Mahoney Enjoys Texas A&M

With classes filling up around the Big 12, several big name prospects are feeling pulls in different directions as it edges closer to signing day. One of these prospects is Fossil Ridge linebacker Brandon Mahoney, who visited Texas A&M this weekend and spoke with Aggie Websider about his visit.

Committed to the Oklahoma Sooners for nearly a year, Keller Fossil Ridge weakside linebacker Brandon Mahoney felt the time was right to re-evaluate his situation and check out his options less than two weeks before Signing Day. "I felt I needed to look at my options," Mahoney said Sunday night. "There was a lack of communication with OU and I started to wonder if I was a priority for them. I'm not sure where I fit into their plans."

As a result, Mahoney scheduled an official visit to Texas A&M this weekend. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker gave his trip to College Station high marks as he tries to figure out his college destination for the next four years.

"It was a very good trip," Mahoney said. "In fact I was a little bit surprised. It far exceeded my expectations."

The 2009 prospect had seen Texas A&M before, attending a couple of games at Kyle Field as a junior and participating in one of the team's junior days last spring prior to committing to the Sooners. So he was aware of the facilities and the atmosphere. The difference for the Keller native was the coaching staff and the players.

"Their safety Kenny Brown was my official host and I got a chance to hang out with guys like Eddie Brown, Trent Hunter and commits like Christine Michael and Sean Porter," Mahoney said. "They seemed very tight knit already. It felt like a family and I felt a part of it."

Mahoney also appreciated his time with the Texas A&M staff and particularly head coach Mike Sherman. His straight-forward approach caught the eye of the Fossil Ridge linebacker.

"He's honest and up-front with you and that gives you a comfort level," Mahoney said. "If you had a question, he answered it. There was no beating around the bush or trying to say what I wanted to hear."

Mahoney also spent a lot of time with Texas A&M defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Joe Kines discussing defensive philosophies and where the speedy linebacker would fit into the Aggies' plans.

"He said he liked my quickness and my burst . They need a prototypical weakside linebacker who can force the action and make things happen," Mahoney said. "He said I'm that guy and if I come here and take care of business, I'll play early."

With that said, Mahoney's situation is still in limbo. The Aggies' scholarship spots are currently filled, although a couple of commitments are still taking visits. In addition, he's scheduled to visit Texas Tech next weekend.

"The coaches said they really want me but they are completely filled up right now," Mahoney said. "They plan to check with all of their commitments who are still visiting other schools in the next couple of days and if a spot opens up I'm the first guy they will call."

In the meantime, Mahoney prepares for a visit to Texas Tech. Regardless of the scholarship situation at Texas A&M, he plans to take this last visit before deciding on where he'll sign on February 4.

"I've never been to Texas Tech so I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to the visit," Mahoney said. "I'll decide between Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and OU when I get back."

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