Fresh off a season opening 35-21 victory over a talented Aldine Eisenhower team that features all-American defensive back Craig Loston, Fort Bend Hightower defensive back and Texas A&M commitment Colton Valencia and his friend Loston attended the Aggie home game on Saturday. Despite the disappointing results, the talented safety had a good time in Aggieland.
"The atmosphere was great. The crowd is so intense there," Valencia said. "Craig and I had a good time. We thought it would be a blowout, but sometimes things happen in football. Everybody has those days in football."
While the 6-foot, 175-pound Houston area product had fun taking in the game day festivities and enjoying the atmosphere as a fan, he did focus on the Texas A&M defense and how the new coaching staff utilized the safeties on the field.
"They liked to run a lot of cover-2 and cover-3 schemes," Valencia said. "They use the safeties a lot in man coverage along with needing them to come up and make the big hit. That's exactly what I do and it fits my style."
That style was evident Friday night when Valencia had a monster game for Hightower which included tight coverage, big hits, and big plays. On the night, he finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, no passes completed against him, one interception, and two "decleaters".
"I thought I had a pretty good game. My coverage was there. I didn't give up a pass completion. I had the interception on a jump ball thirty yards downfield," Valencia said. "But what I really liked was the two decleaters I had that broke up two pass plays. I love to hit."
Monday was also the first day college coaches could contact 2009 recruits directly by phone. While Valencia was hesitant to mention schools by name, he did indicate that several BCS conference schools did call him on the first day. However, he says that his commitment to the Aggies is still solid at this time.
"I'm committed to Texas A&M," Valencia said. "If other coaches want to call, I'll talk to them. You just never know what can happen so you need to be prepared and keep your options open just in case, but I'm an Aggie."
As mentioned earlier, Valencia traveled to the game with five-star safety Craig Loston. A lot of Texas A&M fans have been following his high profile recruitment. Asked if Loston provided any insights into his decision on Saturday, Valencia didn't say much to solve the mystery of where the Eisenhower blue chip will play his collegiate football.
"Oh, I don't know about that. You'll have to ask Craig. That's his business," Valencia said. "I can tell you that he likes Texas A&M. He knows a lot of people there and he talked about A&M a lot but as far as where he's going, I don't know."
Fort Bend Hightower has a bye this coming week, but will face Sugar Land Willowridge in a big Houston area match-up next weekend.
Valencia discusses A&M visit
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