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January 13, 2012Texas A&M hopes to close out its 2012 recruiting class with a strong finish in January and everything starts today as the Aggies host a number of committed prospects this weekend that they hope will be the foundation of the program going forward.
Most of the suspense surrounds Mesquite Horn defensive back DeVante Harris, one of the top-rated prospects remaining on A&M's board and the lone uncommitted prospect visiting this weekend. The four-star rated Harris committed to Oklahoma in April but decommitted this past weekend and set up visits to A&M, TCU on Jan. 20, and Ohio State on Jan. 27. Harris is widely considered to be the best cover corner in the state of Texas and A&M offered him earlier in the week. He is the number 15 prospect on the state of Texas per Rivals.com and is the son of former A&M and Dallas Cowboy receiver Rod Harris.
Harris is not the only prospect visiting this weekend whose father played at A&M. Fort Bend Elkins safety Corey Thompson is ranked number 46 in the state per Rivals.com and his father Tony Thompson also played receiver at A&M in the late 80's with Harris.
The remainder of the visitor list may lack the suspense offered by Harris but more than makes up for it in star power. There will be five commits that are rated as four or five star prospects by Rivals.com and the group is highlighted by Spring Dekaney running back Trey Williams. The 5 foot 8, 175 pounds Williams rushed for 3,884 yards and 48 touchdowns and averaged 9.1 yards per carry in being named the Rivals.com offensive player of the year. He also led Dekaney to the Class 5A state title.
The four star commits include Fort Bend Hightower athlete Bralon Addison, Fort Bend Elkins center Mike Matthews, Reserve (La.) East St. John cornerback Darion Monroe, and Denton Ryan linebacker Jordan Richmond. Addison compiled 42 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards of total offense in leading Hightower to the Class 5A state finals. Matthews was one of the better blockers in the recent Army All American Bowl. Monroe played quarterback his senior season but shone as a cornerback in 7 on 7 tournaments during the summer. Richmond helped lead Ryan to the Class 4A state finals as a junior and was versatile enough to play running back as a senior.
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti of Hurst L.D. Bell, Michael Wilson of Aledo, and Germain Ifedi of Houston Westside are anticipated to be mainstays in the A&M offensive line for years to come. Tipoti played in the recent Offense Defense Bowl and Wilson started three seasons for the Bearcats at offensive tackle, leading the way for five star running back Jonathan Gray to rush for over 10,000 yards in his high school, career. Ifedi switched his commitment from Missouri to A&M after being offered by the Aggies during the season.
Other prospects expected in this weekend include DeSoto defensive lineman Michael Richardson, Southlake Carroll wideout Sabian Holmes, New Orleans Brother Martin defensive lineman Julien Obioha. Holmes switched his commitment from Baylor to A&M after the Aggies offered following a stellar season in which he caught 85 passes for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns in leading Carroll to a Class 5A state championship. Richardson, the number 46 player in the state of Texas per Rivals.com, committed to A&M during the spring but has taken official visits to Nebraska and Missouri. Nonetheless, he reiterated to AggieYell's Courtney Roland last night that he as still solid to A&M.
"I am excited to meet the coaches and all of the commits," said Richardson. "I also want to figure out what kind of defense we are bringing in."
The Aggies already have four signees that have enrolled for the spring semester: Klein Forest quarterback Matt Davis, Trinity Valley Community College receiver Derel Walker, South Houston defenisve back Kenneth Marshall, and Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College cornerback Otis Jacobs.