Texas A&M Football: On The 2010 Recruiting Trail (Part 2)
It has been a while since I wrote the first installment of the Texas A&M 2010 recruiting class. Here it is, in case you missed it.
In this second installment, I will highlight the skill positions and defensive players that are highlighting this year's possible top 10 recruiting class. All of these players are listed as four-star recruits.
As of right now, the Aggies sit just outside the top 10, according to ESPN and Rivals.com, but today they received a solid verbal from Mister Jones out of Littleton, Colorado, giving them their ninth four-star recruit.
Jones broke his verbal with the Colorado Buffalos after a visit to College Station this past weekend, stating that he was very impressed with the coaching staff. It has always been a dream of his to play in the NFL and the experience most of the coaching staff has in "the league" made him change his mind about Colorado.
Jones is a solid running back with great quickness and he has started since his sophomore season and has two 1000 yard seasons.
He missed games in his junior season, but still put up over 900 yards and double digit touchdowns.
The 6'2", 205 pound running back will be a fine addition to the tandem of Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray. Jones runs a 4.5 forty, so you know he has the speed to compete in Big 12 play.
One of the better players Sherman has recruited this year is Jarrett Fobbs, a 5'11", 180 lbs athlete out of Huntington High in Shreveport, LA.
Fobbs plays wide receiver, running back, defensive back, and even returns punts. He is very versatile and has incredible speed. His 4.45 forty time will definitely translate to the college level, and has the skills to play either wide receiver or corner.
Hopefully his Dec. 3 visit with LSU did not shy him away from Aggieland.
Ben Malena (5'9", 202 lbs) will probably be the better running back of the two four-star recruits in this year's class. He is not as tall as Jones, but is much faster and more agile. His body type and style remind me of Jacksonville star Maurice Jones-Drew.
Similar to MJD, Malena does not go down without a fight.
Malena ran a 4.42 forty and is listed as a top 25 running back according to Rivals.com. In his junior season, he had 2500 yards from scrimmage and 37 total touchdowns.
He got hurt in his senior year, but came back for Cedar Hill High in Cedar Hill, Texas to have a solid year. Cedar Hill is one of the premier 5A schools in Texas High School football and they even had a game on national television with fellow powerhouse DeSoto.
Corey Nelson (6'0", 210 lbs) is the Aggie's best defensive recruit thus far and he is ranked in the top rankings of both ESPN and Rivals.com.
He is not your prototypical linebacker and is built more like a safety, but his speed and quickness may be what the Aggies need to combat the spread offenses in the Big 12.
He is a great pass rusher and could be a nice compliment to NCAA sack leader Von Miller.
However, if he wants to make it in run defense, he'd better put on some muscle mass or he will not be able to take on blockers.
Still, Nelson is a great defensive talent—something A&M is desperate for, given their woes on defense the past three years.
Joining Nelson on the defensive side is Ivan Robinson (6'4", 260 lbs). Robinson is a defensive tackle from Louisiana and is listed as the seventh best player in the state.
He has great inside moves and is very athletic for a big man. Robinson is also rated in Rivals.com top 250 players in the country at No. 188. They have him listed as the 15th best defensive tackle.
Texas A&M will need all the help they can get on defense next year and Robinson should fill in nicely on the Aggie defensive line.
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