It's been a good week for Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman. He notched his first Big 12 win on the road against Iowa State last Saturday, and then came the news Wednesday night that speedy linebacker Aaron Arterburn committed to the Aggies.
"I committed to Texas A&M. I actually called Coach Jordan Wednesday night but the rest of the coaches had gone home," Arterburn said. "I talked to Coach Sherman this morning and he was excited. He said he needed me to help out next year and bring back the Wrecking Crew."
Arterburn's recruiting was short but sweet. After sending out a senior year DVD to several schools, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound playmaker took an official visit to TCU this past weekend and then immediately drove down to College Station on Sunday to discuss a scholarship offer from the Aggies. What led the Rockwall native to choose the maroon and white?
"I really liked the coaches. Coach Sherman is good person with NFL experience, and Coach Kines is good friends with my high school coach and he says that Coach Kines will be a great teacher and coach. Finally, I grew up liking A&M and I feel most comfortable there."
Arterburn was a highly-regarded sophomore who was poised to be near the top of many recruiting lists as a junior, but a knee injury in the first quarter of the first game of the 2007 season shelved him for his entire junior campaign. He's shown no ill-effects of the injury this season, and while his journey has been mainly under the radar screen in regard to recruiting services, college teams that received his senior DVD see a playmaking linebacker with a lot of speed and instincts.
"The A&M coaches said they really liked that I played fast and that I can cover a lot of ground," Arterburn said. "They liked my instincts and that I play with a high motor all of the time."
Arterburn plans to run many of the sprint events during track season and he plans to work with a speed trainer to get even faster for his collegiate days. With the Aggies 2009 recruiting class nearly filled, Arterburn and his family agreed to start his freshman season as a walk-on, but will be guaranteed a scholarship in the spring of 2010.
The Rockwall product will take his official visit to College Station in two weeks when the Aggies host the Oklahoma Sooners. Rockwall takes to the road tomorrow night to battle Highland Park.
Arterburn Makes His Choice
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