Christmas came early Sunday night for the Texas A&M Aggies.
After a month of ups and downs on the recruiting front, the A&M coaches got to unwrap an early present when a top-100 prospect and four-star linebacker let coach Dennis Franchione know he was ready to commit.
Haltom City, Texas, outside linebacker Anthony Lewis is an Aggie.
"It's been a long recruiting process, and they've kind of been up high throughout the entire process," said Lewis, who is ranked as the nation's No. 8 outside linebacker and the No. 96 player overall.
"I went with what my heart told me to do. It told me I should be an Aggie."
Lewis picked the Aggies over the other finalist on his list, Oklahoma. He was also offered scholarships by Florida, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and many more programs.
He took official visits to A&M, OU and Notre Dame, but it was an unofficial visit this weekend to meet new Aggie defensive coordinator Gary Darnell that won him over.
"I was at A&M this weekend and met with coach Darnell," Lewis said. "I had a very good visit. He seems to fit very well down there."
Lewis said he's already relieved after making up his mind. He knows the phone will finally stop ringing and he won't have to answer the question about where he's going anymore.
"I feel like it took 100 pounds off my shoulders," he said. "Both Oklahoma and Texas A&M are great schools, but I just had to go with my instincts."