One thing has been missing from Offense-Defense Bowl practices for Texas A&M commit Darian Claiborne — contact.
"We haven't done a lot of hitting, but I think everyone's just feeling it out," Claiborne said. "We're just going to get after it and bond."
But with the amount of talent Claiborne is playing with, that lack of physicality in practice may not necessarily be a bad thing.
"I hope not. They got some big guys out here. I'm just playing. They know everyone can hit, so they're not going to go over it. We're just doing drills to refresh ourselves."
Claiborne said he's enjoyed the opportunity to play with some of the other elite high school talent from around the country. As one of the more vocal and outgoing players on the National team, he said he's built relationships with some of the other guys on defense.
And with five other players committed to the Aggies participating in the O-D Bowl, these practices are giving Claiborne a bit of a glimpse into the future in College Station.
Claiborne reflected on what led him to commit to Texas A&M back in the summer.
"I just wanted to get my spot," Claiborne said. "I jumped on board. It was a good decision."
Claiborne will take his official visit to Texas A&M on Jan. 11. It will mark the first time he's been to campus since the Aggies narrowly lost to his hometown LSU Tigers.
"I can't wait," he said. "I wanted to see them beat LSU. They had three or four turnovers and missed a couple field goals. They shot themselves in the foot a lot."
O-D Bowl: Darian Claiborne
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