Historically, Texas A&M has recruited mainly in the fertile grounds of the home state of Texas. Under head coach Mike Sherman, the formula has changed slightly. While Texas is still the bread and butter for the Aggies' recruiting efforts, they've found pay dirt several times in Louisiana, and they scored big tonight with a big commitment from Shreveport (LA) Huntington athlete Jarrett Fobbs, one of the most versatile skill players in the bayou state.
"I came back from a trip to Ole' Miss this week and I sat down with my father to discuss recruiting," Fobbs said. "All of the pieces just fell into place for A&M. I like the coaches and what they are doing. I have a lot of family in Houston and my brother plays at Prairie View A&M (45 minutes away). My best friend (Jonathan Stewart) is there at A&M. It's the right situation for me."
Fobbs becomes the 18th overall commitment for the Aggies in the 2010 class, and the fourth Louisiana product. That makes seven in the past two classes. The 6-foot, 185-pound playmaker called his recruiting coach Randy Jordan early this evening to deliver the good news, and in the process the newest Aggie had a little fun with his future collegiate coach.
"I called him and his was driving somewhere in Carolina and I was just making small talk when I lost his signal," Fobbs said. "I called back and said ‘why would you hang up on me like that when I'm trying to commit to you'. He had to pull over to the side of the road and he went crazy. He was pretty happy about it."
And for good reason. The skill player has excellent cutting ability and flashes sub-4.5 forty speed which allowed him to reach the end zone 14 times in 2008, five on the ground, five through the air, and four more on special teams returns. It's that big play ability that attracted not only the A&M staff, but drew offers from top SEC programs LSU, Alabama, and Tennessee along with Ole' Miss and Mississippi State.
"The A&M coaches like that I'm a game breaker," Fobbs said. "They are looking for a big play guy that can score from anywhere on the field and can do big things on special teams as well."
Fobbs indicated that he has no future plans to take additional visits this summer and that he's content with his decision today. Word of his commitment has spread quickly throughout the Texas A&M campus. Asked if he called his friend and future Texas A&M Jonathan Stewart, apparently he was late to the punch.
"He texted me first congratulating me before I had a chance to call him," Fobbs joked. "I guess he knew before I did."
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