Aggies grab top talent on national signing day

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 2:10 AM

They won in Tuscaloosa. They won the Cotton Bowl. Their quarterback won the Heisman trophy.

And now, they've won on signing day.

Twenty-three high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play football at Texas A&M, and it's regarded as one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

Jesuit linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni's letter was the first to come across the fax machine, at 7:08 a.m. Wednesday. Four months ago, he went to the Texas-Oklahoma game as a Sooner recruit.

But soon after A&M's convincing win over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, Mastrogiovanni switched his commitment to the Aggies.

"I'd been planning on switching a little before that," he said. "Of course, a lot of people thought it was the Cotton Bowl that pushed me over, but really it wasn't."

The Aggies didn't get everybody they wanted. A couple of highly-recruited wide receivers de-committed from A&M late in the game, including Cedar Hill's Quincy Adeboyejo.

"Early on, [I] committed to A&M, I really felt like I wasn't doing it for what I wanted, for the right intentions," Adeboyejo said. "I feel like I was just doing it for what other people thought, and I feel like I need to pick the college of my choice, where my heart was telling me to go."

His heart told him Ole Miss, even though teammate LaQuvionte Gonzalez was hoping they could play together at College Station.

Gonzalez made his decision a year ago and never wavered, even as A&M continued to attract some great wide receivers.

"Wherever you go, they're going to get great receivers, so you're going to have to compete for your spot," Gonzalez said. "Might as well just stay where you at; you going to have to compete anywhere you go."

Gonzales knows that right now, it's good to be an Aggie.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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