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Signing day is rapidly approaching and there is a lot of moving and shaking as Kevin Sumlin and his staff look to finish out their 2013 class.
The day got off on the wrong foot with consensus four-star and U.S. Army All-American wide receiver Tony Stevens flipping his commitment to the Auburn Tigers. Stevens, who chose the Aggies during his all-star game, surprised the Aggie staff with an official visit to The Plains this weekend. His decommitment means the Aggies wideout class is now down to six players:
- JaQuay Williams (already enrolled and on campus)
- Ricky Seals-Jones
- Derrick Griffin
- Laquivionte Gonzalez
- Kyrion Parker
- Jeremy Tabuyo
Speaking of Tabuyo, his position coach David Beaty made the trip to Hawaii for an in-home visit tonight.
Prior to Stevens' decommitment, Kevin Sumlin still had his sights set on a slot receiver. With the loss of Stevens, and another spot available in the class, I would think that one is still the number at wideout. Coach Beaty has his eye on a couple very talented receivers to potentially fill that spot.
Longtime target Sebastian LaRue made his official visit to College Station this weekend. The 5'11" speedster and former USC commit is not done with visits and will trip to Notre Dame next weekend. One potential issue for the Aggies is that LaRue is saying he will wait until signing day before declaring. With spots at a premium, it'll be interesting to see if the staff is willing to wait that long and risk losing that spot.
Terry Price is scheduled to make an in-home visit today with Orlando, Florida native Levonte Whitfield. The four-star receiver is a Florida State commit who is still taking visits. He plans to visit the Florida Gators
this coming weekend so that only leaves the first weekend in February for him to visit campus. Whitfield was turned onto the Ags by fellow Orlando native Tony Stevens so I'm not sure how realistic of an option he is.
LaRue wasn't the only non-Aggie pledge in town this weekend for an official visit. Washington commit Daeshon Hall finally made his first trip to College Station and accounts are the visit went great and the 6'6" weakside defensive-end loved Aggieland. Without a player at his position currently committed, Hall is reportedly the #1 player on the staff's board. He left campus without committing and I expect will know something one way or the other in the next few days.
Speaking of Lancasters studs, 2014 Aggie commit Nick Harvey will be moving to the Houston area and attending Fort Bend Bush for his senior season.
Linebacker commit Darian Claiborne was scheduled to visit TCU this weekend but no-showed. The Port Allen, Louisiananimal is not scheduled to take any other visits at this time. Signs point to him remaining an Aggie.
However, another Louisiana linebacker commit is taking visits. Edward Williams
visited Oregon State on January 11th and is reportedly going to be visiting Texas Tech soon. The Aggie staff is rumored to have offered Williams a greyshirt opportunity which prompted the visits.
Southlake Carroll quarterback and Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year Kenny Hill did trip to Kansas State this past weekend after visiting Baylor the week before. Hill still remains committed to the Aggies and will officially visit this coming weekend. This saga should be finally over on Sunday and I'm leaning towards Hill signing with the Ags.
Current commits James White, Shaan Washington, and Isaiah Golden also officially visited Aggieland this past weekend.
The Aggies are currently operating with as many as four spots available in this class. As of now, Ishmael Wilson and Jonathan Wiggins are scheduled to join Kenny Hill for officials this coming weekend. Don't be surprised if a couple of players who are not committed, or are committed elsewhere, end up making the trip. Most notably is Wiggin's teammate at Alief Taylor and U.S. Army All-American, Torrodney Prevot. I expect for the staff to push for a commitment from the USC pledge while he's on campus. We'll keep you updated on all the latest during the home stretch leading up to National Signing Day.