Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recruiting Recap - Texas A&M Kingsville

What they lost - 
QB Daniel Ramirez - started 6 games, threw for 2,030 yds, 16 TDs, rushed for 115 yds and 2 TDs
OL Cory Baumann - started all 11 games
WR Damian Cauthren - 19 receptions for 307 yds
WR Arron Fisher - versatile player, kick returner (12-222), punt returner (22-122) and receiver (8-89)
DT Johnny Tivao - 1st All LSC South in 2010, HM All LSC in 2011
DE Roderick Benman - 2nd All LSC, Led the LSC in sacks (12) and TFL (16)
LB Marcus Sanders - HM LSC, 60 tackles, 6 TFL
DB Demontrelle Smith - 49 tackles, 2 Ints, 10 passes broken up

Who's coming back - 
QB Nate Poppell - full-time starter in 2010, split time in 2011, career passing 3,811 yards, 25 TDs
RB Jonathan Woodson - led nation in All Purpose yards (2,309). Had 1,017 yards rushing
RB Randall Toney - 461 yards, 4 TDs rushing
WR Robert Armstrong - 1st All LSC, 51 receptions for 626 yards and 8 TDs, despite missing two games
WR Sherman Batiste - 1st All LSC, 48 receptions for 620 yards and 6 TDs
WRs Christian Taylor, Joseph Vela, Patrick LaFleur - combined 58 receptions, 638 yards, 4 TDs 
TEs Derek Tesch (HM LSC), Jake Willingham, Chandler Hill - combined 18 receptions, 234 yards, 2 TDs
OL Devin Shaw, Keenan Woods, Chris Hudgins, Lee Mattingly, Patrick Daniel, Marcus Stager - combined for 39 starts, Cade Shaw (not on roster had 5 starts as well)
DL Zane Brown, Ricky Marshall, Marquis Singleton, Darnell Hicks - combined for 23 starts, 106 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5 sacks and 7 passes broken up
LB Jeremy Aguilar - 1st All LSC and the LSC LB of the year, 91 tackles, 14 TFL, 3.5 sacks
DBs Rockeem Collins, Angelo Looney, Robert McCormick, Trevor Pesek, Kerry Wheatfall, Quincy Williams, Mark Savere and Anthony Forker - combined 29 starts, 178 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5 Ints, 13 passes broken up
K Mat Stoll - converted 9-10 FGs, 34-41 PATs
P Angel Millan - averaged 37.7 yards per punt

Who they brought in -
The Javelinas brought in some transfers that could make an immediate impact.  QB Bryan Ehrlich, started 15 games the past two seasons at Newberry College, throwing for almost 3,100 yards, with 33 TDs, but also 23 Ints.  WR Clyde Lee, who had 16 catches for 179 yards las year at Boston College, was rated as the #77 WR in the nation by Rivals his senior year at Fort Bend Hightower .  In the secondary, Kenneth Pinkard and Ronnie Ford (both played at TVCC), will add depth and could work their way into the starting lineup.

TAMK also hit the high schools hard.  The San Antonio area yielded SA Express-News All-Area selections Quaylon Jones (3rd team All-State, 4,887 career rushing yards), QB Alex Rios (3,600 passing yds, 26 TDs), WR Jordan Thomas, DE Braedon Robinson and DE Isaiah Carter.  From the Houston area, DL Alex Kuyinu, DE Mason Stewart, DL Jose Arroyo, and DB Tre Oliver are some players to watch.  A little further north, LBs Joe Sikes and Taylor Cauble both were named 2nd team All State.  And the local players weren't overlooked - WR Andres Alaniz (149 receptions, 3,121 yds as a Jr. and Sr.) was a two time 1st team All State, DB Daniel Ramirez was an HM selection, and a quartet of Calallen HS players (RB/WR Marcus Price, OL Jake Brearton, DL Michael Wiser and DB Paul Castillo) all receive All State honors.

Overall Grade - A
Coach Atterberry covered all of the bases with this class.  With a senior-laden team this fall, there were just a few spots that needed immediate help, primarily the secondary.  This class could be a lot of fun to watch in a couple of years.

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