Stansbury Set For Weekend Visit

Franklin (LA) defensive end Gavin Stansbury was somewhat of an unknown when he committed to Texas A&M in early April. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defender became the 13th commit in A&M's 2010 class and this weekend he will be making a trip back to College Station. Gavin will join most of next year's pledges in College Station on Friday and he is excited to start bonding with his future teammates.

Franklin (LA) defensive end Gavin Stansbury was somewhat of an unknown when he committed to Texas A&M in early April. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defender became the 13th commit in A&M's 2010 class when he made a trip to College Station for the spring game and verbally committed to the Aggies. This weekend will be an exciting 3 days for current aggie commits and 2010 prospects. Gavin will join most of next year's pledges in College Station the 11th-13th and he is excited to start bonding with his future teammates.

"Having a good time and meeting the recruits in my class is what I am looking forward to most this weekend. I think it will be good for all the guys in our class to start forming a bond between us and as a team."

There are few recruits in Stansbury's class that he is looking forward to seeing again.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Brandon Jackson again and seeing Ivan Robinson and Nehemiah Hicks. I really bonded with those guys at camp and at the spring game. DeMontre Moore is another guy I am looking forward to seeing as well. Patrick Lewis and I have talked on the phone a few times. I like him a lot, we got along real well."

The A&M staff has been hitting the recruiting road hard since the regular season ended, making their tour of in-home visits with all of their current commits. Coach Turner's in-home with Gavin went as well as it could have gone.

"My in-home visit with Coach Turner went great. He came by and told me a little more about the school, the recruiting process, and how they are going to use me next year. He was telling me that they needed the defensive guys in my class to really step up next year, and that we will all get a shot at playing. Coach said I'll have a chance to earn some playing time as a freshman. I just need to come out and work hard. "

One reason the Aggies have been able to hold onto all of their 2010 commits so far is because of the obvious progression they have showed this year compared to the 2008 campaign. Stansbury likes what the A&M coaching staff is doing and he saw the development this team showed over the season.

"I saw a lot of progression out of them. It's obvious that they need help on the defensive side of the ball, but there was significant improvement on offense. The way they played against Oklahoma State and Texas was outstanding."

The Louisiana native still feels like he needs to improve his speed and strength because his biggest strength on the field is his quickness and ability to rush the quarterback and pursue the ball.

"They want to put pressure on the quarterback and force the action and that's exactly what I do best. I absolutely need to get stronger. I need to improve my 40 time from where it is now, which is a 4.7, to a 4.6—I need to have quicker speed so I can blow off the line.

Gavin remembers why he chose Texas A&M and how bright the future looks for the program.

"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."


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