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The father of five-star 2017 QB Tate Martell says his son decommited from Texas A&M due to the hiring of former UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

Al Martell, Tate's dad, said the family was not kept in the loop about seismic program shifts, even during multiple campus visits to College Station. "It was different with Mazzone with the whole communication," Al Martell said. "Mazzone had been there two weeks for our visit in January, he had been there maybe all of 10 days ... I get that but when you go out a month later, for two days on that trip, didn’t talk to him once and then when we were there in March for their scrimmage, again, we were there for four days and not once did Mazzone ever talk, and I was five feet from him. Not a handshake, not anything." While Mr. Martell believes Mazzone likes his son, he stated a belief that he's never, during a 35-year coaching career, coached a QB under 6-foot-2. Tate Martell is 5-foot-11. "In Mazzone’s defense maybe that’s where it kind of stems from because everybody he’s offered, even the kids a couple weeks ago, 6-2 and 6-4," Al said.
Source: Rivals
May 5 - 6:10 PM

Five-star 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey said he is no longer considering Texas A&M.

Lindsey wrote in a tweet, since deleted, that "due to some tweets subtweeted towards my brother, I will no longer be looking at A&M." The Aggies are facing a bit of a P.R. crisis at the moment. First, five-star QB Tate Martell's decommitment incited a lengthy Twitter tantrum from WR coach Aaron Moorehead. Next, Mannie Netherly, a four-star receiver once committed to the Aggies, tweeted an inference indicating Moorehead may have been the reason he decommitted. Lastly, Lindsey eliminated the Aggies from consideration over concerns about social media decorum. Kevin Sumlin, once the hottest coaching prospect in the land, is now presiding over a veritable mess.
May 5 - 3:57 PM

Five-star 2017 QB Tate Martell decommited from Texas A&M.

Martell is a gigantic chess piece in the 2017 recruiting cycle, the top dual-threat quarterback in the class. The Aggies' coaching staff was not able to hide it's dismay at the development, with A&M WR coach Aaron Moorehead going on a bizarre Twitter rant within minutes of Martell's announcement. "I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty," he tweeted. "I can’t really even vibe with u. At the end of the day trust is 💯 & everything else is BS." The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Martell recently made a trip to Ohio State. His recruiting process is officially back open.
May 5 - 12:49 PM

At the Rivals QB Camp last weekend, high school sophomore QB Stephen Barber's consistency was his "calling card," according to the hosting outlet.

Per Rivals, Barber "kept hitting targets, making good throws and putting the ball right where it needed to be throughout the event." The 6-foot-3, 197-pound gunslinger out of Honolulu is beginning to hear from interested Pac-12 clubs, but his recruitment won't be heating up until we draw closer to the true start of the 2018 cycle. "He has a strong arm and the 2018 recruit also throws well on the run so he was impressive to watch [in camp]," concluded Rivals' staff.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 18 - 12:01 AM

Rivals highlighted high school sophomore QB Hank Bachmeier as one of the most impressive quarterbacks at last weekend's Rivals QB Challenge.

Bachmeier won't be signing a letter of intent until the 2019 cycle closes out, but he impressed even when compared with upperclassman at the event. Rivals noted that the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was "really accurate throughout the entire event and he can make all the throws whether it’s on the run, the deep ball, across the field and anything else that he was tested on." To this point, he's only received an offer from Colorado, but that's probably due more to the infancy of his recruitment (2019 is a long way away) than anything else.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 17 - 11:08 PM

Four-star QB Jack Sears took first place at the Rivals QB Camp in Los Angeles.

"Sears had a tremendous day, led in the point total heading into the finals and then continued his domination to win the event," according to Rivals. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound gunslinger ranks as the outlet's No. 217 player and the No. 10 dual-threat QB in the country. They praise his technique while noting that Sears "throws with tremendous accuracy and the ball pops off his hand." They also like his lateral movement. To this point, he's received offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Colorado and Kansas State (among others).
Source: rivals.com
Mar 17 - 9:06 PM

At the Opening Regional in Dallas, high school G Will Sherman "showed a polish that very few others in attendance could match," according to 247Sports' Barton Simmons.

Sherman is unranked nationally according to 247Sports' consensus, but that might change with his strong performance in the Dallas camp. Per Simmons, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder "did well in the Final 5 one-on-one battles," where he showcased that surprising polish. "Hailing from Allen High School where he was overshadowed by [eventual Ole Miss signee] Gregory Little last fall, he looks poised to make a name for himself," Simmons concluded.
Mar 15 - 8:00 PM

As part of their effort to recruit three-star QB Chase Garbers, Washington State sent him 113 letters.

