Coaches Corner: Tramone Mickens

Tramone Mickens is the pure definition of an "under the radar" caliber athlete. Residing from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Mickens hovered underneath the noses of recruiting services for months. The 5-11,170 pound corner double-signed with Texas A&M and Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to head coach of Dallas Lincoln, Coach Argenti, for a scouting report.

Tramone Mickens is the pure definition of an "under the radar" caliber athlete. Residing from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Mickens hovered underneath the noses of recruiting services for months. The 5'-11" and 170 pound corner double-signed with Texas A&M and Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas. Although Mickens is not expected to qualify academically, his high school coach, Coach Argenti, is staying hopeful about his chances.

"I'm always optimistic about kids. Sometimes they pull that rabbit out of the hat," said Argenti about Mickens chances of academically qualifying. "I never underestimate them. I've had kids that are lazy with their school work that will go take the SAT and make over an 800 on it. So, you always hope for the best."

The million dollar question is, why haven't A&M fans ever heard of Tramone Mickens before signing day? Argenti sheds some light on Tramone's abilities on the field.

"He is nice sized corner at 5'-11" and 175-180 pounds. He is a 10.5 guy in track. He is a physical corner and that's what Coach McMillian likes about him. Many times those corners don't want to tackle. This one can tackle and he can run and make plays. He is one of those kids that was just under the radar. He doesn't get a bunch of publicity from agencies like Scout but when you put on the film he just plays. Coaches don't care about star rankings. When they put on the film and evaluate a player, that kid can either play or he can't play. Tramone is as good of a corner in the metroplex that is going to a D-1."

Last year, Mickens finished his senior season with 72 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 2 interception returns for touchdowns. Coach Argenti feels that Mickens has inherent attributes that cannot be taught in practice.

"He knows all the coverages and a bright enough kid to read the quarterback. He has those natural instincts that you can't teach a kid."

Mickens is also a track and field standout with personal bests of 10.5 in the 100-meter dash and 21.7 in the 200-meter dash as a junior. Also ran a leg on Lincoln's sprint relay. Argenti stressed that Mickens speed is what makes him such a dynamic defensive back. Argenti also feels that Tramone could use an off-season to hone in on his strengths.

"These types of kids can always use an off-season. If he can get a football off-season under his belt I can see him getting much stronger and even a little bit faster. He is a real fast kid right now, he has great wheels."

Tramone has already re-taken the SAT and is currently waiting on his score. If Mickens is able to rally in the classroom and become a full-qualifier, the Ags will have room to welcome him to campus in August. If not, he will attend Navarro where he will be followed by the A&M staff. If he progresses and develops the way A&M is looking for, Mickens will likely sign with the Aggies in two years.


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