Junior Update: Jamaal Charles Lands Big-Time Offer

<b>Jamaal Charles</b> is arguably one of the top running back prospects in the Lone Star State. He recently landed another big-time offer. We caught up with him to go over the details of that as well as the last few weeks of his recruitment.

Recent scholarship offers?

"I just got an offer from Florida," Jamaal Charles said. "And that felt real good. I'm looking at them now. I'm looking at everybody."

Schools to offer thus far are as follows: "Florida, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas, University of Houston."

"LSU, BYU, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas" coaches recently attended Port Arthur Memorial practice(s).

Charles made his way to College Station recently for the Texas A&M Maroon/White Game.

"It was good," Charles said. "I talked to the coaches and had a great time."

The 6-0, 190-pound tailback said he spoke with head coach Dennis Franchione, assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Kenith Pope and running backs coach Lee Fobbs.

"They said they run the ball a lot. That if I want to run the ball I can go there. And they said they have a really good school."

Thoughts on A&M?

"They were one of the first ones to come after me, they were the first school to offer."

Thoughts on Texas?

"I'm looking at them too. I went to one of their junior days. They haven't offered yet. Coach Brown said they haven't offered any running backs. They only have 13 scholarships to give."

Inside Texas analysis from Clendon Ross: Charles is the second prospect that has said, based on conversations with the Texas coaches, that the Horns are planning to sign as few as 14 prospects next February (Texarkana Texas High LB and current commit Chris Collins plus 13 others). Given those low numbers and UT's needs elsewhere (particularly on the DL), the running back spot may be in line for just a couple of signees, which almost certainly explains the UT staff's diligence in scouting and evaluating the state's '05 batch of backs. Others who are on the Horns' radar screen include Houston Westfield's tailback R.J. Jackson, who attended the Spring Game and said the Texas coaches told him that they are "going after two backs and one FB" and "that I'm real high on their list," Lufkin's Jorvorskie Lane, who hopes to tote the rock at the next level but projects more as a fullback or linebacker at this point, La Marque's Russell Ball, a scat-back type from La Marque who attended one of UT's early Junior Days, and Rusk's Cody Glenn. Out-of-staters to keep an eye on include Louisiana's Kendrick Perry ("Texas is just a great place for football and they have real good tradition and great fans," he recently told Allen Wallace), Clarksville Tenn.'s Cedric Wilkerson and Pennsylvania RB/CB Justin King, who said the Horns are recruiting him as a running back rather than an athlete or corner as are all of his other faves.


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