January 4, 2014

Aggies add another big target in Iheanacho

Houston Westside wide receiver Frank Iheanacho announced at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he would be playing college ball at Texas A&M. Nacho selected the Aggies over LSU and Oregon.

The Rivals250 prospect has been compared to the Aggies' own Mike Evans. Iheanacho is 6 feet, 7 inches tall, and much like Evans uses his basketball skills to maneuver throughout the secondary. Since Evans announced he will be leaving for the NFL the Aggies have picked up two outside weapons in Speedy Noil and now Ihaenacho.

The Rivals.com four-star receiver was a one-time basketball prospect. Iheanacho decided to play both basketball and football his sophomore year, and then after a one year hiatus from football he returned to the gridiron for his senior year.

Iheabacho believed he would have more opportunities with football, and he was right. Programs flocked to Houston Westside and offers were pouring in. On Oct. 4, Clarence McKinney from Texas A&M visited, and six days later A&M offered. Exactly three months later, he committed to the Aggies.

As NBC asked where he would be attending college, Iheanacho showed no hesitation as he reached for the A&M hat, and then there was a loud cheer from the crowd.

The nation's No. 165 overall prospect selected A&M, even though he did not take an official, over LSU, Arkansas and Oregon, where he did take officials.

"I just based it off my unofficial to A&M," said Iheanacho, who was in College Station to take in his first ever college football game when the Aggies hosted Auburn on Oct. 19.

Iheanacho developed a good relationship with the A&M coaching staff, and when the Aggies had their in-home, he described it as relaxed.

"Coach Sumlin reassured me he was not going anywhere and that Coach (David) Beaty was not going anywhere," Iheanacho said. "My mom asked most of the questions. She wanted to know about balancing football and academics and more things like that."

The coaching staff, the facilities, the atmosphere and direction of the A&M program were all qualities that drew Nacho in to the Aggies. It also helped that a former teammate of Nacho's, offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, is making an early impact at A&M. Then, while at the Army game, he was reassured of the future after spending a week receiving passes from his future quarterback Kyle Allen.

"He is real cool," Iheanacho said of Allen, the Aggies No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback per Rivals.com. Allen felt confidant Nacho would be an Aggie and he knew it was only a matter of time before the nation knew it as well.

In both the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Game Texas A&M started the week with two commits and ended the week with three. Iheanacho brings another big target to Aggieland, joining Ricky Seals-Jones, JaQuay Williams, Edward Pope, Kyrion Parker and Cameron Clear as receivers or tight ends 6 feet, 3 inches tall or more.




 

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