Chips continue to fall for Aggies

After a week filled with commitments, the dominoes continue to fall for the Aggies as they picked up another commitment on defense from Sugar Land Hightower safety Colton Valencia. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Valencia about his decision in this exclusive interview.

The verbal pledges keep rolling in for new Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and his staff. This evening, the Aggies notched their fourth commitment for the Class of 2009 in just the past two days. The latest to join the fold is Fort Bend (TX) Hightower defensive back Colton Valencia. The 5-foot-10.75, 188-pound prospect visited the Texas A&M campus on Tuesday and after a day's thought called up the staff and pledged to the Aggies.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Sherman and I committed to A&M," Valencia said. "He was really excited that I'm coming and he said he loved my highlight tape and was glad I'd be playing for him."

The Houston area native has had the Aggies on his mind for a long time, but after sitting down with the coaches on Tuesday and researching his options today, he felt now was the time to pull the trigger and become an Aggie.

"I always liked A&M. I've been to some games going back to my freshman year and I've watched them on TV a lot," Valencia said. "Then I got the offer and when I visited yesterday, I made a connection with the coaches. Coach Malone is great, and Coach Sherman is just a straight forward and down-to-earth guy and I felt comfortable with them."

Valencia racked up 89 tackles, six interceptions (one returned 56 yards for a TD), 23 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries (one returned 33 yards for a TD). Valencia showed his value and versatility to his team last year as he was the punter and the second string field goal kicker. That versatility played well with the Texas A&M coaching staff.

"I'm being recruited as a safety," Valencia said. "But they like the fact that I can cover like a corner and if they need me to play some corner, I can do it."

The Hightower athlete received scholarship offers from schools across the nation including Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Colorado, Nebraska among others while both Oregon and Miami had recently offered verbally. However, it was the Aggies that closed the deal and ended the recruiting process.

"I've always felt comfortable with Texas A&M, but it is important that my mom can be involved in my career and I can be close by to help," Valencia said. "She's a single mom. It's just her and my little sister so being close is a plus. But it's about Texas A&M and the community. I just feel comfortable there. I can see myself living there after my football career is over."

Valencia indicated that he has no plans to attend any camps or take unofficial visits to other schools. As far as he's concerned, the recruiting process is over. He hopes to make it back to College Station during the summer. He becomes the third defensive back commit in two days with Charlie Thomas and Steven Campbell both pledging to the Aggies since Tuesday.

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