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College football: Sherman makes solid recruiting debut

Web Posted: 02/06/2008 11:46 PM CST

Brent Zwerneman
Express-News Staff Writer

COLLEGE STATION — New Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said he was recently riding in a car with the Aggies' associate athletic director for football, Tim Cassidy, when Cassidy said, "Honey, I love you."

Slightly taken aback, Sherman said he responded, "Tim, I love you, too."

"He happened to be talking to his wife on the phone," Sherman said Wednesday, grinning widely.

So Sherman isn't yet familiar with the hands-free equipment. Despite being away from the college game for more than a decade — and apparently the latest technology — the former A&M assistant is still familiar with a striking recruiting class.

"A task of mine over these 10 weeks was to keep the committed players on board that the previous staff had (recruited)," said Sherman, the former Green Bay Packers head coach and Houston Texans offensive coordinator. "We lost a couple, just like everybody does throughout the process, but we were able to keep most of the ones we wanted."

Receiver Sedrick Johnson of Arp was one who got away. The touted prospect changed his commitment from A&M to Iowa State in the last couple of days. The Aggies were buoyed late Wednesday, however, when defensive lineman Rod Davis of Aldine Eisenhower chose A&M over rival Texas.

In all, A&M inked 24 players on national signing day, including standout tailback Cyrus Gray of DeSoto.

"Cyrus was a guy that I identified as someone we wanted as soon as I got here," said Sherman, who replaced Dennis Franchione in late November. "We targeted him as the top back in the state."

A&M lost four starters off its offensive line, and the Aggies responded by signing five offensive linemen, including Cy-Fair's Chris Lathrop.

Receiver Jeff Fuller of McKinney Boyd was a late add to Sherman's class after switching his commitment from Oklahoma. He's already enrolled at A&M, along with quarterback Tommy Dorman and junior-college transfer Matt Moss, a defensive end.

"Before I even watched (Fuller) on tape, I called him," Sherman said. "The first opportunity I got, I looked at his tapes, and he obviously impressed me as a player. Him (already) being here is really going to help him."

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