We've heard of some wild recruiting tactics, but this one is impressive in its old-fashioned nature. Garbers did us all a favor by including a picture of the letters lined up (all in WSU colors, naturally), saying that he "just finished reading all 113" and was "feeling the love." The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder has also received interest from Colorado, Illinois and Arizona State (among others), but so far as we know, they are sending reasonable amounts of mail. Cue The Beatles' "P.S. I Love You."
Mar 15 - 7:54 PM

Three-star RB Kaegun Williams was named the running back MVP at The Opening Regional in Dallas.

"[W]e're on-board with that selection," wrote 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder calls Cedar Hill, Texas, home and has received early offers from Tulsa, Tennessee, SMU and Kansas. He hasn't made a commitment yet, but there's plenty of time for that before the 2017 cycle wraps up like a snake consuming its own tail next February. Simmons concluded that Williams was "outstanding in space, catches the ball well, has a really good frame and shows an explosiveness that few could match" during the annual camp series for high school prospects.
Mar 15 - 5:43 PM

According to 247Sports' Barton Simmons, at the Opening Regional in Dallas, "No one was as competitive in this setting as [high school sophomore CB Anthony Cook]."

"The kid was battling for reps and battling for the football when it was in the air," Simmons noted. It's made all the more impressive because Cook isn't even part of the 2017 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder won't be signing a letter of intent until February, 2018. Simmons logically notes that the Houston native "has offers from Houston and Kansas at this early stage but more could follow because of his frame and demeanor."
Mar 15 - 1:04 PM

247Sports' Barton Simmons wrote that three-star CB Chris Wilson "got his hands on as many or more balls than anybody I saw all day [at The Open]."

Simmons ranked Wilson as the third-best defensive player showcasing his wares at The Open regional in Dallas, an annual event offering training, coaching and workouts for high school football players. Noted Simmons, "An unknown heading into the day, you couldn't miss him by the end of the day. Wilson has good length and looked comfortable playing safety and cornerback." 247Sports' composite ranking tosses him three stars, but it will be interesting to see if some outlets start to think more highly of the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder in the coming months.
Mar 14 - 7:45 PM

247Sports' Barton Simmons noted that four-star LB Anthony Hines has "a great frame and he plays with great effort."

Hines caught Simmons' eye at The Opening regional in Dallas, writing that the uncommitted linebacker's "length combined with his athleticism is what really separates [him]." The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder out of Plano, Texas, has yet to narrow his school preference down (at least publicly), but ranks as Rivals' No. 107 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. "He looked like the type of player that was itching to be in pads," Simmons concluded.
Mar 14 - 7:32 PM

247Sports' Barton Simmons highlighted four-star LB Baron Browning as a standout player at The Opening, noting that he is "everything you look for in an outside linebacker."

The Opening's a sort of mini-combine for the top high school players in the country. Simmons referred to the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Browning as a "rare breed" at the event, one who "makes everything look easy." "Athletically," Simmons noted, "he's in complete control. You never see him off balance, never see him out-matched athletically. He was the best linebacker in attendance playing in space." The Kennendale, Texas, defender had been committed to Baylor since the summer, but de-committed in mid-February. He indicated that he would consider his options and release a list of potential landing spots at an undetermined date in the future.
Mar 14 - 5:17 PM

According to Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell, four-star T Austin Deculus will make a commitment for 2017 on May 20.

Deculus has been drawing interest from LSU, Alabama, Michigan, Georiga and Texas A&M. One of those schools will likely land a commitment from him come May, unless Oklahoma or Notre Dame can make a push. LSU's considered the front-runner at this point, though, according to Rivals. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder out of Cypress, Texas, ranks as their No. 24 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle (No. 5 at tackle).
Source: rivals.com
Mar 14 - 3:05 PM

Five-star WR Trevon Grimes said that he's still considering Michigan as a landing spot as he looks to weigh his options for the 2017 cycle.

Grimes ranks as the No. 3 overall player in the country in the eyes of Rivals' staff. Given his lofty stature on their board, no surprise they rank him as the No. 1 wideout for 2017. The 6-foot-4, 196-pounder's drawn strong interest from Ohio State--he says he's in contact with them on a regular basis--but Michigan remains on his radar, too. Said Grimes, "It’s always good to have an NFL coach coaching you. If I was coached by Coach Harbaugh, it would be a complete honor because he’s coached the best. He’s been where I’m hopefully trying to go. That would honestly be an honor if it did play out."
Source: rivals.com
Mar 14 - 1:46 PM


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