice bonus, Pickett says Judie is everything he looks for in a cornerback.

"Coryell is a lock down corner," he said. "He's got very long arms, great ball skills and he really attacks the football in the air. That (is a result of) him playing a little receiver over the course of his career. He's got everything a corner needs in my opinion, He's a bigger body but you don't lose any hip flexibility or speed out of him."

That's why just about every Big 12 school expressed interest in Judie, including Nebraska, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, along with SEC power Arkansas, and it wasn't just a passing interest.

"Every big time program that came through here, he was the number one guy on their list," Pickett said.

Now that the recruiting process is over for the sophomore-to-be, Pickett is hopeful that he can help Fort Scott achieve their goal of winning the national championship this season after finishing No. 13 in the nation a year ago with a 9-3 record.

After that, Judie will head to College Station—less than an hour from his hometown of Marlin—where he hopes another coach will "luck into" finding the next lockdown corner for the A&M defense.


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