Stansbury Going For State Titles

Many high school football recruits that signed D-1 LOI's are now focused on graduation and moving on to the college to get an early start on their college careers. Gavin Stansbury, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end who signed with the Aggies, has a little more business to take care of before he moves on to his college career at Texas A&M. He still has state titles to win.

Many high school football recruits that signed D-1 LOI's are now focused on graduation and moving on to the college to get an early start on their college careers. Gavin Stansbury, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end who signed with the Aggies, has a little more business to take care of before he moves on to his college career at Texas A&M. He still has state titles to win.

"I finished first in the shot put and second in the discuss at regionals," Stansbury said. "Our region is the toughest in the state, so if I stay focused and perform well at the state meet, I have a good chance to win a state title."

The meet is next weekend in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus. Stansbury recorded a throw of 54 feet, seven inches in the shot put, and tossed the discuss 142 feet at last week's regional event. But while the Franklin (La.) native is still focused on winning more hardware before he graduates high school, he also has an eye on his athletic endeavors at the next level and preparing for a busy and hectic summer.

"Coach Kennedy (conditioning coach) sent me a CD with a workout plan," Stansbury said. "They have me doing a lot of running and agility drills. The coaches told me not to worry about putting on weight that they'll work with me on that when I get there. For now, I'm running a lot of 100's (100 yd. dash) and stadium bleachers."

Stansbury traveled to College Station for the Texas A&M spring game earlier this spring where he had a chance to visit with his new teammates and talk to his new defensive line coach, Terrell Williams. He likes what he sees so far in Aggieland.

"Coach Willaims seems very knowledgeable and he's a good guy," Stansbury said. "He definitely sees me as a pure defensive end. There was talk about me playing outside linebacker, but he made it clear that they want me on the line."

Stansbury is anxious to get started with the next step in his life. He graduates from Franklin High School on May 21 and plans to arrive in College Station on May 30 and will take classes in the first summer session. He's looking forward to moving in with his new roommates and getting started with classes and conditioning.

"I'm going to take about a week off after graduation so I can recharge and then I'll be down at A&M on May 30. I think I'm rooming with Ivan Robinson and Nehemiah Hicks," Stansbury said. "I'm ready to go. I can't wait. I can't believe it's already here."

Stansbury indicated that his academic paperwork is in order and he's fully qualified, so there shouldn't be any delays in starting classes once he arrives in Aggieland.


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