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With football season officially behind us, you ready for some down time? Yeah right. As signing day nears, recruiting is heating up for the final roster spots in the 2013 class. With little room available, there will continue to be plenty of movement as Kevin Sumlin finalizes the best recruiting class in Aggie history.
The past couple of days have been entertaining to say the least for those of us who follow Aggie recruiting.
It all started on Saturday when the Aggies added another elite wide receiver in Tony Stevens, during the Army All-American game. Here is the write-up on his commitment.
The next day, long-time Aggie pledge Quincy Adeboyejo reacted by opening his recruitment back up. Adeboyejo had been very vocal on social media with concerns regarding the number of receivers the Aggies were taking in this class and it seemed Stevens jumping on board was the breaking point.
Literally moments later, Dallas Jesuit linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni flipped his commitment to the Aggies from the Oklahoma Sooners. Mastrogiovanni was one of the staff's early priority targets and they continued to recruit him even after he snubbed them for the Sooners. As the success of this season grew, Jordan began to warm back up to the idea of being an Aggie. However, with the tight scholarship numbers, the Ags didn't have room. That changed with Adeboyejo's decommitment and he immediately jumped at the second chance to play in College Station.
At 6'2" 230-pounds, Mastrogiovanni has the frame to be a prototypical middle linebacker in the SEC. He has good speed for his size and is physical when taking on blocks and delivers a blow when he hits a ball carrier. Jordan is a very talented player and was a big coup for the Ags with the loss of senior Jonathon Stewart.
On Tuesday, the Aggies had another recruit decide to pursue other options due to the depth chart. This time it was Cameron Echols-Luper, the athlete from Auburn, Alabama. Echols-Luper was also not in favor of the number of receiver commits in the class and was not interested in being moved to the defensive side of the ball.
With his decommitment, the Aggies' class now sits at thirty four. That is the maximum number of recruits they can take in this class so if anyone else is to be added, more movement will occur. We know the Ags are still heavily recruiting, and remain near the top, of the list for several highly rated prospects so more attrition is to be expected. In the not-too-distant future, you'll start to see players in danger of failing to qualify academically, move on and possibly a few more players decided their best interest is not in Aggieland. Not to worry, this program is in good hangs and this staff is following a plan. Just remember that each loss is a necessary evil for any addition. Chances are, a high-caliber addition.