February 7, 2007

A&M picks up difference makers on defense

The Texas A&M defense had a much improved season in 2006 and nine high school players signed with the Aggies to be a part of the 4-2-5 defense and the resurgence of the Wrecking Crew.

The headliners of this class include four-star prospect defensive end/linebacker Von Miller, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound human wrecking ball from Desoto who's stock soared last fall after obliterating opposing defenses. Derrick Stephens from Cypress Falls is the consensus No. 1 linebacker in the state and picked the Aggies after an aggressive run by the Texas coaching staff.

Four-star athlete Brandon Williams from Beaumont Central is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback by trade in high school, but given his superior athleticism and size he's been mentioned to try his hand at several positions including safety or even linebacker.

In addition to Miller, A&M also added several high three-star defensive end prospects in Michael Ebbitt, Brandon Joiner and Ben Bass to a roster that needs a couple of playmakers off the edge. Ebbitt and Bass are versatile as well, and could eventually move to the tackle positions, or even the offensive line if circumstances warrant.

So in a nutshell, the Aggies added depth and talent to key need positions at defensive end and linebacker, and will have to wait in see if some if the "athletes" can turn into defensive backs.

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