Commitments Keep Coming For Aggies

The commitments keep on coming for the Texas A&M coaching staff as No. 13 in the Class of 2010 and the fifth in the past five days made a verbal pledge to play football in College Station. On Tuesday, news surfaced that defensive end Gavin Stansbury from Franklin, Louisiana pulled the trigger, and the 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect confirmed the news with Aggie Websider's David Sandhop yesterday.

"Yes sir, I committed to Texas A&M," Stansbury said. "I actually called my recruiter Coach Turner late Monday night and committed, but I tried to call Coach Sherman today but he was out at practice so I haven't talked to him yet."

The Louisiana native indicated that he did not grow up a big football fan and didn't follow any particular schools, but as he realized he wanted to play football at the collegiate level he started watching games on TV. Still, he knew very little about Texas A&M until he started receiving letters from the coaching staff and decided to attend a junior day and spring practice a couple of weeks ago. The visit changed how he looked at the Aggies and the recruiting process.

"A&M was sending me a lot of letters. They really showed a lot of interest in me and offered so I felt I needed to go check it out," Stansbury said. "The people were friendly and I felt comfortable there. The academics were outstanding. But most importantly I like what the coaches are doing. They are starting fresh and bringing in a lot of young talent and they have a plan for success. The players bought into it and the program will be back."

Stansbury finished the 2009 season with 97 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. His biggest strength on the field is his quickness and ability to rush the quarterback and pursue the ball. He also indicated that plays with a lot of intensity and he takes the lead in motivating his teammates and getting them to play hard every play, especially at the end games when fatigue sets in.

"Coach Wyatt took me through some films and showed me exactly how they want to use me and how I fit into their plans," Stansbury said. "They want to put pressure on the quarterback and force the action and that's exactly what I do best. It's a great fit for both of us."

Stansbury is a versatile athlete who is not only one of the best shot putters in the state but who's also had some interest from lower level colleges in basketball. He plays AAU basketball for the LA Wizards, but may opt to focus on his offseason football training this year instead.

"I like basketball and track, but football is my most natural sport and what I enjoy the most," Stansbury said. "Now that I'm going to play football in college, I'm thinking about limiting my basketball and focus on getting ready for my senior season and preparing for college."

He recently took part in the combine in New Orleans this past weekend and showed well in the shuttle and pass rush drills. While he admitted that his 5.1 forty time looked slow, he said all of the times were slow due to the field surface. He indicated that he consistently runs the 4.8 forty range.

Stansbury had offers on the table from LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, and Arkansas in addition to Texas A&M. He was getting letters and serious interest from Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Mississippi State. His commitment to Texas A&M ends the recruiting process and the latest A&M commitment has no plans to visit other schools at this time.

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