Showers talks about commitment

Find out why the 2010 stand out quarterback from Shoemaker High says he was ready to make the commitment to Texas A&M. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the prospect for the scoop.

It didn't take long for Coach Mike Sherman and the Texas A&M staff to find their quarterback of the future. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior prospect from Killeen Shoemaker made it official when he verbally committed to Texas A&M to become the Aggies' first pledge for the Class of 2010.

"I actually texted Coach Sherman that I wanted to be an Aggie after visiting for the OU game," Showers said. "I called Coach Rossley later and talked to him about it, but it wasn't until this weekend that I spoke to Coach Sherman and made my commitment official."

Showers finished his junior campaign last weekend with a hard-fought loss in the playoffs. He ended the season with nearly 2300 yards passing and over 20 touchdowns, along with another 700 yards rushing. He discussed his reasons for committing early and choosing the Aggies.

"First, I wanted to stay in Texas and then I started looking at the quarterback situations of the schools I liked," Showers said. "A&M has a good situation for me. They didn't take a quarterback in this class (2009), and the starter now will graduate when I'm a redshirt freshman. Plus, they've treated me and my family well and I enjoyed the campus and the atmosphere."

Showers was one of the first two Class of 2010 signal callers the Texas A&M staff offered recently, and the staff was very excited to accept his verbal pledge.

"Yeah, Coach Sherman was excited and joking around. He said he's been pulling his hair out a lot this season, but now he said he can stop for a day and be happy that he got a good QB prospect," Showers said. "They want me to come down for their junior day on December 6 and get up to speed on the academics and meet some of the other juniors."

While many juniors are just now starting to initiate the recruiting process and looking forward to visiting several schools over the offseason, Showers is pleased to find his school and get the process out of the way to focus on his development.

"It's a relief. I don't have to worry about traveling to a bunch of schools and playing that game," Showers said. "I can now focus on my spring sports and working on my development as a quarterback."

The Killeen product participates in powerlifting and track in the spring, where he focuses on the long jump. He also played baseball, but has decided to skip hardball this year to concentrate his remaining free time developing his quarterback skills.

"I want to get better at everything, but if there's something in particular I want to improve it would be my arm strength," Showers said. "I have a pretty good arm but I can always get stronger. Also, next year I want to be more vocal and work on my leadership skills."

Showers is the first verbal commitment for the Aggies in the Class of 2010 as the recruiting cycle continues to speed up. Expect more commitments in the next few months during the junior day events scheduled in December through March.

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