Aggies pick up wide receiver

Texas A&M picked up it's seventh commitment in the last seven days on Tuesday with another impressive commit from a home-grown wide receiver. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop catches up with the newest A&M commit.

Navasota wide receiver Brandal Jackson was one of several recruits that took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M in the past couple of weeks. Spots in the Aggies' 2009 class were filling up fast with six prospects committing to head coach Mike Sherman since June 17. Make that seven commitments now.

"I committed to the Texas A&M coaches this morning," Jackson said. "Coach Sherman is on vacation, but I spoke to Coach Cromwell and Coach Wyatt. They were pretty excited when I called with the news."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver told Aggie Websider last week that he was seriously considering a verbal commitment, but on Monday he backed off a potential commitment and decided instead to take another unofficial visit before ending the process. However, after more consultation with his family and coach, the four-star prospect took the plunge Tuesday morning and pledged to the Aggies.

"I wanted to take an unofficial visit to Southern Mississippi just to be sure. They run the same offense we run at Navasota," Jackson said. "But I talked to my coach again and told him I wanted to get this pressure off my chest and A&M is where I wanted to go. He said he supported me and if that's what I wanted to do then we needed to call the A&M staff and commit."

Asked if this ends the recruiting process, Jackson made it clear he is done.

"Coach Fedora (Navasota coach) has always told us that once we make a commitment, that's it," Jackson said. "I'm glad to have this out of the way and I can focus on getting prepared for the season."

There's reason for excitement in Navasota, a small town located between College Station and Houston.

The football team is receiving numerous preseason accolades and listed in several Top 10 state lists. In addition to Jackson at receiver and defensive back, the Rattlers also feature one of the best running backs in the state, Dexter Pratt who is committed to LSU. However, the blue chip pass catcher is aware that preseason honors mean nothing once the season starts.

"That stuff is great to read, but it's just words. It doesn't mean anything. We have to prove it on the field," Jackson said. "We have a good quarterback returning, some good offensive linemen, and some good players on the defensive line. Plus, we have a great group of sophomores coming to the varsity this year. I think we have a chance to go a long way in the playoffs, but we have to stay focused and take care of business every week."

As a junior, Jackson secured 41 catches for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns while also playing both ways. He has above average speed, registering a personal best 4.51 in the forty, but his strength as a receiver is his incredible vertical jump (38") and body control to be able to catch anything thrown near him.

In addition to Texas A&M, Jackson also held an impressive list of scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Baylor among others.

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