Honeycutt In A Unique Situation Come January

The Texas A&M coaching staff has a rare situation on their hands come this January when four mid-term students enroll early. Three out of the four commits coming in are quarterbacks. Jameill Showers, Matt Joeckel, and Clay Honeycutt will begin their careers in Aggieland battling for a backup spot behind Jerrod Johnson. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Clay about his official visit over the weekend.

The Texas A&M coaching staff has a rare situation on their hands come this January when four mid-term students enroll early. Three out of the four commits coming in are quarterbacks. Jameill Showers, Matt Joeckel, and Clay Honeycutt will begin their careers in Aggieland battling for a backup spot behind Jerrod Johnson, a potential future Heisman candidate.

Clay Honeycutt's senior year was impressive to say the least. The Dickinson quarterback threw for 1,500 yards, rushed for over 900 yards, and led his team to the second round of the Texas High School state playoffs. Clay got a taste of college life when he visited A&M this past weekend and he is eager to start his collegiate career.

"Im excited about the competition. I needed to come in early because I didn't want to get behind especially with Matt and Jameill coming in early as well. I don't think any of us wanted to get behind one another--we all wanted the same advantage coming in."

Clay got a chance to tour his new apartment in College Station and he is looking forward to rooming with his future teammates.

"It's going to be me, Jameill, and both of the Joeckels. Since we are the only guys coming in early they put us together. I like it because I will be able to learn from the other two quarterbacks. We are competing against each other for a spot, but we all know we have a lot to learn. Plus, it's not like we are going to take Jerrod's spot or anything like that so it's pretty friendly right now. "

Some may think that three quarterbacks rooming together could spark some jealousy between them, but Honeycutt feels that it will be good for them to bond and learn from one another.

"I'm not worried about us getting along. The three of us talk all the time and already have good relationships. They are both really good quarterbacks. My stats were not spectacular but we exceeded my expectations for the season because we had such a new and young team. I'm not worried about the stats; I'm just worried about what we did with what he had and I think we performed extremely well. Overall, you have Matt who has been throwing up sick numbers and Jameill didn't play so it's kind of a toss-up right now. Once we all get there in January it is free game. "

Clay has similiar qualities that Ryan Tannehill possesses. He is a quarterback that is extremely athletic and is open to playing multiple positions as long as it gets him playing time as a freshman. The 6-3, 195 pound quarterback will entertain any position the coaches see fit for him on the field.

"I've talked to the coaches about playing other positions. They know I want to play quarterback but keeping things in perspective I understand that I won't be vying for the starting QB spot in the spring. Just like what Ryan [Tannehill] is doing now. I want my shot at quarterback but I want to do what is best for the team and what will get me the most playing time early. If I red-shirt, I red-shirt. It won't bother me, but I intend to work my butt off at whatever spot they have me."

Either way, Honeycutt isn't worried about the competition between himself and his roommates. He knows his time will come down the road and in the mean time he wants to practice being a good leader.

"I definitely want to come in and make a name for myself, but I'm not trying to put anyone down or anything like that. I want to make my own name and support the guys on my team at the same time. Just compete and be known for my abilities. When it comes down to it the three of us are all friends and we understand we are all trying to earn our spot. "

Like Showers and Joeckel, Honeycutt is looking forward to learning from Johnson and Tannehill.

"I want to see what they do and learn from them and their personal experiences. There is always some kind of learning to do whether you are in the game or at practice. I'm looking forward to learning from guys like Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill because they are amazing at what they do."

Coach Mike Sherman hosted all of the recruits at his home over the weekend to let the guys bond and get to know each other better.

"We went there Saturday afternoon. We ate lunch and Coach has a separate lodge that is kind of like a game room where guys could hangout, play Madden, and watch TV. Some guys were even fishing, it was pretty cool. Jameill and I have been real close ever since we both committed so we hung out together most of the time. It was a real family-like atmosphere, I liked it a lot."


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