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June 19, 2013

Meet the new guys: Joas Aguilar

As Texas A&M's fall camp draws closer, AggieYell.com will introduce each of the players who are arriving in College Station this summer. Next up: offensive lineman Joas Aguilar.

High School:Birdville

Height/Weight: 6'4", 290 lbs.

2012 Statistics: No sacks allowed, 57 knockdowns, 27 pancakes

Awards/Recognitions: Under Armour All-American; 6-4A First Team All-District

Why the Aggies wanted him: Like Ishmael Wilson, who committed the same day (Feb. 18, 2012), Aguilar was a player Texas A&M wanted to help rebuild the foundation of a strong offensive line that was in need of young talent. With Luke Joeckel as possible candidate to go high in the NFL draft after his junior year (which, of course, he did), Jake Matthews leaving after 2013 and Cedric Ogbuehi gone the season after that, A&M needed big, athletic linemen who could play either guard or tackle.

Aguilar played left tackle at Birdville, where he developed a reputation for not finishing his block, but obliterating his opponent. His highlight film is filled with instances of Aguilar exploding off the line and either shoving the opposing defender 15 yards down the field or burying him at the line of scrimmage. He's big, he has room to grow and he's mean. That's what A&M was hoping to find.

Likelihood of playing in 2013 (5 being probable starter, 1 being near-certain redshirt): 2. The Aggies will probably only need one of the freshmen to play in 2013 (they may not need either), and Wilson is the more finished product at this point. Aguilar could use a redshirt year to improve his technique, and then could be a truly intimidating factor at either guard or at tackle, depending on how A&M intends to use him.

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