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May 15, 2013

Recruiting notebook

Here's a look at some of the bigger recruiting news involving the Texas A&M football program over the past week:

Speedy surprises with his list:

New Orleans Edna Karr WR Speedy Noil has been a longtime target of Texas A&M, with the Aggies offering last year. With A&M's explosive offense and teammate Noel Ellis as part of the Aggies' 2013 class, A&M has had an in with Noil for some time.

There was one major concern for A&M, however: Noil also has an LSU offer, which always looms large when it comes to Louisiana prospects.

On Tuesday, however, Noil shocked many observers when he posted his three leaders on Twitter. Texas A&M was the first team mentioned, followed by USC ... and Florida.

LSU, which had been in his top three when we last talked to Noil, was not to be found. A quick conversation with the Karr coaching staff made it apparent that the two teams standing out the most for the four-star talent are the Aggies and Trojans, respectively.

Noil and his teammate, Rivals 100 DE Gerald Willis III, are scheduled to visit A&M sometime next month. There's no guarantee that either of them will commit, but Noil's tweet yesterday certainly has to have the Aggies feeling good.

Staying in Louisiana...

Bossier City Parkway QB Brandon Harris is one of the nation's top quarterback prospects for 2013 and his popularity is picking up steam recently. He has, at least, 15 offers -- including from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M.

While Harris is getting plenty of attention, he's starting the tough process of cutting down the list of teams he'll continue to hold an interest in.

"I am going to sit down with my dad and coach and form a top six maybe seven," he said Monday. "Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M will for sure be in it, so I will be visiting them and whatever schools are also on the list."

Harris spoke highly of A&M and considers them a serious threat to be a winner for years to come.

"Texas A&M is one of the schools that, when they offer you, have to take them seriously," he said. "They are a top 10 program and are a top team in the SEC with a good offense."

Aggies look at two big targets:

A&M's coaching staff is in the process of finding some bigger receivers to add to the 2014 recruiting class. Recently, they've looked at two with very different backgrounds -- Indianapolis WR Dominique Booth and Houston Kinkaid TE Mavin Saunders.

Booth, a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals 250, has a standing offer from the Aggies. They, in turn, are one of a half-dozen teams still in contention for the 6 foot, 200 pound receiver, along with Vanderbilt, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and FSU.

"I have been to every school but Texas A&M for a recruiting trip," said Booth. "My father and I are still deciding if we will go down there, but I was there last summer with my mom while she was on an conference and I liked the campus. My father was born in Fort Worth, so he knows a little bit about the state of Texas already."

Booth hears from the A&M staff often as wide receiver coach David Beaty continues to work on getting Booth down on a visit.

"Coach Beaty calls me all the time and tells me I should come visit," he said. "I like A&M and have seen them play a few times last year and they for sure have a high power offense."

Saunders, on the other hand, doesn't have an offer but would be more than happy to take another look at Aggieland.

"A&M is a successful program and are able to recruit a lot of guys," said Saunders. "I want to go somewhere where I can play right away, so that is something to look into. I was in College Station for Friday Night Lights and it is a great school. If they are to offer they would jump into the top three I have right now."

Saunders, a native of the Bahamas who moved to the U.S. just four years ago, currently has offers from five different SEC programs, FSU and Oklahoma.

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