Veal Takes in A&M Junior Day

Another top prospect visited College Station for A&M's Junior Day over the weekend. One of these players was Chavez safety Roland Veal. Websider's David Sandhop talks with the recruit about how he enjoyed his Aggie experience, as well as his plans for the future.

With only eight weeks left until the 2009 class signs and with many schools almost filled, the recruiting process for the Class of 2010 is now in full swing. One Houston area prospect receiving early interest is Houston Chavez safety Roland Veal. The talented safety is hearing from several programs including LSU, Arizona, Texas A&M, and the University of Houston. On Saturday, the 2010 prospect attended his first junior day campus event at Texas A&M.

"I wanted to tour the campus and see the athletic facilities to get a feel for the place," Veal said. "We saw the locker rooms, the new indoor track and practice facility, the weight room, and then we all met at Kyle Field where Coach Sherman spoke. I was impressed with the weight room and how organized it was."

Another focus for the junior days is academics and a discussion on the transition from high school to college life. Texas A&M put together a player panel to discuss these issues, and there was one Aggie player in particular that impressed Veal.

"I really liked hearing from Trent Hunter. He's a free safety like me," Veal said. "He's dedicated and he works hard. I like the way he plays for a small guy. He said they were changing things there and it's all about attitude and hard work. I liked that."

The 6-foot, 178-pound safety doesn't have an offer at this early stage, but he spoke with Texas A&M defensive backs coach Van Malone who said he would evaluate his junior film shortly.

"He said he wanted to take a look at my film from games later in the season," Veal said. "I'm supposed to call him back next week to see what he thinks and talk about it."

Veal has attended several games at Kyle Field and he's familiar with the Aggie tradition. While it's still too early to start naming leaders, he did indicate that Texas A&M is a school that will garner serious consideration when the time comes to narrow down his list.

"I like tradition. When you go to a game at Kyle Field, you can feel the tradition," Veal said. "I feel comfortable there. It's a school that I will consider."

But it won't be the only school. Veal attended the LSU-Ole' Miss game earlier this season and he has the Tigers very high on his list. He also likes Coach Kevin Sumlin and Houston, as well as the Arizona Wildcats.

The talented Houston native earned first team all-district as a junior and he's been invited to the U.S. Army junior combine next month in San Antonio. He credits his ability to close on the ball as his biggest strength, which is getting the attention of coaches and recruiting services.

"I've improved my ability to come downhill and make the play on the ball," Veal said. "My field awareness is good and that allows me to react quicker and close on the ball. I've improved on the mental aspects of the game and that allows me to adjust quicker."

Veal doesn't have a timetable for a decision just yet. He hopes to take more junior day visits in January and February, but as of now he doesn't have any other events scheduled.




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