Head coach Mike Sherman and the new Texas A&M football staff continues its run on Class of 2009 commits. This time, the Aggies dipped into Louisiana to nab a verbal pledge from New Iberia linebacker Michael Lamothe.
"Yes, I committed to Texas A&M," Lamothe said. "It came down to the coaches. They have a lot of experience and they were some of the nicest people I met in this process. Of course, the facilities are great like they are at most BCS conference schools."
Lamothe admittedly grew up a fan of the home state LSU Tigers, but an unofficial visit to Texas earlier this summer opened his eyes to what the Aggies had to offer.
"I didn't know much about Texas A&M until I took an unofficial visit there earlier," Lamothe said. "It's a great school and the coaches will get the program turned around there. It's a good situation for me."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound versatile athlete who plays several positions on the field including linebacker, tight end, safety and even quarterback recently participated in LSU's elite camp and impressed the Tiger coaching staff.
"They told my father that I impressed them (he worked out at tight end) and they wanted me on the team," Lamothe said. "But they were out of spots at tight end and they wanted me to be a preferred walk-on the first semester."
But LaMothe felt that the better situation for him was at Texas A&M.
"Texas A&M matches up well with what LSU offers, and they were the first school to send me mail and they had an offer on the table," Lamothe said. "Coach Sherman sees me as a versatile athlete and wants to work me at linebacker, tight end, and even fullback."
LaMothe registered 91 tackles (12 for loss), three sacks, one interception, and nine touchdowns on offense. The Louisiana native credits hard work, preparation, and football instincts for his success on the football field.
"I know a lot of people will look at my 4.7 forty time and think I don't have speed," Lamothe said. "But track speed is different than football speed. I have football speed and I can make plays sideline-to-sideline. I have good instincts and I do a lot of research on my opponents before every game so I know what's coming and I can react quicker than others."
While the New Iberia product has the versatility to play several positions, he says that his natural position is linebacker and he feels more comfortable making the hit than getting hit.
"I have pretty good hands and I know some schools like me at tight end," Lamothe said. "But I love hitting people and I love playing defense. I think linebacker is my natural position that I feel most comfortable playing there."
Despite leaving his home state to play at the collegiate level, his family and friends in New Iberia are excited to see him get the chance to play for the Aggies.
"My family is ecstatic. They love it," Lamothe said. "I have a neighbor who is a die-hard Aggie fans and I went over to tell him that I committed, and he was pumped. College Station is only 5.5 hours away so family and friends can make the trip for home games."
Lamothe says he's solidly committed to the Aggies and this will likely end the process for him. He's looking forward to attending home games this fall to absorb Kyle Field and the 12th Man atmosphere.
"I'm already getting out the schedule and planning the games I can make," Lamothe said. "I'm solid to A&M. I gave them my commitment, and gave them my word that I'll sign with them. That's what I plan to do."
Lamothe Makes a Commitment
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